Expecting Angels

August 28, 2016
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

10:00 Worship

   “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?” (Heb. 13:6). We can share with those in need, because we have leaned into our fear of running out of resources. We can risk being identified with the wrong element by visiting those in prison. We can risk being patronized as timid, by actually remaining faithful to our spouses. We can risk letting people unlike ourselves into our lives, by practicing the kind of hospitality that breaks the social rules restricting us to our own class. “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it” (Heb. 13:2).  (Martin L. Smith, an Episcopal priest, author, preacher, and retreat leader)

    Stop worrying about what others think and simply be kind to everyone around us, particularly those who are not often the recipients of kindness. What would it look like at work, at school, and at the places we volunteer or play sports or socialize, to look out for those who seem off to the margin and to invite them into the center by inviting them into our lives?   [It's] ...an invitation to a life freed from the...burdensome worries of what everyone else thinks, an invitation to experience the joy of playing “God’s helper” in handing out the abundant gifts of dignity and worth and value with which we have been blessed.  (David Lose, President of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia)

The Scriptures: (click or hover over links to see this Sunday's readings)

Season after Pentecost
Year C
First* reading and Psalm
Second reading Gospel
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
August 28, 2016
Jeremiah 2:4-13

Psalm 81:1, 10-16

Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16Luke 14:1, 7-14

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