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Easter 3 - sermon audio/service video -- April 18, 2021

Third Sunday of Easter, year B -- "What's In a Name?"

First Reading:      Acts 3:11-21
Psalm:                  Psalm 4
Second Reading:  1 John 3:1-7
Gospel Reading:  Luke 24:36-49

Podcast -- Sermon audio only -- 4.18.2021

Facebook LIVE video -- 4.18.2021 service

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Today's hymns:
 ReC     11      Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
                           Behold What Manner of Love    (Other Song Book #10)
  ReC     41     Thine the Amen, Thine the Praise
  WoV    671    Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks
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Readings, Announcements for April 18, 2021

              Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church
Sunday Service each week at 9:00 AM, 2609 West Broadway,  and on Facebook LIVE



Third Sunday
of Easter


April 18, 2021
First Reading: Acts 3:11-21
Psalm: Psalm 4
Second Reading: 1 John 3:1-7
Gospel Lesson: Luke 24:36-49
               
THIS WEEK at a GLANCE:
Sunday April 18
Service of the Word --   9:00 AM,  in person and on Facebook Live;
      followed by Service of the Sacrament with the Lord's Supper
      (not on FB Live broadcast)
Tuesday April 20 Confirmation Class: 6:00 PM, in the fellowship hall
Wednesday April 21 Bible Study -- Hebrews -- 7:00 - 8:30 PM, in the fellowship hall

> Keeping these in our Prayers:
   For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;
   For those those who are fighting or recovering from infection by the COVID virus; healthcare workers;
  Kaitlin, (Dawn V. granddaughter), thyroid cancer has returned; treatments under discussion;
   Carlos & Danelle (Putnam, missionary); Carlos, continued recovery for Carlos after a major heart attack;
   Evie E., resting at home;  Gordon E. and Mary C., at Brookdale-Hearthstone;
   Joe M, eye issues;

   Hank B. (local author), moved to rehab (Idaho); until his lungs fully recover from covid;
   Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), neck & spinal disk issues; Jennifer, (Charlene's daughter), eye pressure issues;
   Jake, (Charlene's grandson), heart rhythm issues have returned, repeat surgery or even transplant may be needed;
   Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during this extended isolation;

> Friends and Family battling Cancer:  
   Elijah T, age 5, (nephew of Malea), recently diagnosed with leukemia; chemotherapy has begun;
   Wayne R., (friend of the Bensons, businessman & former ML mayor);
   Jackie L. (wife of Stan's friend Mark --Basin Propane), needing a miracle after stage 4 liver cancer diagnosis;
   Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum);
   Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer continues various treatments & new medical trials;
   Carol G., (friend of Ila and Charlene), multiple myeloma; Emily, (friend of Kelli), brain cancer, frontal lobe;
   Aliyah  (Ila's 3-yr old niece) and Bill, (brother of John Schafer), both withy glioblastoma brain cancer.   

> Those who mourn the loss of loved ones;
      especially the Robillards, LeMasters, Hesses, Blazers, Tuckers, Neustels, & Ellestads;
Friends and family members who struggle with addictions of various kinds,
Active military & law enforcement, & fire fighters & their families: for safety and peace in the line of duty:
    esp (military)  Jonathan P,  Olaf M,  Brady E,   Jordan M,  Luke S,  Logan H,
       and (law enforcement)  Justin E, Scott N, Jeff W, David H;  Riley C.
Expectant mothers (and fathers!) -- and for those who would like to be;
    especially Sara & Chris F.; Sarah & David H;  Jessica & Fred A.; Lars & Alyssa O; Chris & Jen H.; Kyle & Heather R;  Kari & Kevin K.
Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially Darby & Talen; Gaige & Danielle; Josh & Amanda;
> Thanks, Blessings, and Praises
   --  In appreciation of organ donors, like Curtis' brother in law, Esteban;

   --  Happy Birthday this week to Mike C. (4/19); Abigail P. (4/22);
> Continued prayers for:
     Brenna;  Danelle & Carlos;  Julie Reyn-lds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) --  Joe M., Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh -- Mary  & Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone;   Rev. Steve My-rs (in Spokane) -- the people of Ethiopia and farmers of South Africa.

