the Word: 23rd Sunday after Pentecost

God speaks this week through these scriptures:

Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18 The day of the LORD
Psalm 90:1-8 [9-11] 12 So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Be alert for the day of the Lord
Matthew 25:14-30 The story of the slaves entrusted with talents

Zephaniah proclaims that the coming day of the Lord will be filled with wrath and distress, showing that trusting and misusing wealth is a dead end.

Paul says the coming day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night and urges us to be awake and sober, and encourages us to live faithfully in the here and now as we anticipate the day when we will be given eternal salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus tells the parable of the talents, calling us to make good use of the abundant gifts entrusted to us, while we still have time, for the greater and common good.

Come to worship this coming Sunday. Hear the parable about talents; receive God’s blessing; and at the table be strengthened to become an ever more creative and faithful servant in God’s kingdom. In a world filled with violence and despair, we gather around these blessed signs of hope — word, water, bread and wine — eager to welcome the good news of Christ’s coming among us.

–from and Gail Ramshaw–

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