November 2018


Loved by God

Nobody loved Jesus more than God did – and just look how it worked out for him. He was “stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted,” “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3–4; Acts 8:35). He was also betrayed, spit upon; slapped; mocked; beaten; and nailed to a cross and killed (Matthew 26:49, 67, 27:26–31, 50). And why? Because it was God’s “definite plan” to make Jesus suffer and die (Acts 2:23). That’s how God loved him.

The Hong Kierkegaard Library at

Saint Olaf College, Northfield, MN. 

      Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855), whom we remember on November 11, takes up this conundrum – that being loved by God goes badly for the beloved. He argues that God has to conceal his love for the beloved “beneath… becoming the most unfortunate of all.” That is because God is Spirit and deeply majestic – and so he must keep his love “discernible” only “for eternity” and “not for this life,” which is anything but spiritual and majestic (Journals and Papers, ed. Hong, 3:2446). Because of that divine majesty, “excruciating strenuousness” prevails over “amiable mediocrity” (JP 2:1807). That makes God “most troublesome” and “an enormous weight” on us (JP 3:3181). No wonder Kierkegaard believed that this trouble will also make us hope for Sundays coming but “once a month” so that we’ll have more time to recover from God’s “cudgels” (Journals and Notebooks, ed. Kirmmse, 31:37; JP 2:1807).

      God’s love then is not as the world gives (John 14:27). For indeed “God is always the reverse of man” (JP 2:1807). But rejoice in spite of that, for Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33).

Pastor Marshall

Pastor Marshall’s Endorsement on the back of Dr. Braaten’s new book



Parish Festival Celebration

On Sunday, November 4th, we will gather together to give thanks for our community of faithful, baptized servants of God.

       8:00 am  Holy Eucharist – chapel

     10:30 am  Festival Eucharist – nave

           with Festival Procession.

On this rich day of the church year we gather to remember our calling as God's saints, rededicating our lives to God's service and rejoicing in the ministry of Christ.  This day we also join the Church Catholic in affirming our belief in "the communion of saints" remembering all those faithful who have died in Christ.


     Also, join us for the All Saints’ Litany, Thursday, November 1st, for our Columbarium Liturgy and Holy Eucharist.  Plan to attend this solemn occasion at 11:45 am in the nave. 


     The season of Pentecost and the Church Year will end with the celebration of the kingship of Christ at the Sunday morning liturgies, November 25th.  On this day we strengthen the belief that Christ is above all and that every authority is under Him (Ephesians 1.21).  We rejoice that the one who is, who was and is to come (Revelation 1:8) is the King and Lord of all! 


     PRESIDENT'S Bob Baker


Luther: Strangers and

Sojourners on Earth


These all died in faith . . . having acknowledged that they were

strangers and exiles on the earth.” (Hebrews 11:13).

“The Apostle here desires to show that we should look upon this life as a stranger and pilgrim looks upon a land in which he is a stranger or a guest. A stranger cannot say, Here is my fatherland, for he is not at home there. A pilgrim does not think of remaining in the land to which he makes his pilgrimage, or in the inn where he stays the night, but his heart and thoughts are directed elsewhere. He feeds in the inn and rests, and then he continues his journey to the place where his home is.

     “Therefore conduct yourselves as guests and strangers in this strange land and strange inn, and take nothing from it but food and drink, clothing and shoes, and what you need for your night’s rest, and keep your thoughts on your fatherland where you are citizens.

     “We must note this carefully. We must not seek to build for ourselves eternal life here in this world and pursue it and cleave to it as if it were our greatest treasure and heavenly kingdom, and as if we wished to exploit the Lord Christ and the Gospel and achieve wealth and power through Him. No, but because we have to live on earth, and so long as it is God’s will, we should eat, drink, work, plant, build, and have house and home and what God grants, and use them as guests and strangers in a strange land, who know they must leave all such things behind and take our staff out of this strange land and evil, unsafe inn, homeward bound for our true fatherland where there is nothing but security, peace, rest, and joy for evermore.”

(Martin Luther, Sermons from the year 1531, this selection is available in Day By Day We Magnify Thee: Daily Meditations from Luther’s Writings arranged according to the Year of the Church from the writing of Martin Luther, compiled and translated by Margarete Steiner and Percy Scott, p. 400.)

