The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost
September 25, 2016
8:30 and 11 am
Prayer of the Day
O God, rich in mercy, you look with compassion on this troubled world. Feed us with your grace, and grant us the treasure that comes only from you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Amos 6:1a, 4-7
1 Timothy 6:6-19
"The Life That Really Is Life"
Seldom have all four readings on a given Sunday fit together as well as those for today. “Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory,” says the prophet Amos. The idle rich will be “the first to go into exile,” and “the revelry of the loungers shall pass away.” And that’s exactly what happens to the rich man in today’s Gospel, “who feasted sumptuously every day,” and took no notice of the poor man who lay hungry “at his gate.” Both the Gospel and today’s psalm remind us that God “gives justice to those who are oppressed and food to those who hunger.” And, in case we still haven’t gotten it, the author of 1 Timothy commands those who are rich “not to be haughty,” but “to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share.” So…where do we find ourselves in these four readings?
||Praise the Almighty
|Hymn of the day
||Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service
||Lord, Thee I Love With All My Heart
||Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
||My Soul Proclaims Your Greatness
In our prayers we remember Walther Christian Academy and its Upper School, which promotes spiritual, academic, social and physical development in a Christ-centered environment.
Education hour at 9:45am
The Bible study group meets in the conference room this Sunday.
Sunday School (preschool–grade 4), Pre-Confirmation (grades 5–6) and Confirmation (grades 7-8) classes meet in their assigned classrooms.
Adult Education classes. The second session in a two-week series titled “A Trajectory of Grace” features a look at what lies ahead with Senior Pastor Dave Lyle. In the sanctuary.
Grace Church library is open and staffed on Sundays from 8:15am to 12:30pm.