In the sermon at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge, Pastor Bruno stressed the part of the Lord's Prayer about forgiveness. He also used the Gospel lesson from Luke 7:36-8:3 about the sinful woman who Jesus forgave and who was joyful and so grateful that she "wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment." This woman's faith is what saved her. In contrast the Pharisee Simon paid little attention to Jesus and was quick to judge this sinful woman and takes no notice of her generosity or her willingness to serve Jesus. Jesus moves our attention from the sin of the woman to the generosity of God, who forgives more abundantly than we can imagine.
Just as Jesus forgives our sins when we confess them and ask for forgiveness, we are to do likewise. It is difficult for us humans to let go of things that others have done against us, but until we do, we will live with that bitterness and resentment. The only way to heal your heart is to ask that your sins be forgiven and to forgive those who have sinned against you. Let your faith in Jesus Christ save you.
Worship services at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge are at 8:30 a.m. Sunday mornings with adult Bible study of Revelation following. All visitors are welcome and we also invite everyone to Bible Study on the Parables at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Third Thursday Fellowship will be this Thursday, June 20 at 12:30 for lunch and a sing along. All community senior citizens are invited. Come and see.