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This Sunday at Bethel
— 15th Sunday after Pentecost
The book of Jonah is a wonderful and rather comic story about a prophet who tells people to repent and then worries that they will.
Jonah is afraid that the people of Ninevah—the capital of Israel’s great enemy, Assyria--will change their hearts and that God will forgive them. He really doesn’t want to see people change their ways—he’d rather see people punished. When God then does forgive the people of Ninevah, Jonah says, “I’d rather die.”
It’s a story about how sometimes we want to see people punished for their misdeeds, because somehow it makes us feel better. But God’s generosity is much greater than ours. God doesn't want to see people punished for their sins; he would rather that people turn toward the right. If they do, even if their turning comes late in the day, God is eager to offer forgiveness and new life. As Psalm 145 says, “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”
The adult education class “Faith Out Loud” continues this Sunday, meeting at 8:45 a.m.
See you in church,
The Bethel Lutheran Food Pantry is open every Saturday from 9am - 11am. Part of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, we serve those in need in Rolling Meadows, Palatine and Arlington Heights. Click Bethel News for more detailed information on this community outreach program.
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