Welcome to Living Savior Lutheran Church
Living Savior church is now having regular worship services at 9:00a.m. every Sunday. We will be practicing social distancing. Masks are required. Communion will be given at the end of the service. After communion, you will leave through the back door, so please take all your belongings with. Offering plates will not be passed, but will be located at the entrance and at the exit. For those of you who are not comfortable with this arrangement, we also are offering the service to you in the parking lot on 105.7 FM on your radio dial.
Scriptures & Message for Sunday, August 2nd, 2020
First Reading — Isaiah 55:1-5
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a ruler and commander of the peoples. Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for He has endowed you with splendor.”
Second Reading — Romans 9:1-13
I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit—I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race, the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.
It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. For this was how the promise was stated: “At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son.”
Not only that, but Rebekah’s children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac. Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”
Gospel — Matthew 14:13-21
When Jesus heard what had happened, He withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed Him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them and healed their sick.
As evening approached, the disciples came to Him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Bring them here to Me,” He said. And He directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Ten Commandments of Trust
Although our coins read “In God we trust,” trust is a scarce commodity these days. Perhaps we have forgotten the Ten Commandments of Trust.
The issue of trust is one of the most crucial questions facing us today.
A nation’s health, both economic and spiritual, is shaped by one cultural characteristic: the level of trust inherent in that society. This is the missing ingredient in postmodern life.
A young man walked into a recruiting station and asked to re-enlist. When asked why he was returning to the Marine Corps, the man replied: “There’s no one in charge on the outside.”
The United States, historically a high-trust society despite its rhetoric of individualism, is quickly becoming a low-trust society. You can see it in the rise of violent crime, civil courts, breakdown of family structures (neighborhoods, unions, clubs, charities), lack of shared values with neighbors, etc.
To combat this trust deficit, we need to develop a set of Ten Commandments what we are calling a Ten Commandments of Trust. By following these new/old commands, we can begin to dig ourselves out of the hole that threatens to swallow our sense of community, of well-being, of security.
- Thou shalt turn only to trustworthy sources.
In a world where trust is one of our most endangered virtues and values, where are the righteous to turn? Scripture has always been the trusted source, the divine font, of comfort and truth.
– Turn to Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.”
– Turn to Psalms 56:3 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
– Turn to a yielded life . . .
Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way! Thou art the Potter, I am the clay. Mold me and make me after thy will, While I am waiting, yielded and still.
- Thou shalt give up the illusion of control, and trust the Spirit.
If we are going to learn to trust again, we must be clear about something:
You don’t make the sun come up. You don’t make the sun go down. You don’t make your heart beat. You don’t make your blood circulate. You are not in control of anything.
There is a God. You are not Him. “When the people asked John the Baptist ‘Are you the Messiah?’ he replied, ‘I am not the Messiah.’ Every day ask yourself, ‘ Am I God?’ Answer with these words, ‘I am not God.'”
- Thou shalt place trust at the very heart of faith.
A Christian perspective on the world is one of radical trust, a willingness to trust God and, therefore, an ability to trust others. The church must embody trust. Our witness must proclaim a God who can be trusted to take care of us, to take hold of us, to heal us, to save us, and a church that can itself be trusted.
- Thou shalt “trust and obey.”
Trust is a matter of obedience (cf. Deuteronomy 9:23-24). As the song says, “Trust and Obey.”
It’s not “Trust when you feel like it and obey when you can.”
It is “Trust and obey.”
It’s not “Trust or obey.”
It’s not “Trust, then obey.”
It’s trust and obey.
Trust is a command.
You say: But I don’t feel like trusting. Actress Ingrid Bergman once told director Alfred Hitchcock that a certain scene just didn’t feel “natural.” She then explained why she didn’t feel “natural” doing what the script called her to do. Hitchcock said: “Fine. If you can’t do it naturally, then fake it.”
You don’t feel you can trust God “naturally”? You don’t feel you can cast yourself on the waters? You don’t feel natural living by faith and not by sight? Fine. Then fake it. Do it unnaturally. Do it supernaturally.
Every manager of every rock star or sports figure tells the client: “Get a charity.” Most of them do. They obey their managers. But what at first begins as good public relations or image creation, often becomes a genuine joy and commitment.
Such is the power of God.
- Thou shalt trust that God is sovereign.
No matter what is happening, whether the “foundations” of our country are crumbling, God is God and God’s sanctuary is secure.
- Thou shalt trust that God sees and knows what you are going through, and cares.
Job developed in his soul a radical trust in God: Even though God slay me, Job said, yet I will trust him.
- Thou shalt declare before God every day, “I am no longer my own, but yours.”
- Thou shalt do what you say you will do.
Follow-through is crucial in everything we attempt. Good intentions spoil into bad relationships tainted with mistrust when we fail to keep our word. How much can you be counted on?
Are you someone who can be trusted? Can you be counted on?
- Thou shalt honestly admit your weaknesses.
Hiding shortcomings may improve your image, but it doesn’t build trust. There is a reason the old adage claims that “Confession is good for the soul.” By trusting others with the knowledge of your faults, a bridge of trust can get under construction.
- Thou shalt always tell the truth.
There is no bigger roadblock to trust than deceit. It is the simplest and yet sometimes the most difficult of all these commandments. But if all of us told the truth all of the time, there would be no reason to harbor doubt.