Vespers

October 21, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Hosea 3:1-5

Watch the livestream of our prayer services on Facebook each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm ET. You do not need a Facebook account to watch. 

Join Susan and Pastor Mark for worship that features singing Evening Prayer (LBW page 142), along with the evening hymn, "Abide with Me" (LBW hymn 272), a lesson from the prophet Hosea, and a few words from Pastor Ryman.

The Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

October 18, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Isaiah 45:1-7; Psalm 96:1-13; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22

Our service of worship today includes chanted and spoken liturgy, readings from the Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament, and Gospels, the hymn "God of Our Fathers," and a brief message about having full conviction. 

Vespers

October 14, 2020
Scripture Texts:  John 11:1-16

Watch the livestream of our prayer services on Facebook each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm ET. You do not need a Facebook account to watch. 

Join Susan and Pastor Mark for worship that features singing Evening Prayer (LBW page 142), along with the evening hymn, "Now the Day Is Over" (LBW hymn 280), a lesson from the holy Gospel of St. Luke, and a few words from Pastor Ryman.

The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

October 11, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 23:1-6; Philippians 4:4-13; Matthew 22:1-14

Sermon: What Are You Wearing?

Watch the livestream of our services on the parish Facebook page Sunday morning at 10:30am ET. You do not need a Facebook account to watch. The video is posted here following the livestream. 

Our service of worship today includes chanted and spoken liturgy, readings from the Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament, and Gospels, a new hymn, "God Has Invited All to Feast," and a brief message about not dressing like Jake from State Farm. 

Vespers

October 7, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Acts 16:16–24

Watch the livestream of our prayer services on Facebook each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm ET. You do not need a Facebook account to watch. 

Join Susan and Pastor Mark for worship that features singing Evening Prayer (LBW page 142), along with the evening hymn, "O Christ, You Are the Light and Day" (LBW hymn 273), a lesson from Acts 16:16–24, a reading from The Large Catechism, and a word or three from Pastor about the Third Commandment.

The Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

October 4, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:7-19; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46

Sermon: Pursuing Righteoueness

Since we do not have a piano available today, we will use "Service of the Word" (page 126 in the Lutheran Book of Worship). If you do not have a copy, that's fine; just enjoy the service.

In place of the chanted liturgy and a hymn, we hope to offer the mountains of West Jefferson, NC, as backdrop.

Vespers

September 30, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Acts 14:19-28

Watch the livestream of our prayer services on Facebook each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm ET. You do not need a Facebook account to watch. 

Join Susan and Pastor Mark for worship from their living room that features singing Evening Prayer (LBW page 142), along with the evening hymn, "O Trinity, O Blessed Light" (LBW hymn 275), a lesson from Acts 14:19-28, a reading from The Small Catechism, and a word or three from Pastor.

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 27, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Psalm 25:1-10; Philippians 2:1-4, 5-13, 14-18; Matthew 21:23-27, 28-32

Sermon: Just Law and Just as Just Grace

Watch the livestream of our services on Facebook each Sunday morning at 10:30am ET. You do not need a Facebook account to watch. The video is posted here following the livestream. 

Our service of worship today includes chanted and spoken liturgy, readings from the Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament, and Gospels, the hymn, "When Peace Like a River," and a brief message about "Just Law and Just as Just Grace."

Vespers

September 23, 2020
Scripture Texts:  John 8:47-59

Watch the livestream of our prayer services on Facebook each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm ET. You do not need a Facebook account to watch. 

Join Susan and Pastor Mark for worship from their living room that features singing Evening Prayer (LBW page 142), along with the evening hymn, "Now Rest Beneath Night's Shadow" (LBW hymn 282), a lesson from John 8:47-59, and a reading from Conrad Bergendoff's I Believe in the Church.

The Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

September 20, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalm 27:1-9; Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30; Matthew 20:1-16

Sermon: Expecting Good Things

Watch the livestream of our services on Facebook each Sunday morning at 10:30am ET. You do not need a Facebook account to watch. 

Our service of worship today includes chanted and spoken liturgy, readings from the Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament, and Gospels, the hymn, "My Faith Looks Up to Thee," and a brief sermon on "Expecting Good Things."

