St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Karnes City: Powerful Witness
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The people of St. Paul’s Lutheran, Karnes City, were invited to follow Jesus to the other side of the lake into Gentile territory. There he encountered a man living among the tombs who was possessed by many demons. Jesus casts the demons out into a neighboring herd of pigs, which stampede off a bluff, and into the sea below. The frightened herdsmen alert the townsfolk who in their fear are eager for Jesus to leave. The man who was freed of the demons also wishes to leave, but is told by Jesus to remind behind as a witness to the people of God’s grace and power.

The narrative is a reminder of the mysterious and frightening power of God. We may wonder at the reaction of the townsfolk. But we have gone so far out of our way to make Jesus user friendly, that often times he comes off more as “my pal Jesus” than the incarnation of the One who created the heavens and the earth, which makes Jesus more amenable to our will and control rather than being the one who lives and breathes in us and gives us life. We may also commiserate with the man from whom the demons were cast and want to remain contentedly at Jesus’ feet rather than being sent out to witness to what God has done for us. But just as he was sent, so are we. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.

St. Paul’s News and Notes: St. Paul’s Quilters continue to meet every Monday at 9 a.m. All are invited to pick up a copy of Introducing the Missional Church, and read it along with people throughout the Synod. Discussion questions are available. Have you discovered Faith Five? Give it a try today.
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