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Second Sunday after Epiphany -- sermon audio/service video -- Jan. 17, 2021

Epiphany 2, year B -- "A Word for Samuel"

First Reading:      1 Samuel 3:1-20
Psalm:                  Psalm 139:1-10
Second Reading: 
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Gospel Reading:  John 1:43-51

Podcast -- Sermon audio only -- 1.17.2021

Facebook LIVE video -- 1.17.2021 service

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

Today's hymns:
    WOV  649      I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
      ReC     267   Lord, Speak to Me, That I May Speak
        WOV  752      I, the Lord of Sea and Sky
      ReC    232     He Leadeth Me
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Readings, Announcements for January 17, 2021

                  Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church


Epiphany 2

January 17, 2021
First Reading: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)
Psalm:  Psalm 139:1-10
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Gospel Lesson:  John 1:43-51

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Sunday
   
January 17 Service of the Word, 9:00 AM on Facebook live;
     
followed by weekly Service of the Sacrament ,
(off camera).  
Tuesday  January 19 Confirmation: Blble class -- 6:00 - 7:00 PM, fellowship hall 
Wednesday January 20 Bible study -- 7:00 - 8:30 PM:  Hebrews, 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;
   
Health care and long-term care facility workers, still working tirelessly against the virus;

    Friends & family of Madeline Ericks-n, (ILC friend);
   Sandy B, aggressive, metasticized B-cell lymphoma;
   Ken & DeAnne (Deb's parents) DeAnne under hospice care (Alzheimers);
   Irene, (Deb's aunt), in hospital with fluid in her lungs (possible congestive heart failure?);
   Dawn V,
fighting COVID infection since Christmas; back surgery postponed; arthritis/nerve impingement in her arm;
   Mike H., also experiencing some back pain/muscle spasm issues recently;
   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;

   Michele B., back surgery to fuse L4-L5 vertebrae scheduled for January 25;    
   Evie E., at home & Gordon E. at Brookdale-Hearthstone;
   Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during this extended isolation; 
  Friends and Family battling cancer:        
       Arlene  (Wayne's wife); 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);  Paul B., immunotherapy treatment; doing well with it;
       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 Tuckers, the Neustels, the Hochstatters,  Evie & Tom E, Mary R., Dawn V.,  Amanda H., Ila;
    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; Jake & Annalise C.;  Jessica & Fred A.;

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

>>> Thanks, Blessings, and Praises
     -- Happy Birthday this week to Anne G. (Jan. 18) and Judene N. (Jan. 21)!
>>> 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.

Music!
>> Seeking a little musical talent to play the liturgy and hymns as needed, while Dawn awaits a solution to the nerve impingement that is affecting her hand.   Piano, organ, guitar, flute or any other instrument would/could work and could be a lovely bit of variety if you are willing to give it a go -- even just the melody line would be helpful.  Please contact Pastor Lou, Debbie, or Laura Lea.  Thank you, Sharon, for stepping in as needed (Jan. 17 and the 24th if no other volunteer comes forward).  We will have more opportunites next month and into Lent if a more permanent person is not located.

Cleaning the Closet: TV and Tools
Living Word has just enough space in this building space for our needs here... but no extra to speak of.  Years ago someone donated a TV "in case" we ever needed to use the fellowship hall for overflow space, but we never have needed to use it.  And so the time has come for us to free up the closet space and find the TV to find a new home.  It is an old SONY (assumed to work when donated, still should), and on wheels (because it's big and heavy!).  Not a smart TV but it might work for kids or grandkids' video games or ... who knows? It is free for the price of the fuel used to drive it away.  Come see it in the Fellowship Hall  (call for an appt.  if you are interested but not attending right now).
ALSO: If you helped work on our building project way back when  (thank you!),  check in the closet to see if maybe there are any tools or other things you have been missing for 7 years that might be hiding in there...


LW COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS
Not too early (or too late for spring term 2021) to apply for a Living Word college scholarship -- available to members and children or grandchildren of members who are high school graduates attending college or trade school full time.  Request an application by replying to this email.


