The Chairman’s Corner

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Hopefully, that groundhog won't disappoint us this year! Before long we'll be entering the Easter season and springtime. Try to stay tuned to our communications as we move forward into this coming year. Our next Voter's Meeting will be April 28th and by then, Easter will be over and summer will be coming fast. Time waits for no one. 

Everyone of us has joined various organizations over the years. I sure have joined a lot of organizations with which I share professional, personal or other similar interests and opinions. One day I was attending a meeting of a rather large organization to which I belonged when the presiding president addressed the membership and asked us, "are you a member of this organization, or do you just 'belong'...?" I must admit I had to think about that for a moment. He went on to explain that a "member" was akin to your arm or leg, being a "member" of your body; a member was something that you really didn't want to be without and something like your legs, which you needed in order to walk. A "belonging", or something that "just belonged" to you wasn't quite as im-portant. Your shoes are belongings. They're useful, but, when they're old and worn you throw them away and buy a new pair. 

We're all members of this church and not just belongings. When someone asks you, "what church do you attend,?", do you reply, "I belong to Zion Lutheran Bridgeville," or, do you reply, "I'm a "member" of Zion Lutheran Bridgeville," instead? "Belong to" or "Member of?" There is a differ-ence. It's part perception and part reality. Zion doesn't "own" you and Zion won't throw you away when you get old. Zion Bridgeville desires and needs "members", not "belongings." 

Each of us has "many members", like our arms, legs, eyes, and ears are members of our bodies, with each providing a different function. Together, as a church body, we're all members of Zion Bridgeville. Romans 12:4-5 says it best: "For as in one body we have many members, and the mem-bers do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another." Hmmm, that last part is interesting, isn't it? We're "members one of another." We're one body in Christ as true believers. How can we "belong" to anything of this Earth? We're all "members" of the only Body that matters, and as such, we're "not our own, we're paid for with a price." (1Cor. 6:19-20, paraphrased). Nothing of Earth owns us. Our membership is special. 

We celebrate that bond of membership and saving grace when Pastor serves up a wonderful feast each week at the Lord's table. It's nice to have all our members present to hear Good News boldly proclaimed in truth and purity. See you on Sunday to thankfully celebrate we're not like that lost pair of worn shoes! 

— Paul Klemash, Chairman 

Readings and Sermon: Sunday February 3, 2019

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View the Bulletin for Sunday February 3, 2019
Service Times: 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Bible Study and Sunday school: 9:20 a.m.

Old Testament Reading – Jeremiah 1:4-10
Epistle – 1 Corinthians 12:31b- 13:13

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the fourth chapter
And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority. And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. And they were all amazed and said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!” And reports about him went out into every place in the surrounding region.

And he arose and left the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they appealed to him on her behalf. And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her, and immediately she rose and began to serve them.

Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. And demons also came out of many, crying, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.

And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.