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Christmas in July Craft Fair

Save the date for this upcoming event:

On Saturday, July 20th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is hosting its first annual Christmas in July Craft Fair with beautiful handmade crafts, delicious baked goods, and quality tag sale items. Something for everyone! The net proceeds will go to the Monroe Food Pantry and the Youth Group at Good Shepherd.

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5th Sunday after Pentecost (Luke 8:26-39)

Today’s gospel story is strange and frightening.  Jesus and his disciples meet this horrifying person possessed with thousands of evil spirits.  He was robbed of every dignity in life, even his name.  He was so dangerous that he was banned from his town and wandered among the caves where dead bodies were buried.  To exist in such a state had to be worse than death.  It must have been a living hell. (more…)

4th Sunday after Pentecost (Luke 7:36-8.3)

Jesus often ate and drank with those we would consider white trash.  He soon developed a reputation of being like them.  There’s an old saying that illustrates that:  “Birds of a feather flock together.”  And another, “You’re known by the company you keep.”  Luke tells a story of Jesus being invited to eat at the home of a prominent religious leader.  He was a Pharisee.  The Pharisees were known for their high moral character.  They interpreted God’s laws for the common people.  Pharisees were considered the best people in the community. (more…)

3rd Sunday after Pentecost (Luke 7:11-17)

For a long time in history many people believed there was a direct connection between sin and tragedy.  If something awful happened to you, it was the result of your sinful life.  The widow in our first reading believed she must have committed some terrible sin and that’s why her son died.  Elijah the prophet also believed it and accused God of killing the widow’s son.  Most people believed then and even now that God rewards evil with evil and good with good. (more…)

2nd Sunday after Pentecost (Luke 7:1-10)

Today’s gospel story is full of surprises and some shocks.  The story is bookended with power and authority and involves a surprising trust in Jesus from a centurion, an enemy of the Jewish people.  A centurion was a military officer in command of one hundred soldiers.  He had the authority and power to keep order granted to him by the Roman emperor.  He was under the command of the emperor and in command over his soldiers.  When he issued a command, the soldiers under him obeyed without question. (more…)

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