6:00 p.m. Contemplative Worship
8:30 a.m. Brief Order of Holy Communion
11:00 a.m. Holy Communion
This Sunday we celebrate Holy Cross Day. God speaks to us through Moses (Numbers 21:4b-9); Paul (1 Corinthians 1:18-24); and we eavesdrop on Jesus’ late-night conversation with Nicodemus (John 3:13-17) Christ counsels us to lift our eyes, which is through Christ’s cross. Pastor Derr presides and preaches at our 8:30 a.m. brief order of holy communion and at our 11:00 a.m. liturgy of holy communion with remembrance of all victims of terror and milestone blessing of Bibles for our third graders.
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HOLY CROSS DAY
SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
September 12, 2021
Amandus J. Derr
Interim Senior Pastor
Numbers 21:4b-9; Psalm 98:1-4; 1 Corinthians 1:18-24; Saint John 3:13-17
In nomine Jesu!
I’ve needed eyeglasses for 65 years. My parents discovered this when I was in second grade; and so it began. Now, I can’t see a thing without them, and I always put them on, even when it’s too dark to see. I need a vision check annually and, each time I get new lenses, I’m surprised by how clearly and distinctly I can see. Continue reading
September 19 at 5:00 p.m.
By the grace of God and the call of Christ’s church, Sergio Edson Rodriguez will be ordained into the ministry of word and sacrament through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on September 19 at 5:00 p.m. The ordination and installation Mass will be at Christ the King Church. Bishop Michael Rinehart of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod will preside. Rev. Dr. Javier Alanis, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, San Juan, Texas, former Director of the Seminary of the Southwest, will preach. Mask and COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed.
Pastor for Community Ministry
“But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.””- Mark 7:27
Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Syrophoenician woman never gave up on God’s healing mercy for her daughter. Jesus initially dismissed her pleas as incongruent with the plan of salvation. Nevertheless, the woman believed God’s goodness triumphs even when hidden from sight. For faith beholds grace behind faithless findings. What compelled the Syrophoenician woman to insist that Jesus heal her daughter even after he slandered her dignity? If we consider Jesus to be the Son that God gave up out of love that we may be saved, how then do we receive Jesus’ words when he tells this desperate mother, “it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs?” In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus’ initial slanderous dismissal gives way to Jesus commending the faith of the women. In our Gospel today, the woman claps back to Jesus insisting that he cast the unclean spirit out of her daughter. “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” She transforms the insult into a moment for grace. She persists, nevertheless, with a sense of dignity and filled with faith. Continue reading
The Sermon for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost / Rally Day Sunday, August 29, 2021
Exodus 19:1-6, 1 Corinthians 12:27-31a, John 1:43-51
“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” That’s quite a question for Nathanael to be asking this morning, isn’t it? If you were from Nazareth, you might hear that as quite an insult. Just imagine someone you just met asking where you were from, and you say you’re from Houston, and they respond by saying “Can anything good come out of Houston?” You’d probably be offended by that comment, wouldn’t you?
Well, let me ask that question a little bit differently. Can anything good come out of being a Christian? People might not ask you that question directly, but sometimes, when you invite someone to come to church with you, do you ever get the feeling that is what they are thinking? Or maybe you’re wondering “can anything good come out of me being at church?’ This morning, through the Gospel reading, we’re going to hear the answer to Nathanael’s question, and how the answer to that question affects the way we respond to the needs of the world.