COVID Viris Vaccinations
(As seen on Grant County Health Dept. Facebook page) If you are in Phase 1A and haven't been vaccinated, but want to be, Samaritan Healthcare will be providing 2 drive-thru vaccination events in addition to providing vaccinations at their clinic in Moses Lake. You must be eligible under phase 1A (defined as "a worker in a health care setting who is at risk for acquiring or transmitting COVID dur to exposure to patients, co-workers, or specimens") Call Samaritan healthcare at (509) 764-3335 to schedule an appointment. Please let the scheduler know you are wanting to get an appointment at these events.
* Wednesday, January 20th at the Quincy High School in Quincy * CBHA-Wahuke and Columbia Basin Family Medicine are also vaccinating those in Phase 1A. More details can be found on the Grant County Health Dept. website: http://granthealth.org/2019-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov/

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


Attendance:  last Sunday, 1.10.2021 --  34
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A Note from Pastor Lou -- Truly #37 -- A New Covenant

A New Covenant                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 1.15.2021  

                 

Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine
until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.

Mark 14:25

          This is the third "Truly I say to you" of four such statements that are recorded in Mark, chapter 14. This chapter concerns the events of the last evening of freedom Jesus enjoyed with his disciples prior to his betrayal and arrest. Jesus knows what is coming, his disciples are in a fog wondering among them who will betray their Master, and the events move very rapidly.

           This is the time of the Passover meal.  The arrangements have been concluded and Jesus and the disciples are remembering God's deliverance of Israel from the hands of their Egyptian overlords so many centuries before with the traditionally prescribed rituals of the Jewish faith.  But on this night, Jesus proclaims a new covenant and establishes a new rite.  Jesus uses the Passover remembrance of God's sacrifice event for the Jews to inaugurate a better and more powerful covenant.  The Jewish Passover was remembering the blood of lambs being shed to save Jewish families from the Angel of Death.  On this night, Jesus proclaims the coming shedding of his blood for the salvation of all those who believe in his name.  He inaugurates a new covenant, "This is my body given for you; this is my blood shed for you."  And he shared bread and wine, body and blood with his disciples.  Stop and ponder that for a time.  This is a most holy moment in the narrative of God's relationship with his people.  Jesus is absolutely clear -- God loves His people, sinners all, so much that he will die for them.

           Jesus seals this holy meal, this precious covenant in his body and blood, with this oath, "I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God." Jesus is sure he is going to die and equally sure he is going to rise again in the kingdom of God.  He will refuse wine mixed with myrrh to lessen the pain as he is being crucified.  There is no record of him consuming wine with the disciples or anyone else after this night.  That is reserved for the heavenly banquet to come.  Jesus was certain.  In him and in his promises we are also.

           Remember Whose you are,

           Pastor Lou

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First Sunday after Epiphany -- sermon audio/service video -- January 10, 2021

Epiphany 1, The Baptism of Our Lord, year B -- "With Us All the Way"

First Reading:      Genesis 1:1-5
Psalm:                  Psalm 29
Second Reading: 
Romans 6:1-11
Gospel Reading:  Mark 1:4-11

Podcast -- Sermon audio only -- 1.10.2021

Facebook LIVE video -- 1.10.2021 service

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

Today's hymns:
ReC      131      Bright and Glorious Is the Sky
 WoV     647      When Jesus Came to Jordan  ( sung to tune of WoV 741)
 WoV    684      Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness
                                    (Alt. verse 4 written by Rev. Christopher Staley, First Lutheran Church, St. Ansgar, IA.    Used with permission.)
  Ylvisaker 72     Drawn to the Light
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Readings, Announcements for January 10, 2021

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church


Baptism of
Our Lord
- - -
Epiphany 1


January 10, 2021
First Reading: Genesis 1:1-5
Psalm:  Psalm 29
Second Reading: Romans 6:1-11
Gospel Lesson:  Mark 1:4-11

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE:
Sunday

   
January 10 Service of the Word, 9:00 AM on Facebook live;
     
followed by weekly Service of the Sacrament ,
(off camera).  

