Monday, July 22, 2019

Isaiah 58 Back to School

Volunteers Needed for Day of Event, July 27th Isaiah 58 will hold their Back to School Event on
Saturday, July 27th. Each school age student will receive a backpack filled with appropriate supplies to start the school year. The recipients are primarily students within the St. Louis Public School Districts. In order to ensure each child has the appropriate supplies, Isaiah 58 has asked participating congregations to provide specific supplies.

If you would like to volunteer for the Back to School Event on Saturday, July 27th, please contact Jean Steward or Joyce Blackwell.

For the summer months, the pantry at Isaiah 58 is in need of: canned fruit, tea, cooking oil, dried beans, 1-2 lb bags of flour or laundry soap. Place these items on the table outside Pastor Dave's office.

For more on Isaiah58 Ministries, click here.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Worship Prayers July 14

CENTERING PRAYER        (Clement of Rome, 1st Century)
We ask you, Master, to be our helper and protector. Save those among us who are in distress; have mercy on the humble; raise up the fallen; show yourself to those in need; heal the sick; turn back those of your people who wander; feed the hungry; ransom our prisoners; raise up the weak; comfort the discouraged. Let all the nations know that you are the only God, that Jesus Christ is your servant, and that we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.

CALL TO WORSHIP            (Luke 10:27–28)

Love the Lord your God,                               
with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind!
Love your neighbor as yourself,
with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind!
Do this and you will live!
Let us worship God!


Holy God, we are your sons and daughters, descendants of the God most high, yet, we do not honor you and our actions belittle the love you have for us. We do not defend the weak or those in the margins. We do not uphold the poor or the oppressed. We do not commit to efforts to rescue the frail and the needy; we sometimes deliver them into solitude and neglect.

Rise up to judge us, O God. We prefer your merciful justice than living with guilt and fear. Straighten our path and guide our feet on the path of justice. We continue to pray in Jesus name. (Silent Confession)

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – Book of Order, F-1.01
The good news of the Gospel is that the triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—creates, redeems, sustains, rules, and transforms all things and all people. This one living God, the Scriptures say, liberated the people of Israel from oppression and covenanted to be their God. By the power of the Spirit, this one living God is incarnate in Jesus Christ, who came to live in the world, die for the world, and be raised again to new life. The Gospel of Jesus Christ announces the nearness of God’s kingdom, bringing good news to all who are impoverished, sight to all who are blind, freedom to all who are oppressed, and proclaiming the Lord’s favor upon all creation.

For the sermon "For level words in crooked times", click here.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Scripture for July 21

Amos 8:1-12 New International Version (NIV)

A Basket of Ripe Fruit

This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: a basket of ripe fruit. “What do you see, Amos?” he asked.
“A basket of ripe fruit,” I answered.
Then the Lord said to me, “The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.
“In that day,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “the songs in the temple will turn to wailing.[a] Many, many bodies—flung everywhere! Silence!
Hear this, you who trample the needy
    and do away with the poor of the land,
“When will the New Moon be over
    that we may sell grain,
and the Sabbath be ended
    that we may market wheat?”
skimping on the measure,
    boosting the price
    and cheating with dishonest scales,
buying the poor with silver
    and the needy for a pair of sandals,
    selling even the sweepings with the wheat.
The Lord has sworn by himself, the Pride of Jacob: “I will never forget anything they have done.
“Will not the land tremble for this,
    and all who live in it mourn?
The whole land will rise like the Nile;
    it will be stirred up and then sink
    like the river of Egypt.
“In that day,” declares the Sovereign Lord,
“I will make the sun go down at noon
    and darken the earth in broad daylight.
10 I will turn your religious festivals into mourning
    and all your singing into weeping.
I will make all of you wear sackcloth
    and shave your heads.
I will make that time like mourning for an only son
    and the end of it like a bitter day.
11 “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord,
    “when I will send a famine through the land—
not a famine of food or a thirst for water,
    but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.
12 People will stagger from sea to sea
    and wander from north to east,
searching for the word of the Lord,
    but they will not find it.


  1. Amos 8:3 Or “the temple singers will wail
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Friday, July 19, 2019

Daily Prayer for July 19


I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in God's word is my hope.

Brightness of God‘s glory and exact image of God’s person, whom death could not conquer nor the tomb imprison, as you have shared our frailty in human flesh, help us to share your immortality in the Spirit. Reveal yourself to us this day and all our days, as the first and the last, the Living One, our immortal Savior and Lord. Living God, by the Passover of your Son you have brought us out of sin into righteousness, and out of death into life. Grant to those who are sealed by your Holy Spirit the will and power to proclaim you to all the world. Holy God, giver of peace, when in our families and churches we are divided and at odds with one another, take from us mistrust, party spirit, contention, and all evil that divides us. Work in us a desire for reconciliation, so that, putting aside personal grievances, we may go about your business with a single mind, devoted to our Lord Jesus Christ. (Add your prayers.) Amen.

