We continue the Sundays after Pentecost with No. 18. Once we get close to the 20s I start thinking that the season is getting old, but it's about this time that autumn starts up in full swing. The days are getting cooler and football season (Go Bucks!) is in full swing. The sequence from Jeremiah has been instructive (more on that anon) and the Gospel readings, from Luke, seem to be focusing on the relationship between believers and those things, especially money, that can get in the way of one's relationship to God. Apropos, I suppose, since many parishes, at thebeginning of the program year, focus on stewardship and giving.
Today our sister parish, Grace Lutheran Church in Bayonne, celebrates it's 100th year of service. We attended their worship this morning as they instituted their new pastor, and there will be a nice dinner this evening as well. Congratulations to Grace on 100 years of ministry!
Almighty God, to whose glory we celebrate the dedication of Grace Lutheran Church; We give you thanks for the fellowship of those who have worshiped there, and we pray that all who seek you may find you, and be filled with your joy and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP p. 254)