Welcome to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
Welcome to this family of faith and house of worship where we affirm “Jesus is Lord!” “The Bible is True and Reliable!” and, “The Spirit is Welcome!” Our desire is to love and support children, youth and families with faith-building worship, education, fellowship and service. We pray that you will experience the embrace of God’s love which motivates us to share His love in our community and world!
We are blessed – blessed receivers of God’s bountiful gifts! Consider the beauty of emerging Spring – lovely and for our observation, in full color! Really now, are any of us lacking in food or clothing? How much food do we carelessly waste? How much of our wardrobe could we give away and still have more than two weeks without wearing the same outfit? And what is more we have access to the Word of God, in written, electronic, visual, and audio formats for us to know God and His life-giving ways!
We need not feel ashamed for having abundance but we should be ashamed if we are not grateful for you. Are we living with the attitudes: “Freely we have received, freely give” (Matt. 10:8) and “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35)?
God has blessed us and wants to bless us even more for two reasons: 1) because He loves us so much! 2) so we can be a blessing to others.
Both of those reasons are cause for thanksgiving! No one loves us more than our Creator/Redeemer. His love never fails; it never gives up on us! Besides that He want to use us to bring His love to others – to bless them! What a privilege to be invited to partner with God in sharing with people what they need most! His love, indicators of His love! As the hymn writer wrote, “He live to bless me with His love!”
God, Who has blessed us so in the past, will be our help for the days to come. As we are in this month of May (but always!) keep in mind “Mayday” is a call for help. The Psalmist encourages us to remember the Lord’s invitation, “Call upon Me in the day of trouble and I will deliver you and you shall glorify Me!” (Ps. 51:15) Do you need help with a decision? Do you need help to love someone who is presently acting quite unlovable? Is it help forgiving? Is it a need for physical/material provision? Ask God! “We have not because we ask not!” ( James 4:2) But please do not “spend it on your pleasures”! (James 4:3)
Ask God for what you need and want – to help others come to know His salvation through faith in Jesus! Ask yourself, “Who needs my help?” Then trust God to lead you and equip and supply you with what they need.
Spring is a time of growth and blossoming for fruitfulness. This is to our Father’s glory: that we bear much “fruit”, that is to (demonstrate Christ-like character and draw people to Jesus! Since Jesus lives in us and we are connected to Him, as the branches to the Vine, we can do it – be fruitful and multiply!
For the King and His Kingdom!
In Jesus peace and love,
Pastor Paul Koehn
Scriptures for 06/16/2013 Sunday services
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