November 22nd, 2020 – Last Sunday of the Church Year
WORSHIP & Bible Study
Worship is at 10AM, Lord’s Supper for those present.
This week’s service Bulletin/Worship Link Here
Zoom Info: Meeting ID: 645 848 5288 Passcode: miracles
Bible Study after service or 11:15ish. I’ll keep the zoom line on.
Devotion & Prayer Thought
In our Thursday bible study we haven’t read to Ezekiel 34 yet, but our Old Testament text echoes many parts of what we have read. The larger people of Israel don’t escape the prophet’s call for repentance, but throughout the Lord’s great problem is with the leaders of his people. Their priests practice idolatry in the Temple. Their prophets proclaim peace, when the destruction of Jerusalem is around the corner. The King’s counselors are out to make a buck, along with every hustler hawking magic amulets and scarves. And the King? Absent, a non-entity. The result is that the people themselves are lost. But the Lord promises a remnant.
And on that day, “Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out…I will rescue them from all the places they have been scattered.” And the greatest promise? “I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep.” The King will no longer be absent, but will be the good shepherd. And the actions of the good shepherd? “Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat and the lean sheep.”
There is definitely good in such a judgement. It is something to look forward to. Honest scales and true justice, there is a reason the next to the last words of Revelation are “Amen, Come quickly, Lord Jesus.” And I think the lack of that true King, the good judge, is what often drives our discontents. There is a reason why the word “justice” is popular. But maybe it is the Lutheran in me that pauses at outright rejoicing. Looking for the judge is looking for the law. And the law always finds some way to condemn us. We probably focus too much on the division of the fat and the lean, and miss what comes after. The story doesn’t end there. That is just beginning of the Kingdom which does not end. “I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them.” The wounds are bound and healed. Justice is proclaimed. And the work of the Kingdom continues into eternal life. The Prince is among them, no longer absent or a non-entity. The final words of Revelation aren’t that clear and good desire for justice; they are “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all.” May we all suffer here with Christ, that we might share in that Kingdom. May we not tire of running the race as prey now, that then “we shall no longer be prey”.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF: Nov 23rd – Nov 29th
Mon. – Fri. ……….….… NO Preschool
Monday ……………….. 11:00am O.C.C. Shoebox Collection closes
Wednesday: ……………. 7:00pm Thanksgiving Eve Service
Thursday: ……………… Thanksgiving
NO Bible Study
Sunday: …………………. 10:00am Worship
11:00am Bible Study
- Thurs 10am: No bible study on Thanksgiving
- Confirmation: Thanksgiving break. We will pick up with baptism next week
- Life Application Fellowship (LAF): is next meeting on Wednesdays, Dec 2nd 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: Finished Confession and the Keys this week. Sacrament of the Altar next
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD as of Friday afternoon St. Mark has filled 57 shoeboxes and collected more than 700 boxes from the community to pack in cartons. The cartons will be loaded onto a rented U-haul truck and taken to a location in Webster where they will be joined by other cartons and transferred to a semi-truck for the next leg of the journey. Pastor Brown would appreciate assistance today (Sunday) in loading the U-haul. Thank you to all who helped with St. Mark’s leg of the journey.
CONGREGATIONAL MTG: December 6th/Final Vote
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.
Week 4 – Nov. 22: BOXES
(cereals, granola bars, oats, boxed potatoes, macaroni and cheese mixes, pasta, crackers, “Hamburger Helper”, stuffing mix, rice…)