November 1st, 2020 – All Saints
WORSHIP & Bible Study
Worship is at 10AM, Lord’s Supper for those present.
This week’s service Bulletin/Worship Link Here
Zoom Info Update: As of 9/27/20 Zoom made either passcodes or a waiting room mandatory. Meeting ID: 645 848 5288 Passcode: miracles
Bible Study 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
Sunday afternoon, hopefully after a nap and some football, I usually take out the bulletin for the following week. The hymns, liturgy and the like have usually been planned at least a few weeks prior. Long standing tradition in the church is that the Gospel reading is the text of the sermon, so that is usually the hymn key. But my work on that Sunday afternoon is to start thinking how would I preach each of these texts: Old Testament or First Reading, Epistle or Gospel. I usually try and take in each lesson in one of two ways. The first to me is a Lutheran Theology way in four parts. What is our human trouble that the text is presenting? This is the law teaching. How does the scripture tell us Jesus addresses our trouble? This is the gospel teaching. And then, how do those law and gospel teachings become reality in our lives? My second method is something much older, but also something that I’ve found to be maybe not quite as reductionistic. What does the literal text say and do? That is the field the sermon will play on, the boundary lines. How is Christ taught in this or what is the Christology? The scriptures teach that all the law, prophets and writings spoke about Him, so we need to find Christ in it or we have missed the meaning. This is usually the good news for right now. Then that boundary and Christology lead to the question: How shall we live? There is usually a moral teaching or in preaching what becomes the exhortation. The final question is one of eschatology. How fulfilled is the promise of this teaching? What is now and what is not yet?
Preachers of past centuries would have often had other services such as a Vespers or Sunday evening or a Wednesday Service or even a daily service at which their work in preparing for Sunday prime could be used. If the Gospel was given pride of place in Sunday morning, the Epistle might be for vespers and the OT reading for Wednesday (or just a catechetical service, a reading from the catechism). COVID’s changes to our regular rhythms have afforded a chance, if a modern twist on it, to bring some of that back. The Catechism moment which I try to email out on Wednesdays is that the midweek catechetical service. And this expanded weekly meditation I have been using to address one of the texts that is not the Sunday sermon text. Since most of you get it on Friday in the email, it is something of a Vespers for the work week. Or if you take the paper copy home after Sunday it might be the evenings Vespers. At the same time I’m pondering next week’s texts, you could be putting this weeks to bed.
This week, All Saints Celebration, I’m leaving the beatitudes for your consideration. Sunday morning you’ll hear Revelation from the pulpit. Which leaves the epistle, which is one of the sweetest short readings in the scriptures. What is the trouble in the text? The World does not know us, because it did not know Him. The world works according to its own laws, or it tries to. The best mourners can hope for is acceptance. The meek shall get an eternal boot to the face. The merciful will get stabbed in the back. But the Kingdom of God does not work that way. And those who attempt to live in the Kingdom of God, the world just doesn’t recognize other than as fools. But Christ has overcome the world and all its rules – the greatest of those rules being that the dead stay dead. Christ is risen, “and when he appears we shall be like him.” For this reason, that we have been joined with Christ in baptism into his death, and so shall also rise with him, we are truly the Children of God. He is the Son of God and we shall be like Him. And so children, “see what kind of love the Father has given to us.” The Kingdom is yours. “We are God’s children now, but what we will be has not yet appeared.” Now, we live in the midst of the world that does not comprehend. It didn’t comprehend Him, neither does it recognize his brothers and sisters. But, you are his brothers and sisters. And soon we will all “see him as he is.” Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. And you have been purified in your hope. “Everyone who thus hopes in him is purified.” The Holy Spirit has taken residence in your heart and made is a quiet chamber kept for him. You shall see Him as he is. In our flesh we shall see God.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF: Nov 2nd – Nov 9th
Mon. – Fri. ……….….… 8:00am Preschool
Tuesday: ………………. 7:00pm Board of Elders Meeting
Wednesday: …………… 7:00pm LAF
Thursday: ……………… 10:00am Bible Study
Sunday: …………………. 10:00am Worship
11:15am Bible Study
- Thurs 10am: We are reading the book of Ezekiel, at least parts of it. The strangest book in the bible, but also one keyed to the anxieties of the moment. Everyone welcome, including on zoom.
- Confirmation: Practical Unit on “how to have an intentional prayer life.”
- Life Application Fellowship (LAF): is next meeting on Wednesdays, Nov 4th at 7 PM. We will be on the Zoom line.
- Sunday Morning: Study will be at 11:15ish, after worship, in the sanctuary on the zoom line.
- Catechism Moment: We’ve started on the sacrament of Baptism and the sacraments in general.
WOMENS GROUP: During our meeting this week we agreed to spend some of our Spring Beef on Weck profits in the following ways …
$400 … donation to the Organ Fund
$200 … Community Lutheran to assist with their holiday endeavors
$200 … direct Congregational support
$100 … Calvary Food Cupboard
? … looking into adopting a RHAFT family for Christmas
Pandemic Challenge for RHAFT : Food collections for RHAFT are ongoing and in urgent need as we all struggle to weather this Pandemic. We would like to implement a weekly collection of items like we have done during Lent in previous years. A list has been posted on the bulletin board as well as attached to this bulletin. If you would like to contribute to the Rush-Henrietta Food Pantry, a box is located under the round table in the narthex for non-perishable items. Please remember that the items donated cannot be past their expiration date.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD shoeboxes are now available for you take home and fill.
If you would like someone to shop for your box, the sign-up is on the bulletin board. We are still only charging $30 to fill and pay postage for a box; cash or check accepted (please make checks out to St. Mark Women’s Group). The deadline to have someone else shop for your box is Sunday, November 2nd. Your name must be on the sign-up and payment turned in to either Ellen or Mindy.
MEN’S CLUB MEETING: The Men’s Club is meeting at St. Mark in person on Monday, November 9th at 6pm. Please sign up on the bulletin board if you plan to attend.
Operation Christmas Child Collection Week: Collection week is Nov. 16-23. Please sign-up and volunteer to “man the booth” which will be open for 3 hours a day. I’m putting up volunteer sheets for 1-hour slots. Please consider helping in this.
CONGREGATIONAL MTGS: November 15th/Budget Presentation & December 6th/Final Vote