Read these scripture passages:
Ezekiel 33:7-11; Romans 13: 8-14; Matthew 18: 15-20
Now reflect on this:
Let Ezekiel the prophet speak to us today, in the name of God. If we do not turn from our own sins toward the mercy of God, we will waste away and die. And we are such sinners. But in Matthew, Jesus gives us a way of mutual forgiveness. The “keys” that he gave to Peter two Sundays ago, he gives now to the whole church. When someone has offended us, we should not respond with gossip nor with announcing a grievance on social media, but with direct contact and mutual reconciliation. And in the midst of our common life, especially as we are gathered in prayer but even when we are isolated from each other, the risen Christ dwells, as he promised. He is the source of all forgiveness, the grounds of reconciliation. He dawns for us like the day. Baptized in his Spirit, we may put on Christ like clothing, which is: we may put on love for our neighbor.
SYNOD PRAYER TEAM
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.
Sign up for the synod prayer team at www.elca-ses.org (synod website)
FAITH FORMATION DAYS FOR LAITY
Sunday’s in October 2020 – 2:00-3:30pm CDT via Zoom
October 4 – Worship 101: Why We Do What We Do
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
For more information and to register log onto the synod website www.elca-ses.org
SERMONS FROM YOUR SYNOD STAFF
A reminder that the Bishop and Assistants are recording sermons during this time of physical distancing. They are posted at www.elca-ses.org and hosted on the synod YouTube channel. We are continually posting these sermons as a resource to help share in the Good News of Jesus Christ.
FOR ANYONE NEEDING A LOW-TECH OPTION, dial this number to listen in:
678-379-4840. Just follow the prompts!!!
HOLIDAY WISHES AND THANKS FROM THE STAFF
The staff of First Lutheran wishes you all a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Stay safe and healthy! We hope that you will enjoy the holiday with friends and family either in person or virtually. We also thank those of you who check in with us to ask how we are doing and bring words of encouragement. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated.
As always, if Pastor Brian or I can do anything to help you, please contact us personally by phone or email.
Blessings to you all,
Back to School Prayer
Please pray for students, teachers, families, administrators and support staff.
Godliness with Contentment
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it” (1Timothy 6:6-7). To live a godly life means that we live with a deep reverence for God. This life should bring us joy because we know, through faith, that we are giving honor and praise to our Lord. We must rely on god’s grace to keep us from envying or coveting what others have. In the same way, we need to hold onto everything loosely. Knowing that God is in control, we can say along with Paul, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:12-13).
Prayer: Lord, you are the source of everything. Whether you give me much or little, help me to be content with what you entrust to me. Help me to be a faithful steward of all that you give me. May all that I say and do give you honor and praise. In Jesus’ precious name, I pray. Amen.
Blessings on your stewardship journey!
Bible Reading for Next Week:
Genesis 50: 15-21
Psalm 103: [1-7] 8-13
Romans 14: 1-12
Matthew 18: 21-35
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.