Please keep the Mission and Ministry of our congregation in your prayers.



Stewards of Our Bounty



“As you, Lord, have lived for other, so may we for others live.  Freely have your  gifts been granted; freely may your servants give.  Yours the gold and yours the  silver, yours the wealth of land and sea; we but stewards of your bounty held in  solemn trust will be.” –Verse 2, “Son of God, Eternal Savior,” LBW 364

Recently we sang “Son of God, Eternal Savior” as the closing hymn at church.  I found the last two stanzas of the second verse both simultaneously challenging and inspiring.  The third stanza, “Yours the gold and yours the silver, yours the wealth of land and sea” is a challenging reminder that while we think we are in control of, owners of, and creators of our own wealth, that thinking is wrong – God is the creator of our wealth, which He freely gives to us.  Then, the final stanza instructs us what we are to do with the wealth that God has blessed us with, and what our role is with regard to our money and property – “we but stewards of your bounty held in solemn trust will be.”  God gives us money and wealth that we would be stewards over it, and that we would hold and use it in trust for God’s purposes in the world.

            As you think about your giving to the church and to extended ministries and other charities, think about the words of this wonderful hymn that both challenges us and our conception of where our wealth comes from and who creates it, and tells us that as stewards of the gifts God gives us, we should use those gifts to glorify Him, further His purposes on earth, and not waste the freely given gifts of God on things not worthy of the great gift He daily gives to us.


David King, Church Council






The greatest need our church has to sustain its operations and faithful traditions are monetary gifts to the general budget.  In some cases, families are compelled to give special designated gifts either because they are aware of a special need the church has, or because they want to support a program the church is sponsoring, or because they want to give something in memory of a loved one and/or congregational member.  These guidelines are designed to help families understand the different types of gifts that can be made to the church.

REGULAR GIVING (non-designated/general budget)

Anyone, member or non-member, can give gifts to our church.  You can give cash or checks on Sunday when the offering plate is passed around.  If a check, make it out to First Lutheran Church of West Seattle. This money goes to the general budget of the church to pay for all the operating expenses, for example, payroll, building expenses, and extended ministries.  This type of giving is the most critical need of our church.

FLCWS conducts an annual pledge drive to assist the church council in setting the budget each year.  Members are encouraged to participate in the annual pledge drive.  For your convenience, you can set up a regular occurring auto deduction from your bank account and give electronically.  This can easily be set up through the church office.

The Biblical guideline is that you give 10% of your gross earnings (from salary & all investments) each month.  If you do not meet this Biblical goal, you are not punished in any way by this church.  Instead we only wish that you keep trying to meet the Biblical goal and hopefully are able to increase your giving year after year until you meet the 10% tithe.

SPECIAL GIVING (designated gifts)

Designated gifts are above and beyond your regular giving to the church.  They are designated to a special project or fund.  The money is then restricted to that designation.  They can be in any amount (large or small) and you do not have to be a member to give designated gifts to the church.  They can be in cash or in stocks, bonds, etc.

Designated gifts made to church sponsored programs and/or budget line items can be made by simply writing the designation on your check or by letting the church office know where you would like the money to go.  A few examples of designated gifts to church sponsored programs and/or budget line items are: Worship Supplies, Extended Ministries, and Building Maintenance Fund.

If you want to make a designated gift that is not to an existing church sponsored program or budgeted item, please contact the Pastor to go over your options.  Depending on the specifics of your designated gift, it may need to go to the church council to be discussed and reviewed before the designation of the gift can be approved.  Consideration for accepting/approving a designated gift will include an assessment of the gift creating any ongoing expense and/or responsibilities for the church maintaining the gift.  This would include designated memorial fund gifts.  Non-designated memorial fund gifts are used at the discretion of the church council.

Extra monies given via the special THANKSGIVING envelope are all designated to the West Seattle Food Bank and Helpline.


Designated gifts may also be made to the Endowment Fund.  The goal of the endowment fund is to actively manage the investments of money, while preserving the investment principle, to generate income to support the general budget.  Gifts to the endowment fund can be in cash or in stocks, bonds, real estate, etc.  Designated gifts made to the endowment fund can be made by simply writing “Endowment Fund” on your check or by letting the church office know that you would like your gift to go to the endowment fund.

