I hope your week is going well. I have a couple reminders for you – tonight is Soup and Bread at my house. It begins at 6:30 and Jenn Frederick will be leading our discussion about poverty in Clark County. This will be our last Soup and Bread for the summer and we’ll take a few weeks off as we prepare for our fall discussions.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Sunday September 8th (10:30am-1pm). We are going to have worship and a picnic at Crown Park. If you’re willing to go hang out at the park a little early (10am?) that Sunday and help us set up we welcome your help.
Along with the worship in the park we’ll be doing a backpack blessing for everyone starting school (students of all ages and teachers!). Tell your kids and grandkids, neighbors to come join us. We’ll do it during our meeting for worship. For more information or for sharing with others visit this link.
Men’s Retreat is coming up (September 13-15). Guys, if you haven’t registered, paid your registration fee, or picked up your book do it as soon as you can! We’d like to have a head count soon for our meal preparation. More information and registration is on our website here.
Text for Sunday
“On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. Just then, in front of him, there was a man who had dropsy. And Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees, “Is it lawful to cure people on the sabbath, or not?” But they were silent. So Jesus took him and healed him, and sent him away. Then he said to them, “If one of you has a child or an ox that has fallen into a well, will you not immediately pull it out on a sabbath day?” And they could not reply to this.
When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (Luke 14:1–14 NRSV)
- I wonder what you like best about this story?
- I wonder what challenges you?
- Imagine yourself in different places in the story – what do you learn?
- How is this text related to and different from the one we reflected on last Sunday (Luke 13:10-17)?
Let’s continue praying for discernment, patience, and peace for all involved in the Syrian conflict. That Way would open for a peaceful resolution.
For those interested Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) wrote this letter to the President regarding the conflict.
In Gospel Love,