22nd Sunday After Pentecost
INTRODUCTION TO THE DAY
Today’s Gospel starts with disciples obsessing over who’s number one, which leads Jesus to say something about God's take on importance and power. Here Jesus makes it explicit that the reversal of values in God’s community is a direct challenge to the values of the dominant culture, where wielding power over others is what makes you great. When we pray “your kingdom come” we are praying for an end to tyranny and oppression. We pray this gathered around the cross, a sign of great shame transformed to be the sign of
great honor and service.
FIRST READING: Isaiah 53: 4-12
This reading is from the last of four passages in Isaiah that are often called “the servant songs.” Christians are probably most familiar with this servant song. In light of Christian faith, the servant’s healing ministry and redemptive suffering are understood to be fulfilled in the life and death of Christ.
PSALM: Psalm 91: 9-16
SECOND READING: Hebrews 5: 1-10
Using imagery from scripture and from Jewish worship practices, Jesus is presented as the great high priest who was obedient to God’s saving plan. Through his suffering and death he has become the source of eternal salvation.
GOSPEL: Mark 10: 35-45
On the way to Jerusalem the disciples ask Jesus to grant them seats of honor. Jesus responds by announcing that he and followers will “rule” through self-giving service.
OCTOBER 28, 2018
Reformation Sunday will be a very busy Sunday. We will have the Baptism of the granddaughter of Ward and Lisa Weber. We also will have five of our youth Confirming their Baptism: Andrew Weber, Caleb and Nicole Evans, Emilie Harless, and Kaleigh Johnston. We will have a reception after the service to greet them. Please come and help celebrate this special day.
GOOD SAMARITAN FOOD PANTRY
The food pantry has again asked us to supply the corn and beans for the Thanksgiving Dinner boxes that are put together every year. We will need around 100 to 120 cans of each vegetable. We will be collecting money to purchase these cans as we no longer have the facilities to store the food as we gather it. Please make your donation with your regular offering and be sure to mark it so that Tim knows that you have donated. Remember the 3 Ps. Pray, Participate, and Pay.
HELPING OUR NEIGHBORS
It is that time of year again when many of the churches are having Craft Fairs and other events. Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church Women’s Group is having its annual Fall Bazaar. They will have crafts, baked goods and basket raffles on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at their church, 9350 High Free Pike, West Jefferson, Ohio. If you have any questions you can contact Angela Penquite at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALL SAINTS’ DAY
We will have a service of dedication to all of the Saints who have gone to prepare the way to Heaven. Traditionally we have a candle lighting and prayer for all of our family that have gone to God before us.
This year is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day (which later became Veterans’ Day) and comes on Sunday this year. We will have special prayers during the service as well as some special surprises (we hope). Please try to join us as we honor all of the Veterans. If you and/or members of your family are Veterans, please let me know so that they can be included in prayers during the service.
ZION ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
We will have our annual business meeting in November. The date will be announced as soon as Council decides when the meeting will be held.
Advent, the Church New Year, starts December 2nd, this year. This is a time to prepare for the coming of the birth of Christ. This is always a special time of the year. There will be more to come about December Activities later. It is time to get ready to get ready for the coming of our Lord.
GOD'S WORK. OUR HANDS.
NEWEST HURRICANE NEWS Hurricane Michael has come.
The latest storm in a deadly hurricane season, Hurricane Michael, has threatened our neighbors with dangerous winds, heavy rainfall and storm surge. The storm made landfall with winds upwards of 150 miles per hour.
Your gifts ensure that our church will be able to provide help and hope for those whose homes have been devastated or who have been otherwise affected by Hurricane Michael.
Lutheran Disaster Response has monitored Hurricane Michael and coordinated its response with Lutheran Services Florida, the Florida-Bahamas Synod, as well as our partners and affiliates in other potentially impacted areas.
As a church, we’re ready to stand by our neighbors as they recover from this storm.
Please give to Lutheran Disaster Response today.
Stay connected to the latest events and our response to this and other disasters through our Facebook page. Join us in prayer.
With gratitude for your partnership,
The Rev. Daniel Rift
Director, ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Please keep these people in your prayers: Esther Mae Baker, Al Bausch, Don Brooks, Dortha Feddern, George Wendel and Carol Schiff. Please remember all of our shut-ins and sick. (Also, pray for the families and caretakers of those on the prayer list.)
THE BREAKFAST BUNCH
“The Breakfast Bunch” meets the first Saturday of every month at Der Dutchman in Plain City, at 8:30 a.m. “Come one, Come all” for a great breakfast, fellowship and more!
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.