August 25, 2016
Hebrews 13:1-8, 5-16
for Sunday, August 28
Proverbs 25: 6-7
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Luke 14:1, 7-14
We have come to the final chapter of the book of Hebrews and so the author is wrapping things up. Anything we need to know about how to live out our faith is summarized in these words, “Let mutual love continue.” That may seem a bit ethereal, so the author fleshes out the meaning with specifics.
If we are letting that love continue, we will be hospitable, we will visit those in need and we will let that love flow in our marriages as well. Contentment and love of God means we won’t have our hearts taken over by the love of money.
How can we live in this way? We can live the Christ life because the Lord doesn’t leave or forsake us and he is our helper.
Those who have mentored us in the faith, we are to imitate. But again, how in the world can we live like those who have provided such great examples for us? It all boils down to Jesus Christ and what he has done for us. “Through him” (v. 15) our lives can be a sacrifice of praise to God and a blessing to others.
1Let mutual love continue. 2Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. 3Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. 4Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers. 5Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” 6So we can say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?”
7Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. 8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 15Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Names will remain of the Prayer List for a month - at which
time it will be taken off unless, or course, there is still a continued need
for our prayers and we’re asked to keep the name on.
***Blessing of the Backpacks will be held during worship on Sunday, August 28th. Students of any age are invited to bring their backpack to church to receive a blessing.
***Healthy Bones Exercise Class will resume at St. Timothy Lutheran Church.
Informational Meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 7 – 9:00 am
Classes Begin: Monday, Sept. 12, meeting each Monday & Wednesday from 9:00 am – 10:15 am, session ending Dec. 14.
To enroll call Paula Daneshkhah at 490-2343.
*** Where Does Your Churchwide Offering Go?
As members of the ELCA, our faith in a loving, caring God frees us to be bold and courageous, open to the Holy Spirit's invitation to be active in the world. The sharing of our time, talents and financial resources are meaningful ways that we show Christ's love in our communities, our country and the world. Mission Support is the portion of offerings that congregations share with synods and the Churchwide organization for God's mission beyond the congregations.
***Gulf Coast Flooding
"Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, until the destroying storms pass by." – Psalm 57:1
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Historic floodwaters have required tens of thousands of people to be rescued and even more have been evacuated as rain sweeps across southern Louisiana. Floodwaters have affected communication, overwhelmed streets and highways, and damaged or destroyed more than 40,000 homes. This flood comes on the heels of several other floods that have hit the Gulf Coast region, starting earlier this spring. Entire neighborhoods and communities still remain under water, and the full extent of the damage has yet to be realized. We know that it will be a long road to recovery, and
Lutheran Disaster Response will be there to assist through every phase of this disaster recovery process.
Your gifts are needed to help respond to the Gulf Coast flooding. Your gifts through Lutheran Disaster Response will bring God’s hope, healing and refuge to those who are affected by these devastating floods. Lutheran Disaster Response coordinators are actively present, collaborating with local community leaders and officials to begin planning the proper responses, particularly the long-term recovery efforts. We will respond and walk with survivors in the days, weeks, months and years ahead, for as long as we are needed. Gifts designated for “Gulf Coast Flooding” will be used (100 percent) until the response is complete to help disaster survivors recover and rebuild their lives. Your generous offerings of prayer and financial support will help address the many needs, especially the long-term recovery efforts of those affected.
Ways to Give
Checks or money orders should be sent to:
Lutheran Disaster Response
P.O. Box 1809
Merrifield, VA 22116-8009
Write "Gulf Coast Flooding" on your check memo line. -----------------------
Give by phone at 800-638-3522 or online.
The Rev. Daniel Rift Director, ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
· For our community of faith as we seek to do God’s work in the world.
· For those in our congregation and community who suffer silently with illness, financial burdens, and family obligation.
· For victims of violence and their families in all places
· For Don Frank, Danielle Hull, Jill Scott, Bill Reel, Eleanor Bergeson Orman, Helen Cogliano, Chris Ziemba, John Bylund, Joanne Aron, Adam Hull, Pastor John Klatt, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Todd Reel, Maj-Britt Traynor, Gerald Ayers, Matt Isaacson, Sandra Kelderhouse, Thom Shagla, Ralph Prieur, Mary Anne, Ryan Samuelson,
· For people serving in the military and their families, those caught up in war who have no safe home in which to live.
· For all children, that the love of Christ may reach them through all of us who have resources to love, protect, pray and provide for them.