Worship at Gloria Dei Saturdays 5:00pm, Sundays 9:00am and 10:30am

Super Bowl Weekend

The Super Bowl is one of the most watched sporting events every year. And although it is watched by so many in this country, it is also broadcast around the world. Companies pay millions of dollars to have their ads run for 30 seconds because they know so many people will be paying attention.

When all is said and done, and when the last pass is thrown and the final play is run, only one team will be the winner. Half the fans watching will be very happy, and the other half will be disappointed. (Although many don’t really care who wins, and watch the game as a great way to get together with friends and family and to see which commercials are the most creative).

As a congregation we are reading and preaching through the book of Matthew. We are currently reading sections from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew chapters 5 through 7. Matthew 5:1-2 says “When Jesus saw the crowds he went up on the mountain… and then he began to speak and teach them.”

Jesus was not only teaching to his twelve disciples, he was teaching the crowds. And the great thing, even today, about preaching the word of God, is that everyone can receive Good News. Jesus’ message does not exclude half of the crowd. All can hear the Good News of hope, love, forgiveness, and grace. A life lived with Jesus is a life filled with purpose, and it is available and proclaimed for all people to hear and come to faith.

I invite you to proclaim this good news with your whole life. Let people see Christ when they see you. For this weekend in worship, please read Matthew 6:1-18. We learn that the words and actions that give glory to God are meant to be shined for all to see, but that we are not to act piously only to show off and bring glory to ourselves. If you can, read all three chapters of The Sermon on the Mount.

One more thing: As we do each year on Super Bowl weekend, we will have the Change for Change baskets at the front of the sanctuary. One will be for the Chiefs, the other will be for the 49ers. Bring your change or dollar bills and vote for who you want to win. And the real winner is the fight against hunger, as all the Change for Change from this weekend, and throughout the years, goes to help feed hungry people both here in Sioux Falls and around the world.

See you in worship,
Pastor Tim