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Advent Meditation on Joseph

The reading for Sunday, December 17, 2017: Matthew 1:18-25 This Sunday we read about an angel appearing to Joseph in a dream. We've no...

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013

IMPORTANT UPCOMING STUFF!



 
 

Genesis 18:14a


The Wonderfulness of God...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/11/genesis-1814a.html

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Psalm 75:1a


With Thanks in our hearts....
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/11/psalm-751a.html

Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The readings for Sunday, December 1, 2013:



First Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5

Psalm: Psalm 122

Second Reading: Romans 13:11-14

Gospel: Matthew 24:36-44


This Sunday’s Gospel plunges us right into apocalyptic Advent. Maybe you don’t think of Advent as an apocalyptic time. Maybe you’re one of the church members who says, “Why can’t we sing Christmas carols?”

Advent is a time of getting ready, not only for Christmas, but also for all of what is to come. Many people have interpreted these passages in today’s Gospel reading quite literally, as a prediction of what will happen at the time of the final Judgment. You’ve probably seen the bumper sticker that proclaims “In case of Rapture, this car will be driverless.”

Most scholars agree that those ideas of a Judgment Day are fairly recent in Christian thought and interpretation, fostered in the heat of 19th century Revival meetings. If Christ isn’t talking about the Rapture, then what do those passages mean?

This year, the first Sunday of Advent is also World Aids Day. As I read those Gospel passages in the context of AIDS, I’m remembering how terrifying that disease was in the 1980’s. As it quickly became clear that this disease was not just a gay, male disease, it did seem that one day we might be dancing, and 6 months later, we might have lost half our friends.
People with access to protease inhibitors can now see this disease as a chronic disease that can be managed, but in much of the world, the words of Jesus describe the experience of people. Two people are working or walking one day, but quickly one of them is gone.

And even those of us in the first world will face that loss. We can’t travel with our companions forever. Our pets leave us first, and all too soon, friends and family members die.

We don’t want to let mortality intrude, especially not into a festive time. But it’s important to remember that none of us will be here very long.

So, that leads us to the question: if we’re not here very long, how should we live our lives?

Over and over again, Advent reminds us to keep our focus on God. Our culture wants our focus on holiday festivity so that we’ll spend, spend, spend. Advent reminds us to slow down and to listen for God. Advent reminds us that we don’t know the day and the hour, but God is coming.

Advent also reminds us that God is already here. The redemption of the world has begun. Even in the devastation of human tragedy, like a worldwide pandemic with treatment but no cure, God is present.

We won’t realize the presence of God if we’re not alert. The Gospel lesson implores us, as so many Bible passages do: “Stay awake! Stay alert!”

And the Gospel reminds us that God won’t be coming in the form we expect. Throughout the Bible, God shows up in the most unlikely places wearing the most unlikely forms.

Where will you see God this Advent season and beyond?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Galatians 6:9


An Unwearied Harvest time
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/11/galatians-69.html

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sunday, November 24, 2013

AUDIO OF TODAY'S SERMON

May be found at the top of the page under "Most Recent Sermon" or at https://www.buzzsprout.com/11862/132656-living-into-the-foolishness-of-hope

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Isaiah 43:1-2a


Crossing our Rivers with our name known and our fear at a loss
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/11/isaiah-43-1-2a.html

Friday, November 22, 2013

HOLIDAY CRAFT AND BAKE SALE TOMORROW!

Join us Saturday, November 23rd from 9AM to 2PM 
for the WELCA Craft and Bake Sale!

From Thanksgiving Centerpieces


















To a whole flock of Christmas stocking stuffers 



 To ornaments and more!
There wis something for everyone - 
plus lunch and some delicious baked goods for that sweet tooth!




Romans 15:7


Welcome, Welcomed, and the Glory of Christ
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/11/romans-157.html

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Psalm 118:1-6a


Giving thanks for the love of the Lord...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/11/psalm-1181-6a.html

ANNUAL GINGERBREAD DECORATING - A - PALOOZA!

ANNUAL
GINGERBREAD DECORATING - A -  PALOOZA
SUN DEC 8th 12:15PM
Bring Friends! Bring Neighbors! Bring Family! All Welcome!
We'll supply the gingerbread cookies.
We ask that you donate a tub or can of icing and a decorating element (like sprinkles, red-hots, etc.) to share.

We have a box to collect these in the narthex beginning this Sunday!

Trinity ADVENT FESTIVAL!

