Faith E-News: New Mission Statement and Upcoming Sermon Series

September 13, 2022

In this Sunday scripture reading the church leaders are upset that Jesus is associating with "tax collectors and sinners." They missed the amazing miracle right in front of them. Those tax collectors and sinners were coming close to Jesus, they were listening to him. Jesus gives an interesting response. He talks about the extreme joy that a shepherd has over finding a lost sheep and the reaction of a woman finding her silver coin. In each instance, they tell everyone of their success and celebrate to the extreme.

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Faith E-News: Christmas Decoration Exchange Sunday and Padonia Food drive deadline on December 4

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Faith E-News: Holiday Decorations Exchange and Donation Opportunities

In our gospel lesson, Jesus compares his return to that time before the great flood. People were living unaware and unprepared to meet God's judgment. Yet even as Jesus describes how some will join him and some will not, we take heart. Jesus' return is not the destruction of the world, this is the restoration of it. We come to worship, not knowing when he is coming but grateful that he promises that he is.

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