A Sermon for September 6, 2015
Jesus’ encounter with the Syrophoenician woman in our gospel reading is . . . intriguing.
What immediately jumps out at us is his initial refusal to help her. The fact that he refuses is not itself particularly shocking....
But what Jesus in fact says is a little shocking.“It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” It is an insulting, obnoxious, even bigoted answer....
Why include that in the gospel? What is the gospel writer trying to teach us?
Whatever else it is, this story is a lesson about personal growth. Mark shows Jesus move from calling the Gentile woman a dog to praising and rewarding her faith. That is growth.
And the implication for us is clear... ..(click on title)
October 5: Monday Nite Dinner, 5:30p-7p, Stuffed Chicken Breast, Apple Crisp/Ice Cream. Cost: $10, (children 5-12: $5)
October 17: Church Work Day, time TBA
October 18: Childrens Bake Sale after both services
October 25: Choir rehearsals begin after service
October 30: All Saints Day and Halloween Party
11/2: Monday Nite Dinner: 5:30p -7p, Chicken Parm, Blueberry Buckle. Cost: $10, (children 5-12: $5)
11/7: Holiday Bazaar, 9am - 3pm
Take the Bible Challenge!
We have begun reading the entire bible this year. This week's challenge is Isaiah 61-66; Jeremiah 1-12; Psalms 45-50; Hebrews 1-6