May God in endless mercy bring the whole church, the living and departed, to a joyful resurrection in the fulfillment of the eternal kingdom.

(Opening sentences, prayers, and blessings are from the Book of Common Worship. Readings are from the daily lectionary in Daily Prayer. Both are published by Westminster/John Knox Press.)

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Quiet My Soul

Morning Psalm 42
1   As a deer longs for flowing streams,
          so my soul longs for you, O God.
2   My soul thirsts for God,
          for the living God.
     When shall I come and behold
          the face of God?
3   My tears have been my food
          day and night,
     while people say to me continually,
          “Where is your God?”

11  Why are you cast down, O my soul,
          and why are you disquieted within me?
     Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
          my help and my God.

And now we wait.  The last chemo was June 28 and we should be celebrating.  We wait for another PET scan to show us if my husband still has cancer.  He is feeling better, looks good, and I am hopeful that he will soon be strong again, but I can’t shake the “disquiet” in my soul.
We are grateful for a good life, caring children and loving grandchildren.  We are “comfortable” and not in need of anything, but. . . a clean scan.  Even with a clean scan, will I be worry-free?  Probably not—I will be waiting for the next scan—waiting for the other shoe to drop.
I feel battered like a ship in a storm.  The storm has moved on, but I feel damaged as I head into the port.  Will I be strong enough to withstand another storm?  What I need is peace and only I can find that, with God’s help. 

God, please give me strength and peace to navigate the troubled waters of life.  Make me strong enough to weather the next storm.  Quiet my soul.  You are bigger than the storms in my life.  Thank you for the gift of writing which helps me heal.  Thank you for our friends, family and church who are the lifeboats.  In Your name I pray. Amen.
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Monday, July 15, 2019

Amos Sermon Series

We are going to work through the prophet Amos the next couple of weeks in worship at St. Mark. I imagine most are not really familiar with the works of the "minor prophets." I thought this video might prove helpful as we begin this short journey together. Please take a few minutes to watch and let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to exploring this important material together in worship.

Pastor Dave
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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Worship Prayers for July 7


Each morning when we wake up, you remind us of your presence. The light of the sun, the sounds of the birds, the sun on our shoulders; your creation serves as witness of your love and your imagination. Let us take it all in as you transform our awe into praises that those around us can hear each day and know that you are God. Amen.


Sing praises to the LORD, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
Come! Let us worship the Lord of all of our days!


God, you catch us in our sinful behavior. We come to you with the hope of your restoration. We walk with our heads held high, without noticing others and their burdens. We are even blinded to our own! We keep our mouths silenced when we are full of stories to share about the good things that you have done for us. We even keep our actions silenced as we become so overwhelmed with the needs of the world that we do nothing to overcome them.

Fill us with your peace and with your mercy. Free us from the destruction of sin and restore us to a life lived in you. We continue to pray in Jesus’ name. (Silent Confession)

For the sermon "Traveling Light", click here.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Scripture for Sunday July 14

Amos 7:7-17 New International Version (NIV)

This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb,[a] with a plumb line[b] in his hand. And the Lord asked me, “What do you see, Amos?
“A plumb line,” I replied.
Then the Lord said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.
“The high places of Isaac will be destroyed
    and the sanctuaries of Israel will be ruined;
    with my sword I will rise against the house of Jeroboam.

Amos and Amaziah

10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent a message to Jeroboam king of Israel: “Amos is raising a conspiracy against you in the very heart of Israel. The land cannot bear all his words. 11 For this is what Amos is saying:
“‘Jeroboam will die by the sword,
    and Israel will surely go into exile,
    away from their native land.’”
12 Then Amaziah said to Amos, “Get out, you seer! Go back to the land of Judah. Earn your bread there and do your prophesying there. 13 Don’t prophesy anymore at Bethel, because this is the king’s sanctuary and the temple of the kingdom.
14 Amos answered Amaziah, “I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. 15 But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’16 Now then, hear the word of the Lord. You say,
“‘Do not prophesy against Israel,
    and stop preaching against the descendants of Isaac.’
17 “Therefore this is what the Lord says:
“‘Your wife will become a prostitute in the city,
    and your sons and daughters will fall by the sword.
Your land will be measured and divided up,
    and you yourself will die in a pagan[c] country.
And Israel will surely go into exile,
    away from their native land.’”


  1. Amos 7:7 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
  2. Amos 7:7 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain; also in verse 8.
  3. Amos 7:17 Hebrew an unclean
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