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The original photo for this week’s bulletin graphic is by wintersixfour. Click here for an example of how the art above looks on a bulletin cover. These worship resources for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C, August 25, 2013 (Lutheran Service Book 3-year Lectionary), include a Prayer of the Day, thoughts on the Lessons, Gospel wordsearch puzzle, desktop background, bulletin graphic, and PowerPoint file.
Prayer of the Day – From the rising of the sun to its setting, you speak to your people. We gather this morning to hear you and be judged. Because our sacrifices will never satisfy you, we have come here to do the one thing that does please you: We give you thanks, Lord God, for your sacrifice on our behalf through your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Preliminary thoughts on the Lessons –
Old Testament – Isaiah 66:18-23 God scatters his one-nation, one-language people so that people from all nations and tongues might behold his glory. One goes into the promised land as a child to learn, to be disciplined, to mature so that he may declare God’s glory to other lands. Missionaries and pastors who were quite content in the church where they grew up, were sent out to declare the excellencies of God in new lands. He may do the same with you.
Psalm – Psalm 50:1-15 What does God require of us? Sacrifice? Offerings? Attendance? These should be expressions of thankful hearts. That is what God glories in: your faithful thanks.
Epistle – Hebrews 12:4-24 (25-29) An insidious teaching of the popular pulpit is that real believers—people with true faith—will not suffer and will have plenty. The false extension of this is that whatever one asks of Jesus will be granted. The writer of Hebrews disagrees.
The author assumes there will be troubles for the Christian. His assumption seems to rest upon what the Christians’ own Lord experienced. “Looking to Jesus…” (Heb 12:2) “you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood” in your struggle. (v4) With this assumption of difficulties, the writer lends some advice: endure your suffering for the sake of growing up in the Lord. Discipline is the word employed but the point of such discipline is that believers mature in righteousness. This is the faith that perseveres despite the experience. This is the unshaken kingdom of unshakable citizens who come and worship the God who is consuming them with the holy fire of his righteous discipline.
Gospel – Luke 13:22-30 The text is set in the form of a journey. (v22) It continues this theme with words like “enter” (v24), “come” (v25), “streets” (v26), “depart” (v27), “from east and west, and from north and south” (v29), and “some are first who will be last.” (v30)
The journey is not just where one is headed (eg: heaven or hell). Eventually, it relates to where one comes from (v27). Did you seek entrance through the “narrow door” or did you climb the wall? Some would storm the door of heaven by their own reason, by their incessant knocking. If one enters through the Door who is the Christ, he will know you and you will be admitted. If one strives to enter through any other way, he will be turned away.
Gospel wordsearch puzzle bulletin insert – Click the graphic below for a PDF that you may copy, cut in half, and insert into bulletins. This is a great way to get your congregation involved in the Gospel Lesson. Even your children and youth will be asking for bulletins!
Puzzle Solution –
(Over, Down, Direction)
PowerPoint Presentation –