God rejoices. When sinners repent. Angels and archangels laud and magnify the king of heaven. Every time a soul is added to the kingdom. Evangelism is happy time of the church. Because it is an echo of what goes on in heaven.
By Jesus’ acts of mercy we now have access to the Father’s throne-room of grace. Every request, ever petition, every cry is heard by your Father in heaven. Every request is answered. According to the Father’s will. You can be assured that the Father’s will is being fulfilled in your life.
The same motivation, which moved the Savior to break into time and space to save and redeem you is the same motive to sustain and keep you. Remember the Catechism. He “guards and keeps us in the one true faith and keeps us with Jesus Christ our Lord.” This is why you’re a part of this Friedheim Family – you are incorporated into a community of faith called the Church. There are no soloists in God’s choir. None going it alone. You are a part of this Friedheim family known as the Church. We each need each other. As part of the family of faith we enjoy each other, we grow together, we support and encourage each other.
The Church is family. The family of God. Welcome to the family. In this family you experience the Father’s love and welcome. You are accepted. By the Savior’s action the Father’s will is fulfilled. And the Father is happy for your sake.
Our final summer mid-week service will conclude on Wednesday, September 11 at 7 pm. We will gather in the sanctuary to reflect on the historic events which transpired on September 11, 2001. The gathering church is a called to offer supplication and prayer as St. Paul reminds us in his letter to Timothy; “First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all men for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity. This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior.” 1 Timothy 2:1-3
In the midst of our hurried lives it is good for us to reflect on those evens which shaped our national culture, society and world. Yet more than reflect this service is an opportunity for the people of our congregation to gather to pray and ask the Lord to lead us in the way of peace. Recalling His guidance in the past we will gather on the National Day of Service and Remembrance commemorating the 18th anniversary of the attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, as well as the sacrifice of those on Flight 93. That it would please God to look upon those who would seek to do us harm, and turn their hearts from the ways of hatred and violence, to rain down grace and mercy upon us all, that Christ’s peace, which passes all understanding, would overtake us all.
Your attendance at this service of remembrance is encouraged and welcomed.