February 25, 2012
Saturday after Ash Wednesday
The Fourth Commandment.
You shall honor your father and your mother [that it may be well with you and you may live long upon the earth].
What does this mean?
Answer -We should fear and love God that we may not despise nor anger our parents and masters, but give them honor, serve, obey, and hold them in love and esteem.
Honor your father and your mother. This, in my opinion, is one of the hardest of all the commandments to keep. As a kid you just want to have fun. You don’t want to do chores or responsibilities. On the other hand, though, responsibility is what makes us who we are later in life. We children don’t realize it at the time when we’re addressed by our parents, and perhaps, we might not learn the lessons our parents are trying to teach us until we’re grown up.
When we are told when to get something done and how to do it, and when parents tell us what we are to do, even if we don’t want to at the time, we have to do it. It’s sometimes hard, but it’s what God wants us to do and we should always do what God wants us to do, even if its not what we want to do at the time. I know it’ll pay off in the end.
Almighty God, heavenly Father, You have blessed us with the joy and care of children. Give us calm strength and patient wisdom that, as they grow in years, we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Almighty God, You have promised to be with Your Church forever. We praise You for Your presence in this place of worship and ask Your ongoing blessing upon those who gather here. Dwell continually among us with Your holy Word and Sacraments, strengthen our fellowship in the bonds of love and peace, and increase our faithful witness to Your Salvation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one god, now and forever.
Collect for the Care of children, Lutheran Service Book © 2008 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
Collect for a Anniversary of a Congregation, Lutheran Service Book © Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
- Our Friedheim congregation was chartered on February 25, 1838 with a membership of 56 souls and 26 communicant members. By God’s grace we have grown to 631 souls and 490 communicants as of 1 January 2012