22nd Sunday After Pentecost, October 24, 2021
Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11am
Prayer of the Day
Eternal light, shine in our hearts. Eternal wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance. Eternal compassion, have mercy on us. Turn us to seek your face, and enable us to reflect your goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.Amen.
“Seen, Heard, and Healed”
Jesus notices. Jesus sees. Jesus hears his cry. When others shrink back and are disturbed by his guttural cry of anguish and desperation Jesus draws ever nearer. Hearing Bartimaeus’s plea for mercy Jesus does not push him away but calls him to himself. Bartimaeus wants to see. Jesus grants him his heart’s desire. Eyes opened he now follows Jesus into a future with a new life and new possibilities. Jesus has noticed us too. Lost and alone with our own eyes blurred by sin Jesus sees us and hears our cry for mercy. Wherever we find ourselves Jesus always draws near. By faith, our eyes are opened too. In baptism a future marked by new life and possibilities has opened before us. Now that our eyes are opened and our life restored, we cannot help but notice others. We hear their cry. We draw near to people that others shrink back from. Accompanied by those like Bartimaeus we join God at work and follow Jesus on the way.
Praise the Almighty! LBW 539
Rise, Shine, You People! LBW 393
Healer of Our Every Ill, WOV 738
The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve, ACS 988
WOV, With One Voice
LBW, Lutheran Book of Worship
ACS, All Creation Sings
In our prayers we remember Housing Forward.