A little faith goes a long way

First Lutheran Church of the Trinity
Sunday, October 6
17th Sunday after Pentecost
Pet Blessing
Guest Preacher Elle Dowd

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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.

Additionally this week we celebrate St. Francis, renewer of the church. Born into the family of a wealthy merchant, Francis gave up his inheritance to serve poor people. He formed the Order of Friars Minor (called Franciscans), who took on poverty and the task of preaching “using words if necessary.” Francis had a spirit of gratitude for all of God’s creation.

In honor of St. Francis, well behaved pets are welcome to come to worship this week and will receive a special blessing at the end of service.

Readings and Psalm
Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4

Wicked surround the righteous; wait for the Lord
Psalm 37:1-9

Commit your way to the Lord; put your trust in the Lord. (Ps. 37:5)
2 Timothy 1:1-14

Guard the treasure entrusted to you: faith and love in Christ
Luke 17:5-10
Faith the size of a mustard seed