Words for the Week – May 3, 2018

Last week, asking the question, why did the Messiah have to suffer, I pointed out that Christ’s suffering was a suffering for.   It was the suffering that comes when a person is committed to acts of love.

I asked you to mull over this question: “what kind of suffering does Jesus want me to take on?,” trusting that the path of Christ-like suffering also leads to resurrection and surprising joy.

Listen to the sermon from last week here.

This week, I’ll preach on the moment where the travelers on the road to Emmaus invite Jesus in.  “Stay with us,” they say, and then they sit down to a meal together.  At that meal, the disciples realize who Jesus is.

A question to consider: given where you are in your life, what does it mean to invite God in?

Finally, advertisement for two community engagement events this weekend. One is the 2nd film and dinner on the refugee crisis on Saturday at Ravensworth Baptist.  Turn out is expected to be high.  Details here.

The second is a new opportunity to learn more about the situation in Puerto Rico on Sunday at 9:15 am in the fellowship hall. We’ll livestream the adult forum at neighboring Hope Lutheran Church, Annandale, VA to hear about hurricane relief and rebuilding efforts from the Director of Lutheran Social Services in Puerto Rico, Rev. David Guadalupe.

Be at Peace,
Pastor Sarah