Pastor Collins tied the presentation to the gospel lesson, noting as Jesus freed the woman in the synagogue from what bound her, so he can free us from the heavy burdens that bend us low: guilt, shame, over scheduling, over busyness, etc. Jesus frees us to stand up straight and join in praise of God and service of neighbor. This weeks “up”: Straighten up!
St. Paul’s News and Notes: St. Paul’s will be participating in God’s Work Our Hands Sunday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ELCA. From 8:30-10:15 am, a “Table of Grace” providing a free continental breakfast for anyone who desires it will be set up at a to be determined spot in Karnes City; canned goods will be collected at worship that morning to stock the shelves of the Thrift Center Food Pantry; and the Play Set will be dedicated following the regular 10:30 am worship service. Women of St. Paul’s are collecting items for LWR School Kits and for the Physical offering at the Synod WELCA Convention this fall. The first of three Women of St. Paul’s Bake Sales (complete with locally crafted tamales) will be held on Sept. 14 from 8:30 am until sold out at the Kenedy Wal-Mart. All baked good donations are greatly appreciated.