St Andrew Lutheran Church 
4420 Center Point Rd NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
(319) 393-4021
www.standrewlutheran.org
 

Harvest Update
Thank you all who showed up to help with the fall harvest! After starting the harvest we found that the sweet potatoes need more time so we will plan again for late October.



 
PENTECOST XVII
September 20, 2015
 
"Teaching and Learning"
 
     Throughout the Bible, both the Old and New Testament, the importance of teaching is repeated over and over.  In the Book of Deuteronomy, which is only the fifth book of the Bible, Moses speaks to the Hebrew people as they near the Promised Land.  He reminds them of how God brought them out of slavery in Egypt, how he provided food for them in the desert,  how God is faithful to them and has given them the Ten Commandments by which to live.  Chapter six begins with the admonition to continue in God's ways, to teach their children and all future generations, so that they would continue to live in harmony with God and one another.

     Teaching, learning, questioning, and understanding are referenced so often in our Bible that it is apparent this is not a collection of stories or a list of rules by which we should live.  It is the living word of God, given to us to study, to learn more completely, and to give our genuine, thoughtful attention.

    All four of the Gospels frequently refer to Jesus' ministry as including teaching, preaching, healing, and showing care and compassion to all.  Matthew 4 tells us of Jesus beginning his ministry in Galilee (v. 23) "teaching in the synagogue and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom."  It is meaningful to share the second chapter of Luke with children,  as we are told the story of a 12-year-old Jesus going with his family to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover, When they left for home in a large group of travelers, he stayed behind.  After a frantic search, his parents find him in the temple, "sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions." (v. 46).  The Gospels of Mark and John describe Jesus as a teacher of considerable skill.  He used parables and examples of everyday life to communicate his message, listened to questions, and interacted with those who came to hear him.

      Learning takes place in such a wide variety of ways -- through oral traditions and inspired writing, in homes, or in religious and educational institutions, but it is never-ending as an important part of the human existence.  The ability to comprehend and appreciate God's love and care for us, and how to be his people here and now is a gift from God.  The learning/teaching combination is never-ending, for as we learn, we are better able to teach, and through sharing with one another, we are strengthened to reach out in love and service to those who need the message of the Good News.
 

Your friend in Christ,
Mary Rogers
Worship Times
Holy Communion
  Saturday 5:30 pm
  Sunday 9:30 am
 

 

Christian Education
  Youth 10:45 am  
  Adult 10:45 am

 

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