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 20, 2009

Year B - Proper 12

Liturgy of the Word:
2 Samuel 11:1-15
Psalm 14
Ephesians 3:14-21
John 6:1-21
The Lord is in his holy temple, let all the earth keep silence.
We are gathered here together
by the Holy Spirit as one body,
united in one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
and one God, the Father of all.
May the Lord Jesus, who has called us together,
be always with you.
O god, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Kyrie, eleison
Are we hungry for God’s Word and care
or have we been cold to his love through sin?
Let us examine ourselves before the Lord.

Lord Jesus, you took pity on the crowd
and gave them to eat:
Lord, have mercy.
Jesus Christ, you take pity on us
and nourish us with your body and blood:
Christ, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you want us to take pity
on people hungry for food and love:
Lord, have mercy.
Take pity on us, merciful God,
and still our hunger for forgiveness.
Nourish us with the body of Jesus
and lead us to the feast meal of everlasting life. Amen.
Morning Prayer
Let us pray that our heavenly Father
may give us all we need in Christ

God our Father,
you give your children everywhere
all the good gifts for a fully human life.
Let your Son give us the bread
of his Word that nourishes our faith,
of his peace that brings us rest,
of his consolation that gives us hope and joy,
and the nourishing bread that sustains us
on the way to you and to people.
Make us share this bread with all
as a token of the feast meal
which you have prepared for us in heaven.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Deliver us Lord, from every evil
and help us in our day
to bring food to a hungry world.
In your mercy keep us free
from greed and self-sufficiency
that close our hearts to your gifts
and to one another.
Give us bread that does not perish,
as we go forward in joyful hope
toward the coming in glory
of our Savior Jesus Christ.
For the Kingdom,
the power and the glory
are yours now and forevermore. Amen.


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