St. John Center Lutheran Church
Called by God to share the Good News of Jesus Christ
Sep 27, 2020
17th Sunday after Pentecost
Jesus’ parable about two sons who don’t do what they say reveals surprises in the reign of God. In the reading from Ezekiel the people claim the ways of the Lord are unfair, while God offers repentance and new life. Paul urges us to look to Christ as a model of humility, putting the interests of others above our own. Nourished by the broken bread and shared cup, we offer our lives for the sake of our needy world.
Sep 20, 2020
16th Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew narrates one of Jesus’ controversial parables in which Jesus says that the reign of God is like that of a landowner who pays his workers the same wage no matter what time of day they began to work. When God changes God’s mind about punishing Nineveh for their evil ways, Jonah is angry. Yet God is gracious and merciful, abounding in steadfast love. In baptism we receive the grace of God that is freely given to all. AsMartin Luther wrote, in the presence of God’s mercy we are all beggars.
Sep 13, 2020
15th Sunday after Pentecost
In today’s second reading Paul questions why we judge one another, since we all stand before the judgment of God. Yet we do sin against one another, and Jesus’ challenge that we forgive seventy-seven times reveals God’s boundless mercy. When we hear the words of forgiveness in worship and sign ourselves with the cross, we are renewed in baptism to be signs of reconciliation in the world.
You will, then, not find God in the sun, moon, or any other creatures; you will find Him only in the Son, who was born of Mary. In Him alone is salvation, grace, and life.”
- Martin Luther