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Pastor’s May Message:

May Day Baskets Today: The Fall from Innocence

 

“Maybe there really was a time when America was more innocent. Back when May Basket Day was a thing, perhaps. The curious custom — still practiced in discrete pockets of the country — went something like this: As the month of April rolled to an end, people would begin gathering flowers and candies and other goodies to put in May baskets to hang on the doors of friends, neighbors and loved ones on May 1.

In some communities, hanging a May basket on someone’s door was a chance to express romantic interest. If a basket-hanger was espied by the recipient, the recipient would give chase and try to steal a kiss from the basket-hanger. Eventually, May Basket Day — like the spring flowers arranged in the baskets — began to wilt and droop. Though vestiges of the sincere ceremony still pop up on the Internet, the in-real-life event has pretty much evanesced.

So what happened? Maybe the ritual receded because of a national fall from innocence. Or an increased desire for get-off-my-lawn privacy. Maybe modern innovation overwhelmed the May basket tradition: A household-hint adviser suggested “May Baskets from plastic bottles” in the Belleville, Kan., Telescope in 1976.” (This condensed article by Linton Weeks writing for the NPR History Department was published April 30, 2015)

Are we at the “End of the innocence” as Don Henley and Bruce Hornsby co-wrote in a popular song of 1989? Ironically the song details some of the political goings on of this era, the writers giving their political opinion of the times within the lyrics of this song. We find this more and more in our popular culture, using such means to try to shape the minds and hearts of those paying attention. Has there ever been an innocent age? We see the push in today’s culture to shape the minds and thinking of even the youngest among us with God-denying philosophies of living. But there is nothing new under the sun. There is no innocence in the human heart as we are taught by Scripture. The human “heart is desperately wicked. Who can know it?” We are born in sin, and it does not take years for the ugliness of our sin to show itself in the world.

But our Lord does warn us about being party to killing the innocence of the young. He teaches His disciples: “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea then that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. Pay attention to yourselves! (Luke 17:1-3a)” In hearing this warning we are called to take note about the temptations to sin that are all around us and around the youngest of us. Why? So that we guard and protect our children and each other from the damning sins that so easily entangle. Is there any place for this in our world today? Do our children have to be introduced to all the God-forsakenness of the hearts of this world, the hearts of those who mock God and the purity of His Commandments? We do have a God commanded responsibility to protect our children from the filth of this age. God commanded this to His people of every age, because no one at any time has ever lived in an innocent world.

God calls us into His presence, His perfect presence that we may be filled with the innocence of His Son and our Savior Jesus. It is Jesus’ innocence that saves you, me, our children, every sinner from the sin that blackens our lives and divides us from our perfect and compassionate God. Through faith in Jesus, the pure Lamb of sacrifice, we are brought into a life of innocence through the forgiveness of our sins. And you can’t buy this in Walmart on a Sunday morning. God calls all sinners to come to Him. We, as believers, have an even better reason to seek Him and His gifts of grace by faith. It is in receiving Him in the truth of His Word, in the Absolution of our sins, in our Redeemer’s holy presence in the Supper, that we are guarded and nurtured in His Truth. This is the Truth that we need in us and to put in the hearts of our children to protect them from the temptations that super abound in this world.

You can bring yourself and your child back to the Innocence even as you come into Jesus’ living presence. He lives! And because He lives we can seek and find our life in Him in this broken world.  God so help us!

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Confirmation 2022

On Sunday, May 15 three young women will be declaring for themselves before their        families, their family of faith, and most especially before the God of their creation and salvation their faith and confession. It is a faith and confession they share with those of their family of faith here and with all  Christians throughout the world. This is a    serious endeavor for these young women as they stand before God making their promises. As a family we will continue to   encourage them to grow in their faith through  continued worship attendance, study of God’s Word,             integration into the family life of God’s people here. May our Lord who has begun this good work   in them bring it to     completion in the Day of our Lord Jesus Christ!

 

These three young women are: Madelyn Oltmans, Ellamae Peters, Grace Peters.

