Good morning and welcome to worship for August 09, 2020. I’m Pastor Brian, here at Richfield Lutheran Church, in south Minneapolis. With us today is Mary as our vocalist. (M.B. is on vacation. Paul continues recovery from surgery the other week.) Today is the tenth Sunday after Pentecost. Our gospel is Matthew 14:22-33. When the disciples face a great storm on the sea, they cry out with fear. Jesus says: “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Amid the storms of life, we gather to seek the calm presence of Christ that soothes our fears. In comforting words of scripture and in the refreshing bread and cup of the eucharist, God grants us peace and sends us forth to be a sign of God’s presence to others.