This Sunday – Pentecost 19


This Sunday

Jesus told his disciples a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, `Grant me justice against my opponent.’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, `Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.'”
–Luke 18.1-5

  • Can you remember a time when you had to make a difficult choice?  Who or what helped you make your decision?
  • What is justice and who decides what is ‘just’?  Does it mean different things to people, depending on our point of view?
  • Have you ever thought of God as someone who gives you what you want when you’re good or doesn’t give you what you want because you’re bad?  Is that too simplistic a way to think about God?
  • Do you pray?  If so, what time of day do you usually pray?  Do you have a specific prayer, make one up, pray with music or art?

Prayer is, for me, when I can tell God what’s on my mind; it helps me articulate and process my emotions, desires, and concerns.  I tell God because I want to, and because I believe God wants to hear what I have to say.  Of course, that’s one type of prayer and sometimes my prayers need to be with others in order to help me understand those emotions, desires, and concerns.  Come join us at Trinity Commons this Sunday at 6 pm, to join your voice with ours, to say prayers, to listen, and to find the value of praying together in community.  Then join us after the service for a delicious free supper thanks to our friend Alli Summerford.  We hope to see you Sunday.


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