Here is an article that provokes some serious thinking about our roles as church.
Guess What? Your Church Isn’t for Everyone
Who are the people that would be most attracted to our style of church?
Anyway, we return to the lectionary for this week’s texts on Sunday. Starting November 3 I will be doing a four week sermon series titled “Moving Out of Scare City” and, yes, there is a play on words there. The four Sundays of the series are sandwiched between Halloween and Thanksgiving. Can you imagine what I will be talking about?
Our lessons for Sunday are:
Joel 2:23-32 – The Lord promises food, wine, oil, rain, and peace for his people Israel. After that is restored then God will give his spirit/Spirit to the peoples so they may be saved.
Psalm 65 – The Psalmist praises God for God’s good, beautiful, and bountiful creation.
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 – Paul tells Timothy that he, Paul, has “fought the fight, finished the race, and kept the faith” through much turmoil, trials, and troubles. In the skipped verses, Paul tells about those who have left him and those who remain and asks Tim to bring some personal belongings. Paul then hopes that those who deserted him the first time he was tried won’t have that fact held against them and he then places all his hope on the Lord.
Luke 18:9-14 – These verses are the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. Both go to the temple to pray. The Pharisee’s prayer is arrogant and self centered. The tax collector is the prayer of a man who knows he is a sinner. Who is the justified one? Why? When does being thankful for the blessings we have crossover into pride and arrogance?
Have a great week serving the Lord by serving others!
Peace in Christ,
Pastor Gary Taylor