June 25, 2017 is Pentecost 3A


Dear Leaders,    

Jeremiah 20:7-13 - O Lord, you have enticed me, and I was enticed; you have overpowered me, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all day long; everyone mocks me.
Genesis 21:8-21 - Abraham and Sarah cast off Hagar, the slave woman and her child.

Psalm 86:1-10 - Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. In the day of trouble I call upon you, for you answer me.
Psalm 69:7-10, (11-15), 16-18 - Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good; according to your abundant mercy, turn to me. Do not hide your face from your servant, for I am in distress-make haste to answer me. Draw near to me, redeem me, set me free because of my enemies.

Romans 6:1b-11 - Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

Matthew 10:24-39 - Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. ...and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.

We now move into the long green time after Pentecost that has traditionally been called Ordinary Time. It's always good to somehow break up the time; which, aside from a few festival Sundays, will be with us until November 16th. I have often changed the liturgy setting 3 times during the season. And perhaps some kind of - or several - sermon series could be based on the gospel readings. 

Yours in Christ, 

Bishop Michael Rinehart

June 29 - July 7

July 15
Gathering volunteer application deadline

Gathering financial assistance application opens

August 5

September 10

September 24

October 8

October 15

October 16 - 17
Interim Pastors Retreat

October 23
Catholics & Protestants praying together for the 500th
St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans
7:00 pm

October 25
Catholics & Protestants praying together for the 500th
Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Houston
7:30 pm

October 29 - November 7

December 18 - 19
Candidacy Retreat

January 19 - 20
Ethiopia with Acts of Wisdom


Michael Rinehart is Bishop of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a community of over a hundred congregations, campus ministries, retreat centers, and other agencies.

Serving as bishop of this synod since 2007 is an honor, a challenge, and a joy. It has given him the opportunity to work with many gifted pastors and committed people of faith. We are creating communities that make disciples who serve the world in Jesus' name.