St. Timothy Lutheran Church

                              

                                                                                September 19, 2019

                           

                                                                                        Luke 16:1-13

Scripture readings

for Sunday, Sept. 22

Amos 8:4-7

Psalm 113

1 Timothy 2:1-7

Luk 16:1-13

REFLECTION

 

You’ve got to be kidding me! Will the disciples never get it? Right after Jesus has taught his followers for the second time that he will be crucified and risen, they are concerned about who is the greatest. Can we say insensitive to what their friend and Lord will be experiencing?

 

Jesus teaches about upside down leadership, servant leadership. When we see Jesus’ example of a child, we think of cute, sweet, wonderful children that capture our hearts and that we will go to the moon and back for. But that was not the case in first century Palestine. Children were barely considered human.

 

If we want to be great in God’s kingdom, we need to learn to be the servant of the least, the lowest, the lost, those on the margins of our society. Who might that be today? Is it the children who have been separated from their families? Is it the poor who seem to receive a different standard of justice than the rich? Who might it be for you?

 

Only when we welcome these do we welcome Jesus. Do we get it?

 

Let us pray. Lord, open our eyes, our minds and our hearts to all that we may welcome in your name. Amen.

 

Pastor Ivy Gauvin

1Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. 2So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ 3Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’ 5So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6He answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’ 7Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’ 8And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. 9And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.

  10“Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. 11If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? 13No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

 

There are many ways we can go with this difficult reading. However, the last few verses, offer an explanation of the parable, emphasizing faithfulness. For me, I always start hearing a song sung by Steve Green (Just click on the words in blue and you can listen to it) many years ago. Here is the chorus:

 

Oh may all who come behind us

find us faithful,

may the fire of our devotion

light their way.

May the footprints that we leave,

lead them to believe,

and the lives we live

inspire them to obey.

Oh may all who come behind us

find us faithful.

(Words and Music by Jon Mohr, Copyright 1988)

 

God calls us to a life of faithfulness in all aspects of our lives. In this Sunday’s gospel, it is in terms of finances, although there are other ways of faithful living too. Jesus speaks of faithfulness in little things—could one way be in the way we speak to our family members when we’re overtired? What about how we act when a promotion at work is on the line? John Wooden wrote that “The true test of … character is what [one] does when no one is watching.” That is faithfulness to God.

 

This covers a lot of territory, doesn’t it? I don’t know about you, but I don’t always measure up. After all, according to Martin Luther, we are simultaneously saints and sinners--a mixed bag and we are incapable in our own strength to do anything to please God. I find hope in these words of Martin Luther from The Small Catechism:

 

I believe that by my own understanding or strength I cannot believe in Jesus Christ my Lord or come to him, but instead the Holy Spirit has called me through the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, made me holy, and kept me in the true faith…Daily…the Holy Spirit abundantly forgives all sins—mine and those of all believers…

 

We mess up often. That’s why we need to come to God daily for forgiveness and trust that through the Holy Spirit’s strength, not our own, we can live lives of faithfulness that please God and are examples to our children and all those around us—those who come behind us.

PRAYER REQUESTS

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.





ANNOUNCEMENTS


*** Quilting Supplies Sale…Saturday, October 13, 10:00 am-2:00 pm at Anderson Hall, Holy Trinity Site, Tree of Life Lutheran Church, 825 Forest Ave., Jamestown. Quilting rulers, mats, templates, patterns, complete small kits, curved pins, fleece, zippers, needles, straight pins, decorative buttons, pillow forms, odds and ends. Nothing is priced over $10.00-prices start at 50 cents and we even have a few free things. One of our faithful members donated her collection of quilting supplies to Labor of Love. Funds raised will be used to purchase things for our quilting group. 

 

***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date:  63

 

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Postponed Until Spring 2020

 

Due to the many other events competing for support in October, we have postponed the Meat Raffle until next spring.  More details will be available soon.  Thanks for your patience.

 

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·         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 victims of wildfires, flooding and earthquakes.

·         For:  Jerry Saar, Marty Hunt, Delores Thompson, Bob Ivey, Rev. Don Ray, Pat & Maureen Kibbe, Beverly Klang, Trudy Fetzner, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Sarah Van Staalduinen, Mabel Tranum,  Bryan Brown, Craig Jackson, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown,  Bonnie Christoferson, Zachary Stewart, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier. For people serving in the military, including Ben Wickerham, 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.