September 10, 2020
for Sunday, Sept. 13
This passage is all about welcome: the things that prevent it and what to do about that. As I was working on Sunday’s sermon, the song “All are Welcome,” (ELW 641) came on. How apropos!
The Roman Christians were struggling with division in their churches. Some interpreted the law liberally (those who ate anything) and those who were very strict in their interpretation (those who ate only vegetables). Some were prideful because of their degree of obedience and looked down on those who were more liberal, while the liberal Christians scoffed at those who were more conservative.
Another issue was the observance of holy days. Again, you had those who observed and those who didn’t. Some considered themselves to be more spiritual because of their observance. We see with this issue too, a conservative-liberal split.
It all comes down to not passing judgment on each other. We are God’s servants and it is to God that we will be accountable.
All Are Welcome
Let us build a house Where love can dwell And all can safely live A
place where Saints and children tell How hearts learn to forgive
Built of hopes and dreams and visions Rock of faith and vault of grace Here the love of Christ shall end divisions
All are welcome, all are welcome All are welcome in this place. ()
1Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. 2Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. 3Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. 4Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
5Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. 6Those who observe the day, observe it in honor of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honor of the Lord and give thanks to God.
7We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. 8If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
10Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11For it is written,
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall give praise to God.”
12So then, each of us will be accountable to God.
Names will remain of the Prayer List for a month - at which
time it will be taken off unless, or course, there is still a continued need
for our prayers and we’re asked to keep the name on.
***Pastor Ivy is resuming visitation with shut-ins incorporating the safety precautions of physical distancing and wearing of masks.
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 85
5 Loaves and 2 Fish Backpack Ministry begins packing for the new school year this month. A new grade level has been added to all the schools receiving food, so donations are greatly appreciated. Let’s work toward 100 bins donated by our congregation.
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· For our community of faith as we seek to do God’s work in the world.
· For those in our congregation and community who suffer silently with illness, financial burdens, and family obligation.
· For people affected by coronavirus, essential workers, doctors, nurses, aides, those working in nursing homes, etc.
· For victims of wildfires, flooding and earthquakes.
• For Ron Simpson, Karen Johnson, Roy Pihl, George and Janet Balcom, Maj-Britt Traynor, Beverly Klang, Trudy Fetzner, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Mabel Tranum, Gloria Fitzpatrick, Sarah Van Staalduinen, John Gingrass, Dick Starks. For people serving in the military, including Ben Wickerham and Jeffrey Clauson, and their families, those caught up in persecution, violence and war.
· For all children, that the love of Christ may reach them through all of us who have resources to love, protect, pray and provide for them.
· For The ELCZ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe and ELCZa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.