Trinity's Annual ADVENT FESTIVAL!
Sunday DEC 1st 12:15PM!
Make an Advent Wreath for your home with Piper Spencer!
Help make Holiday throws for our shut-ins with Debbie Sue Smith
Learn to bake Applesauce Walnut Bread with Pastor Keith!
Sign Christmas Cards for our shut-ins!

A SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING

A SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING
TUESDAY November 26th
Pre Service Music 7PM
Service 7:30PM
Followed by Pie, Coffee and Dessert in Charter Hall
ALL WELCOME!
+Pie/Desserts may be dropped off in Charter Hall prior to the start of the service+
 

WELCA ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CRAFT SALE!

WELCA ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CRAFT SALE!
Saturday November 23rd from 9AM until 2PM.
Hand made Crafts for Thanksgiving, Christmas and more!
In Charter Hall
Lunch available for a modest cost! Yummy Baked Goods!
(donations of baked goods still being accepted)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Colossians 3:10-11


Our new selves that defy categories and boundaries 
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/11/colossians-310-11.html

Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott


The readings for Sunday, November 24, 2013:


Psalm: Psalm 46

Psalm (Semi-cont.): Luke 1:68-79

Second Reading: Colossians 1:11-20

Gospel: Luke 23:33-43


This Sunday, we celebrate Christ the King Sunday, which is the last day of our liturgical calendar. The readings are familiar: we're back in the land of Good Friday, with our king crucified on a cross. Perhaps not the image we'd expect for Christ the King Sunday, but those of us who have been reading through this cycle, either for the first time or for the umpteenth time, will be familiar with these strange twists of imagery, with the upheaval of all our expectations.

I have always loved the cyclical nature of the lectionary, with its readings that loop around and remind us that all of life is cyclical. When I'm having a bad day (or week or month), it's important to remember that everything can change. When I'm having a good day (or week or month), it's important to express profound gratitude and to try not to dread the next downturn too much. With every downturn comes an upturn. The life of Christ shows us this.

Christ's life shows us that being king requires something different for a believer. It's not the worldly experience of kings, who are venerated and obeyed. Being a Christian king requires humbling ourselves and thinking of others before we think of ourselves. But our rewards are great. When we emulate Christ's behavior, we help create wonderfully vibrant communities here on earth, and whatever we might experience in the afterlife will just be icing on the cake. We've already had a taste of heaven right here on earth.

Maybe we feel grumpy as the holiday season approaches. Maybe we've had a season of sorrow, and we can't quite manage to feel festive. Maybe we're tired of humbling ourselves and we'd like someone to humble themselves for us.

Well, here's some good news. Someone already has. Maybe in this season of thankfulness, we can concentrate on our good fortune, even if we don't feel it. We're alive to see the sunrise and the sunset, some of the best shows on earth, and they're free! Even if we don't have as much money as we'd like, there's always someone who is in worse shape. If we are having trouble keeping everything in perspective, maybe it's time to volunteer at a food bank or an animal shelter--or if we're not into organizational activities, we could do our part to pick up litter. We could smile at the janitorial staff. We could thank them for cleaning the communal bathrooms in the places where we shop and work and play.

If we start working on our spirit of gratitude, the gift of generosity often follows. If we pray for those who need our prayers, our hearts start to open. If we work on forgiveness, our spirit soars. And soon we realize what it means to celebrate Christ the King Sunday.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Longest Night

This year Trinity Lutheran will hold its first ever "Longest Night Service" on December 21st at 7PM. It is a time to acknowledge loss and find hope. Christmas can be tough for those who have lost love ones or jobs or who struggle with the "joy" of the season. This is a service of acknowledgment and healing. Of prayer and communion. It is a service for all. If you know someone for whom this season is a struggle, please offer them that time for healing, would you?  

Monday, November 18, 2013

Ephesians 4:23


New clothes and holy selves 
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/11/ephesians-424.html

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sermon audio of Pastor Keith's Sunday sermon may be found at the top of this page or at https://www.buzzsprout.com/11862/130757-the-only-cure-for-generosity-is-hypocrisy-a-sermon

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Jeremiah 29:11-14a



Seeking, Finding, and Being Found
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/11/jeremiah-2911-14a.html

Psalm 126


Shouts of joy and overflowing laughter...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/11/psalm-126.html

Thursday, November 14, 2013

PASTOR KEITH’S SERMON ON GENEROSITY


PASTOR KEITH’S SERMON ON GENEROSITY
Luke 19:1-10 “Zachaeus”
NOV 17, 2013

What is the greatest commandment?
Well Jesus answered that question this way:
'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'

And we know that we best embody our love for God by living out our love for neighbor. For just as God’s love for us is best embodied in Jesus, so, too, is our Love for God best embodied in our following of Jesus, by away ourselves in the manner of Christ.

