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Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

This Sunday is all about what makes a good harvest – rain, soil, sun, seeds and a little Holy Spirit. We remember God’s hand is working through and in all. We remember we are fed through this incredible journey of seeds to the plant to the harvest to the mill to the baker and then finally to our table. In such ordinary things, the sacred becomes visible.

Accompanying Scripture:
Isaiah 55: 10-13; Psalm 65: 9-13; Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23

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Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

Thirsty camels and an arranged marriage, a love song, an honest reflection from Paul and some musings from Jesus are our readings for this Sunday. But in the midst of it all we hear – “Come to me, all you that are weary.” Gathered around word, water, and meal, we find rest for our souls.

Accompanying Scripture:
Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30  

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Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

 In this week’s gospel, Christ promises that the disciple who gives a cup of cold water to the little ones serves Christ himself.  As God first welcomes us through the waters of baptism and at the table, we too are invited into God’s work of being a merciful welcome to all we encounter.

Accompanying Scripture:
Romans 6:12-23 ; Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18; Matthew 10:40-42  

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Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

Hagar and Ishmael face rejection from Abraham and Sarah and yet God meets them in the wilderness and promises them safety and blessings. Jesus declares that his words may bring stark division. Even so, we need not be afraid for God knows the life of every sparrow and even accounts for each hair on our heads. Though we may experience rejection, frustration, division, and death, God’s grace and love make us a new creation each day. Marked with the cross and filled with holy food, we are sent from worship to witness to Christ in the world.

Accompanying Scripture:
Genesis 21:8-21; Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17; Matthew 10:24-39 

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Third Sunday After Pentecost

Abraham and Sarah welcome strangers and are promised a beautiful, surprisingly, outlandish and laughable gift. Jesus sends out the disciples as laborers into the harvest. In baptism we too are anointed for ministry, sharing God’s compassion with our world knowing it might not always be easy. From the Lord’s table we go forth to proclaim the good news, to heal the sick and to share our bread with the hungry.

Accompanying Scripture:
Genesis 18:1-15; Psalm 100; Romans 5:1-8 

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Second Sunday After Pentecost

Though Jesus was a devout Jew who practiced his faith, he was criticized for eating with folks on the margins like tax collectors. Jesus reminds us that mercy is to be at the heart of our religious practices. God continues to be made known in unexpected places and unexpected people. As we gather on Sundays, we are reminded that we are all in need of healing and through Christ we experience wholeness and forgiveness.

Accompanying Scripture:
Genesis 12:1-9 ; Psalm 33:1-12 ; Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26 

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Holy Trinity Sunday

More than a doctrine, the Holy Trinity expresses the heart of our faith: we have experienced the God of creation made known in Jesus Christ and with us always through the Holy Spirit. We celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity in word and sacrament and we are sent into the world to bear witness to our faith.

Accompanying Scripture:
Genesis 1:1,2:4a; Psalm 8; Matthew 28:16-208

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Ascension Sunday

In this week’s readings the risen Christ ascends into heaven and his followers are assured that the Spirit will empower them to be witnesses throughout the earth. The disciples were told to not gaze up into heaven to look for Jesus. . . we now find his presence among us as we proclaim the word and share the feast. 

Accompanying Scripture:
Acts 1:1-14; Psalm 93; Luke 24:44-53

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Holy Spirit, Our Faithful Companion

Jesus does not abandon the disciples or us. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus comes to abide with his disciples of every generation. The Holy Spirit is known to us as many names – Spirit of Truth, Advocate, Helper, Companion, Counselor. We receive this Spirit as a gift in baptism and pray that in our gathering around the table the Spirit will transform us to be the body of the risen Christ in the world.

Accompanying Scripture:
Acts 17:22-31; John 14:15-21

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Living Stones

As we continue to celebrate the fifty days of Easter, our gospel includes Jesus’ promise that he goes to prepare a place for us. As 1 Peter reminds us, we are a holy people, living stones, God’s people embraced by mercy. In words and deeds we bear witness to the risen Christ—our way, our truth, our life.

Accompanying Scripture:
1 Peter 2:2-10; Psalm 31:1-5, 15-10; John 14:1-140 

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Faith Lutheran Church

3313 Arlington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

703.525.9283 (Church)
703.525.1375 (Preschool)

Worship Times

9 am Contemporary Worship

11 am Blended Traditional Worship with Livestream

We invite you to join us this Sunday.