Wednesday  January 13   Bible study -- 7:00 - 8:30 PM:  Hebrews, 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 the COVID virus;
   
Health care and long-term care facility workers, as things again get hot with the virus;

    Friends & family of Madeline Erickson, (ILC friend);
   Sandy B, aggressive, metasticized B-cell lymphoma; chemo started 1/8;  (phone calls only to Holli or Paul's number);
   Ken & DeAnne (Deb's parents) DeAnne under hospice care (Alzheimers);
   Dawn V,
fighting COVID infection since Christmas; back surgery postponed; arthritis/nerve impingement in her arm;
  Mike H., also experiencing some back pain/muscle spasm issues recently;
   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;

   Michele B., continued search for long-term backpain relief; surgery possible;    
   Evie E., at home & Gordon E. at Brookdale-Hearthstone;
   Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during this extended isolation; 
  Friends and Family battling cancer:        
       Arlene  (Wayne's wife); 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);  Paul B., immunotherapy treatment; doing well with it;
       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 Tuckers, the Neustels, the Hochstatters,  Evie & Tom E, Mary R., Dawn V.,  Amanda H., Ila;
    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; Jake & Annalise C.;  Jessica & Fred A.;

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

>>> Thanks, Blessings, and Praises
     -- Happy Birthday this week to Tom D. (Jan. 11) and Ruth P. (Jan. 13)!
>>> 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.

Prayers
LW member Sandra Blaz-r is in the hospital this weekend preparing for chemotherapy to begin as treatment against the rare form of stage 4 non-Hodgkins lymphoma that has spread throughout her body.  There will be 4 continuous days of intensive chemo treatment this week to try to knock it back.  She and Paul and Holli covet our prayers at this time.   If you would like to talk with them and give more encouragement, please do not call Sandy's phone number, but use Holli's or Paul's (Pastor Lou has it) instead, as she will need her rest time.   This will be a hard fight.
Music!
>> Seeking a little musical talent to play the liturgy and hymns as needed, while Dawn awaits a solution to the nerve impingement that is affecting her hand.   Piano, organ, guitar, flute or any other instrument would/could work and could be a lovely bit of variety if you are willing to give it a go.  Don't be shy -- even just the melody line would be helpful.  The last-ditch alternative could be putting up with Debbie's 3-note start and singing the rest without accompaniament on the Sundays when Laura Lea is not available.  :)    Please contact Pastor Lou, Debbie, or Laura Lea.  Thank you, Sharon, for stepping in as needed (Jan. 17 and the 24th if no other volunteer comes forward).  We will have more opportunites next month and into Lent.

Cleaning the Closet:  SURPLUS Equipment
Living Word has just enough space in this building space for our needs here... but no extra to speak of.  Years ago someone donated a TV "in case" we ever needed to use the fellowship hall for overflow space, but we never have needed to use it.  And so the time has come for us to free up the closet space and find the TV to find a new home.  It is an old SONY (assumed to work when donated, still should), and on wheels (because it's big and heavy!).  Not a smart TV but it might work for kids or grandkids' video games or ... who knows? It is free for the price of the fuel used to drive it away.  Come see it in the Fellowship Hall  (call for an appt.  if you are interested but not attending right now).
ALSO: If you helped work on our building project way back when  (thank you!),  check in the closet to see if maybe there are any tools or other things you have been missing for 7 years that might be hiding in there...


LW SCHOLARSHIPS
Not too early (or too late for spring term 2021) to apply for a Living Word college scholarship -- available to members and children or grandchildren of members who are high school graduates attending college or trade school full time.  Request an application by replying to this email.


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


Attendance:  last Sunday, 1.03.2021 --  30
 
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From Pastor Lou: Truly # 36 -- Yes, You.

Yes, You.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1.08.2021  

             

Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.

Mark 14:18


          Betrayal -- the very word brings images into our mind.  We think of personal betrayals, political betrayals, and Benedict Arnold.  Images of despicable contrary behavior, unimaginable hurt and pain flood our minds and make our hearts weep.  But in the final analysis, no one, no action, is a deeper betrayal than what Judas did.  Scripture reports to us that even Judas came to recognize this when he confessed he had "betrayed innocent blood" and went out and committed suicide.

