August 4, 2016
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
for Sunday, August 7
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
I had a hard time choosing which text to post for Sunday. The first reading speaks of God’s promises to Abram in Genesis, which was striking. Then the epistle reading begins with the definition of faith and the great role of Old Testament heroes, beginning with Abraham. The overwhelming theme is that of God’s promises and then when we get to the gospel, we are encouraged to not fear and to be prepared for the future.
As I read the first two readings, the song Promises, Promises, which Dionne Warwick sang, kept playing in my head. She sings of false promises and of those that are true. The last stanza is below.
We too can be people of faith, staking our lives on God’s promises. Our faith is because of God’s faithfulness. May God give us the strength and depth of relationship with him that our lives emulate such heroes of the faith, like Abraham.
Oh, promises, their kind of promises
Can just destroy a life
Oh, promises, those kind of promises
Take all the joy from life
Oh, promises, promises, my kind of promises
Can lead to joy and hope and love, yes, love
(Burt Bacharach, Hal David)
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. 3By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.
8By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. 9By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. 12Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”
13All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, 14for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. 16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.
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***This Sunday, August 7th, we welcome Katie Castro to worship as she guest preaches.
*** Pastor Ivy and Ray Gauvin have a new year-round mailing address: P. O. Box 43, Bemus Point, NY 14712
***As part of her continuing education this summer, Pastor Ivy Gauvin will be at Chautauqua Institution for Week 7, beginning Saturday, August 6th and ending the 13th. She will be staying at the Lutheran House. We will have a guest preacher on Sunday, August 7th.
***A new church directory will be printed soon. If you have changes to your address/email/phone and have not previously notified the church office, please leave a note on the office desk or send an email to the church, email@example.com. If anyone wants to add their cell phone to the directory, please inform the office as above.
***Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Camp invites you to their Adult Fall Retreat
September 23-25, 2016:
“Please join us for this special program designed for older adults. The Adult Fall Retreat provides singles and couples the opportunity to spend time together in Christian fellowship in the beauty of autumn at LCLC. Delicious meals and hotel-style lodging will be provided in our comfortable, remodeled Retreat Center. For more information or to register, see the website, lclcenter.org or email Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 716-386-4125.”
· 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 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.