Once again, for FLCWS members, designated gifts are above and beyond your regular giving to the church.

Please contact the pastor regarding any questions you may have about giving to FLCWS.

September 2018 – Continuing Resolution


Printed November 2018



Bishop Eaton’s Mistake


By Pastor Marshall


The Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, Elizabeth Eaton, attenuates the Gospel when she says that God doesn’t have to be “appeased” in order to set us free from our “murderous rebellion” (Living Lutheran, October 2018). But in Martin Luther’s 1544 sermon on John 3 he says just that: “Because there was no other counsel or remedy through any creature in heaven or earth to appease His eternal wrath at sin and to redeem from eternal death, the only Son of God had to take our place and become a sacrifice for our sin, through which God’s wrath would be appeased and satisfaction would be made” (Luther’s Works 78:50). This sermon fills out Luther’s Small Catechism (1529) and tells the whole truth about salvation. This is the “richer and fuller understanding” that the Small Catechism asks for in its Preface — something which Bishop Eaton has left out of her coverage of the Small Catechism.






His Romans Commentary of 1918


“If only [the Church] would not so grimly struggle to live. It can hear and proclaim the Word of God – if, without any pretensions of becoming great through the Word, and without any anxiety for the morrow, it would care only for the Truth of the Word…. If the Church were sufficiently humble to… endure patiently the sneers of the rationalists;… if it were courageous enough to keep its eyes fixed upon its own theme, to abandon all striving after, attaining, and boasting about, visible goals and successes;… if only it would bring forth good and pious people – that most obstinate species of the human genus! – by persistently and tirelessly confronting them with the hosts of men who have been justified by God, such as… Imperialists, Capitalists, and other unsympathetic persons, as for example, those who are not devoted to Social Reform; if only the Church were directed wholly and altogether towards the unknown, living, free God, and would concentrate its preaching upon the Cross of Christ – then the Church could be,… in a manner unheard of, the Church… of the righteousness of God…. But [then] the Church… must dare to begin in faith, in the ‘darkness’ of faith (Luther). And this the Church has never dared…. It is oriented to what can be seen of men…. The Church does not love the solitariness of the desert…. The Church does not wish to be a stranger in the world…. Faith, as it appears in Hebrews 11, seems to the Church too unsympathetic, too loveless, too dangerous, too unpsychological, too unpractical.”


[Karl Barth, The Epistle to the Romans (1918),

6th edition (1928) trans. Edwyn C. Hoskyns

(New York: Oxford, 1968) pp. 367–68 ].






from Phil Nesvig’s recent trip to Walla Walla, Washington.


November Book

With the Mind:  Readings in Contemporary Theology

12-2 pm in the Church Lounge, Sunday, November 18th

The book for November is C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity: A Biography (2016), by George M. Marsden, renowned historian and winner of the Bancroft prize and Merle Curti award. Based on four radio broadcasts, Mere Christianity (1952) has sold millions of copies and been translated into thirty-six languages! It is a modern day “classic” (1). It’s a simple (56, 111), clear (171) and poetic (176) presentation of basic Christian teachings – apart from any denominational confessions (182). There’s nothing like it in modern America. The Lutheran Paul Holmer makes a case for its reliability (110–11, 169). If someone you know wants to read book about Christianity, it’s probably the best one around for the general reader. (Marsden also lists a few of the standard criticism against this classic – 139–52.)

      A copy of this history of the classic by C. S. Lewis is in the library. If you would like to purchase one for yourself, contact Pastor Marshall. Feel free to attend our meeting when we discuss how to describe Christianity in simple terms.



THANKSGIVING EVE:  Thanksgiving will be observed with Holy Eucharist on Wednesday, November 21st at 7 pm, in the chapel. 

COMPASS HOUSING ALLIANCE:  Until Friday, December 14th, we will be collecting Christmas gift items for the Compass Center for both men and women.  Some suggested items to collect are: fast food, coffee shop, Target, and grocery store gift cards in $5 to $25 increments; new sweatshirts in large sizes with the tags on, underwear, flip-flops, hats and gloves in neutral colors and new toiletries in small sizes. Also, cash donations are welcome.  Please leave your donations at the office.