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Ascension Day Service will be held at Our Redeemer in Jackson on Thursday, May 26

Pastor will carpool leaving Windom at 5:45

No Wednesday Evening Service, May 25

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MAY HYMNS OF THE MONTH

LSB 689 Let Me Be Thine Forever

LSB 685 Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus

 

In the Lutheran tradition the rite of confirmation has long been an important event in a believer’s life.  If baptized as an infant, a young person is typically “confirmed” in his or her faith in the eighth grade. An adult believer also confesses his or her faith publicly and sometimes has been baptized the same day.

Meaningful music on these occasions were and are carefully chosen.  A hymn of several centuries ago has been used at many confirmation services.  Verse one of LSB 689 Let Me Be Thine Forever was written in the 16th century by a Lutheran pastor in Saxony.  This verse is a simple poem of commitment and a prayer for help on life’s way.  The next two verses were written a century later by unknown writers.  As the hymn was originally written and sung in German. It was Professor Matthias Loy who translated the hymn into English in 1863.  He loved the hymn and wanted it to be used by Lutherans in their new country.

LSB 685 Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus is a popular hymn used for many occasions.  This hymn is certainly fitting at the time of confirmation.  It is a prayer and exhortation to always follow and be faithful to   Jesus.  The verses describe the struggles and joys of the Christian’s walk until reaching eternity. This hymn also was written in German and translated by Pastor J. Adam Rimbach in the early 1900’s.  He had taught it to his school children who sang it for his congregation. After the hymn was sung in English the people were then able to appreciate the message.

Both of these hymns are worthy of study.  You may have already memorized these hymns through   frequent singing.  If not, you will be blessed if you commit them to memory.

689 Let Me Be Thine Forever

1      Let me be Thine forever,
My faithful God and Lord;
Let me forsake Thee never
Nor wander from Thy Word.
Lord, do not let me waver,
But give me steadfastness,
And for such grace forever
Thy holy name I’ll bless.

2 Lord Jesus, my salvation,
My light, my life divine,
My only consolation,
O make me wholly Thine!
For Thou hast dearly bought me
With blood and bitter pain.
Let me, since Thou hast sought me,
Eternal life obtain.

3 And Thou, O Holy Spirit,
My comforter and guide,
Grant that in Jesus’ merit
I always may confide,
Him to the end confessing
Whom I have known by faith.
Give me Thy constant blessing
And grant a Christian death.

 

When the Lutheran Book of Worship was prepared, the words to Every Walk with Jesus were altered, thinking they needed to be modernized. This is the version that is in the Lutheran Service Book. This (in my opinion) is not necessarily an improvement & is not as poetic as Rimbach’s translation.

 TLH 409 Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus

1 Let us ever walk with Jesus,
follow his example pure,
flee the world which would deceive us
and to sin our souls allure.
Ever in his footsteps treading,
body here, yet soul above,
full of faith and hope and love,
let us do the Father’s bidding.
Faithful Lord, abide with me;
Savior, lead; I follow thee.

2 Let us suffer here with Jesus,
to his image e’er conform;
heaven’s glory soon will please us,
sunshine follow on the storm.
Though we sow in tears of sorrow,
we shall reap in heav’nly joy,
and the fears that now annoy
shall be laughter on the morrow.
Christ, I suffer here with thee;
there, O share thy joy with me.

3 Let us also die with Jesus;
his death from the second death,
from our soul’s destruction, frees us,
quickens us with life’s glad breath.
Let us mortify, while living,
flesh and blood and die to sin,
and the grave that shuts us in
shall but prove the gate to heaven.
Jesus, here I die to thee,
there to live eternally.

4 Let us gladly live with Jesus;
since he’s risen from the dead,
death and grave must soon release us.
Jesus, thou art now our head.
We are truly thine own members,
where thou livest, there live we;
take and own us constantly,
faithful Friend, as thy dear brethren.
Jesus, here I live to thee,
also there eternally. Amen.

