A Devotion from
the pastor’s devotions
“The Lord is my Shepherd; There is nothing I shall want.” – Psalm 23
Publication of Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church Pierre, SD Newsletter October 2018
People learn in different ways. Some can just listen and learn a subject. Others need to do and work along side someone to master the material. Still others need to discuss the topic in order to understand it. Lastly, some need to look at it. More than likely, you’re learning style is a mixture of some or all of the above techniques. This holds true for people in the Old Testament time too.
While reading through the prophets, I read about prophets acting out the prophecy rather than announcing it. Ezekiel had many such prophecies, but the one ‘acting-out-prophecy’ that I think was the hardest to follow through on, was from Hosea. Chapter 1 verse 2, “The Lord said to him, ‘Go marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her.” God commanded Hosea to marry an unfaithful wife. Then Hosea was to name his first child after a place where a massacre would take place; his second child ‘not loved’; and his third ‘not my people’. Does not sound like Hosea was going to have a very loving and happy family life.
What was the lesson the people were supposed to learn from Hosea’s life? Like Hosea’s unfaithful wife, they were unfaithful to God. They were promiscuous with other gods. For that reason, God’s judgement will be on them. God will remove his love from them. They would no longer be his people.
We need to be reminded of this lesson from Hosea’s life. How we walk the line of unfaithfulness to God. How we flirt with sin, crossing over the line and
become unfaithful to God. In your marriage, how many times could your spouse show unfaithfulness to you before you demand reconciliation and remove your love? Once? Twice? Three times then they’re out? Think of the multitude of sins we have against God. He is just in bringing judgement on us. He is just in removing his love from us. He is just to make us not his people.
Hosea’s life lesson doesn’t end there in chapter 1. After his wife was unfaithful to him, God told Hosea, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods.” Despite receiving unfaithfulness from Israel, God remained faithful. Despite receiving unfaithfulness from us, God remains faithful to us. He has redeemed us from our sins by Jesus’ perfect life and innocent death so that we may remain his forever.
Praise God that we have the best, most loving, and most faithful bridegroom—Jesus Christ.
MESSAGE FROM YOUR PASTOR
When was the last time you went on the Redeemer’s website? Did you know that we even had a website? The address is redeemerpierre.net. It’s a great resource! This newsletter is posted on our website. The bulletin announcements are posted on the website. Our up-to-date church calendar can be found there. You can watch the latest service/sermon on there. You can learn more about upcoming events such as the Fall LWMS Rally that Redeemer is hosting. Another great resource to stay connected with Redeemer is joining the Facebook group. I post a few times a week about what’s happening at church.
Whereas it is wonderful to stay connected via the internet, it is even better to stay connected in person. While you’re at church, take some time to look at the bulletin boards, talk with your church family, and chat with me. It’s always good to catch up.
LWMS Fall Rally
Redeemer’s Ladies PEACE is hosting the LWMS Fall Rally on October 13th
. Please help out with hosting in any way that you can from signing up to help on the bulletin board to being in attendance. We could also use help preparing for the rally. On Friday the 12th
we will be decorating the church and could use your help.
On October 28th
after worship, we will have our quarterly voters meeting. October’s voters meeting may be the most important voters meeting of the year. We will vote on typical business as well as the budget and councilmen positions.
NPH Bulk Order
St John’s in Bowdle and St. Paul’s in Roscoe are inviting us to order some books with them to get a bulk discount. If are interested in any of the following, please talk with Pastor Schwartz. The books are “There’s a Prayer for That…” “10 Things to Tell Your Grandkids” and “The Life and Teaching of Jesus Christ.”
HALLMARK LET YOU DOWN?
Looking for a card for birthday, wedding, sympathy, but can’t find a card that confesses your faith properly? Check out the Rack in the back of church. Cards are $1a piece or 12 for $10
FIND US ON FACEBOOK
Type in www.facebook.com/redeemerpierre and you can find us on facebook. “Like” it to stay current on all things happening at Redeemer.
CHECK US OUT ON THE WEB
Did you know...that we have a website? Our services, announcements, events, and information about Redeemer can be found at redeemerpierre.net. Check it out and bookmark it!
DATES TO REMEMBER
10/12 Decorating for LWMS Fall Rally
10/13 Redeemer hosts LWMS Fall Rally
10/15 Council Meetin
10/28 Voters Meeting
10/28 Church Potluck
Congregational Mission Statement: The mission of Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church is to reach out with the saving gospel of Jesus Christ to call those who are lost, comfort those who mourn, rejoice with those who come to know and believe that Christ’s victory is their victory and to grow together in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ until the final victory is ours.