Sunday, September 16 – 17th Sunday after Pentecost

Worship, 9:30 AM

Refreshments, 10:35 AM

 

Birthday Sunday

 

Fall Start-Up Sunday

Youth Sunday School, 10:45 AM

Adult Bible Study, 11:00 AM

Congregation Church Council, 11 AM

 

 

Three weeks ago we heard John's gospel's version of Peter's confession of faith. This week we hear Mark's version,

when Peter says, "You are the Messiah." In John, the stumbling block is Jesus' invitation to eat his flesh, given for

the life of the world. In Mark too the scandal has to do with Jesus' words about his own coming death, and here Peter

himself stumbles over Jesus' words. But Jesus is anointed (the meaning of "messiah") in Mark only on the way

to the cross (14:3); so we are anointed in baptism with the sign of the cross.

 

 

 

Sunday, September 23  – 18th Sunday after Pentecost

Worship, 9:30 AM

Youth Sunday School, 10:45 AM

Adult Bible Study, 11:00 AM

Bread for the Word Sunday

 

Today we hear James warn against selfish ambition, while the disciples quarrel over which one of them is the greatest.

Jesus tells them the way to be great is to serve. Then, to make it concrete, he puts in front of them an actual

flesh-and-blood child. We are called to welcome the particular children God puts in front of us, to make room for them

in daily interaction, and to give them a place of honor in the assembly.

 

 

Sunday, September 30 – 19th Sunday after Pentecost

Worship, 9:30 AM

Youth Sunday School, 10:45 AM

Oktoberfest, 11:00 AM

 

Sierra Pacific Synod Benevolence Sunday

 

                    

Someone is casting out demons in Jesus' name who isn't part of Jesus' own circle, andthe disciples want him stopped.

They appeal to Jesus, as Joshua did to Moses about the elders who prophesied without official authorization. Like Moses,

Jesus refuses to see thisas a threat. Jesus welcomes good being done in his name, even when it is not under his control.

The circle we form around Jesus' word mustbe able to value good being done in ways we wouldn't do it,

by people we can't keep tabs on.

         

 

 

 

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2012 Augsburg Fortress

Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.