Jesus says, “Come to Me…!
I have been trying to clean up my
books and papers in my office over this summer and while doing this I happened
to rediscover a Small Catechism helps book that was published in 1929. I can’t
remember where I copied this book from and it has no title page included in its
64 pages. My investigation identified it as “Pilgrims of the Narrow Way, the
Catechism in Story” written by Theodore Graebner and published by a German
printing house in 1929 (Enblin and Laiblin of Reutlingen, Germany). It is a book
filled with true accounts and stories that illustrate the meanings of each of
the different parts of Luther’s Small Catechism. I would like to share with you
the story that is included with the Fourth Commandment. The illustration that
accompanies this story is Gustave Dore’s drawing of “The Death of Absalom”, King
David’s rebellious son. I believe it is included to make the point of this story
much more clear. More on this at the end
of the story.
What a single word may do! And how exactly the most effective word is
always used in
Scripture! This thought occurred to me when I heard of any old man whose
delight was in the word “Come!” Through this word he had been led to
Christ. He was
still a child when he lost his parents. A well-meaning woman received the
boy into her
home and her intention was to educate him. But she did not use the right
favorite word would be “Go!” “John, go to church.” And when John was not
eager to go
all by himself, the woman called him a wicked boy. Thus he grew up with a
dislike of the
church and of the Word of God in his heart. Later in
Later in life he married, and soon a great change took place. Marie, his
wife, would say:
“Come, John, let us go to church!” Or: “Are you too tired to attend Bible
Come, I will go with you!” At another time, “Come, John, read to me from
Witness! I will sew, while you are reading!” There was something
irresistible in that
One evening John was reading the Bible and had come upon the words: “Come
all ye that labor and are heavy laden, I will give you rest.” “Marie!” he
called, “the Bible
is just like you, and I begin to feel its attraction as I never felt it
before.” “Why, John,”
said Marie, beaming with happiness and laying her arm around his
shoulders, “that is
splendid news. But what do you mean by saying that I am like the Book?”
“Why, I mean
that you are not like my foster mother. She always used to say: ‘Go!’ But
you say: ‘Come!’
And that is just the language of the Bible, as I am beginning to learn.”
Later he found other passages containing the Gospel invitation: “Come
now, and let us
Reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they
shall be as white
As snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Or this
one: “Ho, every
One that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money:
come ye, buy and
Eat; yea, come buy wine and milk without money and without price.” And
The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say Come.
And let him that
Is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life
freely.” And finally:
“Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom which is prepared for
you from the
Beginning of the world!”
Marie went to heaven long ago, but her last words were these: “John, I am
going to the Lord;
You come too, so that we can meet again, and promise me to teach our
children the Way on
Which they can find Him!”
As often as John finds the word “Come!” in his Bible, he seems to hear
Marie’s voice, and to
His children he does not say “Go!” but: “Come to the Lord!”
Has not many a failure in Christian education its true cause right here,
that there has been
Too much “Go!” and too little “Come!”
Now as to the use of Dore’s woodcut, “The Death of Absalom.” As you read the
Scripture’s picture of King David as a father, you come to find that he was most
often an absentee father, if not an over-indulging father who failed to
discipline his children in a Godly way. We find little evidence of David
involved in the spiritual teaching of his children. Though we find evidence of
his own godly way of life we find little evidence of him leading his children by
both word and example of this godliness. In fact, we find that he does not
rightly bring God’s Word to bear in his children’s lives when such is shown as
the solution for internal strife in his family (to read more of this read the
whole sordid affair of two of his children, each by a different mother, and the
hands off attitude that David takes with this mess as found in 2 Samuel Chapter
13). Did David think that his children would naturally come to God’s knowledge
of the Truth? Did he think that
It was someone else’s responsibility to bring up his children in the way of the
Lord? If so he was mistaken. God’s grace and teaching of His marvelous grace
begins and continues in the home. Teaching our children to know Godly right and
wrong, His holy Commandments, begins and continues in the home and even when
children leave the home. This is parental responsibility to teach our children
what sin is from God’s holy perspective of the Word. And as this is taught so
also must the forgiveness of sin be taught as the Gospel is instructed not only
in Word but more importantly in deed, parents showing and sharing through real
life situations how Jesus forgives sinners, fathers, mothers, sons and
daughters. Fathers and mothers must be heard saying to their children, “Come
with us to church where Jesus comes to us in Word and indeed!” We say with the
psalmist: “I was glad when they said unto me, “(Come,) Let us go into the house
of the Lord! (Psalm 122:1)”
Luther’s friend Justus Jonas
in 1524 wrote an eight-stanza paraphrase of Psalm 124. In contrast to the
smooth-flowing style of Jonas,
Luther’s paraphrase of the same psalm was shorter, more rugged and closer
to the text of the psalm. After Luther’s version was published in Walter’s
Wittenberg hymnal of 1524, both his and Jonas’s paraphrased were included in
Our Martin Luther Hymn of the Month for June
"If God Had Not Been on Our Side"
by Martin Luther, 1483-1546
1. If God had not been on our side
And had not come to aid us,
with all their power and pride
Would surely have dismayed us;
For we, His
flock, would have to fear
The threat of men both far and near
Who rise in
might against us.