FREE MONEY?  Sign up for the Bartell Drugs loyalty card program and designate First Lutheran Church of West Seattle.  4% of your purchases will be automatically donated to the church.  Also has a program called Amazon Smile that one can sign up for. 

FLOWER CHART:  There are still a few spaces left for Christmas flowers. 

FOOD BANK COLLECTION suggested donation for November is holiday foods: canned yams, turkey, gravy, cranberries, stuffing and pumpkin. 

All Saints’ Join us this year for the All Saints’ Liturgy, Thursday, November 1st, for our Columbarium Liturgy and Holy Eucharist.  Plan to attend this memorial at 11:45 am in the chapel. 


Saint Nicholas Faire

Sunday, December 9th, from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm


The feast day of Saint Nicholas is coming soon and preparations are moving full steam ahead.  All we need is YOU!!! Plus we need your friends and family to come and enjoy the festivities too.  Please plan to join in the celebration. 

    We have gift baskets to bid on – kitchen items, “handy-man” items, tea, children’s activity books, Italian items, wine, storage containers, and Seahawks gear – just to highlight a few. And we have gift cards to local merchants for purchase, always a good idea for that person on your list who has everything.  Plus there will be a new twist on winning wine and beer and apple cider.  Plus wine tasting with Maryhill Winery for an additional donation.

     Admission, which helps defray any costs of putting on the event, is $5 per person or $15 per family if each attendee brings a can of food, and $10 per person and $25 per family if you do not contribute a can of food for each person. (Just a piece of info – all of this money is usually given to the Helpline and Food Bank because donors help pay the cost of hosting the Faire.)

     Again this year when you pay your admission, you will be given a BID NUMBER to use on the Silent Auction item bid sheets.  This should help to protect the privacy and security of all bidders.

     Again this year when you pay your admission, you will be entered in a drawing for a special prize.  There is no additional cost for this.  It’s just an extra for those who attend.  However, you will need to be present to collect your prize if your name is drawn.

    Sign-up sheets are now posted in the Parish House on the bulletin board between rooms C & D.  This year we are asking for donations of wine, beer, and/or sparkling cider for prizes; helpers in the kitchen and at the event; expert bakers to provide us with elegant desserts to share; and people to help close the silent auction tables and distribute the baskets to those who bid the highest.  It takes a lot of people to make the Saint Nicholas Faire a success.  Your willingness to help and support this is very much appreciated. 

     Remember, this is a fund raiser for the West Seattle Food Bank and the West Seattle Helpline.  All the money that is contributed and raised is given directly to these two deserving extended ministries.  But it will not be a success unless you come, bid on items, and have a good time! 

SEE YOU SUNDAY,  DECEMBER 9,  2018,  FROM 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM!


Larraine King


On Hell

Correcting a Wayward Lutheran Scholar


By Pastor Marshall


Even though Dr. Timothy Wengert is highly regarded as a Luther scholar worldwide, his teaching on heaven and hell in the Living Lutheran (October 2018) leaves much to be desired. (Furthermore he probably sides with Karl Barth’s statement, which he quotes, that hell is empty – even though he says that this might be going too far – which is also a weak critique of Barth. And so I think he secretly sides with him – which puts Wengert in direct violation of church teaching.)

Wengert’s right that who goes to heaven and hell is up to God, and not to us. Of course! But he is wrong that we are just to sit and wait to find out what happens.

The New Testament says we are instead to warn the world of the coming damnation punishing those not believing in Christ (John 3:36; 1 John 5:12; 2 Thessalonians 1:9).

We also know for sure that only a few go to heaven and many go to hell (Matthew 7:13-14).

And we know that hell is a “place of torment” (Luke 16:23, 28) – not a state of mind.

We also know that heaven and hell are eternal (Matthew 25:46) – and that you can’t move back and forth between the two (Luke 16:26).

Furthermore we don’t send ourselves to hell by not believing, as Wengert says. God sends us to hell by hardening us (Romans 9:18). It doesn’t depend on our will (Romans 9:16). Luther underscores this in The Bondage of the Will (which Wengert quotes, but only spottily). So according to Luther, God “saves so few and damns so many” (Luther’s Works 33:62). Therefore we have as much free will as “a stone or a log of wood” (LW 33:109).

