Pastor's Message

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 special

          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 means. Her

          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 class tonight?

          Come, I will go with you!” At another time, “Come, John, read to me from the Lutheran

          Witness! I will sew, while you are reading!” There was something irresistible in that

          gentle, “Come!”

          One evening John was reading the Bible and had come upon the words: “Come unto Me

          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 another: “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)”

         

              

 

  

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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 early Lutheran       hymnals.

 

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,
The foes 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
And 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.
The snare is boken-we are free!
Our help is ever, Lord, in Thee,
Who madest earth and heaven.

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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 recreation.       Parents may pick up their children at 5:15.

It would be great to have all the children of our congregation  join us this year.

Please pray for our children and encourage them in  their faith  by your prayers    and Christian example.

 

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ORHPAN GRAIN TRAIN  BOILED FISH FEED

            Sunday,  August 13th

    

Serving 11:00 am to 12:30 pm     FREE WILL OFFERING

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 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 the narthex. 

Reformation Coffee Hour…

Will sponsor the coffee time again - after church on Sunday, August 20th, with proceeds going to the new red paraments fund.

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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 end.

Bring your sunscreen, beach towel and life jacket if you have one. Beverages will be provided.

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KFC/LYF Happenings...

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, September 10th

 

Worship at 9:00 am

Sunday School at 10:30 am

Bible Study 10:30 am

 

Teacher installation during the  worship service.

Special events during the Sunday School hour. 

 Join the fun as we resume our Sunday School schedule.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 ***Next meeting: March 14th at 6:30 pm at the home of Pat Miller.***

 

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Senior Dining…

 

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. 

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FAITH IN ACTION…...

                 

Whoever would be great among you must be your servant.  Matt: 20:26

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.  Amen

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 Flower Chart…

 

           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.

 

Quilting……..

         

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.

Betty Tasler 

 

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.

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 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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Issues Etc….

 

From Lutheran Public Radio, is on the air locally on KDOM 94.3 FM or 1580 AM. You can tune in every Sunday evening at 6:05pm for a one hour broadcast of this popular and informative program. (Later if there is a ball game)