Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical
hermionesviolin

[Thursday] Lenten Evening Prayer at Emmanuel Lutheran Church: The Promise of an Inheritance

The readings were Isaiah 11:1-9 and Luke 14:1-4.
1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
      from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—
      the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
      the Spirit of counsel and of power,
      the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD -

3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD.
      He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
      or decide by what he hears with his ears;

4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
      with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
      He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
      with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.

5 Righteousness will be his belt
      and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

6 The wolf will live with the lamb,
      the leopard will lie down with the goat,
      the calf and the lion and the yearling [Hebrew; Septuagint  lion will feed] together;
      and a little child will lead them.

7 The cow will feed with the bear,
      their young will lie down together,
      and the lion will eat straw like the ox.

8 The infant will play near the hole of the cobra,
      and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest.

9 They will neither harm nor destroy
      on all my holy mountain,
      for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD
      as the waters cover the sea.

***


1One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. 2There in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy. 3Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?" 4But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him away.


Isaiah: As it opened I immediately thought of Advent :)
Luke: I was confused, because my understanding of Jewish Law is that life-threatening situations mean you can break any law, so the Pharisees already have answers worked out and doesn't it make them look bad to not give Jesus any answer?  (i.e., if you can't answer someone you're conceding that they win)

The dialogue stuff continues to not grow on me.
    Blessed are the meek... meek does not equal doormat but rather is strong; Jesus was the epitome of meek.
    "Theologians."  "Theo-who?"  This is the part where it lost any chance of my liking it.  I mean, what are we, five?  The definition was something about systematic make the Bible all make sense, which I thought was interesting, and which made me wanna hear how Sarah and Lindsey would define "theologian."
    In baptism you become one with Christ, in death and eternal life.  The Kingdom of God is His grace here and is seamlessly connected with the Kingdom we become a part of after death -- when angels lift you up to Heaven.  The Devil makes noise but cannot hurt us... something about accuse?  (I was instantly reminded of Joel talking about the evolution of the Satan character in the Old Testament.)  Who makes these dialogue?  Like, what denomination?

    The Prayers of the People:
God, give us the strength to be meek, to be gentle, kind, forgiving and forbearing.  And, when we fall, asserting ourselves over the needs of others, forgive us.  Then show us your Son Jesus who has been the perfect example of our meekness.  Lord, we poor sinners ask you to hear us.
     Hear us from heaven and grant your blessing.
Humble your great Church, O God.  Humble us under the leadership of our Lord Jesus, that the body of believers might kneel in service to you and those in need.  Lord, we poor sinners ask you to hear us.
     Hear us from heaven and grant your blessing.
Though nations seek power and governments wage war to exercise control, humble the rulers of this earth.  Make the kings, the presidents, the ministers of this world's nations to rule in true meekness--serving their citizens and honoring your will for all people.  Lord, we poor sinners ask you to hear us.
     Hear us from heaven and grant your blessing.
Though we pray for humility, there are those among us and throughout the world who live in base humiliation,  Health has failed them.  Money has left them.  Death has devastated them.  Hunger has diminished them.  Grant them, gracious God, the inheritance that only your lavish mercy can provide.  (Gathered here tonight we especially pray for ___.  [Lauren(?) filled in the blank with "those we name aloud and in our hearts.  For whom shall we pray?"] )  You promise rush inheritance to the meek.  Open your heart to these, the meekest of your children.  Lord, we poor sinners ask you to hear us.
     Hear us from heaven and grant your blessing
Remind us, O great and compassionate God, that we have received what we do not deserve--even the sure promise of life eternal.  In the name of him who humbled himself even to death on a cross, Jesus Christ our Lord.
     Amen.




Afterward I asked Pastor Saling where the dialogues come from ‘cause I was trying to figure out what the denomination was and he said it was from a non-denominational Protestant group, Creative Communications (.com) and we talked about the Luke bit and how Jesus was pushing, like if you can save a life on the Sabbath why can't you heal non-life-threatening on the Sabbath, and we talked about telos and Jewish Law and Tradition and Jesus and he had to go to a meeting and said I had ... not "a beautiful mind" but, "a wonderful mind" maybe?  Clearly I need to keep him around :)
Tags: church: e.lutheran: thursday service, lent: 2006: lutheran: beatitudes
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