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The Bible Lessons:
Numbers 21:4-9, Psalm 98:1-5
1 Corinthians 1:18-24; John 3:13-17
Dear Members and Friends of Immanuel Lutheran Church,
This Sunday is Holy Cross Sunday. Our church is arrayed in the scarlet red of Good Friday, along with our rugged cross resting against the altar.
This is also the Sunday when we welcome back our full Choir along with the larger congregation now that summertime travels are ending.
My sermon text for this Sunday is from our First Lesson, from Numbers Chapter 21. Please notice the reference to “impatience” in this verse:
From Mount Hor they [the Israelites] set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the people became impatient on the way. (Numbers 21:4, RSV)
This is one of those sermons that I am delighted to prepare. It is a sermon in response to a request from one of our members that someday, when the Bible texts seem right, I should preach a sermon on “waiting.” I believe that this Sunday’s story about the Israelites and how impatient they became on their way to the Promised Land gives me a good occasion for speaking of waiting. Let us see, then, what we can learn about watching and waiting from this story in our First Lesson, together with this Sunday’s theme of the Holy Cross of Christ.
A couple other announcements:
Monday Evening Bible Study resumes this coming Monday evening, 6:30 PM September 18, in the Martin Luther Room – in the church office building two doors to the right of our church’s front steps. We will be studying an advanced version of theologian David S. Yeago’s document “The Bible as the Word of God.” This document will be proposed as a teaching statement for the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). Welcome to what should be an instructive and fascinating study.
And then this: a dear teacher and friend to Carol and me has died – theologian Robert W. Jenson. His funeral is set for tomorrow, Saturday, at 3 PM down in Princeton, where he lived. Carol, Vicar Caleb, our friend David Yeago (who is visiting for the weekend), and I plan to attend the funeral.
Here is one of my favorite of the many tributes being written to Robert Jenson: Because God Is: A Tribute to Robert W. Jenson (1930-2017)
Have a good weekend, everyone. I hope to see you in church. If you are traveling, God go with you in your travels.