Our Sunday School theme this year is People of Faith - learning that it's not always easy, but good things come when you hold true to your faith. This Sunday Kristen will help students learn about Joseph.
Our "Children and Worship" approach enables children to experience and not just learn about God, to discover the quiet place within themselves, to listen and to talk with God, and how to bring their experiences into dialogue with God in the biblical stories.
October 2, 2016
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
and Sunday School
[The disciples] ask for more faith. They feel inadequate to the tasks around them, insufficient to the challenges, unable to imagine accomplishing any of what he is asking. I suspect lots of us feel the same way. Like we need more faith…just to get through, let alone to make a difference. “If you had even a speck of faith…,” he begins. Maybe Jesus’ sharp retort was to orient them to the miraculous presence of God all around them and the totally-sufficient faith they already have. What faith is like, Jesus seems to say – [is] simply the willingness to do what needs to be done, big or small, great or mundane, just because it needs doing. Showing up for work and doing a good job. Listening when someone needs to talk. Getting the kids off to school. Sitting with someone in the cafeteria who looks like they could use a friend. Volunteering at a local homeless shelter. Voting even if the field of candidates seems discouraging. Balancing the books for your business or community group. Writing a thank you note to someone who has done a kindness. Cooking supper. Praying for a neighbor who is having a hard time. The list could go on. And that’s the point. None of these is any big deal, and yet it is just these kinds of acts that occupy so much of our lives. They are acts of faith. Our everyday and ordinary acts of faith have significance.
(Dr. David Lose, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia)
The Scriptures: (click or hover over links to see this Sunday's readings)