The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
January 31, 2010
Hail, O Source of ev'ry blessing,
Father of our human race!
Gentiles now, your grace possessing,
In your courts obtain a place.
Grateful now, we fall before you,
In your Church rejoice to live,
See your glory and adore you,
Thankful for the grace you give (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 87:1)
Worship Focus: Jesus is our only foundation
Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15
Hymns: 234, 395, 386, 449
First Lesson: 1 Kings 17:7-16
The prophet brought God's promise to this widow so that she had hope. God's promises bring us Jesus, who is the only foundation for our hope.
Psalm 78, p. 95
Pass on God's promises, for that is how the next generation is built on Jesus.
Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13
Whatever gifts the Spirit gives you, use them in love. Such love comes when your faith is built on Jesus.
Gospel: Luke 4:20-32
The people of Nazareth rejected the fulfillment of God's promises and so they rejected Jesus. Without Jesus we are lost. But with our faith built on him, we will stand secure. For he is the only foundation that does not fail.
January ushers: Scott Boettcher (capt.), John Jepma, David Paul, Delroy Thielke
January cleaners: Don & Janet Spencer, Bridget Joos
Today's Greeters: Chuck and Lisa Nelson
Sermon Text: After a while the brook dried up since there was no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him [Elijah], “Get up. Go to Zarephath which belongs to Sidon and live there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.”
He got up and went to Zarephath. He came to the city gate, and look, a widow was there gathering wooden twigs. He called to her and said, “Please, bring me a little water in a cup so that I may have a drink.” She was on her way to bring it, and he called to her and said, “Please, bring me a bit of bread in your hand.”
She said to him, “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have a piece of bread but only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. See, I was gathering a couple of wooden twigs to go and make it for my son and myself, so that we could eat it and die.”
Elijah said to her, “Don't be afraid. Go, do as you've said. But make a small piece of bread from it for me first and bring it out to me. Afterwards make some for your son and yourself. For this is what the Lord the God of Israel has said, 'The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run out until the day the Lord gives rain on the ground.'”
She went and did as Elijah had said and ate for days -- he and she and her household. The jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run out according to the Lord's word which had been spoken by Elijah. (1 Kings 17:7-16)
Bible Class: Homosexuality repeatedly makes its way through the media. Church bodies pass motion about it. Feelings run high. But what does the Bible say? How does Christian love react to those struggling with this sin? What can we say about statements made by others in the religious community?
In three Sunday morning Bible classes from February 14 to 28, we want to address these and other questions on the issue of homosexuality, digging deeper than just asking is it right or wrong. Come have your faith strengthened as God's Word enlightens us.