2. Their furious wrath, did God permit,
Would surely have consumed us
as a deep and yawning pit
With life and limb entombed us.
Like men o'er
whom dark waters roll
Their wrath would have engulfed our soul
And, like a
flood, o'erwhelmed us.
3. Blest be the Lord, who foiled their threat
That they could not devour us;
Our souls, like birds, escaped their net,
They could not overpower us.
snare is boken-we are free!
Our help is ever, Lord, in Thee,
earth and heaven.
Confirmation & Jesus
Company will start classes on September 13th
We pray the children will grow in
their faith in Jesus as their Savior. The children
will have a snack when they arrive at 3:30 and have a short time of
Parents may pick up their children at 5:15.
It would be great to have all the
children of our congregation join us
Please pray for our children and
encourage them in their faith
by your prayers
and Christian example.
ORHPAN GRAIN TRAIN BOILED FISH FEED
Sunday, August 13th
Serving 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
FREE WILL OFFERING
Reformation At the Fair…
Will sponsor a
booth at the Cottonwood County fair emphasizing the 500 year anniversary of the
Reformation as well information about the special community service coming up in
October and our church in general. We would like to have someone at the booth in
the late afternoon and early evening hours Thursday August 17th through Saturday
August 19th. Please consider if you can help. There will be a signup sheet in
Reformation Coffee Hour…
the coffee time again - after church on Sunday, August 20th, with proceeds
going to the new red paraments fund.
LYF Beach Party…Will
be held on Sunday, August 13th at the Bingham Lake beach property of
Dennis & Maren Johnson.
The 6th graders who are starting Confirmation will be
welcomed to the youth group.
We will meet at church and go to Bingham Lake with
Pastor and Denny Johnson for the afternoon with a light supper at the
Bring your sunscreen, beach towel and life jacket if you have one. Beverages
will be provided.
During the summer months there will be time for the young people to come in and
continue with the update of our Youth Room on the third floor of the educational
wing. We will continue to prep the walls for a final coat of paint, and also
work on creating some special furniture unique to our room. Our trip to the
bowling alley up in Springfield will be rescheduled according to one of our work
days in the youth room…
There will be some changes suggested for continuing faith education for our
youth especially for the time after Confirmation. The kids will be involved in
these decisions as we wish to offer continuing education in our Lutheran
(Christian) faith to last a lifetime…
Rally Day will be Sunday,
Worship at 9:00 am
Sunday School at 10:30 am
Bible Study 10:30 am
Teacher installation during the
Special events during the Sunday School hour.
Join the fun as we resume our Sunday School schedule.
Parish Nurse Program...
The Faith in Action Committee thought it would be a good
idea to have a Parish Nurse Program so several of us nurses got together and
here it is. Need or want your blood
pressure taken, maybe review your medications or talk about your medical
conditions. If interested it will be the 2nd Sunday from 10:15 to 10:45 am in
the Sonshine Preschool room.
We will also have an occasional article in the lamplight so check it out.