We best love God in and through our love for others. 

And Paul writes that the love that God gives to us in Christ Jesus, that God pours out for us and pour out into us, should not and cannot be kept within us, locked away, stored in a closet with stickers plastered all over it declaring “use only in case of emergency.” No.  God’s love bursts forth from us in and through the power of the Holy Spirit as what the apostle Paul calls “Fruits of the Spirit.” And what exactly are those fruits? Not apples or oranges or mangoes or papayas or even carambola or breadfruit or pomegranate. No. Paul says, rather, that the Fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
You and I as disciples of Jesus are called to lives of love; lives of peace; lives of joy and kindness; lives of faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; and we are called to lives of generosity.

Now we spoke last week about a couple of key points: First, that everything we have comes from a good and generous God; That   God entrusts us with this outpouring of generosity, calling us to steward, to manage with care and fidelity, on God’s behalf  - not some of what we have been given - but all. We wrestled with the idea that with God as the Lord of our finances we should acquire and spend in God-pleasing ways. But today we go further: We  declare and affirm that one of the hallmarks of our stewardship, of allowing God to manage our acquiring and spending, is how deeply we embody the biblical principle of generosity. And to see this in action we turn to one of the most unlikely of people: Zacchaeus, a hated tax collector as all tax collectors in Jesus’ day were – seen as betrayers of the Jewish people, as collaborators with the hated Romans, shaking down their neighbors and countrymen, notorious for charging them more and pocketing the difference.
But betrayer of his own people and collaborator with the enemy though he was, still, we find Zacchaeus seeking after the Lord. Spending his afternoon running ahead of the crowd, climbing a tree just to get a glance – a glance mind you, of Jesus.

Now as a kid I loved to climb trees. Oaks that towered majestically  and maples, some of which kissed the sky. I’d even climb pine trees suffering the sap that ruined pair after pair of toughskin jeans and stained hands and elbows and knees without mercy. Sap stains that defied soap and repeated washings and occasionally, I am sure, sandpaper.   

Sap, apparently, is not an issue for Zacchaaeus. He does not appear to encounter it – but what he does encounter  - who he encounters - moves Zacchaeus from a tree climbing faith – seeking from a distance – a safe and comfortable distance - to a relationship, to a meal, and to transformation into a life of generosity.

Jesus doesn’t leave Zacchaeus in the tree – he says “Let’s have lunch!” and then what happens when Zacchaeus spends time in the presence of Christ?
All who saw it began to grumble and said, "He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner." Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, "Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.

Mercifully, Jesus enters into the life of Zacchaeus, and generosity not only takes hold – it cascades like a waterfall, soaking his life and the lives of the poor and nearly every other relationship, it seems, in Zacchaeus’ life. When Jesus takes up residence in our hearts, that indwelling love of God in and through Christ, cannot be, will not be, contained.
But we struggle with opening up our hearts to the holy presence of God in Christ Jesus. We like to take a part of our lives and give God free reign – here – take our Sunday mornings. Take our mealtime prayers, our morning devotions, while we keep other parts of our days, other days of our week, other work and relationships of ours and jealously keep them for ourselves, shutting God out.  It is as if our lives are a house full of rooms and we love having God join us in the living room, the special one, the one with clear vinyl covered couches that one sticks to in humid weather and perfect shag carpet still pristine since we installed it back in the 1970’s, still raked carefully all in the same direction, and, of course, cheap reproduction chandeliers - but the rest of the house is strictly off limits. And the more we fail to let the presence of God in and through Christ Jesus that joyfully dwells in our hearts practice generosity, the more we will struggle to become more generous people: Generosity leads to more generosity – it is contagious and the only cure is hypocrisy and that, my friends, as disciples of Jesus, is just too expensive for any of us to afford.

Generosity leads to more generosity: It leads to a deeper and more faithful life.
And in our struggle to seek to be generous and not self-serving, to pour ourselves out and not seek in return to put others in our debt, in our struggle against the desire for others to give back as we have given them, Jesus teaches us to give to those least likely to give back, least likely to even love us for what we have done.  Jesus challenges us to break the cycle that confuses generosity with indebtedness: “I did this for you – so you owe me!” In the calculus of the Kingdom we are generous because God is generous. If there is a debt owed –we owe it to God by whose generous grace we live and love and have our being.

