September 27, 2020 – 17th Sunday after Pentecost
WORSHIP & Bible Study
Bible Study will start this weekend after service or 11:15ish. I’ll keep the zoom line on. We are going to walk through the biblical stories on pestilence in Israel. Numbers 11, 16 (Korah’s Rebellion) and 2 Samuel 24 (David’s Census). Everyone is encouraged to stay or to jump in online. (I think I have even figured out a way to get online voices through the main church speakers.)
Devotion & Prayer Thought
It is simplistic to say but bad things are always a sign for repentance. The first thesis of Luther’s famous 95 was “The Lord called for the entire life of believers to be one of penitence.” That is not usually our response. In asking why this is happening to us, it is not to discern our faults and turn and live. We ask that as ancient Israel was asking it, to find worthy candidates for blame. “The Fathers have eaten sour grapes and the children’s teeth are set on edge.” God promised us milk and honey, but we got sour grapes, and now our kids are unruly and misbehaved. It is all God’s fault.
I’d challenge you to go read the missing verses from our Old Testament reading today. It has one of the Old Testament’s clearest pronouncements of the Gospel. “None of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him, for the righteousness that he has done shall live. Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?”
This life is a choice of two ways: our way or the Lord’s way. Our way leads nowhere but enslavement to our own appetites and ultimately death. The Lord’s way begins in the freedom of his grace and leads to life eternal. That grace has been extended to us in Christ which gives us the freedom to count up our sins and repent. They will not be held against us for the LORD does not desire the death of his children. And it gives us the freedom to walk in new ways. It is wrong to say that bad things come as punishments for specific sins, but they are tests. They are signposts for us to ask: which way am I walking? Is this current trouble something minor compared to the enteral damnation I am walking towards? Or is this current trouble a minor inconvenience compared to the eternal glory that awaits (2 Cor 4:17). The way of the LORD is just. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the Kingdom is theirs. May we consider our ways and turn and life.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF: Sept 28th – Oct 4th
Mon. – Fri. ……….….… 8:00am Preschool
Thursday: ……………… 9:00am Beef on Weck Prep day … brownie baking
10:00am Bible Study
Friday: ……………..…… 9:00am Beef on Weck Prep day … potato salad day
Saturday: ………………. 4:30pm Beef on Weck Drive Thru
Sunday: …………………. 10:00am Worship
11:15am Bible Study
- Thurs 10am: New Study Starting this week. Everyone welcome, including on zoom
- Confirmation: Confirmation 2 got restarted. Reviewing the Lord’s Prayer.
- Life Application Fellowship (LAF): is next meeting on Wednesdays, October 7th at 7 PM. We will be on the Zoom line.
- Sunday Morning: Study will be at 11:15ish, after worship, in the sanctuary. I’ll also have this on the zoom line. And I will have coffee.
- Catechism Moment:We are continuing to our walk through the catechism in your inbox
It is still mowing season. Thank you and please remember to do your part.
BEEF ON WECK DRIVE-THRU … Save the date … Saturday, October 3rd
We still have volunteer openings and there is still time to sign up. Volunteers will leave here with dinners without having to go thru the Drive Thru line! 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.