Prayer for the Week

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.Amen.

A Sheep or a Goat?

Reign of Christ Sunday | November 22, 2020

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 • Psalm 100 • Ephesians 1:15-23 • Matthew 25:31-46

Matthew 25:31-46 | New Living Translation

31 “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. 42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’

44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’

45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’

46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”

Picture of the Week

This is a local landmark in Bradford. The Hooker-Fulton Building is an eight-story Art Deco style commercial building in downtown Bradford was constructed in 1931 by the Lawrie and Green, a prominent architectural firm from Harrisburg. I love the Art Deco stylings at the top of the building.

Prayer for the Week

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Parable of the Talents

24th Sunday after Pentecost | November 15, 2020

Judges 4:1-7 • Psalm 123 • 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 • Matthew 25:14-30

Matthew 25:14-30 | New Living Translation

14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.

16 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.

19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’

21 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’

22 “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’

23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’

24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’

26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, 27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’

28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Sunday Thoughts

Welcome to the second Sunday night in Eastern Standard time. I am still getting used to it being dark at 6. What’s even crazier is that the sun starts dipping behind the mountains a little after 4.

We have had some left over summer come on by this week. While the morning temps have been cold, the afternoon temps have been in the sixties. The temps are warm for the first part of November in NW PA. I’ll take it at the moment.

This past week was a bit of a crazy week. There’s too much to go into here, but suffice it to say things were a little crazy. By the way, we did have some snow – about 2 inches on Monday. It made the trip to school in the morning a bit interesting. By the afternoon, it was warm enough that most of the snow had melted. Then everything started to warm up.

My running game has been a bit off of late. I’m trying to get back on track but as the weather turns colder that is going to be a challenge because I’m not planning on working out in the gym.

This past Thursday night we had a wonderful prayer meeting. We try to meet weekly on Thursday nights. Because we only have a few, if one of us can’t make it, we cancel the in-person meeting, but still pray individually.

This morning we had a wonderful worship service at McCrae Brook. Pam did a great job leading a Sunday School lesson before worship. I preached from Psalm 136 – Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His faithful love endures forever. The Holy Spirit was evident as we gathered, worshipped in song, prayed and opened God’s Word.

That’s about all I have for tonight. We are going to be on some rest and relaxation next weekend, so there won’t be a Sunday Night Thoughts next weekend. Have a great week!