Reflection for the day
Read the following scriptures: Isaiah 25:1-9; Psalm 23; Matthew 22:1-14;
And then think on this:
This is a hard time for us to think about whatever is true, honorable, just, commendable… So much violence, sickness, death, and divisiveness surrounds us. The ancient image of the banquet at the end of time, the feast to which all peoples are invited and at which death is finally destroyed, sounds wonderful. But where is it? Most of us cannot even come now to its foretaste, the holy communion in the church. We may rightly feel more like the unprepared guest who has been thrown out. But the promise of God is sure. In his cross and resurrection, Jesus Christ has himself swallowed death and even now he is our shepherd, preparing the table before us, wiping tears away from all faces, being the refuge of the poor. We will come again to the feast in church. And even now we may, in the power of the Spirit, feast on the word, clothed with the garment of God’s mercy right now. Then, rejoicing in the Lord and adopting God’s own gentleness, we may join in the wiping away of tears on the faces of others.
Faith Formation Days for Laity
Sunday’s in October 2020 – 2:00-3:30pm CDT via Zoom: Faith Formation Days for Laity
October 11 – Say Her Name: Naming the Witness of Nameless Women in the Bible
October 18 – With Glad and Generous Hearts: a Look at Stewardship of Self, Congregation, and Church
October 25 – Telling the Story of Jesus: Evangelism in the 21st Century
Synod Prayer Team
PRAYER SESSION is Monday, October 19, 9:00am EDT / 8:00am CDT
Bishop Kevin Strickland is putting together a synod prayer team. This team will meet with him once a month via zoom to pray. Praying for the needs of ourselves, our neighbors locally and globally, the needs of the church and world, and for what else might be in need that day of prayer.
Go to the synod website: www.elca-ses.org for more information and to register for Faith Formation Days and/or the Synod Prayer Team.
“You Are Needed”
Even when we resume our in person worship service our podcast will continue and you are needed! Yes, you! The voices of First Lutheran! We want members to read some of the lessons and/or lead the Lord’s Prayer in our podcast services, so that we are reminded of our oneness in Christ by hearing voices. Here’s how it works: Kristen Hansen will send you the reading. You can record it at home on a phone, on your computer, in a Zoom session we can schedule together. Or you can come in on a Thursday morning to the church and we’ll do a recording that way. It can be a video, or just audio. Kristen will tell you how to get the file to her and will incorporate it into our recorded service. ALL ARE WELCOME! For details and questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
ROOM IN THE INN UPDATE
Like everything in 2020, Room in the Inn will look different this year. First will not be opening the church for guests, but we are looking for volunteers to help with RITI Central Shelter. We think this will be a way for those that feel comfortable to volunteer on RITI campus. If you have any questions or are willing to provide food, or if you are willing to stay on campus for a night with a RITI employee, please contact the church office.
We Are Jesus’ Hands, Feet, and Voice
During his time on earth, Jesus demonstrated his deep love for those who had physical and spiritual needs. He left to us the responsibility to carry on his work as we share his love for us with others by being his hands, his feet, and his voice to reach the lost and needy. As Jesus was devoted to such work, we are to join him. He told his 12 disciples, “My food . . . is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work”(John 4:34). He calls us to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you . . .” (Matthew 28:19-20).
With God’s help, we can be effective workers in the work of his harvest field.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, grant me the courage to boldly proclaim the life-saving gospel to all people. Use my life and resources to extend your kingdom. Help me to be a blessing to others. May all that I say and do give you honor and praise. In Jesus’ precious name, I pray. Amen.
Blessings on your stewardship journey!
Next Week’s Readings:
Psalms 96: 1-9
1 Thessalonians 1: 1-10
Matthew: 22: 15-22
“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess”
– Martin Luther –
Please contact the office or come by if you would like a copy of “CHRIST IN OUR HOME’ devotional for October, November, December 2020. Small and large booklets available.