June 25, 2020
for Sunday, June 28
Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
Yesterday, when Ray and I were reading from 30-Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the book we’re reading for our Adult Study session, I came across these words that hit me like a ton of bricks. See what they say to you regarding this gospel passage. “The exclusion of the weak and insignificant, the seemingly useless people, from everyday Christian life in community…may actually mean the exclusion of Christ; for in the poor sister or brother, Christ is knocking at the door.”
Jesus is still speaking to his disciples before he sends them out to proclaim the good news. Rather than the emphasis being on all the awful things they may encounter, as it was earlier in chapter 10, Jesus is talking about the rewards one will receive who welcomes one of God’s messengers. In fact, it’s like the person has welcomed Christ and God the Father.
We don’t know exactly what the rewards will be, except that they will be in the future. And who are the “little ones?” I suspect they are those that others might ignore because of their lack of status in this world, and yet they are messengers of God and God rewards anyone who tends to their needs. I cannot help but think of Matthew 25:31-46, the judgment of the nations. Jesus says, “I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink…Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me” (vv. 35, 40).
We, as God’s church, are the ones being sent into the world, but we are simultaneously those who are being asked to receive the little, insignificant ones who are also messengers of God. It works both ways.
Lord, open our eyes to those around us, those you send to us. Make us welcoming and generous in our dealings with all God’s children. Amen.
[Jesus said to the twelve:] 40“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; 42and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”
***Pastor Ivy will be on vacation Monday, 6/29-Monday, 7/6. She'll be back to work on Tues., 7/7. Synodically Authorized Minister (formerly called deacons) Ned Lindstrom will be covering for her both in case of emergency and on Sunday, 7/5. If you need to contact Ned in case of an emergency, his number is 716-490-3820.
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Dear Church ,
The increased business openings, the unpredictability of our world and the new normal will create increased anxiety levels for our church body and our neighbors in need. A little while back I asked for information regarding what you are doing to take care of yourselves and others. I have attached a list of the compiled answers. Some of them mightbe helpful suggestions for those experiencing anxiety. I have included a link from Bill Graham's website including some scripture verses from
Please pray for those who may be struggling with anxiety at this time.
Susan L. Justham | Executive Director
Love In the Name of Christ of SCC
Helping Churches to Help People
Love INC Prayer Requests 06/20/2020
A young mother with 5 children and a new baby on the way, has suffered physical abuse. As a former neighbor in need, she came into the Love INC office crying and at a loss as to what the next step was for her life. We prayed with her and directed her to Jamestown Free Methodist Church for needed baby items. Praise she received baby items from Jamestown Free Methodist and toiletries from Bethel Baptist.
A middle age woman moved here in January and feels very fearful during this COVID time. A bed is being delivered for her 15-year-old daughter as she is sleeping on the floor at this current time. This neighbor in need has been on the waiting list for a bed since February. Praise God, we delivered a bed to this woman so now her daughter has a bed to sleep in.
A young woman has been homeless with a young toddler and another baby is due in September. She needs furniture for their apartment.
A young mother with three young children (all toddlers) had to leave her home due to an abusive relationship. She now has her children from Foster care but has no family in the area. She has her own place to live but needs furniture and kitchen items. Please continue praying for her needs to be met.
An older woman has suffered domestic violence but is in need of a microwave now that she is living by herself.
A middle-aged man was homeless living in a car but now lives in an apartment. He has serious health issues and unable to work. He is requesting a bed.
Praise - the Furniture Ministry was able to make some deliveries. Pray for the safety & protection of the volunteers
Family of 5 who are struggling financially. The husband’s work hours were cut because of the Covid-19 “Pause’ and the wife is a stay-at home mom. They needed some diapers that were provided them through Baby Gap Ministry at Jamestown Free Methodist. Pray for all the families who are going through a similar struggle.
Love INC needs a Board Member with Social Media Expertise to assist with better Social Media Communication
Love INC needs a volunteer accountant/bookkeeper. Our current bookkeeper will be retiring in May and we are looking for a replacement.
· 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 people affected by coronavirus, essential workers, doctors, nurses, aides, those working in nursing homes, etc.
· For victims of wildfires, flooding and earthquakes.
• For Hans Steen, Alberta Prall (Julie Bihler’s mother), Roy Pihl, Rose Johnson-Prieur, George and Janet Balcom, Maj-Britt Traynor, Beverly Klang, Trudy Fetzner, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Mabel Tranum, Gloria Fitzpatrick, Sarah Van Staalduinen, Alterta Prall, and Mark Patterson (Trish Peuch's brother).
· For people serving in the military, including Ben Wickerham and Jeffrey Clauson, and their families, those caught up in persecution, violence and war.
· 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.
· For: The ELCZ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe and ELCZa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.
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.