Pastor Wayne A. Strohschein took his text from Luke 14:1,7-14 on Sunday morning, Sept. 1.
Think of the most valuable thing that you have. Is it valuable enough that you want others to know of it? Have you invited them to share in your joy?
Think of the most valuable relationship you have. Is it valuable enough that you want others to know of the relationship? Have you invited anyone to share in your experience?
Luke presents the story of Jesus being invited to dinner. He tells of Jesus observing guest jockeying for position at the dinner table.
Our Christian faith is all about choosing values. Our understanding of values, ethics, and morals determine how we see others, how we live in the world we are a part of.
Jesus’ words in today’s gospel, both to those seeking the best seat at the dinner table and to the host, are really about living God’s way. When God’s values are chosen, we see ourselves as part of the human family that is motivated by human worth, dignity and justice for all.
It is hard to imagine Jesus ever getting a second invitation to the hosts next dinner party. Jesus seems to offend both his fellow guests by offering unsolicited advice on seating etiquette (14:7-11) and his host by critiquing the guest list (vv. 12-14). And before dinner is over, Jesus shares a parable that implies his fellow diners might be in for a nasty shock at the dinner table of God.
Is it news good enough, important enough we want others to have it? Have we given an invitation to come and hear the good news?
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on Sept. 5, 1883.
In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.
On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.
As summer changes to fall, God’s love remains constant.
We welcome Carol Jones today as she speaks to us at the potluck about St. Jude’s Hospital. There will be an opportunity to give to St. Jude’s both immediately following this worship with a back-door offering and at the potluck.
We mourn the loss of Mrs. Marian Hansen, who passed away Thursday. She was married for 65 years to Pastor Maynard Hansen. Many of you know that Pastor Hansen was often here as a pulpit supply pastor during the time that we had no regular pastor. The Hansens are longtime members of Messiah Lutheran Church in Springfield.
Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., workday; Sunday School & Bible Study Worship, 9:30 a.m.; Worship and Communion, 10:45 a.m.
Today’s lector is Craig Carter. Next Sunday’s lector is Dave Niemi.