Generosity leads to more generosity: It leads to a deeper and more faithful life.  Is that the life we live – young and old, rich and poor – is that the life we want?
Amen.  

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Colossians 9b-11


Stripping off the old and putting on the new...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/11/colossians-9b-11.html

Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The readings for Sunday, November 17, 2013:



First Reading: Malachi 4:1-2a

First Reading (Semi-cont.): Isaiah 65:17-25

Psalm: Psalm 98

Psalm (Semi-cont.): Isaiah 12 (Isaiah 12:2-6 NRSV)

Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

Gospel: Luke 21:5-19


This week's Gospel finds us back in the landscape of apocalypse, a landscape where we find ourselves periodically in our Bible readings.

In a way, these readings offer a kind of comfort. To be sure, it's a hard consolation, since these readings promise us that hard times are ahead. But surely we knew that, at least those of us who are the least bit observant understand that hard times will always come on the heels of good times. You can be living in one of the most stable nations in the Pacific Rim, only to find yourself facing the worst storm on record. In this age of extreme weather events, it’s hard not to wonder when we will be next.

We read the words of Jesus, the words that warn we'll be hauled in front of harsh governments, and this indignity we'll suffer once we've lived through famine and pestilence and any other portent of doom. Our families will abandon us, and our friends will desert us. Many of us reading these words this Sunday may not perceive the threat. We're convinced we're safe, that we live under a Constitution that will protect us. But those of us who study the cycles of history know that we're very lucky and that we can't necessarily count on that. Millions of humans thought they were safe, only to find out that in short order, the hooligans were at the gate.

But Jesus offers us encouragement: "This will be a time for you to bear testimony. Settle it therefore in your minds, not to meditate beforehand how to answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict" (verses 13-15). Yes, we might lose our lives. But we will gain so much more.

In this time of gloomy news, it's important to take some deep breaths and remind ourselves of what's important. Our friends and families won't always be with us. We can appreciate them while they are. We may be facing trouble at work, but at least we're employed. Even if we're not employed, if we live in the U.S., we have a lot of advantages that we wouldn't have if we lived in, say South Africa or Russia.

A few years ago, my friend John told me about talking to an older black man who came into the state park where John was working. John asked how his Christmas had been. The man said, "Well, we had enough food and no one took sick. So, it was good." Now there's some life wisdom, especially as we turn our thoughts towards the upcoming holidays.

I've always loved Thanksgiving, for many reasons. There's not the pressure of gift giving. The holiday meal is hard to mess up, unless you forget to thaw the turkey. The holiday is rooted, at least in popular imagination, in the idea of colonists saved from the brink of destruction by natives who show them how to live in a new community. The cynical amongst us can deliver powerful counterarguments to my optimism, but for the rest of the month, we can tune them out.

As we get ready for this season, let us remember to be grateful. Let us remember to say thank you, especially to people who might not hear it very often. Let the prophecy of apocalypse from the gospel remind us of our ease of life now and remind us of those who are not so fortunate. Let us keep perspective and remember that we're called to a higher purpose.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Psalm 16:11a


Joy in the presence of a moment with God...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/11/psalm-1611a.html

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Jeremiah 17:7-8

Of trees, water, anxiety and trust....
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/11/jeremiah-177-8.html

Friday, November 08, 2013

Pastor Keith's Sermon for Sunday NOVEMBER 10th 2013


PASTOR’S KEITH’S SERMON ON MARK 10:17-31
NOV 10, 2013

If I was going to take a piece of paper, a big piece of paper, and draw a line down the middle from top to bottom and a line across the top, left to right making two columns – can you picture it? And if I were to label the left column “The things that God cares about” and the right column “the things that God does not care about”  - can you see it – big paper, line down the middle – two columns - What God cares about and What God does not care about – well, how comfortable are you, that together we could sort some things into their proper columns seeking together how God might see things.

For example – there are something like 830 million hungry people in the world today – would we put that in the “God Cares” Column or the “God Does not Care” column?

How about the 3.4 million people who die each year from water-borne disease for lack of clean water– In the “God Cares” or the “God Does not Care” column?

All right – now that we are warmed up – how about our money – how we earn it and what we choose do with it – which column? – “God Cares” or “God Does not Care?” Which column? Our money – how we earn it and what we choose do with it.

We read in Mark today:

As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: 'You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.'" He said to him, "Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth." Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me."