Spring schedule and Attendance
-- Now that we are into the Easter season, the Wednesday evening Bible study has resumed (7-8:30 PM); confirmation classes continue; and we will be getting a First Communion class scheduled asap.  Sunday morning attendance is improving as more and more of us reach that "two weeks after being fully vaccinated" status.
   Going forward, each of you will need to assess the risk/reward of returning to in-person worship, considering your own vaccination status and personal risk situations. We look forward to the day we can move the chairs closer together so we can "fill the place up!"  He is Risen -- He is risen indeed!


Got Graduates? So that I don't miss anyone -- if you are or have a student that will graduate from High School or college in 2021, please clue me in ... we like to give a mention to recognize them, and share what they plan to do next.   HS grads are eligible for a scholarship from Living Word if they will be attending 'full time' college or trade school in their next phase of education.  Contact Debbie for application forms (or just reply to this email) -- not too soon to plan for 2021.
Agnus Day.........................."Agnus Day appears with the permission of  www. agnusday. org"
   

Attendance -- last Sunday, April 11, 2021:  27
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A Note from Pastor Lou: Truly #50 -- When to Move On

When to Move On                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4.15.2021  


             

Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of
Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.

Matthew 10:15

          In the midst of his ministry among the people and teaching his disciples, Jesus sends the twelve for the first time out among the towns of Judea to proclaim "the kingdom of heaven is at hand" and "heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons."  This ministry is often seen as a type of practice run for later, when Jesus sends the disciples into all the world.  The disciples are admonished to take no money, or much of anything -- they are to rely on the hospitality of the homes and towns they travel to as they go.  Right there is the crux of the matter -- the hospitality and peace of those who the disciples interact with.  If they (the disciples) are not received well and listened to, Jesus does not tell them to curse the town, call down fire and brimstone or any such thing;  he simply commands the disciples to "shake off the dust from [their] feet" and go on to the next town.  God will deal with the inhospitable home or village in His way.  The disciples are not to do so.  This is a clear example that revenge, retribution, payback, or simply vengeance belong to the Lord, not to anyone else.

           Jesus also makes clear that retribution delayed is not retribution canceled.  The unrepentant home or village will suffer more than Sodom and Gomorrah did.  Here he is citing the case of the two wealthy salt-trading towns near the Dead Sea which were annihilated by God during the time of Abraham.  The story is told in Genesis, chapters 18 and 19.  Abraham is camped near Mamre when three men approach.  Abraham recognizes them as special.  He prepares a feast with a fatted calf and Sarah makes cakes.  His hospitality is on display.  He treats his guests very well.  While discussing the matter, two of his guests depart to investigate the goings on in Sodom and Gomorrah.  When these two arrive, the people of the town attempt to force the two visitors to engage in sexual relations.  Abraham's nephew Lot attempts to dissuade the citizens, spiriting the two guests into his home and even offering his two daughters for the crowds to entertain themselves with.  Such a contrast with Abraham's hospitality.  Abraham cares for and feeds his guests royally;  Sodom and Gomorrah wish to rape their guests.  The two divine messengers tell Lot and his family to run away and not look back.  The two cities are annihilated with fiery hail and brimstone.

           Hospitality toward strangers is a hallmark of the peoples of "the Book" -- peoples who recognize the Old Testament as the Word of God.  Jews, Christians, and Islamic folk all hold to the importance of hospitality, because we never really know when there may be divine implications of a lack of hospitality.

           With this promise/curse, Jesus makes clear the hospitality rules still apply.  They particularly apply to the people who carry the Good News.  That means you and me.  But God is the one who will repay the unrepentant in His time and in His way.  Leave vengeance to Him.  Later on in Jesus' ministry,  a Samaritan town will reject Jesus and the disciples' entrance into that town, and James and John will ask the Lord if they should call fire down on that town, (Luke 9: 51-56).  Jesus rebukes James and John, and they go on to the next town. 

           Final judgment is solely in the hands of the Final Judge, not us.  And that is a good thing.  Leave that judgment and anger to him.  Shake the dust from your feet, move on to the next town, and don't look back.

