A Devotion from the Pastor's Devotion
Praise the Lord!
The book of Psalm ends with praise to the Lord! Let us walk through what it means to “Praise the Lord”.
1Praise the Lord!
There is no one more deserving to be given praise than the Lord. So let us praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary.
Praise him in the expanse that shows his might.
We want to praise the Lord. So, the first thing to know is where we can praise him. One of the best places to praise God is in his sanctuary or what we would call ‘church’. At church we join together and praise him. We can also praise him wherever his might and power is shown and that is everywhere!
2Praise him for his acts of power.
Praise him according to his abundant greatness.
If we are going to praise the Lord, we should have a reason why. That reason is his mighty works. He has shown his power as he created the heavens and the earth, and everything in them. We praise him for abundant greatness and I would say his abundant goodness to us. We give him the highest praise for his power and goodness in saving us from sin, death, and the devil.
3Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn.
Praise him with the harp and the lyre.
4Praise him with hand drums and dancing.
Praise him with the strings and the flute.
5Praise him with the sounding cymbals.
Praise him with loud cymbals.
For one who is so powerful and good, how are we to praise him. Though those are not the only ways we can praise the Lord, it is a good place to start. Praise him with horns, harp, lyre, drums, dancing, flute, and cymbals. How festive our worship services would be with all that musical talent being played! Though we can praise him by simply listening to his word and being kind to our neighbor.
6Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Lastly, who should praise the Lord? Well, you should praise the Lord. I should praise the Lord. EVERYTHING that has breath praise the Lord for the Lord is the creator of everything that has breath. So, what more needs to be said than…
Praise the Lord!
A Word from your Church Vice-President
Welcome to September, the unofficial and official start of Fall. I have always found it interesting that many consider the first Monday in September the official end of summer. And the beginning of Fall but in fact that doesn’t happen till the 22nd of September.
Like most people, Fall is my favorite season. It is a time when the temperature cools and the days start to get shorter. It’s when the leaves change color and the whole landscape starts to change. It also marks a transition of back to school and Football (Go Pack Go). I can remember growing up in Wisconsin and all the festivals that would happen and by far my favorite was Octoberfest. I remember all the great food, drinks and music, not to mention the outfits people would be wearing. It was just great getting together and having fun.
For church it starts Sunday School, Bible Study, and Confirmation classes. It is also a great time to get together and celebrate the first part of the year.
Fall Festivals is one great tradition we will be trying to start this year when we start up our very own Octoberfest on October 2 and 3. On Saturday, October 2nd we will be having an Outreach Event, from 2-5pm that will include Brats, Hotdogs, and Booths with games and activities. Then on Sunday, October 3 we will be having a Church picnic after the outdoor Service. It will be a great time to get together with each other and the community to celebrate not only Fall but the great gift of Jesus Christ.
With this event we will be needing the help from everyone. Please take a look at the sign up sheet and see how you can help. We need help with food, for both Saturday and Sunday, and for Booths (games and activities) on Saturday. It will be up to you on what to do with your Booth, some prizes will be provided from the church. Some ideas were: Photo, face painting, fish, corn hole, and hay rides.
Along with the events we will also need help getting the word out in the community. Please take a few fillers and hand them out. Also on Saturday, September 18 we will be meeting at Church at 9am to canvas the neighborhood around Church.
Let’s make this a Great event so we can build on for the future.
Joshua D. Preboski
A Word from your Pastor
Many events and groups had to be put on hold due to COVID. I am glad to say that most events and groups have started meeting together. One group that received new life has been our Youth Group.
Our Youth Group is open to anyone in Catechism class (5th
Grade) and anyone in High School. So far this year we have had Catechism Games and Pizza party, bowling, swimming at a swim park, and most recently an evening of games and firepit.
At the end of August, four youth, a parent, a grandparent and myself, with my family, meet for some outside games. We, the youth and myself, played basketball at Jefferson School. It was a bit tiring, but fun.
As the sun was going down, we walked back and started a fire. Shortly after the fire started, we had a campfire classic—s’mores. Once it got dark, the kids couldn’t help but run around playing in the dark. This too was lots of fun.
I am writing about our Youth Group to first of all make you aware of it and that we are having fun! The second reason is continue inviting and encouraging the youth who have not been able to attend the events or the more recent event, to come join us. The more the merrier!
Sunday School Visit:
Pastor would like to visit each family with Sunday School Children (PrK-8th
Grade) to talk about the up coming Sunday School year.
The Fellowship/Outreach Committee as set the date for this year’s Fall Festival with an Octoberfest! Please save the date on Saturday, October 2nd
for the Festival itself and Sunday, October 3rd
for a special outdoor service. Please look for ways you can help with our Octoberfest in the near future. The best way you can help is grab some flyers and hand them out.
To help promote our OctoberFest, on Saturday, September 18th
at 9am we will meet at church and then go around the neighborhood inviting our neighbors to our OctoberFest.
Redeemer Church’s ladies group, Ladies PEACE, is planning on having their next meeting on Sunday, September 12th
after worship. All ladies are encouraged to attend.
Marlene Currie will be taking pictures of members to update our picture board. Please coordinate with her when you would be able to have your picture taken.
LWMS Fall Rally:
Ladies mark your calendar, the next LWMS Rally will be at Mobridge on Saturday, September 25th
With firepit season approaching, please feel free to take some firewood from church. We ask that you do give a donation for the firewood.
Exciting news everyone We are on our way to our new Fellowship Hall. LACE approved our loan. The City Building Permit has been issued. The cement work is scheduled for the first week of September. Our building materials have been ordered to arrive around mid September. And the contractor has us on his schedule to put up the building.
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.