Jeremiah 23:23-29 | Hebrews 11:29-12:2 | Luke 12:49-56
Throughout the Gospel of Luke, Jesus calls on his hearers to turn their hearts away from greed and instead to generosity, to turn
away from anxious self-preservation and instead to faithful self-giving. But such practice rubs against humanity’s deepest-seated sin, so conflict is born out of Jesus’ peace-filled activity. Jesus’ words and actions had already pitted him against the religious leaders and will lead him to the cross. Now, in today’s gospel, Jesus speaks to the reality of that division.
His words unsettle us, yet they are spoken for a reason. In the reading from Jeremiah, God challenges the prophets who dole out lies and deceit and asks, how long until they turn their hearts back to me? This is a question of compassion and yearning for a restored relationship. Likewise, although Jesus’ words are incendiary and speak of broken relationships, they are meant to prompt the people’s faithful response: to lay aside anxiety and greed and to turn their hearts to the treasures of God’s promised kingdom, where Christ takes division upon himself on the cross.
While fully aware of the realities of conflict and division, we are to live as hopeful people, praying fervently for God’s compassion and for the restoration of right relationships.
ELW 786 O Holy Spirit, Enter In | ELW 757 All My Hope on God is Founded | ELW 669 Rise Up, O Saints of God!
Please welcome again Lucy Harlow as our organist! This Sunday, August 14 and next Sunday, August 21 she will be filling in for Matthew Glandorf while he travels in Europe. Lucy began her organ studies as an undergraduate at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. As senior organ scholar in her final year, she accompanied the chapel choir of St Salvator’s for weekly services, as well as singing in and directing various a cappella ensembles. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in English Literature, and, after a year as an organist, piano teacher and choir director she returned to academia, completing her MA at York and moving to the US to begin a PhD in medieval literature at Princeton University. She sings regularly at UniLu and in Choral Arts, and lives in Center City with her husband Frank (also a singer at UniLu) and dog Luna.
Tuesday, 09 AUG
5:00 PM | Feast Incarnate (St. Luke, Devon)
6:15 PM | Holy Communion and Worship
Thursday, 11 AUG
4:00 PM | Bible Study
6:50 PM | UniLu Trip to Mormon Temple
Saturday, 13 AUG
8:00 AM | Congregational and Campus Ministry Bike Ride
2:00 PM | Celebration of Life for Pastor John Kinzel at St. Luke, Devon
Sunday, 14 AUG
9:30 AM | Summer Bible Study
10:30 AM | Holy Communion and Worship
Preacher and Presider
Rev. Fritz E. Fowler
G. Anita Heeren
G. Anita Heeren
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Feast Incarnate is a weekly hospitality ministry of University Lutheran Church for those affected by HIV/AIDS. Each week a hot meal is prepared and served by a local congregation or community service organization.
Last week, 100 people were served by Fun Friends (Linda Palisano). Since the beginning of August, a total of 100 meals have been served.
New Website, Same Church
The website for UniLu received an amazing redesign. Geared at accessibility and aesthetics, the new website should allow for more utilization from the congregation, our campus, and from the Philadelphia Community. Special thanks to James Stanton, Bruce McCullough, Steve Szewczyk, and Nate Osburn for all of their hard work and time in developing a new design for our church website. Be sure to check it out at www.uniluphila.org
Looking for Leadership Team Members
All Students Welcome
As Lutheran Campus Ministry kicks off the new year in the Fall of 2016 we are looking for additional members for our leadership team. If you like to help plan events, have gifts and talents you’re willing to share, or are just looking for another way to get involved please consider joining. Our team meets bimonthly, usually on Sunday afternoons following worship. If you are interested in joining or would like more information please email Pastor Fritz or our Campus Ministry Intern, James Stanton.
In the Tender Compasion of Our God: The Rev. John Kinzel
Dear Faithful People of University Lutheran,
In the tender compassion of God, Pastor John Kinzel, beloved former pastor of UniLu and long-time supporter of our congregation entered into eternal life yesterday.
Pastor John Kinzel served between 1970-1975 as the first pastor of University Lutheran Church after having been the Lutheran Campus Pastor at Penn in 1968-1970.
During my time here at UniLu, I had the opportunity to visit and spend time with Pastor John and hear about the early days of UniLu. He was a man who in the words of the prophet Micah "acted justly, loved mercy, and walked humbly with God." UniLu was often in his prayers and was very dear to him. When he visited in November 2015 he talked with me about how his days at UniLu were some of the greatest in his ministry and how vividly he remembered the church's first Sunday of worship in the new sanctuary.
With the following words, the Church commends our beloved to the mercy of God:
Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant John. Acknowledge, we beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light.
I commend the following prayer to each of you to pray for yourselves, one another and all who mourn.
Merciful God, you heal the broken in heart and bind up the wounds of the afflicted. Strengthen us in our weakness, calm our troubled spirits, and dispel our doubts and fears. In Christ's rising from the dead, you conquered death and opened the gates to everlasting life. Renew our trust in you that by the power of your love we shall one day be brought together with our brother John. Grant this, we pray, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We often pray the following prayer.
O Lord, support us all the days of this troubled life, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then, in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging and a holy rest, and peace at the last; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Pastor John will be remembered, along with so many other beloved ones at rest, on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 2 PM at Saint Luke Lutheran Church, Devon PA. St. Luke Lutheran is located at 203 N Valley Forge Rd, Devon, PA 19333. A reception will follow the service.
Eternal rest grant him, O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon him.
Peace and Joy,