“How often should I forgive?” This week at ELC


Jesus calls on his followers to forgive, as they have been forgiven, that is, graciously and generously.

Worship this week:  Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel

Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

9:30 a.m. Sunday School, Adult Bible Study and fellowship

10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship

Devotions for this week:    FORGIVENESS

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

READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding

Monday, Psalm 32:1-2, Psalm

Tuesday, Matthew 14:1-12, Death of John the Baptist

Wednesday, Matthew 14:34-15:9, Teachings of Jesus

Thursday, Matthew 15:10-20, Teachings of Jesus

Friday, Matthew 15:21-28, Teachings of Jesus

Saturday, Matthew 15:29-39, Teachings of Jesus

 (Go to clergystuff.com/daily-devotions for devotions on the daily readings.)

TALK:   Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven  

                 times.” (Matthew 18:22)

We owe God a considerable debt, yet all has been forgiven us. How much more ought we to pardon our brothers and sisters for their relatively minor sins against us?

  • In our litigating society, how does culture view justice? How does it view forgiveness? What might happen if people practiced forgiveness over blame and the need for restitution?
  • Who stands in need of your forgiveness? What would it take to make you ready to forgive?
  • For the littles: Have you ever told someone, “I forgive you”? What did it feel like? Jesus is happy when we forgive.

PRAY: God, you have forgiven us a world of transgressions. Make us likewise gracious to those who are in debt to us, showing them the mercy which you offer to all. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

BLESS: May God grant you strength to forgive. Amen.

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