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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

September 22, 2019–Can’t Do It Alone

Amy Martinell, Sioux Falls, SD

Warm-up Question

Today’s parable is about a dishonest servant.  Share the first time you remember lying or being dishonest.  What happened?  Did you come clean or have you kept it a secret?

Can’t Do It Alone

Last night tornados and severe straight-line winds struck Sioux Falls, SD, where I live.  Most people here spent the midnight hours monitoring the storm and taking shelter in their basements. Today the community is flooded with images of the devastation the storms brought.   Buildings are destroyed, trees are uprooted, and power lines are down.  Hospitals had to transfer patients and schools started late this morning, to allow for the streets to be cleaned.  Fortunately, no deaths are serious injuries have been reported.  While there is a lot of damage, we are grateful everyone is safe.

Storms are terrifying things and none of us want to experience them, but I am moved by what we are experiencing after the storm as our community comes together.  Friends and family have been calling and texting to check in with one another.  Local restaurants are providing free meals for city officials and first responders.  Our city helpline is already organizing volunteers and encouraging those who need help with clean up to call for assistance.  As I ran errands this morning, people in the stores took the time to check in with each other, and strangers provided listening ears for one another.  In the midst of the fear and destruction, we see so many caring individuals looking out for each other.

Discussion Questions

  • What is your favorite activity to do with your family?  With your friends?  
  • What groups provide support and community for you?  
  • Who has been a support for you doing a hard or scary time?

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Amos 8:4-7

1 Timothy 2:1-7

Luke 16:1-13

(Text links are to Oremus Bible Browser. Oremus Bible Browser is not affiliated with or supported by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. You can find the calendar of readings for Year C at Lectionary Readings

For lectionary humor and insight, check the weekly comic Agnus Day.

Gospel Reflection

Can I be honest and say this is a really strange parable?  First we have the manager who is told he will lose his job.   The man cannot do hard labor and does not want to beg so he hatches a plan.  He will forgive the debts of others so that they may give him a place to stay when he loses his job.  So without any permission he lessens the amount owed by two of his master’s debtors.  Surprisingly the master praises him for his shrewd actions and he appears to keep his job.

It is a bit disconcerting that Jesus tells a parable praising dishonest actions, but I cannot help but notice at the heart of the parable is this man being awaken to his need for other people in his life.  We can assume by his panicked response to losing his position that he had no friends or family to take him in.  Suddenly when things go wrong, he realizes he needed other people to help him.  He realizes he needs a community.  

We cannot serve two masters.  When we are concerned only with our own needs, when we focus only on wealth or possessions or status, we cannot live a life of faith.  Our lives instead become limited and we are left alone in our times of need.  When Christ is our master, our world open up.  We are given a community of faithful believers that support us in whatever we are going through.

Discussion Questions

  • Why do you think Jesus told his disciples this parable?  What might they learn from it?
  • Is there ever a time when it is okay to act dishonestly?  Why or why not?
  • What is the problem with trying to serve two masters?  What other things in your life can become your master?
  • How do you view money?  Are you a saver, a spender, or a giver?  How does your faith influence your thoughts on money?

Activity Suggestions

Words of affirmation:    Have everyone write their name on a piece of paper.  Pass the papers around and have everyone write something they appreciate about each person on their paper.  Encourage youth to keep the words of affirmation.  Share together why you like coming to youth group and what you appreciate about this group.

Closing Prayer

Gracious God,  we give you thanks for the gift of community in our lives.  We thank you for those who support and care for us.  Help us to do our part to spread love and hope in our communities.  Amen

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

September 15, 2019–Pain in Losing, Joy in Finding

Tim Jacobsen, West Des Moines, IA

Warm-up Question

What is the longest time you have spent looking for something? Where did it end up being? How did you feel? (Be honest, it’s ok to say it was right in front of your face)    

Pain in Losing, Joy in Finding

Take some time to familiarize yourself with the devastation from Hurricane Dorian, here is a helpful link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/03/us/hurricane-dorian-updates.html.

Pro Tip: Be sensitive to those students who may be scared or storms or who have gone through severe weather events and know that it may bring up emotions for them. Talk about the storm, but don’t force response or shame those who this could bring up emotions for. 