Vespers

September 9, 2020
Scripture Texts:  John 6:1-15

Watch the livestream of our prayer services on Facebook each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm ET. You do not need a Facebook account to watch. 

Join Susan and Pastor Mark for worship that features singing Evening Prayer (LBW page 142), along with the evening hymn, "To You, before the Close of Day" (LBW hymn 277), a lesson from John 6:1-15, and a reading from Studdert Kennedy's The New Man in Christ, and of course, a comment from Pastor Mark.

The Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

September 6, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Ezekiel 33:7-9; Psalm 32:1-7; Romans 13:1-10; Matthew 18:1-20

Watch the livestream of our services on Facebook each Sunday morning at 10:30am ET. You do not need a Facebook account to watch. 

Our service of worship today includes chanted and spoken liturgy, readings from the Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament, and Gospels, the hymn, "Holy God, We Praise Your Name," and a brief sermon on "Hiding in God."

Vespers

September 2, 2020
Scripture Texts:  John 4:1-26

Watch the livestream of our prayer services on Facebook each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm ET. You do not need a Facebook account to watch. 

Join Susan and Pastor Mark for worship that features singing Evening Prayer (LBW page 142), along with the evening hymn, "Now All the Woods Are Sleeping" (LBW hymn 276), a lesson from John 4:1-26, and a reading from the Large Catechism with a comment or three from Pastor.

The Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

August 30, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Jeremiah 15:15-21; Psalm 26:1-12; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28

Watch the livestream of our services on Facebook each Sunday morning at 10:30am ET. You do not need a Facebook account to watch. 

Our service of worship includes chanted and spoken liturgy, readings from the Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament, and Gospels, Martin Luther's hymn, "Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word," and a brief sermon on "Feasting as We Follow."

The Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

August 23, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Isaiah 51:1-6; Psalm 138:1-7; Romans 11:33–12:8; Matthew 16:13-20

Sermon: What To Do When Life Looks Bleak

Our service of worship includes chanted and spoken liturgy, readings from the Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament, and Gospels, Samuel J. Stone's hymn, "The Church’s One Foundation," sung to the tune  “Aurelia,” by Samuel S. Wesley, John's and Charles' father, and a brief sermon on "What To Do When Life Looks Bleak."

Vespers

August 19, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Matthew 27:45-54

Join Susan and Pastor Mark for worship that features singing Evening Prayer (LBW page 142), along with the evening hymn, "The Day You Gave Us, Lord, Has Ended" (LBW hymn 274), a lesson from Matthew 27:45-54, and a reading from the Large Catechism with a comment or two. 

The Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

August 16, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Isaiah 56:1, 6-8; Psalm 67:1-7; Romans 11:1-2a, 13-15, 28-32; Matthew 15:21-28

Sermon: Keeping the First Commandment

Our service of worship includes chanted and spoken liturgy, readings from the Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament, and Gospels, John Marriott's hymn, "God, Whose Almighty Word," and a brief sermon on "Keeping the First Commandment."

Vespers

August 12, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Joshua 8:30-35

Join Susan and Pastor Ryman for evening prayer, featuring the singing of Vespers (LBW page 142), along with the evening hymn, "Now Rest Beneath Night's Shadow" (LBW hymn 282), a lesson from Joshua 8:30-35, a reading from Luther's Large Catechism, and a comment or two.

The Service of Evening Prayer livestreams Wednesdays at 7:30pm ET at https://www.facebook.com/stmarksnalc/. You do not need a Facebook account to watch. 

The Tenth Sunday in Pentecost

August 9, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Job 38:4-18; Psalm 18:1-16; Romans 10:5-17; Matthew 14:22-33

God speaks to us all when he answers Job out of the whirlwind. The God of all creation is in control. Even when our souls are poured out within us (Job 30:16), the Lord is our strength. When death assails us, even then he is in control of our lives. He has drawn us out of many waters already — even through baptism, the water of death (Rom 6:3Gal 3:27). So let us make the good confession of faith.

