The Vicar’s Sermon “Teasers”

Pastoral Care Provider:  Vicar Jeremiah T. Heydt

Each week a compilation of the upcoming weeks’ readings is completed as a reference and review.  I hope that you find this information helpful in deepening your spiritual understanding and growth.

A synopsis of the readings for the coming Sunday, what happened in church last week, any other notable events and a Commemoration of the Church

This Sunday, August 18, 2019, is the 10th Sunday after Pentecost.

I’m using Hebrews 11:29 – 12:2 for my message this week, in particular, 12:2. Here the author of Hebrews presents us with rich stories of faith. In a long list of biblical heroes, we find examples of trust in God that enabled them to face the trials of life faithfully. In addition to this “cloud of witnesses,” we have Jesus, the perfect model of faithful endurance. Here is part of the message: But many Christians are living without much joy in their life. Why is that? We lose joy when we focus on our problems rather than on God’s power. But what did our text encourage? It encouraged us to fix our eyes on Jesus. To fix your eyes on Jesus means to give him more than a passing glance. Isn’t that what you do when you want a new gadget like a tablet? You fix your eyes on it, seeking the best deal. Then after you’ve made your purchase you read the user manual from cover to cover. No? You don’t do that? Well you’re probably not enjoying the full potential of your new toy then. Likewise if we only ever throw glances at Jesus and his Word, we will never fully enjoy all the blessings he has in store for us. And as a result we will lose joy.

Jeremiah 23:23-29: Because Jeremiah preaches the unpopular message of God’s judgment, he suffers rejection. Today’s reading distinguishes between the true prophet, like Jeremiah, who speaks God’s word, and the false prophet who misleads the people through dreams. One is like wheat; the other like worthless straw.

Psalm 82: Arise, O God, and rule the earth. (Ps. 82:8)

Hebrews 11:29-12:2: The author of Hebrews presents us with rich stories of faith. In a long list of biblical heroes, we find examples of trust in God that enabled them to face the trials of life faithfully. In addition to this “cloud of witnesses,” we have Jesus, the perfect model of faithful endurance.

Luke 12:49-56: Jesus delivers harsh words about the purifying and potentially divisive effects of obedience to God’s call. The way of the cross often leads followers to encounter hostility and rejection, even from those they love.

Throughout the Gospel of Luke, Jesus calls on his hearers to turn their hearts away from greed and instead to generosity, to turn away from anxious self-preservation and instead to faithful self-giving. But such practice rubs against humanity’s deepest-seated sin, so conflict is born out of Jesus’ peace-filled activity. Jesus’ words and actions had already pitted him against the religious leaders and will lead him to the cross. Now, in today’s gospel, Jesus speaks to the reality of that division.

His words unsettle us, yet they are spoken for a reason. In the reading from Jeremiah, God challenges the prophets who dole out lies and deceit and asks, how long until they turn their hearts back to me? This is a question of compassion and yearning for a restored relationship. Likewise, although Jesus’ words are incendiary and speak of broken relationships, they are meant to prompt the people’s faithful response: to lay aside anxiety and greed and to turn their hearts to the treasures of God’s promised kingdom, where Christ takes division upon himself on the cross.

While fully aware of the realities of conflict and division, we are to live as hopeful people, praying fervently for God’s compassion and for the restoration of right relationships.

Prayer of the Day

O God, judge eternal, you love justice and hate oppression, and you call us to share your zeal for truth. Give us courage to take our stand with all victims of bloodshed and greed, and, following your servants and prophets, to look to the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

What Happened In Church Last Week

 Worship begins @ 9:15

Ahoy thar maties……..where does you treasure lie???????

Coming Up:

The baptism of Blaire Adeline Grube. Daughter of Noah & Agelica Grube

FIRE !!!!!!!!

The Church Commemorates

Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, died 1153

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Bernard, a Cistercian monk, was a man of great spirituality who wrote mystical works and criticized those whom he thought took an overly intellectual approach to the faith. He became an abbot, and wrote several hymns that are still beloved today.

See You In Church This Sunday !!!!!! The Lord Be With You

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