Kit Auble, Director of Fund Development & Marketing for Lutheran Elementary School Association talks about the upcoming “Brew in the Lou” fundraiser for LESA. Brew in the Lou happens Saturday, October 15, at Francis Park, 5399 Donovan in St. Louis, and features samples of beer, wine, spirits, coffee and good eats. Proceeds benefit the 35 member schools and 8,500 students we serve in the Greater St. Louis area. Learn more about Brew in the Lou and purchase your tickets on LESA’s website lesastl.org/event/4th-annual-brew-in-the-lou.
2. Daily Lectionary
Rev. Vance Becker from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in North Mankato, Minnesota, studies Matthew 8:1-17.
3. Morning Prayer Sermonette
Today’s sermonette is given by Rev. Vance Becker from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in North Mankato, Minnesota.
Jesus Cleanses a Leper
8 When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him.2 And behold, a leper[a] came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 3 And Jesus[b] stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 And Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”
The Faith of a Centurion
5 When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, 6 “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” 7 And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8 But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant,[c] ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel[d] have I found such faith. 11 I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12 while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.
Jesus Heals Many
14 And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. 15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve him. 16 That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.”
- Matthew 8:2 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
- Matthew 8:3 Greek he
- Matthew 8:9 Or bondservant
- Matthew 8:10 Some manuscripts not even in Israel