Hurricane Dorian has left devastation and damage along its path. Think of the many who were in the path of Dorian. Many had to make the choice between staying, weathering the storm and trying to keep their belongings safe, and evacuating with what they can take and hoping for the best. Hurricane season comes at a time when people are taking the last of their summer vacations.  Tourists have to decide what they are going to do or, if they have not left home, whether they should even go on the trip.  

Big weather events bring up a range of emotions for people. Some are eager to see the weather, but not the devastation that can happen. Others are scared for loved ones or worried about what the damage means for them moving forward. In times of worry or crisis we tend to take inventory of what we have, and what those things mean to us. The things that hold a lot of meaning are things that we try to keep safe or take with us because we couldn’t bear to lose them. 

Discussion Questions

  • What do you hold close or valuable to you?
  • How do you keep those things safe?
  • How would you feel if you lost it?

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 32:7-14

1 Timothy 1:12-17

Luke 15:1-10

(Text links are to Oremus Bible Browser. Oremus Bible Browser is not affiliated with or supported by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. You can find the calendar of readings for Year C at Lectionary Readings

For lectionary humor and insight, check the weekly comic Agnus Day.

Gospel Reflection

I remember when I was little and was out running errands with my mom. We were in a store that had tall displays, so it was hard for those of us who were short to see over them. This led me to lose my mom in the store. I was scared and wondered how I would get home. Mind you, all this happened before cell phones, so I couldn’t call her and ask where she was. My mom was in the zone, looking for whatever she was looking for, so she did not realize right away that we were separated. I decided I would go to the front of the store; they paged her over the speakers to come up and meet me at the front. I was so glad to find her and did my best to stay close the rest of that shopping trip. 

In the Gospel reading for today there were some pharisees and scribes, basically some really churchy people, debating and judging Jesus’s actions. Jesus then turned the conversation around (as he often does) and posed this question to them, “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?”

I would ask some questions about the sheep’s age or health, really trying to answer the question of the sheep’s value. But that does not figure into the story.  In Judea, the hilly terrain could make it hard to find a sheep and there were spots where sheep could get and humans couldn’t easily follow. The shepherd must have put out a lot of effort for one lost animal.  Jesus adds that once the sheep is found the shepherd throws a party because the lost sheep was found. 

Then Jesus tells the parable of a lady losing a coin and looking all over for it. This wasn’t just any coin like the ones we lose in a couch and forget about; this coin was a half or full day’s pay. We don’t know her financial status but a half day’s pay is not something to just lose and ignore. She, like the shepherd, looks all over and throws a party rejoicing that it was found.  

Could you imagine throwing a party for a lost sheep or a missing coin? I’m down for a good party, but these seem like lame reasons to throw a party. To top it off the sheep or coin couldn’t even say thank you or show repentance for being lost. If we just take this view, we miss the point. 

These parables illustrate that God cares about those who are on the margins or missing. God knows what is best for us and wants us to be in community with God, not because God needs us, but because God cares about us. This could have been shocking news to the religious elite of the day because they were thinking they had an in with God and that they mattered most to God. Jesus embodied God’s goal for community through his life and ministry. Jesus ate and spent time with those who were on the margins and challenged the religious elite to expand their vision.

Discussion Questions

  • Have you ever felt like you were missing?
  • What makes you feel welcomed?
  • How did these parables make you feel?
  • How can you welcome people into your youth group or church?
  • Who are some people you can reach out to our invite?

Activity Suggestions

All are welcome: Those are common words on church signs, but do you really mean it? The kingdom of God is for the people of God, which is everyone. It can be so easy to count people as lost or ignore them. Take a look at your youth group and think how a visitor would feel. Talk through what it could look like to invite people or what could change in your group to make all feel welcome. 

The point of this exercise isn’t just to grow numbers.  We are called to make Christ know to all, so let’s do that.  

Thank you: Write a note thanking someone who helped you when you felt lost or not included. Thank them for making you feel welcome or for reaching out to you.  