      Remember Whose you are,

               Pastor Lou

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Easter 2 -- sermon audio/service video -- April 11, 2021

Second Sunday of Easter, year B -- "The Word Does Christ To You"

First Reading:      Acts 4:32-35
Psalm:                  Psalm 148
Second Reading:  1 John 1:1 - 2:2
Gospel Reading:  John 20:19-31

Podcast -- Sermon audio only -- 4.11.2021

Facebook LIVE video -- 4.11.2021 service

"Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License # A-715845. All rights reserved.”

Today's hymns: 
ReC    274    I Know That My Redeemer Lives!
   WoV    675     We Walk By Faith
   ReC    156     Like the Golden Sun Ascending
   ReC  150    At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing
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Readings, Announcements for April 11, 2021

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church
Sunday Service each week at 9:00 AM, 2609 West Broadway,  and on Facebook LIVE



Second Sunday of Easter

April 11, 2021
First Reading: Acts 4:32-35
Psalm: Psalm 148
Second Reading: 1 John 1:1 - 2:2
Gospel Lesson: John 20:19-31

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE:
Sunday
  
April 11 Service of the Word, 9:00 AM in person and on Facebook live;
    followed by weekly Service of the Sacrament , (not on LIVE broadcast)
Tuesday April 13 Confirmation Class:  6:00 - 7:00 PM, in the fellowship hall
Wednesday April 14 Bible Study -- Hebrews -- 7:00 - 8:30 PM  in the fellowship hall

>> Keeping these in our Prayers:     
For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;
    For those those who are fighting or recovering from infection by the COVID virus; healthcare workers;
   Lauren H., for complete healing after ear surgery April 9;
    Kaitlin, (Dawn V. granddaughter), thyroid cancer has returned; treatments under discussion;
 
Curtis R., Maris (his sister) & family at the sudden unexpected death of Maris' husband Esteban (aneurysm);
    Shelley R. & family at the passing of her great uncle Paul (age 100!) last week;

Carlos & Danelle (Putnam, missionary); Carlos, continued recovery for Carlos after a major heart attack;
Brenna M., new 3-mo. teaching ministry, now in Kona Hawaii with
YWAM;
Evie E., resting at home;  Gordon E. and Mary C., at Brookdale-Hearthstone;
   
Hank B. (local author), moved to rehab (Idaho); until his lungs fully recover from covid;
Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), neck & spinal disk issues; Jennifer, (Charlene's daughter), eye pressure issues;
    Jake, (Charlene's grandson), heart rhythm issues have returned, repeat surgery or even transplant may be needed;

Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during this extended isolation;
Friends and Family battling cancer:    
  
Elijah T, age 5, (nephew of Malea), recently diagnosed with leukemia; chemotherapy has begun;
       
Wayne R.
,
(friend of the Bensons, businessman & former ML mayor);
  
Jackie L. (wife of Stan's friend Mark --Basin Propane), needing a miracle after stage 4 liver cancer diagnosis;
       
Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum);
   Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer continues various treatments & new medical trials;
   Carol G., (friend of Ila and Charlene), multiple myeloma; Emily, (friend of Kelli), brain cancer, frontal lobe;
  Aliyah  (Ila's 3-yr old niece) and Bill, (brother of John Schafer), both withy glioblastoma brain cancer.    
Those who mourn the loss of loved ones; 
          especially the Robillards, LeMasters, Hesses, Blazers, Tuckers, Neustels, & Ellestads;
    Friends and family members who struggle with addictions of various kinds,
    Active military & law enforcement, & fire fighters & their families: for safety and peace in the line of duty:
        esp (military)  Jonathan P,  Olaf M,  Brady E,   Jordan M,  Luke S,  Logan H,
        and (law enforcement) 
Justin E, Scott N, Jeff W, David H;  Riley C.
Expectant mothers (and fathers!) -- and for those who would like to be;
         especially Sara & Chris F.; Sarah & David H;  Jessica & Fred A.; Lars & Alyssa O; Chris & Jen H.; Kyle & Heather R; Kari & Kevin K.

Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially Darby & Talen; Gaige & Danielle; Josh & Amanda;

>>> Thanks, Blessings, and Praises
--  In appreciation of organ donors, like Curtis' brother in law, Esteban;
      --  Happy Birthday this week to Luke N. (4/10); Eva K. (4/12); Ross L. (4/14); Don H. (4/16);
      --  Congratulations to Josh (St-cky) and fiance, Amanda, planning an October 2021 wedding!
      --  Congratulations to Riley C., future sheriff deputy in Columbia County; attending academy now through August;

>>> Continued prayers for:
      Julie Reyn-lds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) --  Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh -- Mary  & Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone;   Rev. Steve My-rs (in Spokane) -- the people of Ethiopia and farmers of South Africa.

Spring schedule and Attendance
 -- Now that we are into the Easter season, the Wednesday evening Bible study has resumed (7-8:30 PM); confirmation classes continue; and we will be getting a First Communion class scheduled asap.  Sunday morning attendance is improving as more and more of us reach that "two weeks after being fully vaccinated" status.  Going forward, each of you will need to assess the risk/reward of returning to in-person worship considering your own vaccination status and personal risk situations. We look forward to the day we can move the chairs closer together so we can "fill the place up!"  He is Risen -- He is risen indeed!


Got Graduates? So that I don't miss any -- if you are or have a student that will graduate from High School or college in 2021, please clue me in ... we like to give a mention to recognize them, and share what they plan to do next.   HS grads are eligible for a scholarship from Living Word if they will be attending 'full time' college or trade school in their next phase of education.  Contact Debbie for application forms (or just reply to this email) -- not too soon to plan for 2021.

Agnus Day                                   "Agnus Day appears with  permission of agnusday . org"


Attendance:  last Sunday, Easter:  4.04.2021 --  69
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A Note from Pastor Lou -- Truly #49 -- Let It Be For You

Let It Be For You                                                                                                                                                                                           4.07.2021  

           

Truly, I say to you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith.

Matthew 8:10

          The occasion of this exclamation from Jesus is one time when he entered the small town of Capernaum on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, where the local Roman official, a centurion, approached him and asked him to heal his paralyzed servant.  This was an amazing thing in and of itself, because ruling Romans would not be expected to make requests of ruled-over Jews;  the expectation would be a command and order that Jesus do what the Roman wanted.  This centurion, however, goes even further in that, as part of his request, he makes clear that he, a Roman, is unworthy to have a Lord like Jesus under his roof.  Talk about turning the order of the world upside down!  A Roman calling a Jew "Lord" was just not done.  Finally, the centurion makes his request of Jesus in a way that only a person of real faith can request, "only say the word. and my servant will be healed."

          In many of his healing interactions with people, Jesus will touch the person, lift up their hands, make ointments or salve for their eyes, or even have a person touch his garments.  The divine reality behind all of these actions, however, is the power of the Word.  It is always about the Word with God.  Jesus speaks and a withered hand is healed.  Jesus speaks and the Syrophoenician woman's daughter is healed.  Jesus speaks and Jairus' daughter rises from her bed.  Jesus speaks and Lazarus comes out of his tomb.  Jesus speaks and the stormy waters of the Sea of Galilee are stilled.  Jesus speaks "Peace" and things grow calm in nature and our conscience.  "Your sins are forgiven,"  and they are.

          This Roman centurion makes his request clear.  In humility, being unworthy to have Jesus enter his home, he asks Jesus to say the Word and heal his servant.  Surrounded by Jewish people who never seem to understand that he, Jesus, is God's Word incarnate, Jesus marvels at such a faith coming from the mouth of a Gentile.  Jesus' response to the centurion is one we all would hold for ourselves, "Go; let it be for you as you have believed." Scripture reports "at that very moment" the centurion's servant was healed.

          God's Word does what He says, where and when He chooses.  Gentile or Jew, in the entire cosmos or the recesses of our troubled conscience, the Word is active and powerful, creating, redeeming, sanctifying God's creation according to His will.  He has said the Word -- You are mine in the waters of your baptism.  Lord I believe; help my unbelief.

