Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
21st Sunday after Pentecost | October 25, 2020
Matthew 22:34-46 | New Living Translation
34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again. 35 One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”
37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
41 Then, surrounded by the Pharisees, Jesus asked them a question: 42 “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?”
They replied, “He is the son of David.”
43 Jesus responded, “Then why does David, speaking under the inspiration of the Spirit, call the Messiah ‘my Lord’? For David said,
44 ‘The Lord said to my Lord,
Sit in the place of honor at my right hand
until I humble your enemies beneath your feet.’
45 Since David called the Messiah ‘my Lord,’ how can the Messiah be his son?”
46 No one could answer him. And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.
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. Amen.
20th Sunday after Pentecost | October 18, 2020
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.
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…
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.