Pastor’s Corner

For All the Saints

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith. - Hebrews 12:2

During the month of November, our thoughts literally turn heavenward. On November 1st, the church celebrates All Saints Day, a time when we rejoice in the hope we have as Christians that those who die in the faith still live in Christ. As the month of November continues, we start to move into a time of the church year in which we hear readings about the end of time and the return of Christ. During November our minds are indeed turned heaven-ward, but we can also look to the saints all around us right here on earth.

The scriptures say we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses in the faith (Hebrews 12). During Sunday morning worship, this is literally true. You are seated with Christians in front of you, behind you, and next to you. Consider one group of Christians in particular – our elderly members. Many of our elderly members may not physically be with us on Sunday. Many may be homebound, in a hospital, or in a care facility; but that does not mean they are any less with us in the faith of Christ. These members are truly saints whom we should desire to emulate and respect.

In the United States we live in a relatively youth-obsessed culture. We like our bodies to look and feel youthful. We generally look down on the aging process. Most of us groan when the wrinkles appear, and we moan when the aches get worse. But why should we look down on aging even with all its wrinkles and aches? Those lines and wrinkles are not signs of depleted youth. As Christians, we should see every line and wrinkle as the beauty mark of someone Christ has sustained in the faith over many years. As our bodies slow down we don’t have to grow angry that we can’t do the things we want to do. On the contrary, we can give thanks that Christ is drawing us closer to what He wants to do – give us eternal life.

We have living saints among us who emulate faithfulness to Christ on a daily basis. Our elderly members are fellow Christians who have seen life, lived through what many of us are just now going through, and have come out the other end sustained by faith in Christ. We should strive to be like these living saints. After all, as Christians, shouldn’t we want to live lives of faith right now in this world, and ones that will be celebrated for all eternity with our living Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord, the author and perfecter of our faith.

The Lord be with you,
Pastor Grimenstein

Readings and Sermon: Sunday November 11, 2018

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View the Sunday Bulletin for November 11, 2018
Service Times: 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Bible Study: 9:15 a.m.

Old Testament Reading – 1 King 17:8-16
Epistle –
Hebrews 9:24-28

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the twelfth chapter
In his teaching [Jesus] said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

Sunday School News

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Sunday school NEWS 
For the month of NOVEMBER, Sunday school will meet at 9:15 a.m. in the classrooms. Students from Preschool (age 3) through 6th grade will meet for devotions and practice for the Christmas Program. Parents with children in Pre-school - 4th grade should pick their children up at the classrooms by 10:20 a.m. 

Upcoming Events 
November 25 – Christmas Story DVD 
December 15 – Saturday Morning Practice 10:00 a.m. 
December 16 – Luncheon at 11:14 a.m. / Christmas Program at 1:00 p.m. 
December 23 – Sunday School Christmas Party 
December 30 – No Classes 
January 6 – Classes Resume