September 2, 2018 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Jesus protests against human customs being given the weight of divine law, while the essence of God’s law is ignored. True uncleanness comes not from external things, but from the intentions of the human heart. Last week Jesus told us “the words I have spoken to you are spirit and life”. Now James says “God has given us birth by the word of truth. We, having been washed in the word when we were born in the font, return to it every Sunday to ask God to create in us clean hearts”.
During Labor Day weekend, God, we pray that all our labors, whether big or small in the world’s eyes, will glorify your name. Amen.
Welcome to worship! May our time together strengthen us so we can serve God in whatever work we do.
Happy Birthday to Damion Adams, born on the 4th of September, and to Steve Zeedyk, born on September 9th. God’s blessings on you both.
Council will meet next Sunday following worship.
Next Week’s Schedule
9:30 AM Wednesday – Set up for the Rummage Sale
9:30 AM Sunday – Sunday School
10:45 AM Sunday – Worship/communion
12:00 PM Sunday – Council meeting
Sept. 2nd Lector: Nancy Smith
Next Sunday’s Lector: Karen Strohschein
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September 9, 2018 –Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
James tells us to stop showing favoritism in the assembly, treating the rich visitor with more honor than the poor one. Jesus himself seems to show partiality in his first response to the Syrophoenician woman in today’s gospel. Was he testing her faith in saying Gentiles don’t deserve the goods meant for God’s children? Or was he speaking out of his human worldview, but transcended those limits when she took him by surprise with her reply? Either way, the story tells us that God shows no partiality. Everyone who brings her or his need to Jesus is received with equal honor as a child and heir.
Say to those who are of a fearful heart, ‘Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God” (Isaiah 35:4, NRSV). Whatever our fears and anxieties, Lord, may we find peace in your presence. Welcome to worship and the start of a new year of Christian education. May all who gather here know God’s love.
We welcome and invite to our Lord’s Table all those baptized persons who truly believe that Christ is present in these elements of bread and wine. We offer both the small cup and the chalice. If you prefer the chalice, please refuse the small cup.
Happy birthday to Ashton Wittorff, born on September 9th, to Ed Wittorff, born on September 14th and to Alice Sturgeon, born on September 15th, and a Happy Anniversary to Darrell and LuAnn Kochis, married on September 11th. May God bring you great happiness on your very special days!
Council met today immediately following worship.
9:30 AM Sunday -Sunday School
10:45 AM Sunday Worship/communion
12:00 PM Sunday Council meeting/ Pot luck after service.
Sept. 9 Lector: Karen Strohschein
Next Sunday’s Lector: Nels Christenson
Pastor Wayne Strohschein, 417-683-2885