Vespers

August 5, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Romans 11:25-36

This evening's service features the singing of the Service of Evening Prayer (Vespers, LBW page 142), along with the evening hymn, "All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night" (LBW hymn 278), a lesson from Romans 11:25-36, and a reading from the Large Catechism with a comment from Pastor Ryman.

The Ninth Sunday After Pentecost

August 2, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Isaiah 55:1-5; Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26; Romans 9:1-5, 6-13; Matthew 14:13-21

God makes an everlasting covenant, not simply with David but, with all whom he represents. When he says that he will make a covenant with “you,” that “you” is plural. This everlasting covenant, in Pauline terms, is with the Israel of God. That is how his steadfast love endures forever: it extends to all of the elect, the children of Abraham. He feeds all who follow him from the bounty of his stead

Vespers

July 29, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Romans 9:1-18

This evening's service features the singing of the Service of Evening Prayer (Vespers, LBW page 142), along with the evening hymn, "Now All the Woods Are Sleeping" (LBW hymn 276), a lesson from Romans 9:1-18, and a reading from the Large Catechism with a comment from Pastor Ryman.

The Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

July 26, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Deuteronomy 7:6-9; Psalm 125:1-5; Romans 8:28-39; Matthew 13:44-52

We are holy to the Lord because he keeps his covenant with us. He is the one who is faithful; it is not the other way around. So, we must have faith in him, in his faithfulness. This faith in God’s faithfulness fixes us, makes as immovable as a mountain, as the Rock who surrounds us like a fortress. Thus, we are able to do good without relying on our results. God turns even our mistakes into matte

Vespers

July 22, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Romans 7:13–25

This evening's service features the singing of the Service of Evening Prayer (Vespers, LBW page 142), along with the evening hymn, "O Christ, You Are the Light and Day" (LBW hymn 273), a lesson from Romans 7:13–25, and a homily on what to do when you sin.

The Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

July 19, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Isaiah 44:6-8; Psalm 119:57-64; Romans 8:18-27; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

The Lord, the only God, is all we need. We need fear nothing in life, for his is a steadfast love. This does not mean there are no sufferings in the present time. It does mean that the divine Spirit helps in all our weaknesses. He even mediates for us before the Father when we do not know how to pray about our troubles. Indeed, the troubles of life will come. Eventually, judgment will come at the

Vespers

July 15, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Romans 4:13–25

This evening's service features the singing of the Service of Evening Prayer (Vespers, LBW page 142), along with the evening hymn, "O Trinity, O Blessed Light," (LBW hymn 275), a lesson from Romans 4:13–25, and a reading by Martin Luther.

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

July 12, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Isaiah 55:10-13; Psalm 65:1–14; Romans 8:12-17; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

The gospel seed is to be sown over the entire world. Even as the rain and snow that God sends down from the heavens brings forth fruit from the ground, sowers may trust God for the increase. It is through the Spirit, not our skill at sowing, that gospel seed takes root, and to mix metaphors, that people are adopted into the family of God. So it is with God’s word; it will surely accomplish God’s p

Vespers

July 8, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Matthew 18:1-4

This evening's service features the singing of the Service of Evening Prayer (Vespers, LBW page 142), along with the evening hymn, "Abide with Me," (LBW hymn 272), a lesson from Matthew 18:1–4, and a poem by Susan Ruach: "A New Way of Struggling."

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

July 5, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Zechariah 9:9-12; Psalm 145:1-14; Romans 7:14-25a; Matthew 11:25-30

It is a good thing that God is able to do what he purposes to accomplish. Paul could not do so; neither can we. But thanks be to God that though we delight in the law but cannot perform it, Christ has fulfilled the law. In other words, we cannot overcome sin by keeping the law, but Christ has overcome sin for us. We need but come to him to find rest for our souls and be at peace, knowing that beca

Vespers

July 1, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Matthew 16:1–4

This evening's service features the singing of the Service of Evening Prayer (Vespers, LBW page 142), along with the evening hymn, "All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night," (LBW hymn 278), a lesson from Matthew 16:1–4, and a reading from Søren Kierkegaard's 'The Sickness Unto Death.'