     Remember Whose you are,

              Pastor Lou

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Easter Sunday -- sermon audio/service video -- April 4, 2021

Easter Sunday, year B -- "Of First Importance"

First Reading:      Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm:                  Psalm 16
Second Reading:  1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Gospel Reading:  Mark 16:1-8

Podcast -- Sermon audio only -- 4.04.2021

Facebook LIVE video -- 4.04.2021 service

Today's hymns:  (ReClaim Hymnal)
      #151  Christ the Lord is Risen Today
     #154  Alleluia!  Sing to Jesus
     #159  Now Let the Vault of Heaven Resound
     #161  Thine Is the Glory
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Readings, Announcements for April 4, 2021

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church
Sunday Service each week at 9:00 AM, 2609 West Broadway,  and on Facebook LIVE



Easter
Sunday

April 4, 2021
First Reading: Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm:  Psalm 16
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Gospel Lesson:  Mark 16:1-6

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE:
Sunday
   
April 4 EASTER Service of the Word,  9:00 AM in person and on Facebook live;
       
followed by weekly Service of the Sacrament , (not on LIVE broadcast).  
Tuesday  April 6 Confirmation Class:  6:00 - 7:00 PM, in the fellowship hall 
Wednesday April 7 Bible Study RESUMES -- Hebrews -- 7:00 - 8:30 PM  in the fellowship hall

>> Keeping these in our Prayers:      
   For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;
    For those those who are fighting or recovering from infection by the COVID virus; healthcare workers;
   Lauren H., ear surgery scheduled for Friday April 9;
 
Curtis R., Maris (his sister) & family at the sudden unexpected death of Maris' husband Esteban (aneurysm);
    Shelley R. & family at the passing of her great uncle Paul (age 100!) last week;

   Carlos & Danelle (Putnam, missionary); Carlos, continued recovery for Carlos after a major heart attack;
   Brenna M., preparing to move to Kona to begin a new 3-month  teaching ministry with
YWAM;
   Evie E., resting at home;  Gordon E. and Mary C., at Brookdale-Hearthstone;
   
Hank B. (local author), moved to rehab (Idaho); until his lungs fully recover from covid;
Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), neck & spinal disk issues; Jennifer, (Charlene's daughter), eye pressure issues;
    Jake, (Charlene's grandson), heart rhythm issues have returned, repeat surgery or even transplant may be needed;

  Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during this extended isolation; 
  Friends and Family battling cancer:        
      
Elijah T, age 5, (nephew of Malea), recently diagnosed with leukemia; chemotherapy has begun;
       
Wayne R.
,
(friend of the Bensons, businessman & former ML mayor);
      
Jackie L. (wife of Stan's friend Mark --Basin Propane), needing a miracle after stage 4 liver cancer diagnosis;
       
Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum); 
       Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer continues various treatments & new medical trials;
       Carol G., (friend of Ila and Charlene), multiple myeloma; Emily, (friend of Kelli), brain cancer, frontal lobe;
      Aliyah  (Ila's 3-yr old niece) and Bill, (brother of John Schafer), both withy glioblastoma brain cancer.        
   Those who mourn the loss of loved ones; 
          especially the Robillards, LeMasters, Hesses, Blazers, Tuckers, Neustels, & Ellestads;
    Friends and family members who struggle with addictions of various kinds,
    Active military & law enforcement, & fire fighters & their families: for safety and peace in the line of duty:
        esp (military)  Jonathan P,  Riley C,  Olaf M,  Brady E,   Jordan M,  Luke S,  Logan H,
        and (law enforcement) 
Justin E, Scott N, Jeff W, David H; 
   Expectant mothers (and fathers!) -- and for those who would like to be;
         especially Sara & Chris F.; Sarah & David H;  Jessica & Fred A.; Lars & Alyssa O; Chris & Jen H.; Kyle & Heather R; Kari & Kevin K.

   Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially Darby & Talen; Gaige & Danielle; Josh & Amanda;

>>> Thanks, Blessings, and Praises
    --  In appreciation of organ donors, like Curtis' brother in law, Esteban;
      --  Happy Birthday last week to Tim T. (3/29); and this week to Alec R. & Jonas K, (4/1); Laurie O, (4/2); Carol N. (4/7);
      -- Happy Anniversary to Scott and Judene (4/8);
      --  Congratulations to Josh (Stucky) and fiance, Amanda, planning an October 2021 wedding!

>>> Continued prayers for:
               -- Julie Reyn-lds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) --  Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh -- Mary  & Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone;   Rev. Steve My-rs (in Spokane) -- the people of Ethiopia and farmers of South Africa.

