St. Peter Lutheran Church
St. Luke 17:11-17
November 28, 2013
“Let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord” Ps 107:43
In the holy name of Jesus.
Whoso is wise and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord. Ps. 107:43
Jesus often walks in the borderlands.
That’s where the Lord so often appears. Out on the margins of society. Among the poor. Among the desperate, sinful. Among those who have been knocked down by God’s hand.
There He lifts up those who are cast down. He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water. And there he lets the hungry dwell, and they establish a city to live in; they sow fields and plant vineyards and get a fruitful yield. By his blessing they multiply greatly, and he does not let their livestock diminish. (Ps 107:33-38)
The pilgrims who celebrated the first thanksgiving knew this and experienced it. They left England because they believed that it was against God’s will for churches to be under any government besides that of the local congregation and because they thought the Church of England’s use of ceremonies like vestments and stoles was sinful, leftovers of the Pope.
They wouldn’t like our Thanksgiving service this morning.