Vespers

June 24, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

This evening's service features the singing of the Service of Evening Prayer (Vespers, LBW page 142), along with the evening hymn, "Now the Day Is Over," (LBW hymn 280), a reading from Ecclesiastes 3:1–15, and another reading from Karl Barth's 'Come, Holy Spirit.'

The Third Sunday after Pentecost

June 20, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Jeremiah 20:7–13; Psalm 91:1–16; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:5a, 21-33

“Trust and obey,” says the old hymn. Yet we might also sing, “Trust and abide.” Though one’s ministry is as unsatisfying as Jeremiah’s, as dangerous as David’s, as rigorous as Paul’s, or as treacherous as Jesus’, we are called to be obedient. Christ calls and we must obey, for we are in his service. This call is a call to deep disappointment, rejection, and death—but also great satisfaction, adopt

Vespers

June 17, 2020
Scripture Texts:  1 Timothy 3:14–16

The singing of the Lutheran Service of Evening Prayer (Vespers, LBW page 142), along with the evening hymn, "Now Rest Beneath Night's Shadow," (LBW hymn 282) by Paul Gerhardt and Heinrich Isaac, a reading from the Apostle Paul (1 Timothy 3:14–16), and another reading from Oswald Bayer's essay, "Silence Before God," from the latest issue of 'Lutheran Quarterly.'

The Second Sunday after Pentecost

June 14, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Exodus 19:2–8a; Psalm 100:1–5; Romans 5:6–15; Matthew 9:35–10:20

Following on the heels of Gospel lesson for Trinity Sunday where Jesus sent the disciples into the world to baptize and teach, we see in today’s readings that all of God’s people are sent into the world as a kingdom of priests and a holy nation of proclaimers. We are to make a joyful noise unto and for the Lord. This reconciled priesthood of believers is being sent out as harvesters.

Vespers

June 10, 2020
Scripture Texts:  1 John 5:1–12

The singing of the Lutheran Service of Evening Prayer (LBW page 142), along with the evening hymn, "O Trinity, O Blessed Light," (LBW hymn 275) by Ambrose, a reading from the Apostle John, and the reading of an ancient hymn by Hilary of Poiters

Trinity Sunday

June 7, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Genesis 1:1-2:4a ; Psalm 8:1-10; Acts 2:14a, 22-36; Matthew 28:16-20

The Holy Trinity is anticipated from the beginning. There, the Spirit is the first person of the Trinity to be named in Scripture, even before the Father. However, the one God (Deut 6:4) is expressed in the Hebrew with the plural elohim. Luke recounts Peter’s sermon, showing that our Lord Jesus Christ is divine. Part of our remembering the triune name of God is recalling with the psalmist that we

Pentecost Sunday

May 31, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Numbers 11:24-30; Psalm 25:1-15; Acts 2:1-21; John 7:37-39

Wait for God. Too often, individuals and entire congregations rush ahead of the Spirit. They are determined to do things their way—even if that is the same old way, “the way we’ve always done it in our church.” But God is doing something new, and we may see it, if we wait. Without the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and his guidance (inspiration), we stumble, at best. Alcoholics Anonymous describes

Ascension Sunday

May 24, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Acts 1:1–11; Psalm 47:1–9; Ephesians 1:15–23; Luke 24:44–53

Vespers

May 20, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Ephesians 1:1–10

In the midst of singing Vespers, readings from the Apostle Paul and from Elton Trueblood...

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 17, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Acts 17:16–31; Psalm 66:8–20; 1 Peter 3:13–22; John 14:15–21

The Third Sunday in Lent

March 15, 2020
Scripture Texts:  Exodus 17:1–7; Psalm 95:1–9; Romans 5:1–8; John 4:5–26, 27–30, 39–42

What do we use our mouths for—to grumble or to praise? We suffer a little and grumble about God or his servants. We thirst; we hunger; yet do we rejoice in our sufferings? Those who rejoice instead of complain, endure and ultimately, are refreshed and renewed through their hope in God. They have faith that he is able and willing to provide a veritable sea to gush from a rock, in order to satisfy their needs. He provided living water from the Rock of our salvation so that we need “never be thirsty again. Drink deeply—and rejoice.