So the same logic requires us to praise God “when he damns the undeserving as when he saves the unworthy” (LW 33:208). You can’t have grace without wrath.

Therefore we don’t know who is going to heaven and who is going to hell. Nor do we decide who is going to heaven and who is going to hell. But we do know whoever believes and is baptized will be saved (Mark 16:16; Small Catechism 4.8 – contra the Biblical critics who dismiss these last verses of Mark’s Gospel as inauthentic). It’s just that we don’t know who believes individually.

People can fake it, after all (Jeremiah 17:9) – and fool any and all of us. God is the only one who cannot be fooled – for he is the only one who can see into our hearts (1 Samuel 16:7).

But that doesn’t mean that we don’t know anything at all about heaven and hell. We know plenty – and it’s all scary. No wonder then that the brightest say that we don’t.


Raising Eleven Children

A Factory of Joy


By Pastor Marshall


Bruce and Bonnie Dike have been worshipping with us for about two years. They commute from Issaquah where they moved to from Missouri in 2000. In Missouri they raised eleven kids (no twins or triplets) – six girls and five boys, born between 1980 and 1999 – with a son named Malcolm (almost) in the middle – before there was that popular TV show. Why stop at eleven? After the last one was born, then simply, no more babies arrived. Didn’t they know they are cheaper by the dozen? Well, maybe, but it was out of their hands. When young couples tell them they aren’t ready yet to have children, they say: “No one ever is! If there is a right time, it’s right now!”

     Bruce and Bonnie both grew up outside of Lansing, Michigan – Bruce being a couple years older. They were high school sweethearts and attended Michigan State University together. At an early age Bruce learned to play the violin and Bonnie the cello. Bruce elected to earn his bachelor and master degrees in mathematics. But both played their instruments to pay their way through college – with Bonnie getting her degree in music. Over the years Bruce has worked for McDonnell-Douglas in Missouri and Boeing in Seattle. Bonnie has been a home maker – and also educated her children at home. Their youngest two children are now in college and so since 2017 they are empty-nesters. Both Bonnie and Bruce still play their instruments. Bonnie is teaching some yoga classes now that she has some extra time. “Why should the Hindus have all the fun!” – she says.

     How did they raise so many kids? Bonnie and Bruce’s siblings just shake their heads when they think of their large family. Both of them say their home was a “factory of joy.” The few problems they had raising their children pale when compared to the happiness they had together. Whatever difficulties they had are forgotten! For summer vacation they would rent a fifteen passenger van, load it with camping gear and head out on an adventure – every year. After their third child was born, the family dynamics didn’t change much when the others were born. They just went from a man-to-man defense to a zone defense (football jargon). At their peak there were five cars in the drive way; 3 full bathrooms; and six bedrooms. The kids policed their own bathrooms – one for the girls and one for the boys. All the children get along. No jealousy, then or now. Everyone was too busy at home for there to be enough emotional gasoline for any major drama. Bruce would always have the kids help with his tasks around the house – including working on their fleet of cars.

     How did they pay for it all? It helped that Bruce was granted steady and rewarding employment. All the children have gone to college (but not all have graduated yet). Bonnie and Bruce have assisted them with their educational expenses (with their kids attending affordable public universities). Seven of them are married. One daughter has six children of her own (Bruce and Bonnie have thirteen grandchildren at last count.). There are two keys to their success. Thrift and economy is the first – both of money and activity. They discovered the truth of 1 Kings 17:16 – that the cruse of oil never fails and the jar of meal never goes empty! And when occasional stirrings arose, Bruce often counseled 1 Timothy 6:8 – “and having food and raiment let us be therewith content” – and then he usually gave in. Next is Mom and Dad learning more from their independent and strong-headed children than what they gave them – being that they believed there were and are strong divine arms holding them all together. Both Bonnie and Bruce said they couldn’t manipulate them even if they wanted to (which they learned early on not to try). Their children are from God and belong to Him and so they are only loving guardians and stewards of their upbringing. Parenting is a beloved Christian duty – but also the most wonderful adventure of their lives.

