Praise, worship, and persistence — This week at ELC

Praise

Whether in parable, or in narrative, the gospel of Luke plays particular attention to the  impact of the faith and witness of those women who would be otherwise often ignored by the larger society.  

Worship this week with Holy Communion:

Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel

Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

10:00 a.m Contemporary worship

Devotions for this week:   The Widows in Luke

SHARE:   What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?

READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding

Sunday, Luke 2:36-40  Anna prophesies

Monday, Luke 20:45 – 21:4    The widow’s gift

Tuesday, Luke 7:11-17  The widow at Nain

Wednesday, Luke 24:1-12  The women go to the tomb

Thursday, Luke 4:20-30  Elijah and widow at Zarephath

Friday, Acts 6:1S-6 The widows in the early church

Saturday, Luke 18:1-8  The widow and the unjust judge

TALK:  Consider some of these ideas:

38At that moment she came and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.               Luke 2:38

3In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, “Grant me justice against my opponent.”  

                                                                           Luke 18:3

While Anna announces the coming of this child as messiah, Jesus uses the example of an unfairly treated widow as a comparison to the justice and mercy of God.                                                                                                                                                                    

  • Have you waiting for an opportunity to praise like Anna?
  • Have you felt ignored like the widow with the unjust judge?
  • What does it mean that God promises to listen and respond?

PRAY:  Holy God, help us to continually come to you both in times of trouble, and in times of rejoicing.  Let us know that you are with us in every season of our lives.    Amen.

BLESS:  May you know that God hears your prayer today. Amen.

 

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