Luke 10:1-11 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two
10 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two[a] others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.
5 “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.
8 “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you.9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’
Luke 10:16-20 New International Version (NIV)
16 “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Galatians 5:1 New International Version (NIV)
Freedom in Christ
5 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Galatians 5:13-25 New International Version (NIV)
Life by the Spirit
13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
Luke 8:26-39 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man
26 They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes,[a] which is across the lake from Galilee. 27 When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” 29 For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.
30 Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. 31 And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.
32 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission.33 When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
34 When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, 35 and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 36 Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. 37 Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them,because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.
38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.
Romans 5:1-5 New International Version (NIV)
Peace and Hope
5 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b]boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Get a little midweek perspective and pause tomorrow evening (Wednesday, June 19th)! Head “over the hill” to Alta to join Shepherd of the Mountains and friends for this half-hour meditative service of song and silence. The gracious St. Francis of the Tetons is hosting. Enjoy fellowship on the other side of the Tetons before or after!
The drive on Wednesday, June 19th will run from 11AM until 5:30PM and on Thursday, June 20th the drive will run from 7:30AM until 12:00 NOON. With the longer drive, our goal is now to collect 115 units of blood. Please help us reach this goal by making an appointment at www.vitalant.org or by calling 1-877-827-4376. The Need is Constant, The Gratification Instant.
Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church is thrilled to host an ecumenical reception and presentation for our community with special guest Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, President & CEO of LIRS (Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services) on Monday, May 20th. The event will be held at the church at 750 Seneca Lane (Indian Trails subdivision). The reception will begin at 4:30 pm; the presentation will start at 5:30 pm.
LIRS was founded in 1939 to serve uprooted people during World War II, and today is nationally recognized for its leadership working with and advocating for refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, immigrants in detention, families fractured by migration and other vulnerable populations.
Vignarajah brings both personal experience and professional expertise to her work with LIRS. After fleeing a civil war in Sri Lanka, she attended public schools in Baltimore before earning degrees at Yale, Oxford, and Yale Law School. She served as Senior Advisor at the State Department under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry, and then worked in the White House as Policy Director to Michelle Obama.
“As a community, we have local knowledge about immigration and refugees – I have learned so much from Rotary presentations by Elisabeth Trefonas, and from “The Quiet Force” film and panel discussion,” the pastor of Shepherd of the Mountains, Inger Hanson, shares. “LIRS excites me because of its impact on a national level – especially its advocacy for policy reforms. I also appreciate the organization’s comprehensiveness, working on the laws for the future as well as being engaged on a gritty level making things better now – offering hope and welcome to those in need now. I can’t wait to learn more.”
Join us on Monday to hear directly from Vignarajah on a number of topics, including family separation, the humanitarian crisis at the border, and the historic drop in refugee arrivals.
For more information on LIRS, see www.lirs.org