We thank our God for the great rain that fell over the area. More rain is expected during the week. Praise God for His goodness and greatness.
Pastor Cliff titled his message “sozo, eucharisto, and faith” with the Gospel lesson from Luke 17:11-19. In Sunday’s reading, Jesus shows us just how “serious” He is when He says we must forgive. In this reading, there is a Samaritan. Jesus is a Jew. Jews and Samaritans were life long enemies. Jesus is teaching about faith; teaching God’s vision by “doing the word”. As Jesus entered a Samaritan village, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us! Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer” Jesus said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you. “ These ten, which had been excluded from their families and their community because they had leprosy, became a family of 10.
The Greek Word “sozo” means healed, saved, cleansed, and made whole. When we hear someone is healed, we tend to think of the body, exclusively. The word “sozo” is much more than being healed of any disease. But when someone is “sozo’d”, it means “shalom” in all ways: completely restored, mentally, physically, spiritually, reconciled with God and with our “former” enemies.
The Greek Word is “eucharisto” referees to Eucharist or Communion. Methodists call eucharist the Lord’s supper or the Great Thanksgiving. Eucharist is how we give thanks on communion Sunday for Jesus dying for sins and giving us salvation. When the healed Samaritan leper gave thanks, he too, was giving thanks to Jesus for giving him the “greatest gift”, the great thanksgiving word is “eucharisto”. Jesus had told the disciples they were to forgive; they asked for Jesus to increase their faith, and Jesus told them if they had faith the size of a mustard seed, they could tell the mulberry tree to jump in the ocean. Jesus taught them that it is NOT about having faith in ourselves; it is about having faith in God. Faith is trusting God enough to forgive. Jesus had cured 10 folks of leprosy. Then Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.” He was a person not only cured of leprosy, but also a person made whole, grateful to God for all that God has done, and is doing, inviting all people to wholeness. How would our relationships with each other be different if we chose to respond out of thankfulness for what God has done for us? Choose to be grateful. Trust God. Choose gratitude. God’s heart is for everyone to be “healed”, “sozo’d”, made “whole”. Healing is much more than curing. Healing begins when we are willing to have faith in God. You may find God within yourself, with the people whom you encounter, and even in the face of your enemy. Shalom.
God is at work. God’s heart beats in each of us.
Empty “Shoeboxes for Mexico” can be picked up at the back of the church. There are a few items that good people have left that will give you a start with your shopping. Start filling your boxes today.
The workday on Saturday, October 19th starts at 9 am with lunch being served at noon. Come and enjoy the fellowship and work as we get ready for the fall season.
The 2014 Congregation Picture will be taken this Sunday, October 20th at 10:55 am. Be early for a good place in the picture.
The Young Life Banquet is Saturday, October 26th at 6 pm in the Mason Community Center. RSVP was required by October 11th at firstname.lastname@example.org. but you can still try to get a seat.
Help our young people collect ‘lost’ coins. You never know what you might find if you look down and watch where you are going. Leave your ”found” coins on the church alter.
Nancy Jordan, I am sorry that I left your birthday out last week; I hope you had a great day on October 9th. Birthdays for the week are Nathaniel Jordan on Oct. 16th, both Virginia Durst and Clinton Durst on Oct. 17th, and both Don Lewis and Tennile Kothmann on Oct. 20th. Have a really special day!
Come to church on “Work Day”!!