St. Paul Lutheran Church, Karnes City: Shake It Up!
Who died and appointed Jesus, Lord of the Sabbath dinner? This the question begged by this week’s gospel reading from Luke 14. A leading Pharisee invites Jesus to his home for Sabbath dinner. Jesus heals a man bedeviled with “dropsy,” and then uses the occasion to criticize the societal scramble for prestige and honor. Jesus really shakes up social customs and expectations by suggesting that one should invite to dinner those considered societally and ritually unsuitable to invite, those who cannot repay. For one who honors one’s self will be humbled and one who is humble will be honored. In a culture based on honor and social indebtedness this position really shook things up and stood them on their head. So, who died and appointed Jesus, Lord of the Sabbath dinner? Why, he did of course. This week’s “up”: Shake it up!
St. Paul’s News and Notes: St. Paul’s will be participating in God’s Work Our Hands Sunday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ELCA. From 8:30-10:15 am, a “Table of Grace” providing a free continental breakfast for anyone who desires it will be set up at a to be determined spot in Karnes City; canned goods will be collected at worship that morning to stock the shelves of the Thrift Center Food Pantry; and the Play Set will be dedicated following the regular 10:30 a.m. worship service. Women of St. Paul’s are collecting items for LWR School Kits and for the Physical offering at the Synod WELCA Convention this fall. The first of three Women of St. Paul’s Bake Sales (complete with locally crafted tamales) will be held on Sept. 14 from 8:30 a.m. until sold out at the Kenedy Wal-Mart. All baked good donations are greatly appreciated.