Prayer for the Week

Set us free, loving Father,
from the bondage of our sins,
and in your goodness and mercy 
give us the liberty of that abundant life 
which you have made known to us in our Savior Jesus Christ; 
who lives and reigns with you, 
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, now and for ever. 

Give to God…

20th Sunday after Pentecost | October 18, 2020

Exodus 33:12-23 and Psalm 99 • 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 • Matthew 22:15-22

Matthew 22:15-22 | New Living Translation

15 Then the Pharisees met together to plot how to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested. 16 They sent some of their disciples, along with the supporters of Herod, to meet with him. “Teacher,” they said, “we know how honest you are. You teach the way of God truthfully. You are impartial and don’t play favorites. 17 Now tell us what you think about this: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

18 But Jesus knew their evil motives. “You hypocrites!” he said. “Why are you trying to trap me? 19 Here, show me the coin used for the tax.” When they handed him a Roman coin, 20 he asked, “Whose picture and title are stamped on it?”

21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.

“Well, then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”

22 His reply amazed them, and they went away.

Sunday Thoughts

For the first time in about 6 months, Sunday Night Thoughts is back to a written format. We are having some internet service provider issues. While our download speed is good, our upload speed is a problem. I discovered that last night while uploading our online service and it took forever to load to YouTube, and wouldn’t even load to Facebook. Our ISP came today to look at the problem, but it won’t be fixed till at least tomorrow. It would take forever to updoad tonight’s thoughts, so we are back to the written format. I really do prefer the video format.

  • This past week was about as normal of a week that we have had since COVID-19 hit. The virus is getting a little close to home as we have had an uptick in cases in our county. I am thankful that we have now completed 7 weeks of school and we praise the Lord for that.
  • This past week after a several week hiatus, we had our weekly prayer meeting. It was good to gather back for our time of prayer. We have a good team of prayer warriors.
  • I had a good week of running this week, one of the best weeks I’ve had in over a month.

That’s about all I have for this week. Tomorrow we have off because of Columbus Day and then on Thursday we get to go to Buffalo for our district pastors meeting. Really looking forward to that. Have a great week! Blessings…

Prayer for the Week

O God, our refuge and strength, true source of all godliness: Graciously hear the devout prayers of your Church, and grant that those things which we ask faithfully, we may obtain effectually; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

A Great Banquet

19th Sunday after Pentecost | October 11, 2020

Exodus 32:1-14 • Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23 • Philippians 4:1-9 • Matthew 22:1-14

Matthew 22:1-14 | New Living Translation

22 Jesus also told them other parables. He said, “The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servants to notify those who were invited. But they all refused to come!

“So he sent other servants to tell them, ‘The feast has been prepared. The bulls and fattened cattle have been killed, and everything is ready. Come to the banquet!’ But the guests he had invited ignored them and went their own way, one to his farm, another to his business. Others seized his messengers and insulted them and killed them.

“The king was furious, and he sent out his army to destroy the murderers and burn their town. And he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, and the guests I invited aren’t worthy of the honor. Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see.’ 10 So the servants brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike, and the banquet hall was filled with guests.

11 “But when the king came in to meet the guests, he noticed a man who wasn’t wearing the proper clothes for a wedding. 12 ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how is it that you are here without wedding clothes?’ But the man had no reply. 13 Then the king said to his aides, ‘Bind his hands and feet and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”