1. Oral & Visual Performance of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians
Rev. Michael Ziegler, Pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church, and Professor David Schmitt, from Concordia Seminary, talk about the upcoming performance of Ephesians – Live (an oral performance of scripture):
Ephesians – Live!
Oral & Visual Performance on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 3:30-5:00
Concordia Lutheran Church, 505 S Kirkwood Rd, Kirkwood, MO 63122
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, written to encourage the churches, was originally circulated and read aloud. The experience was itself an encouragement, as beautiful and lofty language washed over the hearers, raising their spirits to the heavenly places and strengthening their resolve to stand firmly in the world as God’s people. Come hear three performers—Pastor Ron Rall, Professor David Schmitt, and Pastor Michael Zeigler—reveal the riches of Paul’s poignant letter in a dramatic retelling. Free to the public. Refreshments provided afterwards.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: 314-505-7289, CE@CSL.EDU
2. Creation Club
Rev. Warren Woerth of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Arnold, Missouri, and Andy Bates discuss topics in Creation and dispel myths of the theory of evolution.
3. Daily Lectionary
Rev. Ralph Abernethy of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Newton, NC looks at Matthew 16:13-28 “Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ“.
Today’s sermonette is given by Rev. Ralph Abernethy of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Newton, NC.
Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock[a] I will build my church, and the gates of hell[b] shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed[c] in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.
Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection
21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord![d] This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance[e] to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life[f] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. 28 Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
- Matthew 16:18 The Greek words for Peter and rock sound similar
- Matthew 16:18 Greek the gates of Hades
- Matthew 16:19 Or shall have been bound… shall have been loosed
- Matthew 16:22 Or “[May God be] merciful to you, Lord!”
- Matthew 16:23 Greek stumbling block
- Matthew 16:25 The same Greek word can mean either soul or life, depending on the context; twice in this verse and twice in verse 26