Thoughts: “… They watched him.” How tiresome it must have been for jesus – to be watched constantly by the Pharisees! They were always hoping Jesus would make a mistake, that he would break one of the myriad rules they had written. Perhaps he would use the wrong spoon for his soup, or he would sit down before the host did. If Jesus made the slightest misstep, the Pharisees were ready to pounce.
At wedding feasts, the guests were seated according to their importance. Jesus reminded his fellow guests at the chief Pharisee’s home that it was always wise to take a place in the lowest room. Then, if your host wished you to have a more honored place, he would seat you there. At the least, you would avoid the embarrassment of being downgraded.
Why not make place cards with each guest’s name written on one? And perhaps a question inside each place card??
Discussion: Do you remember an occasion when you felt you were being closely watched by critical eyes?
Activity: Watch the guests in your home with affection, and make them feel welcome in every way.
Remember in prayer this week Audrey Cowsert, Bob & Vivian Grusnick, Vivian Hansard, Betty Kalvoda, Bill & Eunice Kraase, and Thelma Welbaum.
Tonight is the August meeting of Church Council. Welcome back church leaders and all interested members.
This Sunday in the CLC you may have your blood pressure checked. You may also sign up with Julie Olsavsky to help Big Beaver UMC and St. Stephen’s Episcopal with South Oakland Shelter in September.
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These are the days that our worldwide United Methodist churches take offerings for special projects for our worldwide church.