God’s Words For Worship This Week- August 21, 2016
READINGS FOR COMING WEEK
Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost
This Sunday Natalee and Amelia will be Baptized. In Baptism we are reborn as children of God and adopted into God’s Family. We are forgiven our sinful nature. We are made members of the body of Christ; that is our Lord’s Church. And, God promises us life with Him now and forever.
- Isn’t it just like our God to do all that simply using His spoken Word along with water? What other great gifts in your life were bestowed in simple ways?
- Do you find it unsettling that God insists on doing all the action in Baptism?
- Having received a great gift, are there fitting ways to express our thanks to the Giver?
Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman
10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. 11And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. 12When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, ‘Woman, you are set free from your ailment.’ 13When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. 14But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, ‘There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.’ 15But the Lord answered him and said, ‘You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? 16And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?’ 17When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.
Scripture texts are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.
Christ healing the crippled woman who was bent over, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=51253 [retrieved August 18, 2016]. Original source: Collection of J. Patout Burns and Robin M. Jensen.