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Published on Aug 27, 2012
Worship Celebration: August 26, 2012 - 11:00 a.m. (TRADITIONAL) EPWORTH: a United Methodist Church - 13th Sunday after Pentecost (Year B)
Welcome to worship at Epworth! There is a powerful thread of call woven though each of this week's texts. It is the call to be faithful to the roots of Judaism, to be courageous in following Jesus, to be grounded in the love and presence of God, and to live truth-telling lives. Our study of Ephesians concludes with a reflection on the spiritual forces that get in the way of our living as God calls us to live, as well as a description of the ways in which God prepares and protects us for the challenges of the life of faith. This week's focus passage calls believers to prayer and perseverance, even amid trying times. The letter concludes with the exhortation to pray, to be alert, to persevere. Prayer is the means by which the community of faith can be strong in the strength of God's power, Christ's power. Today we welcome new members and bless the backpacks of our children as they prepare for the new school year. Thank you for being with us in worship today. You are a blessing!