July 10, 2022: Testing Jesus

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost


Scripture: Luke 10:25-37

  • “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need,” by Isaac Watts, arr. by S. William Flynn; Pauline Olsen, organ
  • “O Breath of Life, ” words by B .P. Head, music by Carlton Young; Trinity Singers
  • Hymn 577: “God of Grace and God of Glory,” by Harry Emerson Fosdick
  • Hymn 2166: “Christ Beside Me,” by James Quinn
  • “Mother Earth, Father Sun,” lyrics and music by Linda Jarvi; Pauline Olsen, organ
  • “Teach Me, Lord, to Wait,” by Stuart Hamblen; Jerry Wright, vocal
  • Reading from Scripture: Luke 10:25-37; Lynnette Baughman
  • Sermon: “Testing Jesus,” Pastor Desi Larson
  • Holy Communion Reflection: “The Sacrament of Radical Hospitality,” Pastor Desi Larson
  • Hymn 2130: “The Summons,” by John Bell
  • Hymn 431: “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson
  • “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus,” arr. by Robert W. Thygerson from an anonymous Indian melody; Pauline Olsen, organ

Song leader: Cynthia Zenner

Testing Jesus

Scripture Lesson: Luke 10:25-37

Outline-Notes 7.10.22

I. It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

  • Rogers gave hope and comfort to millions of children. No matter who you were, you were special.
  • Rogers, ordained Presbyterian pastor, ministry to children through television. My memories as a child during the Vietnam War – TV messages from the news v. Rogers
  • The 2019 movie, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is about Rogers – but even more – it was about a wounded/hurt man – cared for and healed by Mr. Rogers. 2019 film by the 1998 article “Can You Say … Hero?” by Tom Junod, published in Esquire. It depicts, a troubled journalist for Esquire who is assigned to profile television icon Fred Rogers – Journalist’s motives are suspect (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

II. Lawyer Tests Jesus

  • Lawyer’s motives are suspect, Testing – questioning the honor
  • Reading – How do you Jesus asks both, “What has been written?” and “How do you read?” Together they imply that the Scriptures are living texts of interactive possibility.
  • Akiva: Knowing the law is more important than acting v. Jesus: No – doing the law is more important than knowing (“Preach always and when necessary, speak”)
  • Parable –
    1. Action: verbs: 34 “He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. Put on his own animal…so he is walking
    2. Shatters stereotypes of social class/race/religion/region
    3. Defuses anger – pushes back against Jesus’ and disciples’ own right to anger against the Samaritans. James and John wanted to call down fire/ Sodom-like punishment for the Samaritan vil- lage that rejected More stories should be filled with unex- pected heroes and heroines, deliberately drawn from those against whom we have every reason to harbor anger.

III. So? What does this mean for the lawyer, and for us? How do we earn eternal life:

    • God’s Kingdom – the promise to the people of God.
    • “Go and do likewise” presents invitation to care for the downtrodden and disenfranchised, invisible. To be compassionate and merciful
    • We are drawn into the care for those in the proverbial (or actual)
    • The man in the ditch reminds us of what it feels like to be forgotten by others — and perhaps even God. The feeling of loneliness and forsakenness invites compassion and empathy for all who experience it.
    • Mr. Rogers, healing ministry. Our ministry, healing, compassion.

Holy Communion Reflection:

Sacrament of Radical Hospitality

 I. Transformational Power of Radical Hospitality

Story of Sara Miles, author of Take This Bread. (2007, Ballantine Books). Early one morn- ing, for no earthly reason, Sara Miles, raised an atheist, wandered into a church, received communion, and found herself transformed – embracing a faith she’d once scorned. Journalist who’d covered revolutions around the world, Miles didn’t discover a religion that was about angels or good behavior or piety, her faith centered on real hunger, real food, and real bodies. Before long, she turned the bread she ate at communion into tons of groceries, piled on the church’s altar to be given away. Within a few years, she and the people she served had started nearly a dozen food pan- tries in the poorest parts of their city. A story about The Living Communion of Christ.

II. John Wesley’s Sermon “On the Duty of Constant Communion”

  • God commands it.
  • Avail ourselves to (Sacrament is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace)

III. Church is the Body of Christ – Church is at the Table:

God’s radical hospitality of giving God’s own self to Transforms the “Holy of Ho- lies” in the temple into a table that everyone is invited to. Book of Acts 2:42: “They devoted themselves…breaking of bread.”