     Eight of their children were born at home with a midwife and a wonderful home doctor (who was from Jamaica – and became a family friend), all with successful deliveries. The children were all healthy and required little medical care growing up – except for one who was seriously ill for several months, but made a full recovery. All their children learned to play a musical instrument. All were baptized and many of them attend church. Seven are married – all to fine people. What a story, wouldn’t you say? Give thanks to God for the Dike family! And keep an eye out for their children when they visit and attend church together. Some already have. And, oh yes, their names are Emily, Julia, Byron, Margaret, Charlotte, George, Malcolm, Elizabeth, Wesley, Robert and Madeleine.



1 Corinthians 13.11

Monthly Home Bible Study, November 2018, Number 309

The Reverend Ronald F. Marshall

Along with our other regular study of Scripture, let us join as a congregation in this home study. We will study alone then talk informally about the assigned verses together as we have opportunity. In this way we can "gather together around the Word" even though physically we will not be getting together (Acts 13.44). (This study uses the RSV translation.)

We need to support each other in this difficult project. In 1851 Kierkegaard wrote that the Bible is "an extremely dangerous book....[because] it is an imperious book... – it takes the whole man and may suddenly and radically change... life on a prodigious scale" (For Self-Examination). And in 1967 Thomas Merton wrote that "we all instinctively know that it is dangerous to become involved in the Bible" (Opening the Bible). Indeed this word "kills" us (Hosea 6.5) because we are "a rebellious people" (Isaiah 30.9)! As Lutherans, however, we are still to "abide in the womb of the Word" (Luther's Works 17.93) by constantly "ruminating on the Word" (LW 30.219) so that we may "become like the Word" (LW 29.155) by thinking "in the way Scripture does" (LW 25.261). Before you study then, pray: "Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in Our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen" (quoted in R. F. Marshall, Making A New World: How Lutherans Read the Bible, 2003, p. 12). And don’t give up, for as Luther said, we “have in Scripture enough to study for all eternity” (LW 75:422)!

Week I. Read 1 Corinthians 13.11 noting the line I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. What’s that like? On this read Ephesians 4.14 noting the words tossed, carried, doctrine, cunning, craftiness and deceitful. This is about doctrinal instability and personal gullibility. Kids don’t hold on to the traditions of old, nor do they dig in and resist fads and trends – ungrounded in Holy Scriptures. On these two points read 2 Thessalonians 2.15 and 1 Corinthians 15.58. What prevents the immature from doing these things? On this read Galatians 1.10 noting the contrast between pleasing and serving. Where does this childish flexibility come from? On this read 1 Thessalonians 2.13 noting the contrast between word of men and word of God. If it is the first, then we have a lot of latitude and freedom to act and think the way we want. Do kids love being free of all discipline? On this read 1 Timothy 3.4 noting the words manage, submissive and respectful. How do you like that?

Week II. Read again 1 Corinthians 13.11 noting the same line I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. Why don’t children like being disciplined in their thoughts and thinking? On this read Hebrews 12.11 noting the word pleasant. On this word see 2 Timothy 3.4 noting the line lovers of pleasurer rather than lovers of God. How does pleasure take us over like that? On this read Galatians 5.17 noting the words against and opposed. Because of this contestation and confrontation, many believers capitulate to our base and vile flesh – in order to avoid conflict. That leaves us childlike. Why’s this a problem for us? On this read Ecclesiastes 9.18 noting the line one sinner destroys much good. So caving into the flesh is a disaster. Wallowing in the flesh brings about the list of failures in Galatians 5.19–23, where self-control is central. If the flesh runs free then those horrible works listed in Galatians 5 quickly follow. This is precisely what maturity resists. Do you agree?

Week III. Reread 1 Corinthians 13.11 noting again the line I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. Any other childlike traits? On this read Hosea 4.6 noting the line lack of knowledge. Immature thought therefore rests on flimsy evidence. So when kids think – they make up stuff. Their thought is fantastical. But without factual grounding what they come up with isn’t very helpful. Note also the hate for knowledge in Proverbs 1.22 and the foolishness that comes with it. Childlike thought is also fixated on itself. On this read the Golden Rule Luke 6.31 noting the form as to you, so to them. This parallel is not found in selfish, childlike thinking. This parallel is also based on the living sacrifice in Romans 12.1. What do you make of that and how does it help us raise children to think properly in our own time? Do these sacrifices make us less selfish? On this read 2 Corinthians 6.13 noting the line I speak to you children, widen your hearts. This widening brings in others to improve our condition. It also enables us to practice the parallel in the Golden Rule.

