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This Sunday at
Central Lutheran

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 29, 2019
Rev. Betty Krafft, guest pastor

Consideration of and care for those in need (especially those “at our gate,” visible to us, of whom we are aware) is an essential component of good stewardship. It is in the sharing of wealth that we avoid the snare of wealth. It is the one whom death could not hold—who comes to us risen from the dead—who can free us from the death grip of greed.

Readings and Psalm

Amos 6:1a, 4-7
Warnings to those who are comfortable or wealthy.

Psalm 146
The Lord gives justice to those who are oppressed. (Ps. 146:7)

1 Timothy 6:6-19
Eager to be rich or eager to pursue richness of God’s justice?

Luke 16:19-31
Story of poor Lazarus and the wealthy man.

Music

Holy Communion - Setting 10
Prelude:
Imrovisation on “Italian Hymn”
Processional Hymn:
Come, Thou Almighty King (Italian Hymn)
Anthem: Praise His Holy Name - Keith Hampton
Hymn of the Day: Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service (Beach Spring)
Offertory: Let us Ever Walk with Jesus - Paul Manz
Communion: Beautiful Savior (Schönster Herr Jesu)
Recessional Hymn: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (Lobe den Herren)
Postlude: Lobe den Herren - Paul Manz

Place-sharing

Today’s gospel evokes our sympathy. It opens the possibility—described as an impossibility—of place-sharing, trading or sharing places with each other. It also echoes a common theme: the pursuit of wealth in this world can lead us into idolatry and away from faith in Christ. Instead, as the reading from 1 Timothy reminds us, we should pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness, so that there is no “poor man named Lazarus” dying at our gates. After all, the greatest treasure—our eternal salvation?has already been procured for us through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Knowing this, we can share all we have with our neighbors, even our very place and salvation, confident that God will continue to provide for our needs.