Closing Prayer

Good and Gracious God, we thank you for your presence with us and love that you have for us. We ask that you open our eyes to those around us who need to feel your love. Work through us as we go out to be your hands and feet. We have been blessed with much and long for much, help us to be content and willing to share our blessings with others.  Amen

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

September 8, 2019–Count the Cost

Brian Hiortdahl, West Hills, CA

Warm-up Question

When has your heart wanted something your head decided you could not afford?  

Count the Cost

In her 2018 article “Fewer Ministers, Heavier Burden,” Jean Hopfensberger chronicles the changing landscape of church leadership:

www.startribune.com/fewer-men-and-women-are-entering-the-seminary/490381681/

Among the multiple reasons identified for the growing shortage of seminarians and clergy is the challenge of financial viability. One experienced Lutheran camp director has identified this as the primary reason that the young adults with whom he works are deciding not to enter the ministry. He observes that there has been no decrease in the number of those who consider or feel a call to ministry, but more and more conclude that there is no viable future in it.

Discussion Questions

  •  Have you or your community felt any impact of the trends identified in the article? If so, how?
  • What changes do you anticipate in the church in your lifetime if this trend continues?  Do you think these changes are positive or negative or both?
  • Would you consider ministry as a career?  Why or why not?

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Philemon 1-21

Luke 14:25-33

(Text links are to Oremus Bible Browser. Oremus Bible Browser is not affiliated with or supported by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. You can find the calendar of readings for Year C at Lectionary Readings

For lectionary humor and insight, check the weekly comic Agnus Day.

Gospel Reflection

Jesus has harsh, jarring words for the crowds traveling with him (notice that Luke does not write “following” him!):  Whoever does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself cannot become my disciple.  Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple…  None of you can become my disciples if you do not give up all your possessions. 

In the midst of these shocking statements, Jesus makes analogies to a builder and a king who must first sit down and estimate the cost of the projects they are considering. What if they can’t start what they finish?  If they conclude that there is no viable future in their plans, wouldn’t they be foolish to go through with them?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer famously wrote in his classic book The Cost of Discipleship:  “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”  (This is dated language; it applies to the ladies too.)  The Greek phrase for all your possessions can also be translated all that you have, which underlines Bonhoeffer’s point.  Following Jesus puts everything else at risk.  Jesus illustrates this by claiming priority over the most important things in our lives:  family, survival, all that we have.

Being a disciple is not the same as being a pastor, which is only one of many ways that disciples might be called to serve.  But the sacrifices many pastors make can offer a window into how costly following Jesus can sometimes be.  True discipleship demands total commitment.  For most of us, and I strongly suspect at some point for all of us, the price is too high.  

So what is the good news?  As usual, it is not found in our accomplishments, but in God’s.  In order to make peace with us, God pays the outrageous price of sending Jesus, who speaks these hard words on his journey to Jerusalem.  Even his closest, most faithful disciples, who left their homes to follow him (Luke 18:28), fall away.  Yet he still follows through—all the way to the cross.  There, abandoned by his family, Jesus gives away all that he has, just like the foolish looking father in the parable he will tell next (Luke 15:11-32).  There he loses everything, like the son in the same story, whose father welcomes him home in an impossible celebration that still continues, forever in heaven and around church altars every Sunday.

There is no “viable future” in following Jesus.  There is resurrection.

Discussion Questions

  • What is most important to you? If Jesus asked you to give it up, would you be able to do so?
  • Have you ever sacrificed something important for something more important?
  • Are pastors expected to make bigger sacrifices than others?  Should they be?
  • What is the difference between carrying a cross and bearing an unfair burden?
  • Name a disciple you admire.  What has their faithfulness cost them?  Was it worth it?

Activity Suggestions

  • Interview a seminarian or a pastor.  Why are they making a career in ministry?  How did God call them?  What unique joys and challenges do they experience?  Finish by praying for her or him.
  • Imagine an enormous project that would reshape your community.  What would it actually cost in dollars, in time, and in energy to make it happen?
  • Do a scavenger hunt for crosses in a sanctuary, in a history museum, or in the world.  Where do you find them?  What meaning is implied by where and how they appear?  What does the cross mean to you?