Week IV. Read 1 Corinthians 13.11 one last time noting that line I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child again. What other childish traits might there be? On this read 1 Corinthians 14.20–22 noting the distinction between tongues with believers and unbelievers. Without distinctions – like this one – confusion follows and mature thinking comes to an end. How can distinctions do that? On this read 2 Timothy 2.15 noting the phrase rightly handling or dividing. By keeping matters in their own place, our thinking about them won’t become reckless. Note also the words correction and profitable in 2 Timothy 3.16. Childish corrections aren’t constructive or profitable. In part that is because, as we’ve seen, they lack that parallel recorded in Luke 6.31. Read also Proverbs 28.23 noting the unlikely favoring of rebuking over flattery. Kids turn it around the other way. Nevertheless flattery isn’t the way to go. Finally note the place of quiet and shame in mature thinking according to Proverbs 9.13. Why are kids shameless and noisy? Why does the opposite matter so? On this see the sequence – considering and buying – in maintaining property in Proverbs 31.16. Do you agree?



Remember in prayer before God those whom He has made your

brothers and sisters through baptism.

Bob & Barbara Schorn, Eileen Nestoss, Marlis Ormiston, Aasha Sagmoen & Ajani Hammond, Kyra Stromberg, Melanie Johnson, Matt Anderson, Cristian Clemente, Jeannine & Gregory Lingle, Milly Nikula, Larraine King, Tabitha Anderson, The PLU Lecturers, Celia Balderston, The Rev. John Hinderlie, The Rev. Paul Smith, The Rev. Dan Peterson, Sheila Feichtner, Ion & Galina Ceaicovschi, Deanne & Lucy Heflin, Jim & Hillary Thoren, Bessie Cook, Rubina & Marcos Carmona, Judy Beach, Sharon Cooper, Stephanie & Magnolia Juhl, Emily Cole, Harold Jensen, Yuriko Nishimura, Maddie Harris, Marylou & Paul Jensen, Chris & Margeen Boyer, Mary Hanson, Brad Baker, Linda Jacobin, Antonio, Jessica, Scott & Sanny Paulson and pray for those recovering from the mass shooting at the Jewish synagogue, Tree of Life Congregation, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

     Pray for the shut-ins that the light of Christ may give them joy: Bob & Mona Ayer, Bob & Barbara Schorn, Joan Olson, Chuck & Doris Prescott, C. J. Christian, Anelma Meeks, Dorothy Ryder, Lillian Schneider, Crystal Tudor, Nora Vanhala, Mary Goplerud, Martin Nygaard.

     Pray for the new members that they may all the more rejoice in Christ and serve him with diligence:  Pray for Earl Mathias (Matt) Anderson who transferred from Silverdale Lutheran Church.

     Pray for those who have suffered the death of a loved one:  Pray that God will bear their grief and lift their hearts:  Pray for the family and friends of Mildred Nikula, who died in Irving California, on the 30th of September.

     Pray for our bishops Elizabeth Eaton and Brian Kirby Unti, our pastor Ronald Marshall, our deacon Dean Hard and our cantor Andrew King, that they may be strengthened in faith, love and the holy office to which they have been called.

     Pray that God would give us hearts which find joy in service and in celebration of Stewardship.  Pray that God would work within you to become a good steward of your time, your talents and finances.  Pray to strengthen the Stewardship of our congregation in these same ways.

     Pray for the hungry, ignored, abused, and homeless this November.  Pray for the mercy of God for these people, and for all in Christ's church to see and help those who are in distress.

     Pray for our sister congregation:  El Camino de Emmaus in the Skagit Valley that God may bless and strengthen their ministry.  Also, pray for our parish and it's ministry.

     Pray that God will bless you through the lives of the saints:  Saint Andrew, the Apostle.



A Treasury of Prayers


O Lord God, I know that you are the end for which I was created, and that I can expect no happiness but in you. I know that you will carry me through this life to that eternal glory – and this out of the excess of your pure mercy, unworthy as I am of your care for me. Give me strength, fill me with your love, rule my heart, that with all my heart, I may love you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

                                                                                 [For All the Saints I:44, altered]