Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Readings for Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hello Everyone,

I don't have much to start this email so I will just get to it. Our readings for this coming Sunday are:

Joel 2:23-32 - After the years of hardship and destroyed crops there will be years of bountiful harvests and the people will know that God is their God. God will pour the Spirit into everyone's being so that sons and daughters will prophesy, old and young will dream, and slaves will also experience the Spirit. And when days become terrible again, the Lord will save those who call on God's name. Have you been filled with God's Spirit?

Psalm 65 - The psalmist gives thanks and praise for all the God has created. All of creation will sing and shout together for joy.

Sirach 35:12-17 - Read It Here. This book is one of the Apocrypha in the Protestant collection. Not accepted as canon but worthy of reading. These six verses extol generous giving to God as God has given to us. Don't try to bribe God for God only show partiality to the poor, the orphans and the widows.

OR Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22 - Jeremiah acknowledges his and Israel's sin and calls on the Lord for redemption.

Psalm 84:1-7 - The psalmist give praise to God for being able to worship in the Temple. Those who worship God are the happiest people.

2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 - In these two short sections Paul says that his time is short and he gives thanks that he has kept the faith. And while no one came to his defense (his trial in Rome?) he prays that it won't be held against them (by God?). This is basically, in my opinion, his final goodbye before he was crucified in Rome. You probably should just read from verse 6 to the end of the letter.

Luke 18:9-14 - Last week we read that Jesus told a parable about the need to pray always and not lose heart. This is a second parable about prayer and the folly of trusting only in ourselves. Two men go to the Temple to pray: a Pharisee and a Tax Collector. After both prayed, who did Jesus say went home justified and why? I will leave it up to you to check it out.

Have a blessed week serving God by serving people wherever life takes you.

Peace in Christ,
Pastor Gary

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