2nd Sunday after Pentecost – May 29, 2016
Mass at 11:00. Readings: 1 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43; Psalm 96:1-9; Galatians 1:1-12; Luke 7:1-10. Pastor George Detweiler preaches and presides.
Today we move into the “ordinary time” of the post-Pentecost season. Now that we have completed the specific celebration of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we will be reading about his ministry of preaching, teaching and healing. All the gospel readings will be from Luke, which means that there will be a special emphasis on Jesus’ contact with foreigners, women and outcasts. The first lessons are chosen to emphasize the point of the Sunday gospel, and the second lesson for the next five weeks is a semi-continuous reading of Galatians.
The first lesson from 1 Kings roots Jesus’ concern for foreigners in Israel’s history. Solomon is here praying at the dedication of the temple. His prayer is not only for the people of Israel, but includes this invitation and welcome for foreigners (the unclean and despised) to worship the God of Israel. They too could be included among God’s people.
In the Galatians reading Paul greets this church he had founded and then admonishes them to continue in the faith they had learned from him and not some other heresy. He first defends his own teaching by pointing out that it is not of human origin, but came to him through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
In the gospel, Jesus responds to the request of Jewish elders that he heal the slave of a Roman centurion. This was an unusual request because it came from the Jewish elders, and it was on behalf of a leader of the Roman oppression. But Jesus responds and is impressed by the humility and faith of this non-Jew. Where and how are we called to reach across human boundaries with the healing gospel of Christ?
Please keep in your prayers: Ellen Benton, Cory Bricco, Charlotte Cage, Peg Faulkner, Dolores Fernandez, family and friends of Richard Headley, Maria Jacobson, Susan Sterne McCann, Marie Mutz, Jytte Palumbo, Robert Radsch, Mike Rodriguez, Thorvald Slater, and Benjamin Weiner.
Music for Sunday
Prelude: ‘Arabesque’ from 24 Pièces en style libre, Op.31 – Louis Vierne
Offertory: The Secret of Christ – Richard Shephard
Communion: My Eyes for Beauty Pine– Herbert Howells
Postlude:Chorale Prelude on ‘Lobe den Herren’ – Max Reger
#858 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty!
#699 In Deepest Night
#716 Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace
#434 Jesus Shall Reign
April Report from our Women’s Shelter
I Hope everyone had an amazing April,
We served 112 clients in 13 days. Even though we are the only women’s shelter open at this time, we are still not at full capacity because the women are moving out (found housing or asked to leave because of non compliance). Four of our regulars were housed and two left for non compliance.
Katy from the Friends Shelter, has initiated a coordinator network which has been received favorably by all. Our first meeting will be early next month.
Our volunteers helped out 8 of the 13 days we were open. I welcomed two new additions to our volunteer family, Angie and Yemisi.
We have been very fortunate with donations this month, I also want to thank the church members who leave us goodies each week ( ice-cream, cookies and juice). Florence Agnes blessed us again this month with groceries.
Please keep Ms Fanny Walker in your prayers, she is one of our regular clients who is battling cancer. She has been going through chemotherapy while homeless and sleeping in the chairs at Main Chance when we are closed. Currently she is in St Luke’s Hospital.
Looking forward to a marvelous May
Synod Assembly News
Did you know that over 95 voices gave input to our synod assembly? Or that we heard from over 75 voices during plenary sessions and worship? Thank you to everyone who gave input, shared their stories, volunteered, and who committed to confronting racism in our synod and society. Stay turned for more wrap up of our time together
Scripture Reading – Week after 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday – 1 Kings 8:22-23 – What does “keeping covenant” mean? What kind of God is this?
Monday – 1 Kings 8:41 – What parallel today is there to Solomon’s openness to foreigners worshiping?
Tuesday – 1 Kings 8:43 – How has the church taken up this concern for all the earth’s peoples?
Wednesday – Galatians 1:1-4 – What do you think about Paul’s appeal to authority here?
Thursday – Galatians 1:6-9 – How would words like this be received by believers today?
Friday – Galatians 1:10-12 – Why do you think Paul needs this second appeal to authority?
Saturday – Luke 7:1-5 – How many boundaries are being crossed here?
Sunday – Luke 7:6-8 – What is so impressive about the centurion’s statement?