Week of Sunday, September 3
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
First: the best news! Bob is back Sunday. He is healed and doing much better. Thank you to everyone who prayed and supported Bob during this time. Special thanks to Willa, Mary, and Andrew for playing music. You all are awesome!
The prophet Jeremiah speaks of the incurable wound of his suffering, yet finds in God’s words the delight of his heart. When Peter doesn’t grasp Jesus’ words about suffering, Jesus tells the disciples they will find their lives in losing them. Such sacrificial love is described by Paul when he urges us to associate with the lowly and not repay evil with evil. In worship we gather as a community that we might offer ourselves for the sake of our suffering world.
Readings and Psalm
- Jeremiah 15:15-21
God fortifies the prophet against opposition
- Psalm 26:1-8
Your love is before my eyes; I have walked faithfully with you. (Ps. 26:3)
- Romans 12:9-21
Live in harmony
- Matthew 16:21-28
The passion prediction and rebuke to Peter