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Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (LCMS)
3625 SW Wanamaker Road
Topeka, Kansas. 66614
785 271 0808
Pastor Kevin DeHope

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5th Sunday of Pentecost

Saturday, June 22, 2024 

at 5:00 pm


Sunday, June 23, 2024 

at 10:00 am

Weekly Readings

First Reading

Job 38:1-11

Second Reading

2 Corinthians 6:1-13

The Gospel Reading

Mark 4:35-41

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Worship Service

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Pastor DeHope's June 13th Message

Dear friends in Christ,

Sometimes people have a problem with church because they expect to see the saints of God, and what they find instead are a bunch of sinners. This can be disheartening, but there's always room for one more, right? We always hope for the best, but reality is sometimes different. Even shiny "new" minivans sometimes turn out to be less than picture perfect. No matter the case, we're quick to jump to judgements and conclusions all too quickly before the time is ripe, before we have the facts. In our Thursday Bible study on the Gospel of John we looked at ch. 12 where Jesus is at a dinner party in his honor after having raised Lazarus from the dead. He anointed there at Bethany in preparation for his burial that was yet to come with the expensive ointment made of pure nard as Mary wipes his feet with her hair. You might recall the Judas objects that this should be sold, and the money given to the poor (after he helps himself to a portion, because he's a thief, and he carries the moneybag). 

With the feeding of the 5,000 this is the only other account found in all 4 gospels. Matthew, Mark, and Luke share with us that it wasn't just Judas who saw this grand gesture as wastefully extravagant. Luke's account (Luke 7:36-50) contains even more juicy details - They are at the house of Simon the Leper who obviously was no longer afflicted by it, or Levitical law would have forbidden him to associate with others. (Some scholars believe this is the same man healed of leprosy in Matthew ch. 8 when Jesus had come down from the sermon on the mount). Even though Simon was cured, and knew Jesus and his forgiveness, he's quick to judge Mary for her sins (though unsubstantiated) to the point of questioning Jesus’ judgement in even letting her near him. I encourage you to read the account and let it sink in. There's a heavy dose of hypocrisy there which is something Jesus points out and preaches against throughout the New Testament. 

Now look in the mirror. We do those same things all the time, even without thinking, even when we don't mean to. Oh, how we love to compare ourselves to others, and even brag to God about it. We're quick to condemn our neighbor - to help them with the speck in their eye without first removing the plant from our own. We regularly fail to be those living saints God has called us to be. Here's the good news friends - that same forgiveness that is for Mary, for Simon, for the disciples - even Judas, is for you too! Look at how patiently and kindly Jesus calls Simon to repentance, calls him back to himself. He who is forgiven much, loves much.

Let us not object or complain when we see God being wastefully extravagant with his gifts of forgiveness, love and

mercy in the cross of Christ. Let us not jump to conclusions and assume the worst of others. Instead let us love and serve our neighbor in joy and rejoice at what they have been given and forgiven. We too are the beneficiaries of these priceless treasures. We too have been forgiven much, because God first loved us! 

Blessings on your week dear friends.

Pastor DeHope



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