No one embraces suffering. No one welcomes death. But when death and suffering come knocking at our door, they bring with them opportunities for reappraising the value of all things. This meditation explores the Christian hope for the resurrection of the body unto life everlasting and its impact on the way we live, move and have our being.
Jesus Sermon on the Mount is filled with ideals. But in consideration of those people we call saints, we discover that Jesus wasn’t speaking toward ideals, but toward people and life on this planet.
The common, yet extraordinary, characteristic of those we call our saints, is the role of humility in their lives. A humility that does not shame us, but which introduces us to our authentic selves and thereby frees us to live each day in contentment, with joy and expectation of resurrected life in this world and the next.
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Jeremiah 31:31-34 reveals the new covenant by which God would converse and commune with God’s world. On this Reformation Sunday, October 25, 2020, we will examine the characteristics of this new covenant to see if the Good News proclaimed and practiced by the church of the 21st century is its faithful disciple.
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Join me live October 25th, 2020 beginning at 9:30 a.m. for worship. We will be contemplating the Reformation of the church in the 16th century and the implications it continues to have for the church today. “Is the church’s message for all the people?” “A message of salvation by grace alone a a gift from God?”
The contemporary church must ever be vigilant in making her message address the needs of those who are listening for a gracious Word from God.
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In this meditation Jesus is approached by a group of people who are determined to “trap” him with a question designed to make Jesus look bad. Jesus doesn’t fall into their trap, but uses the situation raised by the relationship between “church and state” to talk about values. The value of that which lasts over against the value of that which does not.
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St. Francis of Assisi had a love relationship with the creation and all the creatures in it. That love flowed from a theology which understood that the Earth was God’s initial home, and that ultimately, the earth will be the eternal dwelling place of God again. This theology assigns a profounder meaning to the oft quoted passage: (John 3:16) “God so loved the world that He sent His only Begotten Son…”
The earth, indeed the entire cosmos and all that live therein, is not mere rental property; for temporary use, and then return. But God’s claim on the earth and creation is eternal. We can look forward with great anticipation not only to the redemption of our bodies, but also the redemption of the earth that gives us life.
Sunday, October 4th is the Feast Day for Saint Francis of Assisi. Because of his love for the environment, and all animals in particular, Christians around the world commemorate his ministry by bringing pets and animals of all kinds to their worship celebrations for a blessing.
This year, Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church in Ingleside (25519 W IL Route 134, Ingleside, IL 60041), will participate in this ecumenical event with a liturgy for the blessing of pets and animals. The service will take place Sunday, October 4th, @ 9:30 a.m. (outdoors). Each animal that receives a blessing will also receive a certificate of blessing with their name on it.
In order to protect our animals and those in attendance, we ask that all animals be appropriately leashed or caged. All are welcome!
Who is St. Francis of Assisi?
Born in Italy circa 1181, Saint Francis of Assisi was renowned for drinking and partying in his youth. After fighting in a battle between Assisi and Perugia, Francis was captured and imprisoned for ransom. He spent nearly a year in prison — awaiting his father’s payment — and, according to legend, began receiving visions from God. After his release from prison, Francis heard the voice of Christ, who told him to repair the Christian Church and live a life of poverty. Consequently, he abandoned his life of luxury and became a devotee of the faith, his reputation spreading all over the Christian world.
Later in life, Francis reportedly received a vision that left him with the stigmata of Christ — marks resembling the wounds Jesus Christ suffered when he was crucified — making Francis the first person to receive such holy wounds. He was canonized as a saint on July 16, 1228. During his life he also developed a deep love of nature and animals and is known as the patron saint of the environment and animals; his life and words have had a lasting resonance with millions of followers across the globe. Each October, many animals the world over are blessed on his feast day which is October 4.
Jonah 3:10-4:11; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16
The prophet Jonah couldn’t bring himself to reach out to the people of Nineveh. So God took his choice away. God’s choice to punish the people of Nineveh is also taken away from God by the repentance of the people. We learn in this story that God repented of the punishment God intended to do. If God can change His mind (repent) when people change, so can we.
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The need to forgive is demonstrated by the simple act of cleaning out a garage or removing dead trees that threaten one’s home should they fall. Some issues of grievance can wait, but others things cannot.
Our meditation explores the process of forgiveness, its demands and its benefits. Its content is formed by the story of Joseph and his brothers in Genesis 50:15-21
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