| REDEEMER’S VOICE -- March edition
“O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14
A DEVOTION FROM THE PASTOR'S DEVOTION
It constantly surprises me just how connected all of Scripture is with each other. I was reminded of this as I read through the book of the prophet Isaiah. I started reading it around Christmas time because early in the book there is the promise, The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. There are several more sections in Isaiah describing Christ’s birth. There are plenty more sections that describe Jesus’ mission and ministry.
I recently finished the book of the prophet Isaiah as the Sunday morning Bible Class finished the book of Revelation. Let me tell you, they could not have lined up much better. At the end of Revelation, John describes what the new heaven and new earth will be like (See Revelation 21). Isaiah, also in its second to last chapter (Isaiah 65), describes the new heavens and a new earth. Take some time and read one of them. Now read the other. They are describing not two different places, but the same place. They are describing what God will create for believers to reside in after the resurrection of the living and the dead. IT IS GLORIOUS!
This is just one example, of many in the Bible, that shows to us that the Scriptures is not many pieces, but it is one piece. What John wrote describing his gospel, can rightly be said of all Scripture, But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name (John 20:31). All of Scripture has one story to tell—the story our salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
My encouragement to you, is to pick up your Bible and start reading it regularly. You will be surprise how it will connect with our worship services and
Bible Studies. And if there is a section you do not quite understand, keep reading. Scripture interprets
Scripture and as you read more Scripture it will make those harder section easier to understand. But if you cannot wait that long, ask me. I can point you ahead to where it connects.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
A WORD FROM YOUR PRESIDENT
I would like to begin by letting everyone know we were able to hold the annual voters meeting on Feb 10th. I also would like to thank our members for their generous giving in the latter part of 2018. Coupled with limited spending we were able to finish the year with a modest surplus in the budget.
We will be starting some new and exciting things to enhance our outreach to the community, giving everyone a chance to be involved in their church. If we are diligent and loving in our efforts, we could see growth here at Redeemer. I would ask each of you to help extend our hand in friendship to others in the area who may not know the grace and love of our Lord.
We are also planning to change our council from 9 members to 5. This will involve making changes to our by-laws. The goal at this time is to have the changes ready by our next voters meeting in April. Given the importance of these changes please plan now to set aside time to attend. Input from everyone is welcome so please feel free to talk to Pastor or myself.
We are in the downhill slide to spring and summertime, a time for trees to bud, grass to green up and for nature to renew itself after the long cold winter. We will spend time enjoying the sunshine; fishing, beach, parks, camping, golfing, and traveling without winter weather worries. I know I will enjoy t-shirt weather again. Although I do enjoy the changing seasons, I am usually ready for spring again by the time the ground hog makes his appearance. With all our activities, it is easy to forget some of our obligations. One of the things that is often overlooked is our responsibility to our Lord. When taking in the beauty of creation we forget who is responsible for our enjoyment. Engaging in our varied activities seems to replace or reduce our time to worship and for church activities.
I was recently talking to a young lady, and our conversation turned to her beliefs and worship attendance. She made some comments to the effect that she was spiritual but had not attended a church service for several years. When I asked her to explain what "spiritual" meant she talked about being out in nature, yoga, and having "kinda a sense" about a god. We talked some more and she was invited to attend our worship services and/or bible study to learn more, I also suggested some reading for additional information. I am hopeful, but she clearly did not understand why it is important to attend worship regularly with other believers and to hear the truth of scripture. It made me think, do we attend worship when we have the chance, or if we are idling along and feeling "spiritual". A reason for not attending worship, "I have the flu." An excuse sounds more like "My buddy Joe is visiting for the weekend and we want to go fishing, and I go to church a couple times a month, God won't miss me this week".
Some scripture to consider: Hebrews 10:24-25: "and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the day draw near." Romans 12:11 "Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord" In 1 Corinthians 12: The Apostle Pau! tells us we, (the church), are one body, and our body does not work well with missing members, and the body is not able to function properly without the other parts. We know that not eating at all, or feeding the wrong things to our body is unhealthy. If we are not feeding our soul properly and often, are we part of a healthy church body? We would do well to follow the example set by Jesus. Luke 4:16: "And He came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day and he stood up to read."
Our regular attendance in worship helps us shine His light for others to follow. We are setting an example for our children, demonstrating how important attending church is. We are helping to keep our church family strong in His holy word. We share God's grace and the love shown by the sacrifice Jesus, made for our sins. By hearing God's word preached often, we are strengthened. I recently read something which really struck me and you can ask to yourself: If people followed my example in church attendance, would they learn the truth and receive encouragement they need to find eternal life?
God's blessings and encouragement to you.
Church President, Rich
A WORD FROM YOUR HEAD ELDER
To the Ends of the Earth: the Movie
The film tells the story of the apostle Paul and his work in Philippi. Its title is taken directly from Jesus’ command to his disciples at his Ascension: “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Since the movie focuses on mission activity, it reminds us of the important work that we have as we serve Christ—to reach out with the gospel to the ends of the earth.
This movie provides us with an opportunity to give thanks as we look at the ways we in WELS as a congregation and a synod work to reach out with the gospel, but also to look at opportunities that are still around us and how to make the most of them as we continue to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth.
We will be showing this movie during the Adult Sunday School Hour Sunday March 3rd. And we will be spending the Sunday Adult Bible Hours during the Sundays of Lent looking at different pieces of this movie in more detail.
As we begin our annual journey to the cross this Lenten Season what a great opportunity to spend some time with each other and review what God wants us to do in our corner of our country. We have some great opportunities to spread the Wonderful Message of the Gospel to Pierre, Ft. Pierre, communities around us and by joining with our synod To the Ends of the Earth.
I pray that we as a congregation will take advantage of this opportunity to celebrate God’s blessings on his church and to renew our commitment to the Great Commission to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew 28:18-20).
Head Elder, Gene King
Lenten Snacks: Instead of having a meal before each Wednesday service, we will be having snacks afterwards. Please, sign up to bring a snack and please, enjoy the snacks while visiting with those around you.
Lenten Bible Class: Our Sunday Morning Bible class will be focusing around the new featurette TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. We will watch the featurette on March 3rd during the Bible Class time. The following Sundays up to Palm Sunday will be studying a section of it at a time.
Your Question Bible Class: Pastor Schwartz would like to answer your questions during Bible Class. Pick up a question sheet at church. Take it home. Talk about it with your family. Write down a few questions that you come up with and submit it in the box. Pastor will go through them and the next Bible Class series after Easter will be to answer your questions.
Daylight Savings: Sunday, March 10th is when Daylight Savings end. Don’t forget to spring ahead your clocks beforehand so you are not late for church that morning.
Acceptance of SMART GOALS: During the last voters meeting, we have accepted to pursue the SMART GOAL the Long-Range Planning Committee drafted.
Lenten Schedule: “A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth” is not just the title of the hymn that we are singing every week, it is also our focus during our mid-week services. A lamb may not understand that it is being led to slaughter, but Jesus understood that he was being led to the cross. Yet, he went uncomplaining forth. What strength! What love! What innocence our Lord showed being led like a lamb. Jesus, being A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth…
|Mar 6th Ash Wednesday
||The Sacrifice Foretold
||The One to Bear My Burdens
||The Sacrificial Lamb
||In Accord with the Father’s Will
||Deserving our Thanks
||More Precious than Silver or Gold!
|Apr 18th Maundy Thursday
||Who Gives Himself as our Greatest Treasure
|Apr 19th Good Friday
||To Defeat Death and its Sting
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.