So our money – how we earn it and what we choose do with it – “God Cares” or “God Does not Care?”

Jesus talks about money over 30 times in the gospels  - and by some reckoning one of every seven verses of those same gospels– more times than Jesus talks about heaven and hell combined - and never once does Jesus say that how we earn money and what we choose to do with it does not matter to God. So if it does matter. If it really matters given the amount of time Jesus spends teaching about it, then it makes sense that we should spend some time  - some earnest and intentional time – talking about money and wrestling about our responsibilities as disciples of Jesus, doesn’t it?

Now, we could argue statistics about whether each of us is rich or poor or somewhere in-between – compare ourselves to others in this city, this county, this state, this nation, even and perhaps especially, the world, and come up with a whole continuum of answers as to our relative richness or poorness. So let’s not bother wasting our time going down that path. Instead, let’s establish some indisputable truths:

First, everything that we have comes from God. If God is Creator then everything that we have comes from God – no matter how many hours we worked for it, how many years we put in, how genius we are; everything that we have comes from God. That’s a fundamental truth in the scriptures – the earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it. Everything that we have comes from God.

Second, God entrusts things to us. How many stories does Jesus tell to underscore this truth? How God gives us what we have and then trusts us to steward it, to manage it with care and fidelity. Now, all of us giving everything away and becoming totally destitute is not the thrust of Jesus’ teaching on the matter; that is rarely, if ever, the stewarding to which we are called. There is no universal teaching that requires us to go home today, liquidate all of our assets, and sell everything, so that we can follow Jesus.  God has entrusted what we have for us to steward, to manage with care and fidelity, on God’s behalf.

Now, we don’t just steward a 10 percent tithe or some other number less than 100: Stewardship means giving 100 percent to God. We can get caught up in tithing, percentage giving, and all that – but that is a different matter – what we are talking about here in terms of stewardship is the simple fact that God wants us to use all of our money in God-pleasing ways; issues us an invitation, as Lutheran Professor Mark Allan Powell puts it, makes us an offer, to take charge of this often troubled area of our lives. God wants to take charge of our finances. Because, as we might imagine, God just might be able to do a better job than we can. 

Turning again to Powell, with Jesus as the Lord of our finances, then doesn’t it make sense that we commit to acquire our money in God-pleasing ways  - none of this end justifies the means stuff. And doesn’t it make sense that the way that we regard our money should also be God-pleasing? Luther says that that to which our heart clings is truly our god. How will we regard our money? What place will it hold in our heart? In our life? And doesn’t it make sense that we would commit to managing our money in God-pleasing ways, not just any old way that we please? That what pleases us and pleases God isn’t always and perhaps rarely, the same thing, so we need to be diligent about seeking to manage our money in ways that please God. And with Jesus as the Lord of our finances, with us acquiring our wealth in God-pleasing ways, with us regarding our wealth in God-pleasing ways, with us managing our money in God-pleasing ways, then one more thing remains: that we spend our money in God-pleasing ways. Perhaps this is where the discomfort really sets in – spending our money in God-pleasing ways. Because we as we think about our spending we might find the conversation we have with God uncomfortable and be tempted to just say “The heck with it” because that is a difficult conversation to have, and to have over and over again. I’m guessing that like the man in our gospel today, we, too, might be shocked with how we are being called to honor God in our spending. We, too, might find ourselves grieving in the changes to which God invites us in our spending habits. “Impossible!” we tell God. Impossible. But here’s the thing – and Jesus reminds the disciples of where we will always be able to find hope to change – strength and wisdom to know and do God’s will for us: "For mortals,” Jesus says, “it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible."

Amen!   

 

 

2 Corinthians 4:5-6


The shining of not our own Light...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/11/2-corinthians-45-6.html

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Matthew 7:7


Of doors and faith, of trust and doubt...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/11/matthew-77.html

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Psalm 42


Thirsting for God...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/11/psalm-42.html

Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The readings for Sunday, November 10, 2013:


First Reading: Job 19:23-27a

First Reading (Semi-cont.): Haggai 1:15b--2:9

Psalm: Psalm 17:1-9

Psalm (Semi-cont.): Psalm 145:1-5, 18-22

Psalm (Alt.): Psalm 98 (semi-continuous) (Psalm 98 (Semi-continuous) NRSV)

Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17

Gospel: Luke 20:27-38


This week's Gospel reading finds Jesus in a familiar situation: a group of religious leaders approach Jesus with a tricky legal question about a woman who marries seven times with no children. When she dies, who will be her husband in heaven?

