How is your life a witness to God’s work in the world? The covenant on Sinai shows us how we ought to order our life, to put God first along with our neighbors. That we love God and love others sums up the commandments according to Jesus. But do our lives show this? If someone was to meet us for the first time, what would they know about us? What would they observe? Would they see worldly measures of importance and success, or would they see the love of God in all that we do and say?
A psalm that celebrates how creation reveals God’s glory and wisdom and how God’s commands and teachings are more valuable than anything, making those who follow them wise. Then a call for God to forgive hidden sins follows the song of praise.
God’s wisdom is far wiser than human wisdom, although it appears like foolishness and weakness to human beings. God’s wisdom and strength is Christ crucified which offends those who seek human strength and wisdom, but saves those who are willing to believe and embrace it.
Jesus drives out the animal sellers and the money changers from the temple. Then when the religious leaders ask for a sign to prove he has the authority to do this, he tells them that if they destroy the temple, he will rebuild it in three days – to which they respond with incredulity. The disciples, however, after he is raised, realize that he was referring to his body.
Patient Lord, we have cluttered the “temples” of our lives with so much unnecessary things that they have blocked out your healing words of hope and mercy. We have been keenly aware of our economic situation and have spent much time and energy worrying about these things.
Forgive us when we have been so preoccupied with these things that we have not listened to your words and followed your ways. Clear away our fears and frustrations. Give us clean hearts and spirits. Help us to be confident in your mercy and transformational love. These things we offer in the name of Jesus, the Christ. Amen.
In our Prayers Today:
All of our members, especially: Bonnie Campbell; Lucille Edwards; Louise Anderson, Pat Matzek, Loretta Tanis, Rich Rardin, Amy Castleberry, Jan Elsner
Those with health and family issues: Tracey, friend of Randi Grzenia; Marlene, friend of Shaver’s; Missy Iannella; Kayson Schumacher; Barb McLeod, Denise Karhoff King’s sister; Virginia Thomasma, Pat Shaver’s mother; Tony, brother in law of Christine Marousek; Linda Shaver-Gleason; Chris Gleason; Linus Gleason; Ann Efflandt, niece of Jack and Denise Karhoff King; Marilyn Blake, sister of Carol Wixson, Darrell Singelaub, brother of Jean Bubert; Kate Benner, friend of the Landerholms; John Tomlin, brother of Pat Baker; Jerry Buffenmeyer, Susan Friend’s Father; Sarah Wilkin, niece of Carol Wixson; Janet, extended family of Dennis Subach
8:00am Worship in the Chapel
8:45am Conversation with Pastor
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary:
Music by: Chancel Choir
Ushers: Jody Baldyga, Robert Friend, Tom Hayes, Liz Reyes Rodriguez, Gustavo Rodriguez, Jeff Kaiser
Liturgist: Pam Lohman
Coffee And…: Rachel Circle
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Food requests, no added salt, please, per the cardiologist, as healthy as possible, although usually if something is too rich, I’m only able to eat a small amount anyway, which is fine. Casseroles are fine. We like most anything, if fish, just not too fishy, like salmon.
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Congregation Etz Chaim, on March 12th @ 7:00pm. The focus for the forum would be on economy, taxes, and immigration. The group putting it on is the Coalition for a Better 6th. They are a bi-partisan organization.
The second one will be with the winner of the democratic primary and Congressman Roskam to another forum later in the spring, summer, or fall.
Event sponsored by faith communities who are members of Interfaith Partners.