Saturday, October 1, 2016


Oct. 2    Pentecost 20 - Proper 22 Divine Service with Communion
                Luke 17:1-10 What faith can do 

Oct. 9    Pentecost 21 – Proper 23 Matins
                Luke 18:11-19 Who bothers to thank God?
Oct. 16  Pentecost 22 – Proper 24 Divine Service with Communion
                Luke 18:1-8 Persistence in Blessing – Persistence in Prayer

Oct. 23  Pentecost 23 – Proper 25 Divine Service Setting 3 without Communion
                Seminarian Joshua Ralston guest speaker

Oct. 30  Reformation Observed Special Order of Service with Communion
                Romans 3:19-28 How do I get right with God?

In the month of October, we celebrate the Reformation and focus on the implications that the cross offers to us.  What are the blessings and benefits of the cross of Christ? There are many.  Let's recall what they might be.

There is now forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation! In Jesus Christ, all sin is forgiven - period!  That is the battle cry of the Reformation. That's what our Lutheran faith is all about. As the catechism so clearly reminds us, "where there is the forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation."  These are the gifts and blessings which have been offered to us through Jesus Christ through His innocent suffering and death. Because of a cross and an empty tomb, we are a free and forgiven people.

What is the reality of this forgiveness, freedom, and life?  "That I might be His own and live before Him in His kingdom and serve Him in righteousness, innocence and blessedness."  Jesus is risen from the dead.  When He died, death died.  When He died, sin's sting and power died. When He died, Satan's grip was weakened.  Jesus now lives throughout all eternity to bless me, to guide me, to forgive me, and to direct my life.

What is my response to all this?  "To thank and praise, to serve and obey Him."  The Father has given you these and so many other precious gifts.  My response is to serve Him all the days of my life.  Bask in His forgiveness.  Serve Him with vigor and virtue. You have been born to be a blessing.  Bless God by being a blessing to others!

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