Closing Prayer

Lord Jesus, your words are hard for us to swallow.  Give us courage to keep following you when the path becomes difficult, the cross becomes heavy, and the cost feels too high.  Give us good leaders to help us on the way, and make us good leaders for others.  Forgive us when we falter, protect us from despair, and keep shepherding us to, and through, and beyond the cross to Easter joy. Amen

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

September 1, 2019–It Goeth Before a Fall

Dave Dodson, Houston, TX

Warm-up Question

What ability do you have which you are most proud of?

It Goeth Before a Fall

It was a warm night in Springfield, Illinois on August 16th when the rapper Twista took the stage to perform in front of hundreds of his fans.  The lights were up, the bass was cranked high, and the notoriously fast rapper was spitting bars in his traditionally rapid-fire style.  There was one thing visible that might have drawn attention away from the rapper, though: On the side of the stage stood a sign language interpreter.  Her hair was buzzed short on the sides, a fiery red on top.  Her clothes were all black (interpreters often dress this way to make their signs easier to read).  She was bobbing up and down with the beat and, to everyone’s amazement, keeping up with Twista’s rapid rhymes.

I think it would have been perfectly natural for Twista to have gone on with his concert without much notice of the interpreter.  After all, the fans had paid money to see him, not an interpreter whom no one knew.  But that isn’t what he did.

Purposefully, Twista strode across the stage, still performing, and stood beside and behind the interpreter.  He made sure everyone’s eyes were on her as he laid down the next few lines of fast rap.  Her deft fingers flew through the words, and she didn’t miss a beat as she signed his lyrics.  Still rapping, Twista gestured to the interpreter and led the crowd in a huge cheer for her amazing skills!

Discussion Questions

  • Why do you think Twista chose to direct attention away from himself while performing?
  • Think about your family and friends – have you ever been so proud of them that you wanted to show their skills off?

Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

Proverbs 25:6-7

Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16

Luke 14:1, 7-14

(Text links are to Oremus Bible Browser. Oremus Bible Browser is not affiliated with or supported by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. You can find the calendar of readings for Year C at Lectionary Readings

For lectionary humor and insight, check the weekly comic Agnus Day.

Gospel Reflection

In cultures around Israel and Palestine, one of the most important virtues anyone can have is hospitality.  The willingness of a person to welcome all of those who would come into his or her home is one of the strongest indicators of that person’s character.  As Jesus gives this metaphor to his listeners, they would have understood that the host in the story would have been obligated to welcome his guests and allow them to sit wherever they pleased.

However, in the metaphor, the first guest makes a critical error: he sits at a prominent seat.  Of course, his host would not argue.  His host would never be so impolite as to deny his guest a seat.  But then, later, someone else arrives whose status is higher than the first guest.  What a disaster!  Now the host is forced to ask the first guest to scoot over, and the first guest is embarrassed in front of everyone else.  (Not to mention a host that is probably REALLY uncomfortable now.)

Even more than hospitality, this story is about pride and humility.  Certainly, we ought to take pride in many things: our family and friends, our faith, and those talents that we have been gifted with.  However, this story illustrates the disaster that can befall us when we seek pride of status.  Let’s take a closer look at the mindset of the guest entering the feast:

Let us consider the first guest, the one who entered and sat at the head of the table.  What was his thought process?  He must have thought, either explicitly or subconsciously, “I am important.  Surely I am the most important person that this host knows.  Naturally, I should sit at the head of the table.”  In this instance, the pride the guest feels is in direct contrast to how he feels about the host.

But what about the second guest?  This guest, the one who sat at the foot of the table, must have thought very differently.  “This host is wonderful,” he must have mused. “Certainly he has many amazing friends and guests.  I will make room for them.”

Often, our pride can make us put ourselves in front of others.  That is the tendency that Jesus is warning us about.  When we think of ourselves as better or more important that others, we cannot serve them.  And remember, Jesus told us that whenever we serve “the least of these,” we serve him.  We must put away our personal pride and take comfort in humility.  We can value others and lift them up.  Then God, our host, will lift us up as well!

Discussion Questions

  • How does being humble make us better servants?
  • Can you think of any other stories from the Old or New Testaments which show great leaders serving others (after all, the humility of great religious figures is an important theme in our faith)?
  • What is the difference between being proud of ourselves in a healthy way and being proud of ourselves in a way that puts others down?

