September 6, 2020 – 14th Sunday after Pentecost
Everything remains on our current schedule. 10AM, Lord’s Supper for those present.
Zoom (same as before): https://zoom.us/j/6458485288
Devotion & Prayer Thought
It is funny how certain passages of the bible are taken to be “hard sayings” in one age and then in the next are just common wisdom while others become hard. Romans 13 is one of those that I think is becoming a hard saying. By the way Peter says the same thing in 1 Peter 2. And if you want the Jesus reference, look at John 19:11. What they all say is be subject to the governing authorities because God placed them there. As many of us drift further apart politically, it has become harder for many to be subject. But we should remember the names that were in place while Paul and Peter and Jesus were around: Pilate, Caligula and Nero. Those are not Washington and Jefferson.
In general Paul – a Roman citizen – seems to have a more sanguine approach to Roman rule. It is Jesus before Pilate and Peter’s passage that recognize that a ruler with legitimate authority can also be committing great sin. And it is those two who acknowledge that it might be the duty of the Christian to do the right thing and have the ruler punish them for it. “If you do good and suffer for it, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.” Paul might address it just before Romans 13 when he reminds us “live peaceably with all, but never avenge yourselves…vengeance is mine says the Lord.” The tricky thing in these circumstances is to determine just what is the good? John Brown thought Harpers Ferry was the good. And abolition of slavery was definitely a good, but was it his call to seize the arms to do so? More modern, is killing an abortion doctor the good? Abortion is an evil and ending it would be good. But is that our call in that way? If you are going to be doing “the good” instead of honoring the ruler, it probably looks a lot more like Jesus and Peter and Paul. All who argued and preached and reproached, but who were killed by the state without violence on their part. When you pick up the stone, you better be sure you are the clean one to throw it, if you do not have governmental authority vested.
This is one of the reasons we pray weekly for those in offices that they might use their office for the good of the people. So that we might be able to lead quiet lives with integrity. Being “the man” is not quite as easy as we think. And “the man” will be held accountable by God for how he or she used their authority. We pray that we aren’t put into that position of determining “the good”, because we see poorly. We pray for the wisdom to see the good for those who are granted authority. But we also pray for the courage to walk the way of the cross should that quiet life not be ours.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF: Sept 7th – September 13th
Mon. – Fri. ………….… 8:00am Preschool
Wednesday: …………… 7:00pm LAF
Thursday: …………….. 10:00am Bible Study
Sunday: ………………… 10:00am Worship
11:15am Bible Study
- Thurs 10am: We will be looking at “pestilence” in the bible (Numbers 11:31-35, 16:1-50, 2 Samuel 24:1-25)
- Confirmation: 2nd year class will be starting up mid-September after we figure out school. I’ll be in touch.
- Life Application Fellowship (LAF): Start up on Wednesdays, starting September 9th at 7 PM. We will be on the Zoom line.
- Sunday Morning: This may or may not fly, but I’m moving this Study to 11:15 (after service) and we will hold it in the Sanctuary for now. It will also be on the zoom line. I honestly don’t know how this will work, but we are going to try.
- Catechism Moment: I hope these email delivered short catechism refreshers are encouraging and timely.
It is still mowing season and with all of the rain we have been getting of late the grass is growing fast! Please remember to do your part. Friday or Saturday mowing is the preferred timeframe. We ask that you make arrangements with someone else on the schedule if you have a previous commitment on the date you are assigned. There is a white tin in the News Nest that contains a key for the church and the padlock combination as well as Jerry’s cell number for an emergency. If you have any questions please contact Jerry Gardner.
BEEF ON WECK DRIVE-THRU … Save the date … Saturday, October 3rd
The volunteer sign-up will soon be posted. We have made some adjustments to the plan we used for the Spring Drive-Thru in hopes of making it even more streamline. (Recap … we sold 300 meals in ONE hour!) Realizing that we will probably sell out in an hour means that we need to have more help BEFORE the first meal is sold. Of course, we will again be wearing gloves and masks and doing our best to social distance while working. However, there are several jobs that can be done separate from other people if you would like to volunteer some time but are hesitant to step outside your Covid Bubble. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mindy if you have any questions.
This is a first-come, first serve meal. We will NOT be selling tickets in advance. However, posting a flyer around town and sharing our Facebook ad is appreciated.