EASTER LILIES
If you have a lily that you'd like to bring to brighten the church on Sunday morning, that would be much appreciated -- then take it home for your family dinner table.  Just come with it on Sunday morning.  Any other garden flowers that are blooming are also welcome to help decorate the sanctuary in celebration of Jesus' resurrection morning! 


Got Graduates? So that I don't miss any -- if you are or have a student that will graduate from High School or college in 2021, please clue me in ... we like to give a mention to recognize them, and share what they plan to do next.   HS grads are eligible for a scholarship from Living Word if they will be attending 'full time' college or trade school in their next phase of education.  Contact Debbie for application forms (or just reply to this email) -- not too soon to plan for 2021.

Agnus Day                                   "Agnus Day appears with  permission of agnusday . org"
   

Attendance:  last Sunday, 3.28.21 --  43    * M. Thursday, 4.01.21: 22  * Good Friday, 4.02.21: 36
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A Note from Pastor Lou: Truly #48 -- Reward Enough

Reward Enough                                                                                                                                                                                                           4.02.2021  

                 

Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

Matthew 6:2, 5, 16

           This statement from Jesus is repeated in the exact same words three times in chapter six of Matthew.  When scripture repeats things, it is a point to pay attention to.  For this statement to shine forth three times in short order is like a trumpet blast from God screaming "This is important!"

           In this portion of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus has just completed his strengthening of the law.  His word ending chapter five is finally to love even ones enemies, closing with "You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." So now we get warnings.  we get these three warnings concerning piety.

           The warnings consist in examining the reasons why we do the good things we do.  Specifically, Jesus refers to almsgiving, prayer, and fasting.  Devout people do these things, but Jesus asks us to examine our motives -- why do we do these things? -- and cautions against improper goals.  If one gives generously to various causes mostly to be seen and recognized as a generous giver by friends and colleagues, well, "you have your reward."  Likewise, with prayer and fasting.  If almsgiving, prayer, and fasting are just to impress each other, Jesus says it means noting to the Father.  This is a very sobering assessment.  How much of our faithfulness in our everyday walk of life is about our own reputation and desire to be well thought of by our neighbors?  A good reputation and high standing in the community are not bad things, unless they become an idol -- the things that are the main drivers in our life.  Once again, looking at oneself leads us all to ponder the question all the disciples will ask themselves:  Is it I, Lord?  Am I the betrayer?

           Almsgiving, prayer, and fasting are expected and are worthy practices which do bring reward.  God has promised rewards and He is a generous giver even when we are not.  People are helped, prayers are heard and answered, and doing without things that we and the world would ordinarily consider essential drives us to contemplate what is truly essential in our lives.  Being able to hear a genuine "well done, good and faithful servant" from a family member, a community member, and ultimately, our Lord himself, is more than enough reward.

           While issuing these cautionary statements about dangerous rewards, Jesus also gives helpful instructions.  Considering almsgiving, 'Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is up to." Give in secret. The Father still sees this.  No one else needs to know.

           Likewise, with prayer.  Not everybody needs to know the details of our personal prayers.  The Father hears and will respond.  Jesus also helpfully teaches us the Lord's Prayer in this section of Matthew.

           When it comes to fasting, the same advice applies.  No one else really needs to know you have given up chocolate for Lent.  (Personally, I "gave up giving up" for Lent years ago ...)   When it comes to Jesus, it's best just to give up and put full confidence in him alone.    That is reward enough for all time.

      Remember Whose you are,

               Pastor Lou

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Maundy Thursday -- sermon audio/service video -- April 1, 2021

Maundy Thursday, year B -- "God's Mandate"

Psalm:                  Psalm 116:12-19
First Reading:      Exodus 24:3-11
Second Reading:  1 Corinthians 10:16-17
Gospel Reading:  Mark 14:12-26

Podcast -- Sermon audio only -- 4.01.2021

Facebook LIVE video -- 4.01.2021 service
"Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License # A-715845. All rights reserved.”

Today's hymns:
  Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
     Beneath the Cross of Jesus
     It Happened on that Fateful Night
     For the Bread Which You Have Broken
     Go to Dark Gethsemane