Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Christians around the world have differing opinions about how high their taxes should be. Yet most churches have taught that believers should support their government, at least when it is functioning honorably. Come to worship this Sunday, to hear Matthew's words about allegiance to country and to God, and join with the community to pray for wisdom to be God's people in our time and place.

If joining us on Facebook.com/ctkbozeman, here is this Sunday's bulletin.

Nursery care for children age four and under will be available during worship, in the nursery area. Sara, our Nursery Attendant, is glad to be back at CtK.

The service will be livestreamed on Facebook Sunday morning (watch on facebook.com/ctkbozeman), and available later in the week via recording on both Facebook, the CtK YouTube channel and here on our website.

In our prayers this week:

  • All who have been evacuated from their homes or lost their homes (and income) due to wildfires, hurricanes, storms;
  • Individuals who are ill, injured, or in special need, and those who have requested prayers: Mae, Edward, John, Robert, Randy, Brooke, Nevaeh, Dean, Eric, William, Butch, Bill, Duncan, Luke;
  • All those affected by the corona virus around the world - those who are ill and healthcare workers caring for the infected;
  • All students, parents, faculty and school administrators learning a new way of teaching/learning, whether it is in person or online learning, or both;
  • Pastors, pastoral leaders, LPAs and congregation and ministry leaders across the synod as they find ways to serve their communities and congregations;
  • Victims of violence, racism, and oppression;
  • Families and individuals seeking asylum, all refugees, and children separated from their parents;
  • Our bishops, the Rev. Dr. Laurie Jungling and the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton;
  • These ministries of the Montana Synod and the ELCA: Trinity Lutheran, Culbertson; Zion Lutheran, Brockton; First Lutheran, Circle; and the South Central Synod of Wisconsin and the South East Michigan Synod.

Financial Stewardship

You can give online to CtK, or send a check to the church (4383 Durston Road, Bozeman, MT 59718). You can also give by TEXT. Enter the amount you wish to give and text it to 406-510-0929. Follow the registration instructions. You will receive a verification text as well as a receipt via email.

You can also give by clicking on the green GIVE button on the Home page of this website.

Questions? Contact the church office (406-577-2382) for more information about giving electronically.

Thank you for your generosity!

Pastor's Letter


You belong to God.

In the Gospel reading this Sunday, we will hear Jesus tell his challengers to give God the things that are God's. It's part of a conversation about taxes - paid with coins bearing the image of the emperor - and whether or not those taxes should be paid. Jesus says to give the emperor his due, but doesn't stop there. He says to give God the things that are God's. That would be ourselves, for the image of God is on each one of us; we are created in the image of God.

It is good news to belong to God, who is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. On Sunday, we will hear the story again, pray for the world God loves, and be fed at the table. Then we will be sent back in to the world, bearing God's image, and recognizing God's image in each person we meet.

I'll be honest, worship last Sunday felt a bit strange: good to be back in the sanctuary, but weird to be so spread apart from each other and not sing. The Worship & Arts Team will continue to make adjustments, and hopefully the new updated version of the software for projecting the service will run well this week - thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

In case you missed all the details about gathering in person shared last week, you can find them on this website. The short version:

  • Sunday School and Adult Forum are at home/online for now. (Adult Forum 7:00pm Sundays, on Zoom. Check your Friday email for the link.
  • Stay home if you don't feel good or are waiting for the results of a Covid-19 test.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Follow the ushers' directions when you arrive at CtK.
  • If you become ill in the days after worshiping, please call the church office.
  • We will continue to stream the service online each Sunday at facebook.com/ctkbozeman and post it by midweek on YouTube.

God's peace be with you,

+ Pastor Lindean

worship (during normal times)

We gather for worship Sunday mornings at 10:00am. Child care is offered at all worship services. Please come as you are and join us! We use a variety of liturgical and blended forms for worship, and we are a congregation who loves to sing old hymns, contemporary praise songs and music from our Christian brothers and sisters around the world. We celebrate the Lord's Supper (Holy Communion) at each Sunday morning service, and all are welcome to the table. The pastors offer a children's message at each service. Their sermons connect the Bible with life today.

During Advent (the four weeks before Christmas) and Lent (the 6 weeks before Easter) we gather for worship on Wednesday evenings (6:30pm), usually preceded by a simple supper of soup and bread (6:00pm). 

Contact the church office for more information.