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Sunday, November 10th

Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost


         OLD TESTAMENT: Haggai 1:15- 2:9
         PSALM: 145
         NEW TESTAMENT: II Thessalonians 2: 1-5, 13-17
         GOSPEL: Luke 20: 27-38

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

This Sunday is the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost. Ordinary Time is coming to a close, as we move toward Christ the King Sunday, which marks the end of the church year, and Advent, which marks the beginning of a new year. We celebrate Holy Eucharist at 8:00 and 10:00 am, and our choir leads a a sung service at the 10:00 Eucharist.

In the Hebrew Scriptures, we read from the prophet Haggai. Haggai lived in the time immediately following the Babylonian Captivity. Back in Jerusalem after seventy years away, people had the opportunity to rebuild the Temple, but the ignored this in order to rebuild their own homes and lives. Haggai saw this as an affront to God who had freed them and brought them home, and he pushed the effort to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. 

In the New Testament, we read from II Thessalonians. Both letters to the Thessalonians contain in them an apocalyptic, eschatological quality; that is to say, they are both very concerned about the future and the yet-to-come nature of the Kingdom of God. In our reading this Sunday, Paul encourages the church not to be so easily shaken or deceived, despite the many messages they might hear on the contrary about the coming vindication of God. 

In Luke's gospel, we read the story of Jesus' public conversation with the Sadducees regarding the resurrection of the dead. They propose an impossible situation about a woman married to seven brothers, all of whom die, asking whose wife she would be in the resurrection. Jesus, pushing beyond their bated question, pushes them to believe in a God who is the God of the living, and to believe that all who die in this world can still be alive in God. 

St. Martin's Lantern Making. This Sunday, children will meet for a group lesson focussed on the story of St. Martin, whose feast day is this Monday. Martin discovered Christ in the life of a homeless beggar, giving him half of his cloak, and later realizing that this beggar was Christ himself. Martin is commemorated by making lanterns, a way for children tangibly to carry the light of Christ with them in the coming months of darkness. 

Stewardship Season is upon us. Good Shepherd 20/20: "Where there is no vision, the people perish." In the coming weeks we will begin looking to the new year and the new decade, and we will ask you to commit to the work of Christ at Good Shepherd. We also ask the whole parish to join in the communal work of discernment, to understand prayerfully what God is calling us to do in the coming years. This Sunday at 10:00, we will hear from Outreach about the important ministry they do each year. 

Adult Forum this week will also look at the life of St. Martin of Tours (d. 397). Join us at 11:45 in the Loring Room.   

See you Sunday!

peace, Jay+

Join us  in praying for the future of our parish, discerning together the work God is calling us to do in the new year and new decade. 
Good Shepherd's Annual Auction

Thank you so much for your support of our Hearts and Hands Auction. This year, we raised over $18,000 for the work and ministries of Good Shepherd.

Special thanks to the following:
Kim Nauen, our host and organizer
Our Confirmands, who helped with food and hospitality
Jennifer Manthai, who coordinated food
Nick Brandt, our Auctioneer
Our auction team who organized, set up, and cleaned up
Everyone who donated, both to the silent auction and live auction
Everyone who came, bid, and donated
Please continue to bring non-perishable items for the Newton Food Pantry. -sponsored by our Outreach Committee
Sunday, November 24th, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Newton Food Pantry Field Trip for Children and Youth

Christ is made the sure foundation,

Christ the head and cornerstone,
Chosen of the Lord and precious,
binding all the Church in one,
Holy Zion's peace forever,
and her confidence alone. 

To this Temple, where we call thee,
come O Lord of Hosts today,
With thy wonted loving-kindness
hear thy people as they pray;
And thy surest benediction,
shed within its walls alway.

-- the Hymnal 1982, #518
   Westminster Abbey
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