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Restored by Grace


22nd Sunday after Pentecost - October 24, 2021

The word for today is restoration. Both the Old Testament reading and the psalm speak of God’s restoration of the people of Israel, gathering them from sorrowful exile into joyful community. The gospel tells the story of Jesus healing Bartimaeus, restoring his sight in response to his faith. Today we do not have the same understanding of “clean” and “unclean” people; however, those who are sick still need restoration. There are people who are hospitalized for extended periods of time who need to be restored to the community. There are folks in nursing homes who long for the connections they once had to a worshiping community. There are people in prison who are cut off. There are even people who have been hurt or disappointed by the church who need restoration.

This same Jesus, the letter to the Hebrews reminds us, is our great high priest who continually restores us to right relationship with God. This hope of restoration is echoed in the reading from Jeremiah. Here God promises to gather and restore the people of Israel from their exile.

This promise of restoration is acted out through worship. Much of what happens in worship is concerned with restoration. In the word, in the meal, in confession and forgiveness, we are restored to wholeness (and holiness) with God and with one another. In the sharing of the peace we act out the restoration and reconciliation we all need. In the Lord’s Prayer we ask, “forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.” What is this if not a plea for restoration? This restoration is not through our own merit, but through the love of Christ and the faith we have been given.

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Messiah Lutheran Church
2691 NE Pine Island Rd
Cape Coral, Florida 33909
Phone 239.995.0133
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Sip 'N' Munch

Wednesday - October 20

First Round Draft Brewery
1217 DelPrado Blvd S.
Cape Coral FL 33990

 

Wednesday - October 27

Fin's Seafood and Dive Bar
3422 DelPrado Blvd S.
Cape Coral FL 33904

 

Wednesday - November 3

Nestor's Restaurant
4400 Hancock Bridge Pkwy
North Fort Myers FL 33903

 

Wednesday - November 10

Applebee's
15151 N. Cleveland Ave
North Fort Myers FL 33909
 

Wednesday - November 17

Paradise Deli and Grill
2378 Surfside Blvd.
​​​​​​​Cape Coral FL 33991

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