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LWML Spring Get-Together (Rally)

Will be held at St Peter Lutheran Church, rural Lakefield on Saturday April 30.  Coffee and registration at 8:30 and opening at 9 am.  The speaker  will be Gary Thies of Mission Central.  We will be blessed and lifted up as Gary speaks of the work of Mission Central and the many   missionaries who receive support.

There will be a pledge walk and gathering of Gifts from the Heart.  All ladies are invited to attend this event.  We will carpool from the church about 8 am.  Watch for further details in the      Sunday bulletin.

 

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“JIM’S PUNS.” 

 

Q: What’s the title of the upcoming Arnold Schwarzenegger

movie about classical music?

  1. I’ll be Bach.

 

All my friends have such extensive bucket lists. Mine

seems to pail in comparison.

 

I hear the pastries in Italy are amazing. I cannoli imagine.

 

My friend has changed so much since she decide to become

a vegan.  Sometimes, it’s like I’ve never met herbivore.

I can’t wait till spring!

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You are invited to the LWML Salad & Sandwich  Luncheon

at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior 1157 Third Avenue-Windom

June 9th  Serving: 11:00—1:00

Menu:

Mary’s Italian Salad, Potato Salad,  Fresh Fruit Salad

Chicken Salad & Egg Salad on croissants, pickle, bar and beverage

Take-out will be available

Free will offering                  

All proceeds going to the LWML

 

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Meals on Wheels . . .

July is just around the corner and  it will

be our turn to deliver

Meals on Wheels to the home bound.

Please give of your time and sign up for a week to deliver meals.

There is a sign up sheet in the upper narthex.

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Cottonwood County Sharing Center Food Shelf at this time, has several specific needs:

1) A need for volunteers! Volunteering as little as once a month would be appreciated! Volunteers wear masks, social distance, and hand sanitizers are available.

2) Personal care items, etc. At this time, no regular housewares are able to be accepted. The personal care items include: toothpaste, body wash (smaller sizes), razors or disposable razors for men or women, deodorant, small laundry items (detergent), dryer sheets, kleenex, Fall/winter clothing, blankets, towels, and sheets / pillowcases.

3) As most food is mostly donated by Second Harvest to the food shelf, the only food needed right now is refried beans and pinto beans (canned).

4) And monetary donations are always welcome!

Thanks so much everyone for your contributions! If you have questions about a donation not listed, you may call   #507-822-7210.

The cart in the lower narthex entrance will now also be used for donations to the Sharing Center. Items may be placed in the cart or dropped off at the Sharing Center during normal business hours ONLY, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm., 1156 4th Avenue, Windom.

Monetary donation checks make payable to Faith in Action and given to Ruby Wilson, our Committee Treasurer. Also, if you need help around your home, call Larry or Jim.

Thank you for your continued support!

Faith in Action Committee

 

Hy-Vee Label…

We will be collecting the Hy-Vee receipts from now on instead of the labels. We would like to have the member highlight the Hy-Vee products on the receipt and tally up the number of items on the receipt and write that number on the   bottom of the receipt. The label container that was located by the Sonshine room will be relocated to the lower narthex.

 

Helpful Hints:

¨ Line your baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy cutting.

        When you are supplying bars for an event, line your pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil first before adding the ingredients. This way when you or the kitchen help cut your bars you/they can take the bars out of the pan and cut them on a cutting board.

¨ This will also save cut marks in your baking pan.

¨ Be sure the parchment paper or foil goes over the side of the pan so you/they have some paper to grab on too.

 If you have a helpful hint, email it to Diane at lcoos@windomnet.com and we will add it to the next newsletter

 

KITCHEN NEWS…

* Wipe off counters

* Wipe off tables

* Push chair up to table

* Take extra food home

* If you put something in the refrigerator or freezer put your name on it and date it

* Take dirty towels home and bring them back clean

* Remember this is God’s House

 

SAVE the Box Tops for Education…

The Immanuel Lutheran School  uses them. Please give them to either  Kayla Peters or Cheryl Peters.