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 August 2018
Part of my devotional reading is to read through the Book of Concord, our Lutheran confession which rightly teaches God’s Word. I read the following from the Formula of Concord, Epitome, Article VI Concerning Good Works, “First some theologians split over the following expression. The first party wrote: good works are necessary for salvation; it is impossible to be saved without good works; and no one has ever been saved without good works. Against his position the other party wrote: good works are harmful to salvation.” Do you know which one is wrong? Let us go back to Scripture as the Church Fathers did as they confessed the truth concerning good works.
Ephesians 2:8-9 states, “Indeed, it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” We are saved not by our works. The first party is wrong! We hear in Romans 1:16-17 how by God’s grace we are saved. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes—to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed by faith, for faith, just as it is written, ‘The righteous will live by faith.’” It is only through faith in Jesus as our Savior that we are saved.
Therefore, the other party must be correct that “good works are harmful to salvation.” Yet we read in James 2:24,26 “You see that a person I shown to be righteous by works and not by faith alone…For just as the body without breath is dead, so also faith without works is dead.” So good works are not harmful to us, but without good works, faith is dead.
Both parties were wrong concerning good works. The Church Fathers were wise enough to see that both parties were wrong according to God’s Word. They then gave a faithful witness later in their confession stating, “That good works follow from true faith, as certainly and without doubt as fruit from a good tree. We also believe, teach, and confess that at the same time, good works must be completely excluded from any questions of salvation.”
Thanks be to God, that he has saved us by his grace and not by our works. May God give us the strength, though, to have good works which naturally flows from faith. Lastly, thanks be to God for faithful men of his Word in the past and present who correctly believe, teach, and confess God’s Word.
MESSAGE FROM YOUR PASTOR
The Long-Range Planning Committee has already met twice so far. During the first meeting one member asked if I could post more on Facebook. Simple enough to do. Every other day or so to post something new around church or to give an update/reminder about this. I must say, I am seeing an awesome opportunity, but I need your help.
Every post, I can see how many people have seen it. With few or no like, about 40 people see it. I’m glad those 40 are seeing it. When the likes are in the double digits, over 100 people see it. And I wondered… I am starting to post just the sermon on Monday, if everyone from Redeemer likes the sermon, think of how many people will see it and have God’s Word right in their hand! It’s as simple as clicking the like button—literally.
I also want to take this opportunity to encourage you to like the Redeemer’s Facebook page. Not only for you to share the Sermons, events like the Kids Movie Night and other posts, but for a way for you to keep up-to-date with what is going on at Redeemer.
MESSAGE FROM YOUR CHURCH PRESIDENT
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I am writing to remind everyone that we will be discussing, nominations for council elections and our 2019 year budget very soon. These items are voted upon at our quarterly congregational meeting in October. Please plan to take a few extra minutes on that day to attend, what is usually the most important of our business meetings for the year, as it sets the flow for the entire year ahead. You being there is important, and we really should have a better turn out than we have had in the past. The meeting is open for all to attend and discuss the items that affect all of us, and therefore our church and its mission.
As we have been told, our budget is in a projected short fall for the year. While no one likes to hear that, it does give us a chance to reflect on our priorities. I know it has given me time to think about whether or not I am putting an idol in front of God. I am not referring to graven images, golden calves, or stone effigies, but ME. When opting to miss worship or not participate in a church activity because I want to hunt, fish, or maybe sleep in, who am I putting first, ME or God ?
We were babysitting our granddaughter a few evenings ago and we were working on a puzzle at the
table. As we neared completion it looked like there was a missing a piece, and so we were not getting the whole picture. It occurred to me when we are missing, the church has a missing piece also. Certainly, one missing piece of a puzzle won’t take much away, but several missing pieces does make a
difference. Just as missing pieces of our church body takes away from the well-being of the whole. Coming to worship strengthens us as individuals, it then follows that we together, become stronger as a church body in faith and mission.
Just as with attending worship, church activities, or when I give to support God’s work at Redeemer, am I thinking of me first, or God first. I can’t help but realize, I need to do give this some reflective thought.
There are many places in scripture where we are told we need to attend worship regularly and support our church. You are familiar with these too, and like me, probably feel guilty sometimes about it. I want to do better, and begin by being thankful for the blessings I have been given, and ask for the faith and strength to put my God and His Church ahead of the ME idol.
On another topic briefly, our Long-Range Planning Committee has begun to meet and reviewing the surveys, was the first discussion topic. This review is ongoing. They will be looking at many aspects of our church, including our future spiritual growth, physical building and changes/updates that may be needed. Tom Murphy has volunteered to be the chairman for the committee. Thank you, Tom.
May God bless and keep us strong in His word and may we be true in our faith and love for Him.
Kids Movie Night
All kids are welcome to our 2nd
Kid’s Movie Night. August 17th
from 6:30-8:30. We will have a movie, as well as some fun activities. Kids from PrK-5th grade can be dropped off starting at 6:30. Enjoy some time away, while the kids come hang out and play.
The Bread That Gives Life
The sixth chapter of John records the events and teachings connected with Jesus’ miraculous feeding of the five thousand. The sermon series during August, with our WELS sister congregations, picks up after these events with Jesus’ Bread of Life discourse: The Bread That Gives Life…
8/5 …the Search For It and The Source of It
(John 6:24–35) Pastor Schwartz
8/12 …Heavenly Ingredients and Eternal Benefits
(John 6:41–51) Pastor Laude
8/19 …Eating It (believing)
(John 6:51–58) Pastor Schwartz
8/26 …an Offense to Some, an Assurance to Others
(John 6:60–69) Pastor Wosje
Catechsim & Sunday School Parent/Student Orientation
Jesus said, “If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a huge millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” And also, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Jesus took educating the youth in God’s Word very seriously, because of that, so do we. In order for parents to be on the same page as pastor and the Sunday school teachers, we are having a mandatory orientation meeting for all the parents on Wednesday, August 29th
at 6:30pm. If you are unable to attend, please inform Pastor Schwartz so that he may meet with you at another time.
St. Paul’s in Roscoe Celebrates 125 Years
The members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church invite you to gather on Sunday, September 9th
at 4:00 p.m. for a Service of the Word to rejoice in 125 years of God’s grace. Pastor Glen Hieb, a Roscoe native, will serve as the guest preacher. St. Paul’s Ladies’ Aid will host a time of coffee, snacks and fellowship beginning at 3:00 p.m. in the church basement. A catered meal will be served at the Roscoe American Legion following the service with a Freewill Offering accepted. For more information: facebook.com/StPaulsRoscoe OR (605) 287-4142 OR email@example.com.
Will you need to clean out your freezer before you go hunting? Do you need some practice shooting clay pigeons before shooting pheasants? On September 23rd
, after worship, we will have a pre-hunting potluck. Bring what meat you need cleaned out of your freezer and enjoy some time with your church family eating and playing games. Afterward, we can go shoot some clay pigeons.
FIND US ON FACEBOOK
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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!
Larry Kindle & Gene King
Milt Schaffer & Tyler Schumacher
August Peggy Nickerson
September Erin Preston
-25th VOLUNTEER NEEDED!!!
-Sept.1st VOLUNTEER NEEDED!!!
DATES TO REMEMBER
8/1 Discipleship Meeting @6:30pm
8/6 Ladies PEACE quarterly meeting @ 7pm
8/17 Kids Movie Night 6:30-8:30pm
8/20 Council Meeting @ 7pm
8/23 Fellowship Meeting @7pm
8/29 Parent/Student Orientations @6:30pm
(Both Catechism and Sunday School)
9/9 St. Paul Roscoe 125th Anniversary Service
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.