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, October 7, 2018 – 20th Sunday after Pentecost

This Sunday, October 7, 2018 is the 20th Sunday after Pentecost. In the gospel for today, Mark 10:2-16, Jesus announced and enacted in history the new reality of God’s surprising activity. These two stories demonstrate this new reality: Women and children are accepted and valued, not dismissed as inferior to adult men. Here is part of the message: So the sermon today isn’t about keys for a great marriage or anything like that. What we have before us is actually a very basic lesson about 2 different ways of approaching God. That’s what the Gospel lesson is about. And to make the point, God shows us two extremes, two groups of people in the ancient Middle East that couldn’t have been more opposite. In verses 2-12 we have the Pharisees, who were known for their brilliance, their wisdom, and their high and pious way of living. Then in verses 13-16 we have kids, small, not yet educated or wise, and totally dependent.
Each of these groups has a way of coming to Jesus. The Pharisees, with man-made way, rules, and knowledge, and impressive skills. And the kids, with a Holy-Spirit led way, totally reliant upon God, with nothing of earthly value to offer to him.

Genesis 2:18-24: Genesis 2 stresses that people are not meant to live in isolation but in relationship. Out of love for humanity, God creates them male and female, to provide companionship for each other and to become with each other “one flesh.” The Hebrew words used here are ish (man) and ishshah (woman).

Psalm 8: You crown us with glory and honor. (Ps. 8:5)

Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12: Quoting from the psalms, this passage from Hebrews emphasizes that Jesus, the one through whom God created everything and who sits at God’s right hand, is also the one who experienced human suffering and death in order to blaze the path of salvation for us.

Mark 10:2-16: Jesus announced and enacted in history the new reality of God’s surprising activity. These two stories demonstrate this new reality: Women and children are accepted and valued, not dismissed as inferior to adult men.

Many Bibles include a heading before the latter part of today’s gospel reading (Mark 10:13-16) that says something like “Blessing the Children” or “Jesus Welcomes the Children.” In reading such a heading, we might begin to imagine a sentimental scene in which Jesus is surrounded by cute, adorable children. When we think about children being blessed in our churches today, we might imagine children gathering around the altar or at the front of the worship space for a children’s time, in which the pastor or worship leader would say a prayer with them and give them a blessing. The parents and others may also be gathered just behind the children, smiling in adoration of these young ones.

However, we cannot view the scene from Mark’s gospel with only our modern understanding of the role and place of children in society. The life of many children in North America is one of relative privilege, with carefree days in which they often experience the care and love of grown-ups. Jesus, by bringing the children to him, identifies himself with those who were among the most vulnerable and helpless in society. In ancient times, children often were treated like property. They had few protections from those who would treat them badly. But Jesus came into the world for ones such as these children. Who, in our communities, is in the place of the children of ancient times? As Christ’s church, do we provide a place of welcome and care for the most vulnerable and weak in our society?

 Prayer of the Day

Sovereign God, you have created us to live in loving community with one another. Form us for life that is faithful and steadfast, and teach us to trust like little children, that we may reflect the image of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 What Happened In Church Last Week

  • How salty are you?
  • Received Michael O’Neil as a member to our congregation
  • Wicar Wetzel presided at worship !!!!!!!!!
  • Cyndee Barkley gave the Young Folks message !!!!!!
  • Jeremiah was grateful for their willingness to conduct the worship while he continued recovery from surgery on Friday
  • THANK YOU to all that sent cards and well wishes for a gentle and speedy recovery….AND helped in anyway they could to make things go smoothly in my absence and with Tina and I at home !!!!

 Coming Up:

 The Church Commemorates

Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, pastor in North America, died 1787

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Divided Lutherans in America asked leaders in Europe to send someone who could take charge and unite their work. Muhlenberg was sent, and was effective in organizing the American Lutherans. Among other accomplishments, his liturgical principles became the basis for the Common Service of 1888

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

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