the tentmaker

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Location: Sharpsburg, Georgia, United States

"...because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together — by trade they were tentmakers." Acts 18:3. Tentmaker is a title taken by bi-vocational pastors. As such, I am both a pastor and a project manager. I am a pastor of a local congregation of moderate, accepting and affirming people who worship in the Baptist tradition. We call our church "Hope Memorial Baptist" and we are about 40 in number. I am also a project manager of major construction projects for the State of Georgia. My home and church is in rural Coweta County, between Peachtree City and Newnan, with a mailing address of Sharpsburg, Georgia.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Year B - Proper 10

Liturgy of the Word:
2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19
Psalm 24
Ephesians 1:3-14
Mark 6:14-29
The Lord is in his holy temple, let all the earth keep silence.
God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
has chosen us in Christ
to live in his presence
and with him to carry out his plan
of bringing everyone together under Christ.
May the Lord’s peace and grace
be always with you.
O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Our lives may have been far
from being Good News to others.
Let us ask the Lord to forgive us.

Lord Jesus, in you we have been blessed
with all love and grace from heaven:
Lord, have mercy.
Jesus Christ, in you we have been chosen
to be holy and spotless in God’s sight:
Christ, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, in you the Father chose us
to live through love in his presence:
Lord, have mercy.
Touch us with your healing hand, Lord,
and forgive us all our sins.
Make us free and rich in grace
and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.
Morning Prayer
Let us pray that we may share with all
the Good News of Jesus our Lord

God of justice and mercy,
you have set us free from the evil of sin
by the life and death and rising again
of your living reflection and Word,
your Son Jesus Christ.
Let his life and message inspire us
to voice his truth and bring his freedom
to everyone on this earth.
Give us no other assurance
than that we proclaim his Good News
and that our companion on the road is
your own Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Deliver us Lord, from every evil
and grant us peace in our day.
Keep us holy and spotless
and let us live through love in your presence,
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming in glory
of our Savior Jesus Christ.
For the Kingdom,
the power and the glory
are yours, now and forever. Amen.


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