Activity Suggestions

Let’s practice the art of making ourselves humble and, perhaps, a little vulnerable.  Everyone in the group should sit in a circle with an index card.  Write your name on the top, then pass the card to your right.  On the card you receive, look at the name, then write one amazing or wonderful thing about the person whose name is at the top.  Then pass the cards right again, repeating the process until you receive your own card back.  You see, when we prize others, we find ourselves lifted up, too!

Closing Prayer

Heavenly God, your Son humbled himself as he washed the feet of his disciples..He submitted to the judgment of human beings  and let himself be killed by those who should have worshipped him as Lord.  Teach us how to be mirrors of that perfect humility.  Walk with us every day and show us how to serve and lift each other up, as Christ did for us.  In his name we pray. Amen.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Faith Lens on Summer Hiatus

Don’t despair.  Faith Lens is just on a Summer hiatus.  The next posting is scheduled to appear on August 27, for Sunday, September 1.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

June 9, 2019–Transformative Changes

Kris Litman-Koon, Isle of Palms, SC

Warm-up Question

What is a plant or animal that fascinates you? Is there a place of natural wonder that instills in you a reverent presence?

Transformative Changes

Sobering news was released in May by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations. Using a team of 455 authors from 50 countries, IPBES spent three years reviewing 15,000 government and scientific sources to come to the assessment that one million species of plants and animals (roughly one in eight species in the whole world) are threatened with extinction, many within decades. The chair of the IPBES, Sir Robert Watson, explains; “The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.” The driving factors behind these changes to our living planet are, in descending order of magnitude of impact: (1) changes in our land and sea use; (2) our direct exploitation of organisms; (3) climate change; (4) pollution; and (5) invasive alien species. All of those are the result of human activity.

The glimmer of hope found within the report is this: we can still avoid much of the worst consequences, perhaps nearly all of them. To do so, it will take “transformative changes across economic, social, political and technological factors.” For instance, a shift is needed in governmental and financial policies that will discourage actions that further this breakdown of biodiversity. Individual actions — like eliminating frivolous purchases and composting food scraps — are helpful in their ability to keep creation care at the forefront of our thoughts and practices. However, large-scale societal changes are needed to fully address the problems presented by IPBES. Ultimately what is required is a societal rethinking of our interconnected role within the broader ecosystems of this planet, followed by subsequent actions.

Discussion Questions

  • When you hear news of an assessment like this, what is your initial reaction? Fight (“That can’t be true.”  “Someone else is more to blame.”) – Flight (“Quick! Change the channel!”) – Freeze (“If I do nothing, the problem will work itself out.”) – or something else?
  • The IPBES assessment says, “Negative trends in nature will continue to 2050 and beyond in all of the policy scenarios explored in the Report, except those that include transformative change…” How old will you be in 2050? How old will your loved ones be?

Acts 2:1-21

Romans 8:14-17

John 14:8-17 [25-27]

(Text links are to Oremus Bible Browser. Oremus Bible Browser is not affiliated with or supported by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. You can find the calendar of readings for Year C at Lectionary Readings

For lectionary humor and insight, check the weekly comic Agnus Day.

Gospel Reflection

Acts 2:1 says, “When the day of Pentecost had come, [the apostles] were all together in one place.” The day of Pentecost (“fiftieth day”) originated as a Jewish celebration. The apostles and other Jews like them had come from places that spanned the entire Mediterranean region to Jerusalem in order to celebrate the Jewish version of Pentecost. This is commonly known as the “Feast of Weeks” or “Shavuot,” and it is held fifty days after the Passover. To this day, Shavuot primarily celebrates the wheat harvest (Exodus 34:22) as well as God giving the Torah (i.e. the Law) to the nation of Israel. In summary, Shavuot highlights God’s goodness and providential care toward them as a people, witnessed in an abundant harvest and in the gift of Torah, which itself gives life and leads toward life.