It's amazing to look back over our lives and realize how many times we engage in these kind of useless legalistic arguments. Sure, they're fun at first, especially when we're children (if you had to be blind or deaf, which would you choose?) or when we're in college ("Would you rather be a free man in Sparta or a slave in Athens? Discuss"). But as we get older, I suspect that most of us find these lines of discussion increasingly tiring and tiresome.

For one thing, we already know what most people would say. Why continue to argue? I’ve noticed lately that political discussions usually turn into arguments, even when all the people in the room feel the same way. We’re actually arguing with people who aren’t really there. We already know what we think. We’re just arguing for the adrenaline surge, the joy of the jolt of self-righteous anger that arguing gives us. Yawn.

Likewise, those religious leaders don’t really care what Jesus thinks. They aren’t confused themselves. They know what the right answer should be. They want to see if Jesus will give it.

Jesus gives his questioners a giant yawn too, and he reminds us that we are chosen for better things than this. Perhaps his remarks seem anti-marriage to you, and it's important to remember that you have to edit Jesus fiercely before you get the Family Values Jesus that some people promote. Many of Jesus’ teachings warn about the pull of the worldly life, and families are a big pull.

Jesus comes to move our conversations into realms that are truly important. Who cares about marriage and all its social niceties, when our very souls are at stake? Again and again, Jesus reminds us that important work remains left to do, and we are called upon to do it. Along the way, we should avoid those activities that sap our energies and move us away from our true purpose. Those activities may involve our families.

Does that mean we shouldn't get married? Not necessarily. But even our family duties don’t excuse us from keeping our focus on more important issues. We’re not to worry about who our families will be when we’re in Heaven. We’re called to worry about families that are alive right now.

Again and again, Jesus tries to show us what is most important. We are called to love each other. Most of us aren't very loving when we're arguing. Move your energies to something more productive. It was true when Jesus walked the earth, and it’s just as true today.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Hosea 6:3


The Joy of Greeting the Dawn...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/11/hosea-63.html

Sunday, November 03, 2013

FUNERAL FOR AUDREY POTTER

The Funeral Arrangements for Audrey Potter are as follows:
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 10th
Visitation 1PM- 2:45PM
Funeral at 2:45PM
at Luther Memorial 1925 N State Road 7 · Hollywood
(954) 989-1766

Psalm 43:3


Led by the Light...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/11/psalm-433.html

Saturday, November 02, 2013

ALL SAINTS SUNDAY

This Sunday will be another extravagant day
in our Faith Community!
GOD'S WORK - OUR HANDS PART TWO
SUNDAY NOV 3rd 2013


During any worship service (8AM, 945AM, 11AM) you may drop off any of the following in the narthex:
1. New or gently used but clean teenage clothing  for the folks from the LIPPMAN SHELTER FOR YOUTH
2.  Toys and/or shoe boxes for OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
NEEDS:
TOYS: small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos,
harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch®, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky®, etc. SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc. HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc. OTHER: Hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all candy), mints, gum, T-shirts, socks, ball caps; sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)
3. Food for the Trinity Food Pantry
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS:
Tuna , mac and cheese , ravioli , pasta sauce or any tomato item , chunky soups and chili, condensed soups, cereal
At the 12:15PM Coffee Hour you may help Debbie Smith make a quilt for a refugee family through Lutheran World Relief or help stock the pantry shelves or help sort through Operation Christmas Child toys

The BLOODMOBILE WILL BE IN THE PARKING LOT MOST OF THE DAY
so you can give the gift of life.

And sometimes we worship in a different kind of serving....
We will be celebrating All Saints Sunday at the 8AM and 11AM worship services at Trinity Lutheran, Trinity Lutheran Church Pembroke Pines.
There will be a table set up near the chancel for you to place photos and mementos of loved ones who have gone ahead of us into the kingdom as well as a prayer book in which to write their names. At 11AM the Young Person's Choir will be presenting "When Grief Was Raw" a Cantata for All Saint's Day by John Bell. At the conclusion of the Cantata we will be lighting candles in their remembrance of departed loved ones while their names are lifted up in prayer. At the conclusion of the service those who are able are invited to recess to the Memorial Butterfly garden for the scattering of rose petals and conclusion of the service.
All Welcome, always!

1 Corinthians 4:5


The Wrongness of Judgment
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2013/11/1-corinthians-45.html

Friday, November 01, 2013