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The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
1. Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.
4 “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’
5 “But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.
13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”
Praise to the Lord
Lord, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done wonderful things,
things planned long ago.
2 You have made the city a heap of rubble,
the fortified town a ruin,
the foreigners’ stronghold a city no more;
it will never be rebuilt.
3 Therefore strong peoples will honor you;
cities of ruthless nations will revere you.
4 You have been a refuge for the poor,
a refuge for the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the storm
and a shade from the heat.
For the breath of the ruthless
is like a storm driving against a wall
5 and like the heat of the desert.
You silence the uproar of foreigners;
as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud,
so the song of the ruthless is stilled.
6 On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare
a feast of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine—
the best of meats and the finest of wines.
7 On this mountain he will destroy
the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations;
8 he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears
from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace
from all the earth.
The Lord has spoken.
9 In that day they will say,
“Surely this is our God;
we trusted in him, and he saved us.
This is the Lord, we trusted in him;
let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”
Thanks for Their Gifts
10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me.Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica,you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. 17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrantoffering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me.Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. 14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.
The Secret of Contentment.
If I Am
Well Fed or Hungry
Have Plenty or In Want
I Can Do All Things through Christ Who Give me Strength
18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
15 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.
Annual Christmas Program
PRACTICES WILL BEGIN THIS SUNDAY AFTER CHURCH!
This year the kids will lead the singing portion of the worship service on Sunday, December 6. We will practice right after church until about 12:15 throughout November. Practice will also take place every Wednesday during kids class.
You can also have your kids listen to the songs through Youtube when you're at home. The link faithbentonville.com/practice
has a list (will be active on 10/29) of all the videos.
There are quite a few confirmation students who participate in children's church as helpers and are more than welcome to join in on the singing. Please ask your pre-teen/teen if he or she would also like to participate in the program!
Jr High Retreat
Anyone in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade can come to the Linkt Retreat.
Lutheran Camp on Petit Jean Mountain
Leave after school on Friday, return before dinner on Sunday
Cost is $110
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information/sign up.
We had a great time last winter, and it is going to be even better this year!
More info and online payment at faithbentonville.com/news/linkt-jr-high-fall-retreat-15
Retreat Scholarship Donations
Loose change, big gifts, anything you can spare! There will be a special donation basket at the back of the church on Sunday, October 25 for contributions toward the junior high retreat. Students will be able to earn scholarship money for the trip by completing chores around the church.
If you would like to give now, Head to faithbentonville.com/giving
Women's Prayer And Share
Sundays at 6:30 at the Escher's
We're meeting next week, Nov. 1!
We'll be doing outdoor and indoor clean-up on Saturday, November 14. Meet any time between 7 am and noon. We'll head to lunch afterwards.
Saturday GAME Night!
Meet in The Source (6:00-8:00 pm, Nov. 14) for a laid back evening of games and snacks. Bring your favorite snack and board/card game to share. All ages are welcome!
Fall Wednesday Classes
Students in grades 7 and 8 or who have not completed confirmation yet will meet with Pastor Cris and Jeff Pracht.
Kids in grades 6 and younger will rotate through classes with Karra Pracht, Athina Manirath, and Coli Escher in a similar style to VBS.
The Basics Of Faith
Wednesdays 6:15 pm
Join Matt Yeager's community group on Wednesday as they go though Luther's catechisms.
Connecting New Women Group
Every Wednesday until mid-November at 6:15 pm at Faith
Led by Cher Evans
Open to any woman in the area who wants to study and discuss ''After the Boxes Are Unpacked''
Women's Bible Study
"Bad Girls of the Bible"
Nov 1. (chapter 9) and Nov. 15 (chapter 10)
Faith at 9 am
Meet at Panera every Friday at 7 am
Up next reading/discussing Old Testament prophets
Schommer's Community Group
2nd and 4th Tuesday
Beginning a prayer study on October 13
We will be meeting on the 1st Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm.
Gusanos In Bentonville at 6:30