Dear Members and Friends of St. Stephen,
This coming Sunday our guest preacher will be Rev. Ken Ponds. Until his recent retirement Pastor Ponds served as the chaplain at Starr Commonwealth in Albion. He is the chairperson of the Synod Publically Engaged Church Table. He is preaching as part of our 4-week Stewardship Emphasis at St. Stephen, with the theme “Just Stewards.”
A new Sunday adult study, Way of Life, has just begun. We meet at 9:00 a.m. in the library. The study is based on The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian, by Brian McLaren. This is a very thoughtful and challenging book. Come and join us!
Your help is needed to provide 20 Thanksgiving Baskets to households referred by Christian Services. Baskets will be filled on Sunday, Nov. 18. Sign up on the SERVE table in the fellowship hall to provide homemade baked goods, assemble baskets and assist picking up the food.
This week’s well-known reading from the prophet Micah is clear about what God wants of us: humility, kindness and justice. The passage tells how the Lord rescued his people from slavery and wandering in the desert. They owe more to God than animal sacrifices, more even than the sacrifice of their own children. What God requires is nothing less than their hearts and lives. The justice, kindness, and humility that the Lord requires of us are reflections of the Lord’s own character.
Blessings as you ponder the Scripture Between Sundays,
Erick Johnson, Interim Pastor
Sunday’s Scripture Readings:
Micah [1:3-5]; 5:2-5a; 6:6-8; Matthew 9:13
Questions for Reflection
Do justice, love kindness, walk humbly with God. What are some of the ways that our church embodies the three facets of Micah’s charge? How do you personally witness to the humble, caring and justice-oriented work God calls us to do?
Monday, 2 Kings 2:13-18, Elisha Succeeds Elijah
Tuesday, 2 Kings 2:19-25, Elisha Performs Miracles
Wednesday, 2 Kings 4:1-7, Elisha and Widow’s Oil
Thursday, 2 Kings 4:8-37, Elisha Raises the Shunammite’s Son
Friday, 2 Kings 4:38-41 Elisha Purifies the Pot of Stew
Saturday, 2 Kings 4:42-44 Elisha Feeds 100 Men