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June 23rd

Second Sunday after Pentecost
9:00 - Worship
10:00 - Coffee Fellowship
Tuesday, June 25th
7:30AM - Prayer Group

Thursday, June 27th
2:00-5:30 - Laurens Community
Blood Drive at BLC
Pastor & family on vacation
June 13-27

Sunday: June 30th
Third Sunday after Pentecost
9:00 - Worship
10:00 - Coffee Fellowship

Thursday, July 4th
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June 23, 2019 ~ Second Sunday after Pentecost

First Reading: Isaiah 65:1-9 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
65 I was ready to be sought out by those who did not ask, to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, "Here I am, here I am," to a nation that did not call on my name.
2 I held out my hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, following their own devices;
3 a people who provoke me to my face continually, sacrificing in gardens and offering incense on bricks;
4 who sit inside tombs, and spend the night in secret places; who eat swine's flesh, with broth of abominable things in their vessels;
5 who say, "Keep to yourself, do not come near me, for I am too holy for you." These are a smoke in my nostrils, a fire that burns all day long.
6 See, it is written before me: I will not keep silent, but I will repay; I will indeed repay into their laps
7 their[a] iniquities and their[b] ancestors' iniquities together, says the LORD; because they offered incense on the mountains and reviled me on the hills, I will measure into their laps full payment for their actions.
8 Thus says the LORD: As the wine is found in the cluster, and they say, "Do not destroy it, for there is a blessing in it," so I will do for my servants' sake, and not destroy them all.
9 I will bring forth descendants[c] from Jacob, and from Judah inheritors[d] of my mountains; my chosen shall inherit it, and my servants shall settle there.

Psalm 22:19-28 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
19 But you, O LORD, do not be far away! O my help, come quickly to my aid!
20 Deliver my soul from the sword, my life[a] from the power of the dog!
21 Save me from the mouth of the lion! From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued[b] me.
22 I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;[c] in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23 You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him; stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24 For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me,[d] but heard when I[e] cried to him.
25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
26 The poor[f] shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD. May your hearts live forever!
27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.[g]
28 For dominion belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.

Second Reading: Galatians 3:23-29 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
23 Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. 24 Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. 27 As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's offspring,[a] heirs according to the promise.
Gospel: Luke 8:26-39 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Pastor reads
26 Then they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes,[a] which is opposite Galilee. 27 As he stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn[b] no clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me"- 29 for Jesus[c] had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many times it had seized him; he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.) 30 Jesus then asked him, "What is your name?" He said, "Legion"; for many demons had entered him. 31 They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss.
32 Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding; and the demons[d] begged Jesus[e] to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. 33 Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep


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