OPPORUNITIES TO BE IN THE WORD
Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study 10:30 am
Sunday Morning High School Youth
Bible Study 10:30 am
Sunday School Pre-K to 8 Grade 10:30-11:15 am
Tuesday Morning Bible Study 9:00 am
Golden Age Second Tuesday at 1:30 pm
Jesus Company K thru 5 grades & Confirmation
Wednesday afternoon 3:30-5:15 pm
Anna Martha Circle Third Thursday 1:30 pm
Joanna Circle Third Thursday 7:00 pm
LWML First Thursday 1:30pm or 7:00 pm
Thursday Evening Bible Study 7:00 pm
Saturday Men’s Bible Breakfast 8:00 am
Faith in Action...
Are you in need of help around your house? Call the Faith in
Action group and see if they can help you. Call Helenn Raverty at 831-3732 or
the church office at 831-3522.
Drivers needed for in town and out of town medical or other appointments.
meeting: March 14th at 6:30 pm at the home of Pat Miller.***
Help support Senior Congregate Dining and Meals on Wheels at
the Community Center by having lunch at the center once a month.
We will call it:
“Fourth Thursday” on our monthly calendar, this will be our congregation’s
support this program. Meals are at a reduced rate of only $4.00 per meal, age 60
and over, $7.00 under age 60.
All you will need to do is sign up each month to have your
meal reserved or call the church office. There will be a signup sheet in the
upper narthex for you to sign up each month. You must sign up ten days prior to
the Fourth Thursday so the center will have time to order supplies.
The February calendar is printed below.
You can eat at Senior Dining any day of the month just call
your reservation in the day before by 11:00 am. The office hours are
7:00am-12:30pm, if no one answers please leave a message.
The center also has “2 BUCK TUESDAYS” where your meal is
only $2.00. You must call one week
ahead of time to reserve your meal. Watch the bulletin board each month for more
information and who is sponsoring the meal of the day.
FAITH IN ACTION…...
Whoever would be great among you must be your servant.
Webster's dictionary describes a servant as "a person in
service of another". Often we think
of a servant as someone of lesser value But God sees a servant in a different
manner. He says to be great we must
be a servant. He wants us to serve
in love. "By love serve one another.
Gal. 5:13b.:' He wants our
eyes to be open to the needs of others.
"Carry each other's burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of
Christ. Gal 6:2'. Billy Graham says
it this way "All around you are people whose lives are filled with trouble and
sorrow and they need your compassion and encouragement".
Serving others may mean things like taking food or providing
transportation or similar things, but it can also mean being there for someone.
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other.
First Thessalonians 3:12".
If you are willing to be a servant to someone, make yourself
available by calling the church office 831-3522 or Helenn Raverty at 831-3732.
Say you want to be on the Faith in Action list to be a servant to others.
If you have a need of some kind, call the numbers listed and Faith in
Action will do their best to fulfill your need.
Lord, help us to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness,
humility, gentleness and patience (Col. 3:12) as we serve others to Your Glory.
If you would like to grace the altar with
flowers for a special occasion or from your garden please use the flower chart
on the bulletin board in the lower narthex.
The Quilting Gals have started putting quilts together
Fridays around 9:00am. We have been blessed with lots of sheets and
blankets so we will need lots of workers. If you can't come on
Fridays, we can work any other day and as long as we want to. Let either
Marg Koch or Betty Tasler know if you would or could come some other day and we
will make arrangements. We need lots of workers to tear off the hems of the
sheets and help finding tops and bottoms for the quilts
besides we need workers to tie the quilts. You do not have to
stand, as we make arrangements for those who would rather sit.
We have fun, we eat, we visit and we also do some work. Please come and help us
as we have lots of material to work with.
If anyone needs a quilt or baby blanket or knows of someone who could use
one, let us know as we have several finished. Hope we have a good turn out as
there is much need for these quilts. Men are invited, as they do give us good
advice, plus they work really well with us. God bless you all for what you
have done throughout the year.
The Cottonwood County Food Shelf is in need of food.
During the warm and sunny summer months we all get busy and forget about
donating to the food shelf. Any
non-perishable food items will be accepted. The Center is open Tuesday and
Wednesday or you may bring your items to the church.
Hy Vee Foods Labels…
Please save your Hy-Vee Foods labels for Sonshine Preschool.
Please bring in the entire label; the workers on Friday will cut out what
is needed to mail in for credit.
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