Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost At-Home Service for Nov 15

The 24th Sunday After Pentecost we read a parable of Jesus concerning the kingdom of heaven. It builds on last week’s lesson concerning the wait for Jesus to appear in glory. It reveals and reminds us what living in the kingdom of heaven looks like right now. In particular, three things were highlighted. First, God owns everything. Second, God wants His stuff to be used.  Third, fear often prevents us from using that stuff as God wishes.

Follow along with the 24th Sunday After Pentecost At-home service for November 15.

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Pastor Rike’s Sermon

Trust (or faith in God) is the opposite of fear of loss. Trusting God enables us to use what has been given because we know the King to whom we must finally provide the accounting.  Faith in this King dares to be bold rather than shrinking back in fear of what might happen. Faith in this King brings the freedom to use what is available.  Faith recognizes that the King has already given everything through his death on the cross and resurrection from the dead!

This parable calls us even now to lead a radical kind of life because we have been brought into the kingdom of heaven by this King. This parable isn’t just an abstract story.  This parable puts a face on the King and enables us to know God.

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Follow along with the service on video led by Pastor David Rike with music performed by Randy Broker

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Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost Service for November 15 includes: Hymn: As Saints of Old performed by Randy Broker, First Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, Holy Gospel Matthew 25:14-30, Sermon by Pastor David Rike, Hymn: For the Fruit of All Creation performed by Randy Broker, Prayers and Lord’s Prayer, Blessing