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

Sunday, November 18, 2018 – 26th Sunday after Pentecost

This Sunday November 18, 2018 is the 26th Sunday after Pentecost. I have a break in preaching since the Re-Creation Singers will be conducting their program for our worship….HOWEVER….if I were bringing the message, it would be from Mark 13:1-8 where, in the last days of his life, Jesus warned his disciples concerning trials that were to come upon them and upon the world. He exhorts the listener: Do not be alarmed. Here is what would be, part of the message: The future will be filled with trials and tribulations just like the present is. As Christians we will continue to live in a broken sin filled world.
Talking about the future or prophesying the future is not living our lives out in faith. Trusting in a God who holds the future in his hands is how we live by faith.
Faith does not believe that God will make our lives comfortable and affluent. Faith knows that whatever situations we face God will be with us through those situations.
Faith is not worrying about the future. Faith is being concerned about the needs of others today.
Faith is not longing for a heaven when we die. Faith is being concerned for others, witnessing to them, and inviting them to experience the heaven on earth (God’s presence) with which we have been blessed.

Daniel 12:1-3: The book of Daniel is an example of apocalyptic literature, which is full of strange visions and symbolism. Arising during times of great persecution, apocalyptic literature is concerned with God’s revelation about the end time and the coming kingdom of God, when God will vindicate the righteous who have been persecuted.

Psalm 16: My heart is glad and my spirit rejoices; my body shall rest in hope. (Ps. 16:9)

Hebrews 10:11-14[15-18]19-25:  Images of worship and sacrifice are used throughout Hebrews to highlight what Christ has uniquely accomplished through his death. Because we have received forgiveness through Christ’s death, we live with sincere hearts by trusting in God’s promises and encouraging love and good works from each other.

Mark 13:1-8: In the last week of his life, Jesus warned his disciples concerning trials that were to come upon them and upon the world. He exhorts the listener: Do not be alarmed.

 

 Real Strength in Community of Faith

What makes something strong? Is steel strong because of its ability to withstand stress from many directions? Is wood strong because of its ability to absorb impact while remaining intact? Is the material of a spider’s web strong because of its tensile strength-to-weight ratio? Things are strong for many reasons. The temple in Jerusalem was thought to be stronger and more permanent than anything, yet Jesus says in Mark, “Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down” (Mark 13:2). Jesus shows hearers that true strength is not built upon the oppression of widows (Mark 12:41-44).

Many of the world’s most prized structures are built on the shoulders of the poor and oppressed. How many homes in poorer areas of cities have been destroyed by the need for a new or wider highway? How many workers living in poverty died building the Golden Gate or Brooklyn Bridges, the Hoover Dam or the Empire State Building? In order for human beings to build structures of great strength, they must rely on sacrifice and compromise. Can any human standard of strength be achieved without making something else weak?

Real strength, however, is not shown in things built by human hands. Real strength is found in the hands themselves. True strength is shown in workers reporting to work day after day in impossible conditions because it’s the only way to feed their family. It is shown by an entire community of God’s people linking their trembling hands as they share the “confession of our hope without wavering” (Heb. 10:23). The new, true temple, Jesus’ faithful strength, succumbs in weakness to human-made nails. While the nails lie rusting away, the wounded hands and body rise again to break bread with all on the journey down the path of life.

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, your sovereign purpose brings salvation to birth. Give us faith to be steadfast amid the tumults of this world, trusting that your kingdom comes and your will is done through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

What Happened In Church Last Week

  • What is it to be good stewards? What is required?
  • Putting in your two cents counts
  • The widow gave out of her poverty

Coming Up:

Re-Creation singers THIS Sunday

Christ The King Sunday… last Sunday in November

Advent begins the First Sunday of December….December 2nd

The Church Commemorates

Clement, Bishop of Rome, died around 100

Friday, November 23, 2018

Clement was the third bishop of Rome. He is best remembered for a letter he wrote to the congregation in Corinth, still struggling with the same problems that led to Paul’s letters to them. As did Paul, he focused on the need for love among Christians.

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

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