The Word and Music  Series C

EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST October 13th

Collect Prayer of the Day...Almighty God, You show mercy to Your people in all their trials and temptations.  We do not always see You at work - so open our eyes, remind us we are never alone and guide each step and word that we may faithfully follow in the footsteps of Jesus.  This we pray in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You, Father, and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  AMEN


Ruth 1:1-19 During the time  of the judges, there was a famine in the land.  A man left Bethlehem in Judah with his wife and two sons to live in the land of Moab for a while. The man's name was Elimelech, and his wife's name was Naomi.  The names of his two sons were Mahlon  and Chilion.  They were Ephrathites  from Bethlehem in Judah. They entered the land of Moab and settled there. Naomi's husband Elimelech died, and she was left with her two sons. Her sons took Moabite women as their wives: one was named Orpah and the second was named Ruth. After they lived in Moab about 10 years, both Mahlon and Chilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two children and without her husband. She and her daughters-in-law prepared to leave the land of Moab, because she had heard in Moab that the Lord had paid attention to His people's need by providing them food.  She left the place where she had been living, accompanied by her two daughters-in-law, and traveled along the road leading back to the land of Judah. She said to them, "Each of you go back to your mother's home.  May the Lord show faithful love to you as you have shown to the dead and to me. May the Lord enable each of you to find security  in the house of your new husband." She kissed them, and they wept loudly. "No," they said to her. "We will go with you to your people." But Naomi replied, "Return home, my daughters. Why do you want to go with me? Am I able to have any more sons  who could become your husbands?  Return home, my daughters. Go on, for I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me to have a husband tonight and to bear sons, would you be willing to wait for them to grow up? Would you restrain yourselves from remarrying?  No, my daughters, my life is much too bitter for you to share, because the Lord's hand has turned against me."  Again they wept loudly, and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. Naomi said, "Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her god.  Follow your sister-in-law." But Ruth replied: Do not persuade me to leave you or go back and not follow you. For wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you live, I will live; your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May Yahweh punish me, and do so severely, if anything but death separates you and me. When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped trying to persuade her. The two of them traveled until they came to Bethlehem. When they entered Bethlehem, the whole town was excited about their arrival  x and the local women exclaimed, "Can this be Naomi?" "Don't call me Naomi. Call me Mara,"  she answered,  "for the Almighty  has made me very bitter.  I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty.  Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has pronounced judgment on  me, and the Almighty has afflicted Me?"


"It seems as though we Christians have developed a nasty habit of leading people into a radical encounter with God’s unconditional love, forgiveness, acceptance, and union only to spend the  ensuing years teaching them how to become close to God to earn his approval.”     Ted Dekker

The Holy Gospel from St. Luke 17:1-5...He said to His disciples, "Offenses will certainly come, but woe to the one they come through! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to stumble.  Be on your guard. If your brother sins,  rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and comes back to you seven times, saying, 'I repent,' you must forgive him." The  apostles  said to the Lord, "Increase our faith." 



Classic Hymnal Service (8:15am):    Lutheran Service Book   #832, "Jesus Shall Reign,"  #851, "Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us,"  #924 "Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing"
 Liturgical Contemporary Service (10:45am):  Call to Worship: "Holy, Holy, Holy, (Assad)"  Praise Set: "I Will Follow (Tomlin),"  Special: "," Message: "Forgiven" (Crowder)  Offering: "Piano"  and Sending: "10.000 Reasons"


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