Sunday’s Message – July 30, 2017

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The 8th Sunday after Pentecost
July 30, 2017

  • Psalm 133
  • Ephesians 4:1-16

“How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together
in unity!” -Psalm 133:1

Jeff Hobson, Director
Family + Youth Ministries

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup – South Hill, WA

 

 

Sunday’s Message – July 23, 2017

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The 7th Sunday after Pentecost
July 23, 2017

Psalm 118:21-29 Ephesians 2:11-21

If injustice is exclusion, lack of access

  • Where is injustice today?
  • Who needs to be brought near?

Steve Schumacher, Pastor

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup – South Hill, WA

 

 

Sunday’s Message – July 9, 2017

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The 5th Sunday after Pentecost
July 9, 2017

Psalm 139:1-18
Genesis 1:26-2:4

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well. -Psalm 139:14

 

Jeff Hobson
Ally Lessard

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup – South Hill, WA

 

 

Sunday’s Message – July 2, 2017

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The 4th Sunday after Pentecost
July 2, 2017

Psalm 150
Matthew 15:21-31

“Psalm 150 IS the end of THIS book; it is also extending a call to praise beyond its covers.

Unlike other psalms, this one does not give specific reasons to praise God. It says, praise God, wherever you are, with whatever you’ve got, and start out “just because.” Praise Him in the good times; praise Him in

the bad times. Let everything alive give praise!”

Melody Rath

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup – South Hill, WA

 

 

Pilgrim Prayer Challenge – Week Five

5 Weekly Encouragements for Praying Pilgrims!

5. Prayer: It matters.

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

Are you a believer in Jesus? If so – guess what? You fit the description of the person in the above verse. You are righteous. You are clothed in the righteousness of Christ, and are able to stand boldly before the Lord of All. Don’t doubt it! Your prayers are powerful; your prayers are effective; your prayers count; your prayers are heard.

Is there a person, or a cause that is tearing at your heart today? Do you know of someone in the throes of suffering and are desperate to help? Today – pray fervently, pray boldly, pray confidently and without despair – even if the words are as simple as “Lord, have mercy” or “Lord, I trust You.” It matters.

It’s week 5! Don’t give up – keep praying, and soon daily prayer will be as natural as breathing in and out.

**Helpful Hint: If you tell someone you will pray for them, don’t just say it – do it! Stop what you’re doing and pray.

 


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  • a recommended prayer format – 5 steps in daily prayer
  • a collection of prayers from others to adopt as your own prayers if you wish
  • an archive of these weekly messages of encouragement

Sunday’s Message – June 25, 2017

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The Second Sunday after Pentecost
June 25, 2017

Psalm 30
Luke 7:24-29

“Psalm 30 is a song of thanksgiving written after David  had perhaps come through a terrible illness. It reminds me that, after coming through the storms of life and begging for help from God, we, too, need to sing our thanks to Him. Sometimes, it’s a matter of thanking Him before the storm is completely over…”

Heidi Wilkerson

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup – South Hill, WA

 

 

Pilgrim Prayer Challenge – Week Four

5 Weekly Encouragements for Praying Pilgrims!

4. Prayer: Counting Blessings

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18

Remember the classic Christmas movie “White Christmas?” A well-known scene includes Bing Crosby’s character (Bob) singing to Rosemary Clooney’s character (Betty), as she’s having trouble sleeping. The lyrics read:

When I’m worried and I can’t sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep counting my blessings
When my bankroll is getting small
I think of when I had none at all
And I fall asleep counting my blessings

This is a beautiful song, and a wonderful sentiment. But for today, try challenging yourself to thank God for things that cannot be counted or accounted for in the earthly realm we live in. Think beyond the temporal; focus on the spiritual. Thank God for His eternal promises. Thank Him for His unchanging character. Thank Him for His promise of eternal everlasting life. Thank Him for the gift of the Holy Spirit. These are the things that never change due to circumstances and are available for all who believe.

**Helpful Hint: Try writing down your prayers. Keep a prayer journal. It’s always encouraging to look back and see how God faithfully carries His people through each season of life.


Click HERE to be taken to the Prayer Challenge Resource page for these helpful tools:

  • a recommended prayer format – 5 steps in daily prayer
  • a collection of prayers from others to adopt as your own prayers if you wish
  • an archive of these weekly messages of encouragement

 

Sunday’s Message – June 18, 2017

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The Second Sunday after Pentecost
June 18, 2017

Psalm 23
Luke 16:19-31

 

“You are loved – act like it!”
(Prof. Marit Trelstad at the 2017
Southwest Washington Synod Assembly)

Steve Schumacher, Pastor

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup – South Hill, WA

Pilgrim Prayer Challenge – Week Three

5 Weekly Encouragements for Praying Pilgrims!

3. Prayer: An Act of Worship

“The heavens declare the Glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.”
Psalm 19:1

Do you ever get stuck on where to start with prayer? Do you ever find yourself jumping right into a long list of appeals to God for this, that, and the other? Do you ever feel your mind wandering after a mere 20 seconds of prayer?

Start your prayers with praise. Acknowledge who God is – to you personally. Dwell on His character; His nature. Still get stuck finding the right words? Take a hint from the verse above and look up; look around. God’s glory is written on His creation – in the sky, in the mountains, in the faces of those sitting near you. He is good, He is mighty, He is powerful, He is merciful, He is love, He is healer, He is Savior, He is just, He is present, He is faithful and He is truth.

It’s week three of the prayer challenge! Don’t give up now! Start your prayers with praise today.

**Helpful Hint: Some find it helpful to follow an order of prayer with a simple acronym: ACTS. (A=Adoration; C=Confession; T=Thanksgiving; S=Supplication) Give it a try!

 


Click HERE to be taken to the Prayer Challenge Resource page for these helpful tools:

  • a recommended prayer format – 5 steps in daily prayer
  • a collection of prayers from others to adopt as your own prayers if you wish
  • an archive of these weekly messages of encouragement

 

Pilgrim Prayer Challenge – Week Two

5 Weekly Encouragements for Praying Pilgrims!

2. Prayer: Release your burdens

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far as He has removed our transgressions from us.”  Psalm 103:11-12

Listen to that description in the verse above: “as far as the east is from the west.” Prayer
is an opportunity to confess and release our sin to the Only One willing and capable to
handle it; the Only One who can make our confessed sin vanish instantly in His forgiveness.
Sin is a heavy burden to carry. Sin includes anything that turns our eyes away from faith
in our Savior – our fears, our doubts, our insecurities, our guilt, our apathy and laziness,
the list goes on and on.

When we pray it is an opportunity to lay it all out there! Spend time in prayer confessing to the Lord everything that is troubling you. Spread it out before Him in detail, and then feel the sweet release of knowledge that He has already shouldered your sin on the cross, and is still willing to carry it.

**Helpful Hint: It may sound old-fashioned, and it may even feel silly, but try praying on your knees. This posture instantly helps us identify our weakness before God’s greatness.


Click HERE to be taken to the Prayer Challenge Resource page for these helpful tools:

  • a recommended prayer format – 5 steps in daily prayer
  • a collection of prayers from others to adopt as your own prayers if you wish
  • an archive of these weekly messages of encouragement