Worship this week with Holy Communion:
Saturday 5:00 p.m. in the Chapel
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:30 a.m. – Sunday School (No adult class this week)
10:30 a.m. – Contemporary Worship
Devotions this week:
Following Jesus October 3-4, 2015
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. — Matthew 6:25-33
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches the crowds and his disciples about their relationship with God and their discipleship in the world. In these verses, Jesus speaks about how God provides for our every need and how undue concern for our possessions can get in the way of our living as his disciples.
These words speak to us today as we wrestle with the daily realities of our lives. We often find ourselves over-scheduled, over-extended, and over-drawn. Our lives are cluttered with too many commitments, too many possessions. We can be consumed by it all—we wonder “Will I have enough?” We fear not wearing the right clothes, not driving the right car, not having the latest electronic toy, not living in the right house. Too often our things define who we are.
Jesus comes to us in the midst of our fears and announces—“Do not worry! God has provided for all of your needs!” What does it mean for us to live in relationship with Jesus? How might our daily discipleship help us to live more simply, trusting in God’s abundance?
Narrative Lectionary readings for this week:
Sunday, Exodus 1:8-14 [15-2:10]; 3:1-10, Moses and God’s Name
Monday, Exodus 7:14-8:15, First Two Plagues
Tuesday, Exodus 8:16-32, Two More Plagues
Wednesday, Exodus 9:1-12, Two More Plagues
Thursday, Exodus 9:13-10:20, Two More Plagues
Friday, Exodus 10:21-11:10, 12:29-32, Final Plagues
Saturday, Exodus 12:33-42, The Exodus from Rameses to Succoth
How did the people of Israel follow God from slavery to deliverance? What were some of the promises God made to the Israelites throughout their journey?