For Christians, Pentecost coincides with the fiftieth day since the morning of Easter. This festival day is when we celebrate the Holy Spirit being first given – and continually given – to the church. However, too often we leave the story there. We may adorn our chancels in red paraments, we may read of the uniquely spectacular miracle of wind and tongues of fire; in the end our collective response to it is basically, “That’s a pretty neat story.” The special effects of that first Christian Pentecost story can make it easy to forget that Pentecost has more to say about the natural realm than it does about the supernatural realm. After Peter’s speech, the “wonders and signs” performed by Christians are listed: they shared communal possessions, gave to those in need, worshiped together, broke bread together with glad and generous hearts, and had goodwill toward all people (Acts 2:43-47). Those wonders and signs are not supernatural; the Holy Spirit is of course supernatural, but the manifestations of receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit are very real and very earthly.

In many ways, this part of the Acts 2 Pentecost story fits nicely within its Jewish roots. Those roots of Pentecost proclaim God’s goodness, God’s providential care, and God’s desire for life on earth to be filled with abundance. Yes, a miracle gave the first apostles the ability to speak in different languages, but that was not an end to itself. That miracle was a means to draw people into Christ’s movement; a movement that is best manifested in real, earthly ways (see again 2:43-47) that proclaim in word and deed God’s faithfulness and God’s will for humanity. One way of viewing this manifestation in verses 43-47 is that these Christians are now empowered by the Holy Spirit to daily embody the fullness of a Shavuot celebration.

What are the ways that the Holy Spirit is moving us today, during this Pentecost Sunday? If we hear that Pentecost has at its core a celebration of harvest, of God’s faithfulness, of God’s goodness and providential care, and if we also hear the pleas and warnings from a living planet that is suffering at our hands, then we must make a determination on how to proceed. God desires life, an abundant harvest, and a people who will prophetically proclaim and embody God’s faithfulness toward all. We have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit, which is a power that we shouldn’t – but easily can – underestimate. This powerful Holy Spirit is moving Christians to come together to be voices and hands that are aligned with God’s goodwill and providential care in very real and earthly ways.

Discussion Questions

  • The apostles were limited in number and were fearful/doubtful of what awaited them, but then the Holy Spirit empowered them to proclaim the good news of God in Jesus Christ. That has changed the course of history. Can you think of other examples of people who were faced with a daunting task, but the Holy Spirit gave them power to overcome their fears or doubts?
  • When we acknowledge the scope of the earth’s biodiversity problems, we may experience anxiety or despair, with inaction often being the result. A productive method of getting over this hurdle is to find someone or a group who is willing to listen to our concerns and take them seriously. Who could you trust to listen to you? Could this be done within your congregation?

Activity Suggestions

  • Think back to the warm-up question: a plant, animal, or natural setting that fascinates you. Resolve to learn more about this unique creation of God and what its place is within ecosystems. Is it facing any threats? Are there people who are active stewards of it?
  • If you have the time and ability, have your group go outside together. Even if you are surrounded by human development, in what ways do you witness life in its various forms? Discuss how your group can take bold steps in being caregivers of this small corner of creation.

Closing Prayer

Lord God, on this Pentecost Sunday, stir your Holy Spirit that is within us. Light a fire within us and within your church across the world, that we may proclaim in word and deed your faithfulness, your will, your providential care, and your desire for life. Amen.

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Sunday, September 22
10:00am: Worship
Tuesday, September 24
11:00am: Bible study
Wednesday, September 25
9:00am: Food Pantry

Lectionary Texts:

September 21, 2019:
First Reading: Isaiah 5:8-23
Psalm: Psalm 113
Second Reading: Mark 12:41-44
September 21, 2019 Semicontinuous:
First Reading: Jeremiah 8:14-17; 9:2-11
Psalm: Psalm 79:1-9
September 21, 2019 Apostle and Evangelist Matthew:
First Reading: Ezekiel 2:8-3:11
Psalm: Psalm 119:33-40
Second Reading: Ephesians 2:4-10
Gospel Reading: Matthew 9:9-13
September 22, 2019 Ordinary 25:
First Reading: Amos 8:4-7
Psalm: Psalm 113
Second Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-7
Gospel Reading: Luke 16:1-13
September 22, 2019 Ordinary 25 Semicontinuous:
First Reading: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1
Psalm: Psalm 79:1-9

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