           "One of you will betray me." Jesus makes this announcement to the disciples gathered for their last meal together, seemingly out of the blue.  He has given the order and made the arrangements for the Passover, the disciples have gathered around the table, and then he says this.  We should carefully note that the scripture tells us that the disciples as a group felt sorrowful and began to ask him and one another, "Is it I?"

           "Is it I?"   Now there is a question worth pondering.  At the time the disciples had no idea which one of them would be the betrayer.  In hearing the Lord's words they each knew that it could be "me."  They all knew that they were completely in the dark about what was really going on.  They all knew in the depths of their own hearts lurked covetousness, ambitions, jealousies, and even well-intentioned but wrong ideas about what Jesus should or should not do or be about.  All of them, all of us, harbor things within our being which, when expressed, would be a betrayal of Jesus and his kingdom.  Do not kid yourself, be realistic as these disciples were -- I could be a betrayer of my Lord.

           The remarkable thing -- the amazing thing, the glorious thing -- is that Jesus, knowing his band of betrayers, his nation of betrayers who killed the prophets and those sent to bless them, continues in the task his Father has appointed for him.  Jesus continues down the road to die for these very people, who in the depths of their hearts know they could be a betrayer.  Jesus' love for all of us is simply divine and beyond human comprehension in this realization. 

           All that is left for us to do is to  "thank and praise, serve and obey him.  This is most certainly true." 

          Remember Whose you are, and that he died and rose for you!

           Pastor Lou

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Second Sunday after Christmas -- Sermon audio/service video -- January 3, 2021

Christmas 2, year B -- "Wisdom and Insight"

First Reading:      1 Kings 3:4-15
Psalm:                  Psalm 119:97-104
Second Reading: 
Ephesians 1:3-14
Gospel Reading:  Luke 2:40-52

Podcast -- Sermon audio only -- 1.03.2021

Facebook LIVE video -- 1.03.2021 service

Today's hymns:
  WoV    643    Once in Royal David's City
      ReC    120    Of the Father's Love Begotten
      ReC       12   Give to Our God Immortal Praise
      ReC      128    As With Gladness Men of Old
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Readings, Announcements for January 3, 2021

        Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church
**•♫♪ Joy to the world ! ♪♫•**•.¸ ¸.•**•♫♪ The Lord is come ! ♪♫•**



Second Sunday after
Christmas

January 3, 2021

Happy New Year!
First Reading: 1 Kings 3:4-15
Psalm:  Psalm 119:97-104
Second Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14
Gospel Lesson:  Luke 2:40-52

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE:
Sunday

   
January 3 Service of the Word, 9:00 AM on Facebook live;
  followed by weekly Service of the Sacrament , (off camera).  
Wednesday  January 6 Happy Epiphany!
  Bible study -- 7:00 - 8:30 PM  (Hebrews, chapter 6), fellowship hall

>> Keeping these in our Prayers:      
For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;
            specifically those who are fighting or recovering from the COVID virus;
   
Health care and long-term care facility workers, as things again get hot with the virus;

    Friends & family of Madeline Ericks-n, (ILC friend);
Sandy B, new diagnosis:  B-cell lymphoma; treatment options to come;
Ken & DeAnne (Deb's parents) DeAnne under hospice care (Alzheimers);
Dawn V, back surgery postponed, and arthritis/nerve impingement in her arm/hand;

  Mike H., also experiencing some back pain issues;
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;

Michele B., continued search for long-term backpain relief; surgery possible;    
Evie E., at home & Gordon E. at Brookdale-Hearthstone;
Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during this extended isolation; 
Friends and Family battling cancer:     
    Arlene  (Wayne's wife); 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);  Paul B., immunotherapy treatment; doing well with it;
    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 Tuckers, the Neustels, the Hochstatters,  Evie & Tom E, Mary R., Dawn V.,  Amanda H., Ila;
    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; Jake & Annalise C.;  Jessica & Fred A.;

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

>>> Thanks and Praises
   -- for the start of a new calendar year with prayers that it is a less frustrating one for many;
      -- thank you, Ben, for plowing the snow from the parking lot;

>>> 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.

