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“Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.”
-Luke 18:1

The Gospel text for this week focuses on the powerful nature of prayer.

Prayer is not a passive activity, but one that actively seeks God and pursues God’s will. The widow featured in Jesus’ parable is a perfect example of embodied, incarnational prayer. Prayer made into flesh, word, and action. In many ways she serves as a model for us all.

Music This Sunday

Sunday’s Traditional worship Hymn of the Day is How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord

Although the road may be long and the work never-ending, today’s readings are an encouragement to those who persist. We encourage one another in the vocation of caring for the least among us in today’s traditional hymn of the day.

The New Day Praise worship song is Your Grace Is Enough

The Worship Song for this Sunday reminds us of the topsy-turvy unpredictable nature of God’s kingdom. Not only is costly grace and love given to us for free, but in God’s kingdom the lowly are lifted up, and those who are viewed as weak lead the strong and mighty.

For Further Reflection

Our theme for this Sunday focuses on persistence in prayer. When have you felt like you were wrestling with God? What was the outcome?

In the course of your busy week, what prompts you to lift your attention to God’s presence and concern for you specifically—and the world?

Who are the “widows” in your community, the people who long for and beg for justice and mercy? In what ways may you pray for them and be an advocate in their need?

Rev. Sarah Teichmann

Rev. Sarah Teichmann

Pastor of Christian Formation

I love working in a staff where we are able to use each other’s strengths for the glory of God. I am energized by the lay leaders of the church and the creative ways they can extend the mission of Jesus to congregational members and our community.

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