It is harvest time – in grain fields and mission fields. May worship fortify us to be laborers at God’s service.
August 18 – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Pastor Wayne Strohschein took his text from Luke 12:49-56: Think of the divisions, conflicts, differences of opinions you have in your life.
How often do you have to make a choice between one side of an issue or the other, between one friend or another, between one family member or another, between doing this or doing that?
In today’s lesson Jesus speaks of himself as one “come to divide.” Jesus has been described as the greatest divider of human history. If you really do think about it – He is.
In today’s lesson Jesus delivers harsh words about the potentially divisive effects choosing obedience to God’s word will cause.
There will also come a peace, a God given peace that passes our understanding. We remember his words of promise – He has gone to prepare a place for us but until then He has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit, the comforter, protector and guide. Therein lies God’s peace.
Today is Jennifer Strohschein’s birthday. May it be a good one!
Happy Birthday, too, to Jerry Johnson on Friday the 23rd. And a very happy anniversary to Janet and Wilbur Heier, married on Aug. 20.
Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., Ladies workday; Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Sunday School and Bible study; 10:45 a.m. Sunday service and communion.
Today’s lector: Karen Strohschein. Next Sunday’s lector: Jean Rutledge.