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Sent with the Seventy


Fourth Sunday after Pentecost - July 3, 2022

Close your eyes and picture Jesus and his followers together. Most likely people either picture Jesus sitting around with the twelve disciples or standing in the midst of thousands preaching and teaching. Yet in today’s gospel Jesus has seventy followers close enough that he trusts them to be sent out in pairs to heal the sick and announce that God has come near. Seventy trusted preachers. Thirty-five pairs of preachers telling the good news of God. So telling the story is clearly not to be limited to the twelve disciples. The good news is meant to be shared far and wide by those who trust Jesus and follow him.

This is a reminder to all of the followers of Jesus of every time and place. Sharing the good news is not just the responsibility of “professionals” like clergy. Sharing the good news is the calling of everyone who follows Jesus.

Consider the assignment Jesus gives to the ones he sends. First, they are sent to cure the sick. Second, they proclaim that “the kingdom of God has come near.” It has been said that “you don’t throw a drowning person a sandwich.” Jesus sends the seventy out with not only words of comfort but with acts of grace as well.

God’s people are sent out into the world to serve in the name of Jesus each time they gather for worship. In this gospel text we are again reminded that the gospel message is to be shared in more than just words. We share the message by welcoming others, sharing bread with the hungry, and offering compassion to the afflicted. Yet our baptism also reminds us that God has first come near to us in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ—a relationship that is like a mother comforting a child. The promise that God is near in Christ compels us to live faithfully and compassionately, wherever our journeys take us.

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Messiah Lutheran Church
2691 NE Pine Island Rd
Cape Coral, Florida 33909
Phone 239.995.0133
Fax 239.314.3082
Mobile 239.217.6227
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    The Parish Office
    will be closed on Fridays
    during the Summer.

Sunday

  • in-Person Worship Service
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Upcoming Events

Sip 'N' Munch - July 2022

PLEASE NOTE A SCHEDULE CHANGE
Sip ‘N’ Munch will be meeting on the
First and Third Wednesdays ONLY
during the summer months.

FIRST WEDNESDAY
Wednesday—July 6, 2022
Panera Bread
1830 NE Pine Island Rd
Cape Coral, FL 33909

 

THIRD WEDNESDAY
Wednesday—July 20, 2022
Brooke’s Restaurant and Lounge
4450 Hancock Bridge Pkwy
North Fort Myers FL 33903

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