* Children's Church shortly after start of Worship Service
Sunday, 07/14 5th Sunday after Pentecost
10:00 a.m. Adult Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Worship Service
* Children's Church shortly after start of Worship Service
12:00 p.m. Church Council
Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday.
As we celebrate "Holy Communion" , we recognize that in his sacrament, Christ is present and through it, He brings his healing grace. Everyone who believes in Him and is baptized is cordially invited to His Table.
Welcome to Faith Lutheran
We extend a special welcome toall who worship with us on this joyous morning! We pray by the hearing of his Word you find your burdens lighter, your hearts encouraged, and your soul refreshed.
Good Morning! If you are seeking a church home, we invite you to consider joining our family of Faith. Speak with Pastor Tom
As we celebrate Holy Communion this morning, we recognize that in His sacrament, Christ is present and through it, He brings his healing grace. Everyone who believes in Him and is baptized is invited to His table.
A nursery is available! Please inform the usher, anytime during the service if you would like to take your child to the nursery.
Children’s Church is offered each Sunday morning following the Children’s Sermon. Children are invited to go to this special program featuring the Spark Bible Learning System.
Faith Church is a NO SMOKING environment. This includes e-cigarettes.
PLEASE DO NOT WEAR PERFUMES TO CHURCH
Out of concern for those who suffer severe breathing difficulties due to chronic chemical allergies or other respiratory ailments, we ask you to refraining from wearing perfumes, colognes and other scented products to church.
Flowers for Suday Services
When you wish to offer Altar flowers please sign up ahead of time on the flower calendar located in the Narthex and bring the flowers with you on Sunday morning.
Serving This Sunday July 07, 2019
Lector - Evelyn Schuffman
Acolyte - M.K. Ammons
Communion Assistant - Muriel Bellah
Ushers - Kevin Ammons & Jimmy Farr
Children’s Church - Wendi Ammons
Communion Prep - Pat Riecke
Serving Next Sunday July 14, 2019
Lector - Arnold Hite
Acolyte - Holden Ammons
Communion Assistant - Wendi Ammons
Ushers - Ken Herns & Jim Jones
Children’s Church - Sharon Hite
Communion Prep - Evelyn Schuffman
July 14, 2019 – 5th Sunday after Pentecost Luke 10:25-37 Stories of Discipleship: A Kind Man’s Story Focus Question: What ways have you exercised compassion this week?
Word of life “Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:36-37 (NRSV)
Read Luke 10:25-37 The lawyer tests Jesus by asking questions to which he already knows the correct answer. Why bother asking a question when you already know the answer? The lawyer probably thought he could outwit Jesus. Perhaps he felt he knew the law better than Jesus. Clearly, the lawyer is outmatched.
The lawyer proceeds to ask two questions – one involves eternal life and the other question concerns the definition of “neighbor”. He understands the law to include loving God with all of oneself as well as loving your neighbor. So what is the problem? Jesus encourages the lawyer to go and live his faith. But the lawyer is discontent. Who is my neighbor? He wants to reduce and limit love into a narrowly-defined category. Jesus responds with a story known as the “Good Samaritan”.
⦁ When do you remember first hearing the story of the Good Samaritan? ⦁ What is so shocking about this story?
In telling the story, Jesus uses a believable situation told in the setting of familiar towns and with realistic characters. The road from Jerusalem to Jericho was well-traveled in the first century. It was a rocky road with rough terrain, hills, and crevices where attackers could easily ambush unwitting travelers. In the story, Jesus describes a violent crime which leaves the victim half-dead and in need of more than a mere band-aid.
Since the road is well-traveled, it is probable for travelers to see the injured man and offer assistance. Both a priest and a Levite pass by, but they do not help. It is possible these men were compassionate, but could not respond because they were bound to stay ritually pure and could not be near the blood on the wounded man.
⦁ Why do you think the priest and Levite chose not help the injured man? ⦁ Do you believe they left to get help for the injured man? Why or why not?
Surprisingly, it is a Samaritan who stops to provide care and compassion. In the time of Jesus, the Samaritans were treated as outcasts because of their ancestor’s decision to intermarry and not follow the religious laws during the time of exile. Keep in mind, the Jews returned from exile between 538 BC (edict of Cyrus) and 515 BC (completion of the temple). Thus, this attitude towards the Samaritans had been harbored for over five centuries.
⦁ Tell this parable using a modern-day setting and characters. ⦁ In your opinion, who would be cast as the least likely to help today if someone was in need?
The Samaritan himself bandaged the wounds of the injured man, placed him on his animal, took him to the inn, and paid for his care. The Samaritan walked the walk of kindness and compassion. Jesus concludes, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:37)
word among us Kindness! Acts of kindness! Generous acts of kindness!
People of faith worked together to respond to the tremendous pain and agony from Hurricane Katrina and the breech of the levees. Homes were open to evacuees who needed a bed. Places of worship were open to strangers who needed shelter and food. Stories of kindness and compassion continue to be told as people share their Katrina tales.
One family left New Orleans with their fifteen-year-old son for a weekend tennis tournament in Jackson, Mississippi. The tournament went well. But by the time they got the news of the severity of the hurricane, the roads into New Orleans had been reversed in order to speed the flow of the evacuation. There was no access back into the city. They never saw their home in tact again. It was totally destroyed. Thus, the family was left with only their clothes from the tennis weekend.
Their pain is apparent as they tell their Katrina tale, but they also share their gratitude for the acts of kindness extended to them and their neighbors.
⦁ Share a Katrina tale – yours or one you have heard from someone else. ⦁ What motivates people to become Good Samaritans in times of need?
PRAYER OF THE DAY
P Let us pray.
C O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus, you are the city that shelters us, the mother who comforts us. With your Spirit accompany us on our life’s journey, that we may spread your peace in all the world, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Sunday Service Programs
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