Sunday, October 02, 2016 Lectionary 27 Introduction
A little faith goes a long way is our Lord’s point in the gospel. A mustard seed’s-worth has miraculous potential. The patience, tenacity, and endurance required for the life of faith are the blessings received in water and the word (holy baptism), bread and wine (Holy Communion), the word read and proclaimed in this assembly. Anticipate them. Receive them with thanksgiving.
First Reading: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
Injustice and violence in the time leading up to the Babylonian exile move this prophet to lament: How can a good and all-powerful God see evil in the world and seemingly remain indifferent? God answers by proclaiming that the wicked will perish, but the righteous will live by faith.
Psalm: Psalm 37:1-9
Commit your way to the Lord; put your trust in the Lord. (Ps. 37:5)
Second Reading: 2 Timothy 1:1-14
This message written from Paul to Timothy is a personal message of encouragement. In the face of hardship and persecution, Timothy is reminded that his faith is a gift of God. He is encouraged to exercise that faith with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Gospel: Luke 17:5-10
On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus instructs his followers about the power of faith and the duties of discipleship. He calls his disciples to adopt the attitude of servants whose actions are responses to their identity rather than works seeking reward.
All Saints Lutheran Church and St. James Lutheran Church approved the 2-point shared ministry agreement called “Together in Christ”. Two candidates are being interviewed this week by the Together in Christ call committee. They meet again Sunday, Oct. 2 to discuss the two candidates that were interviewed. Please pray for All Saints and St. James.
Pastor Del is leading a six week Wednesday night Bible study, “The Adam’s Family,” from 6:00 – 7:00 pm in the Gathering Space. Tonight will be week #3. All are welcome to attend even if you are unable to attend every week!
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
- It takes several volunteers each and every Sunday to make worship happen. Are you willing to be an assisting minister, run projection during worship, be an usher, on altar care, be a communion assistant, a counter, set-up refreshments, bring refreshments, or clean-up the refreshments?
- The food pantry is looking for a volunteer to help pick up bread from Hy-Vee on Saturday mornings as well as people to work the food pantry and clothing closet each Saturday.
- Are you willing to mow the lawn, spruce up the landscaping around the building, shovel snow from the walkways, wash windows and window sills, or vacuum the offices/rooms in the office hallway?? These are things that we need your help with to keep All Saints Lutheran Church maintained and inviting to all.
“Many Hands Make Light Work!” – John Heywood
If you are willing and able to do any of the above, please sign up in the gathering space or contact the church office (email@example.com).
Mark your calendar for October 30…we are going to have a fall harvest reformation Sunday fun day. Join us immediately after service, on the lower parking lot, for a hot dog roast, cider, and yard games. Bring a chair, game if you have one, and a dish to share.