This story in Luke is about four men who wanted Jesus to heal their friend, who was confined to a bed. There was so many people in the house where Jesus was that they couldn't get in. So the men dug a hole in the roof and let their friend down to Jesus on a mat with ropes. Jesus was amazed at their faith and forgave the sins of their friend and healed him so that he could walk.
My father was a Lutheran pastor. As a synod executive he was often invited to churches all over eastern Colorado to preach at "mission festivals". He always preached the same sermon at those festivals, based on this story from Luke. I would often go with him on these trips and I heard the sermon so many times that I could preach it myself.
The men showed devotion, love, innovation, and persistence in accomplishing their task. Jesus did not object to their digging up the roof. Rather, he was amazed at their faith. He also recognized that their friend needed spiritual healing along with physical healing.
Through the forgiveness of sins, the Holy Spirit causes faith to grow in us on a daily basis. May that faith in Christ lead us to bring spiritual and physical healing to people in need. May we perform that task with devotion, love, innovation, and persistence.
May we also never grow tired of hearing the Good News of God's love in Jesus Christ.
Lessons for Sunday, February 5, 2017
1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Thursday 9:00 – 1:00 pm KOK Preschool
6:00 pm Couples Night (formerly men's night) at Lil' Cooperstown
Friday 9:00 – 12:00 pm KOK Preschool
Saturday 9:30 – 11:30 am SOV Choir rehearsal
Sunday 8:30 & 11:00 am Worship services with Interim Pastor Tom Hiller
1:30 pm OEC
Couples Night (formerly Men's Night)
Thursday, February 2
2947 SE 73rd Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97123
Tuesday, February 7
Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant
1435 NW 185th Ave, Beaverton, OR 97006
Please RSVP to Tammy at secretarysov ..at.. gmail.com or 503.645.4994
Mark Your Calendars
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Pancake Race
Tuesday, February 28
5:30 – 7:00 pm
(SOV Youth Group Fundraiser)