Music!
>> Seeking a little musical talent to play the liturgy and hymns as needed, while Dawn awaits a solution to the nerve impingement that is affecting her hand.   Piano, organ, guitar, flute or any other instrument would/could work and could be a lovely bit of variety if you are willing to give it a go.  Don't be shy -- even just the melody line would be helpful.  The last-ditch alternative could be putting up with Debbie's 3-note start and singing the rest without on Sundays when Laura Lea is not available.  :)  First opportunities:  Jan. 17 & 24.  Thank you in advance.  Please contact Pastor Lou, Debbie, or Laura Lea.

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

Attendance:  last Sunday, 12.27.2020 --  25
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From Pastor Lou: Truly #35 -- A Beautiful Thing

A Beautiful Thing                                                                                                                                                                                1.01.2021

                                   

(Jan van Scorel, circa 1530)

Truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world,

what she has done will be told in memory of her.

Mark 14:9

         Such a short little statement and yet so powerfully packed with meaning ...
            The first thing to consider with this statement is simply how true it has remained.  This is a clear example of prophecy fulfilled.  It is simply true that anywhere the Gospel
is known, this story of the expensive nard being used to anoint Jesus at a banquet has been heard also.  An unnamed woman gets remembered all through history for her one generous act of devotion.  One cannot read the Gospel of Mark without being struck by this.  Jesus has said "heaven and earth will pass away but my word will not," and this little story is confirmation of that statement -- Jesus' word does not pass away. 

         We notice this act because it seems so contradictory initially.  Jesus has been talking about the care of the poor and how important it is for all people to be included in God's kingdom.  Yet here is this woman who anoints his head with an extremely expensive ointment (300 denarii equals 300 days of wages). Some are indignant at such wastefulness, but Jesus commends the woman for her "beautiful thing."  We continue to wrestle with this to this day.   Should time, talent, and treasure go toward the neighbor directly, or is there also a place for largesse in the beautiful things to God and the church? Stewardship of the good gifts of God always requires discernment and care.

         One thing often missed in this story is what Jesus said she was doing,  "... anointing my body beforehand for burial."  Jewish funeral practice included washing a dead body and then anointing (rubbing) it with expensive oils and spices.  Jews did not embalm, Egyptians did.   Jesus has been speaking prior to this banquet of his upcoming betrayal and death, and this woman has taken his word so seriously that she wants him to know her devotion prior to his death.  Jesus recognizes this and lauds her efforts.  How many of us have and will experience regret -- "If only I knew Mom had so little time left, I would have ..." ?    Wouldn't it be better to have shared all the nice things that are said about a person at their funeral with the deceased before they died?
            In the case of this woman and her costly gift, Jesus recognizes and appreciates the spirit of devotion and genuine mourning with which the gift is offered.  She has taken his statement of his coming betrayal and death seriously and taken action.  She takes Jesus at his word.  This is true faith.

         Others can only see that something expensive has not gone to their preferred worldly agenda.  It is not unusual for people to point fingers at those who don't live according to their standards and then not live up to those standards themselves.  Jesus points this out with his comment, "Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?"   (Matthew 7:3)

         The woman did a beautiful thing for Jesus from the depth of her heart.  Would that we would do so also.

         Remember Whose you are!

         Pastor Lou

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First Sunday after Christmas -- sermon audio/service video -- Dec. 27, 2020

Christmas 1, year B -- "We Have a Redeemer"

First Reading:      Isaiah 61:10 - 62:5
Psalm:                  Psalm 111
Second Reading:
Galatians 4:4-7
Gospel Reading:  Luke 2:22-40

Podcast -- Sermon audio only -- 12.27.2020

Facebook LIVE video -- 12.27.2020 service

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

Today's hymns:
  ReC    126    Angels From the Realms of Glory
    ReC    113   What Child is This?
   Printed      There Is a Redeemer
   ReC       56     Lord, Now Let Your Servants Depart