WPC Warm Up, October 17, 2016
The Gospel lectionary lesson this Sunday, October 23rd, comes to us from Luke 18:9-14, as we continue our fall sermon series, "Looking at Luke." Again, Jesus gives us a parable about prayer. The story is told of a Pharisee and a tax collector who went up to the temple to pray. The prayer of the Pharisee began, "God, I thank you that I am not..." What followed was a list of the kinds of "other people " that the Pharisee wouldn't associate with, let alone perceive himself to be. Then the Pharisee adds in his boastful accomplishments as if those would merit his salvation. The tax collector, on the other hand, stood at a far distance and, striking his chest, said, "God, be merciful to me, a sinner!" Jesus concluded that the tax collector, not the Pharisee, "walked home right."
Luke 18 gives us three models of prayer. The widow that we looked at last Sunday reminds us to persevere in prayer. And in the tax collector we are reminded of our place in prayer...that of quiet humility.
I will see you in church on 9:30 (traditional) or 11:15 (contemporary). Come, let us worship God with joy.
See you Sunday.
Interim Pastor Charles Svendsen