As Jesus encounters all kinds of different people, from a Roman Centurion to a poor widow, he responds with compassion. From that compassion comes acts of love, and a response of faith from unexpected people. Are we ready to encounter the world as Jesus does? Are we aware of the expressions of faith from people we not not expect?
Worship this week with Holy Communion:
Saturday – 5:00 p.m. Modified traditional worship in chapel
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:30 a.m. – Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Contemporary worship
Devotions for this week:
Raising the Widow’s Son February 5, 2017
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: Raising the Widow’s Son, Luke 7:1-17
Monday: Jesus Speaks in Parables, Luke 8:4-10
Tuesday: Jesus Speaks in Parables, Luke 8:11-18
Wednesday: Jesus’ Mother and Brothers, Luke 8:19-21
Thursday: Jesus Calms a Storm, Luke 8:22-25
Friday: Jesus Heals the Gerasene Demoniac, Luke 8:26-30
Saturday: Jesus Heals the Gerasene Demoniac, Luke 8:31-39
TALK: Consider some of these ideas:
Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Luke 7:14-15
Jesus is approaching superstar status. No longer are his fellow Jews the only ones putting their hopes on him, but now he is known throughout the region. And sometimes the faith of an outsider can surprise even Jesus. Sometimes we might surprise Jesus with our faith.
- Who in your community is in need to prayer and special care?
- What might you do to help?
- What do you need from God? Can you pray for God’s help?
- Find out who in your community lives alone. Invite them for coffee.
PRAY: Holy Lord, You hold the authority of heaven and earth in your hand. Look upon us kindly and grow our faith so that we would always know you as our loving teacher, provider, and example. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
BLESS: Receive God’s blessing when you are with people and when you are alone. Amen.