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, September 29, 2019 is the 16th Sunday after Pentecost.
In Luke 16:19-31, Jesus tells a parable in which the poor one is “lifted up” and the rich one is “sent away empty.” Jesus makes it clear that this ethic of merciful reversal is not new, but is as old as Moses and the prophets. Here is part of the message: As disciples of Jesus Christ, God’s values should be our values, and God’s will should be our will. The stewardship of our lives should emphasize distribution—sharing, rather than accumulation. We should not be impressed by wealth, but rather concerned by need. This will not mean the same to each of us, and we will respond to God’s priorities in different ways. The central concept, though, that God is not impressed with wealth and things, and neither should we be impressed by them, should be one of the guiding principles of our lives. We should live in the reality that the things of this world have decreasing dividends for us.
Amos 6:1a, 4-7: The prophet Amos announces that Israel’s great wealth is a cause not for rejoicing but rather sorrow, because God’s people have forgotten how to share their wealth with the poor. The wealthy will be the first to go into exile when judgment comes.
Psalm 146: The Lord gives justice to those who are oppressed. (Ps. 146:7)
1 Timothy 6:6-19: Timothy is reminded of the confession he made at his baptism and of its implications for daily life. His priorities will be different from those of people who merely want to be rich.
Luke 16:19-31: Jesus tells a parable in which the poor one is “lifted up” and the rich one is “sent away empty.” Jesus makes it clear that this ethic of merciful reversal is not new but is as old as Moses and the prophets.
Today’s gospel evokes our sympathy. It opens the possibility—described as an impossibility—of place-sharing, trading or sharing places with each other. It also echoes a common theme: the pursuit of wealth in this world can lead us into idolatry and away from faith in Christ. Instead, as the reading from 1 Timothy reminds us, we should pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness, so that there is no “poor man named Lazarus” dying at our gates. After all, the greatest treasure—our eternal salvation?has already been procured for us through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Knowing this, we can share all we have with our neighbors, even our very place and salvation, confident that God will continue to provide for our needs.
Prayer of the Day
O God, rich in mercy, you look with compassion on this troubled world. Feed us with your grace, and grant us the treasure that comes only from you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
What Happened In Church Last Week
Baptism of Brielle Lillian Brocious, daughter of Daniel & Kerri Brocious
Annual Congregational Meeting Sunday, October 6 following 10:15vworship
The Church Commemorates
Michael and All Angels
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Michael the archangel, captain of the heavenly hosts, is remembered on this day along with the other angels and archangels. The word “angel” means messenger, and in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, these beings have a fully spiritual nature and no physical body.
See You In Church This Sunday !!!!!! The Lord Be With You