17th Sunday after Pentecost
INTRODUCTION TO THE DAY
A little faith goes a long way is our Lord’s point in the Gospel. A mustard seed’s-worth has miraculous potential. The patience, tenacity, and endurance required for the life of faith are the blessings received in water and the Word (Holy Baptism), bread and wine (Holy Communion), the Word read and proclaimed in this assembly. Anticipate them. Receive them with thanksgiving.
Today we also remember Francis of Assisi, who died in 1226. Despite his family’s wealth, he took a vow of poverty and established the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans). They took literally the Words of Jesus to his disciples that they should “take nothing on their journey and receive no payment for their work.” His task in preaching was to “use words if necessary.” Francis had a spirit of gladness and gratitude for all of God’s creation. This commemoration has been a traditional time to bless pets and animals, creatures Francis called his brothers and sisters. In this spirit, we will sing hymns and offer special prayers for the Creation of God.
FIRST READING: Habakkuk 1: 1-4; 2:1-4
Injustice and violence in the time leading up to the Babylonian exile move this prophet to lament: How can a good and all-powerful God see evil in the World and seemingly remain indifferent? God answers by proclaiming that the wicked will perish, but the righteous will live by faith.
PSALM: Psalm 37: 1-10
SECOND READING: 2nd Timothy 1: 1-14
This message written from Paul to Timothy is a personal message of encouragement. In the face of hardship and persecution, Timothy is reminded that his faith is a gift of God. He is encouraged to exercise that faith with the help of the Holy Spirit.
GOSPEL: Luke 17: 5-10
On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus instructs his followers about the power of faith and the duties of discipleship. He calls his disciples to adopt the attitude of servants whose actions are responses to their identity rather than works seeking reward.
SUNDAY DISCUSSIONS BEFORE CHURCH – We are starting Sunday School again. Sort of. We will be meeting at 9:45 on Sunday mornings to have discussions about important things. We have started with 1st John. We are still discussing chapters 1-2. Please bring your Bible and your favorite morning beverage with you.
OCTOBER 2 – We will be celebrating the birthday of St Francis of Assisi. If you have a special pet or plant that you would like to have blessed, please feel free to bring a picture, toy, or other objects with you this day.
OCTOBER 16 – We will celebrate World Food Day. More to come.
OCTOBER 23 – Change of Venue. This is the day that we meet at the Senior Center. I am sure that you are all familiar with the location, we may not realize it. It is the old Plumbing and Heating building next to the Certified Gas Station. We will have our regular service at long tables. Be sure to come and join us.
OCTOBER 30 – Fifth Sunday at First English. We meet about 7:15 a.m. and travel to First English. After we serve breakfast many of us stay for the service at First English. It is a wonderful opportunity to join others in the praise of Jesus Christ. Please join us in this ministry, if not personally, the 3P’s. Pray for us, support us, even if you cannot participate with us.
OCTOBER 22 will be the annual FALL FESTIVAL. If you would like to volunteer to help with anything, call Shelton or Amanda here at the Community Center. Also look for a change of venue for the church service on October 23rd.
CELEBRATE WORLD FOOD DAY – Help the village with this Food Drive. They are giving us two weeks to gather food. Let’s all join together to “Bee the Change.”
GOD'S WORK. OUR HANDS.
Ohio Council of Churches and the Hunger Network of Ohio
In September, Hunger Network Ohio continued exploring the advocacy issues related to the ELCA social statements with a discussion on Criminal Justice Transformation to end hunger.
We are grateful for the partnership with ARCH – a re-entry advocacy and support organization – for their leadership on this issue and sharing their expertise with all of us. We are also grateful for Sister Kriss Buss, an ELCA Deacon who currently serves as a prison chaplain for leading a powerful opening devotional.
Does your congregation want to get involved in supporting our neighbors upon release? Their families? If so, reach out to Deacon Nick Bates Nick@hungernetohio.com for upcoming opportunities!
Our advocacy in Advent returns! Join the Hunger Network and the Ohio Council of Churches for an advocacy day on November 29th.
Every two years, the final two months of the legislature are filled with a rush of activity, trying to finish up many good ideas and slow down many bad ones. During this Holy Season of preparation, let us prepare for a hunger-free Ohio, an Ohio where all receive their daily bread, and justice is done
Please keep these people in your prayers: Ann Riesbeck DiClemente, Michael Koch, Wesley and JoAnn Porter, Nicole Biler Robinette, Norma Hicks, and all of those who are still suffering from COVID 19 and their families.
Please remember all of our shut ins and sick: Arlene Castor. (Also, pray for the families and caretakers of those on the prayer list.)
FUNDS FOR ZION
Please check the bulletin board behind the office door for all of the sign-up sheets for this year. Communion, birthday Sundays, and Worship Assistants/helpers. Thank you so much!
You can also remember special occasions or special people by contributing money that would normally be used for altar flowers. Instead the donation goes to our local food pantry.