Today is that day of awful memories of tragedies and destruction. Let’s face it, every day is a day of tragedy and sadness for someone. Our world is full of evil done against fellow human beings, of disasters that destroy lives and belongings, of war and famine and disease that make it look like our world is wasting away. If you think Covid is bad, imagine the life of the lepers of Jesus’ day. Wrapped in bandages as their bodies slowly crumbled they cried out to Jesus for mercy. He answered them with His healing word. But like so many people, once they had what they wanted from God, once things were better, once the situation improved, they moved on from the Lord. Except for that one Samaritan leper. He knew that if Jesus healed him, then Jesus was the most important person he needed in his life. That teaches us a beautiful lesson: to cling to Jesus in all things, good or bad, to be grateful always for God’s mercy to us, and to cry out to our Lord in every trial and tribulation. We’ll hear about that as we celebrate the 14th Sunday after Trinity this weekend.
Most of you know that I will be having surgery to repair a hernia this Tuesday. I’ll be away starting Sunday after church; I have to quarantine after I get a pre-op Covid test. I hope to be back in the office Thursday or Friday. Thank you for your prayers!
No Tuesday Bible Class; No Wednesday Service this week
Please note the following cancellations due to my surgery:
We will NOT have Tuesday Bible Study this week. We’ll resume on the 22nd.
There will be NO WEDNESDAY WORSHIP SERVICE on this week (September 16.)
Sunday Bible Studies:
Take time to grow in God’s Word. Our opportunities to grow in God’s Word on Sundays are back:
Bible Study – 9:00-9:30 AM in the Narthex.
Learning the Faith (all ages) – 9:45-10:30am in the Gym.
As always, you can join us Tuesdays in the Narthex at 10:30 AM
We will continue to stream and record one of our Sunday services. These are available to watch live and recorded here:
We stream live on our FACEBOOK PAGE HERE.
The simplest way to watch online (not live) is probably through our church’s website HERE. Color A Stained Glass Window
Our church stained glass windows are turning into coloring sheets! Download the latest window HERE.
LCMS DISASTER RELIEF:
It’s certainly been a whilrwind of natural disasters lately from fires to storms all around our country and the world. LCMS Disaster Relief is on the front lines in many places to help those who have been displaced or are in need. If you’d like to help out, you can make an offering directly to LCMS Disaster Relief RIGHT HERE. Click the “Give” button or select a particular area to give.
MUMS FOR SALE
While I’m writing this email, we still have some mums left for sale. They are $15 each. If you’re interested, talk to pastor after church.
Thank you to everyone to who ordered some Spirit Wear to help support our school and show your Lions Pride! Orders will be available in about two weeks.
The Samaritan leper is more than just a reminder to have good manners toward God and say “thank you.” It’s a display of God’s mercy in Jesus to teach us that He is the one who helps and saves us. Nothing else in this life is as sure and certain as Jesus. We cry out with the Samaritan, “Lord, have mercy!” And we leave with His Words in our ears: “Go, you are saved.” By Jesus! See you in church or online this weekend!
Student Art Class Project
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