September 20, 2018
for Sunday, Sept. 23
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
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
[Jesus and the disciples went on] and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.
Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”
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.
*** 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: 32
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5 & 2 MINISTRY CHALLENGE UPDATE!
This week we are at 32 bins – we need just 4 more to hit our challenge goal of 36 bins by Sunday, September 30th!
Thank you to everyone who has been bringing in donations.
If you need suggestions of what to purchase, pick up a card from the narthex table on Sunday.
· 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 those affected by Hurricane Florence.
· For Trudy Fetzner, T. J. Bihler, Dianne Sloan, Dan Kelly, Dan Caruso, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Pastor Tom Calzone, Richard Starks, Sylvia Lipsey, Mabel Tranum, Ilene Chiotti, Bryan Brown, Craig Jackson, Marty Maxwell, Debbie Stearns, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown, Ross Gardner, Bonnie Christoferson, Zachary Stewart, Al Lamb, Scott Stearns and Zachary Frazier.
· For people serving in the military, including Ben Wickerham, 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.