As summer gets into full swing lives are full in all kinds of ways. Swimming, soccer, baseball/softball/t-ball, camping and fishing, weddings and family reunions, vacation trips, tournaments and teams, and so much more fill summer schedules. And for 8 of our youth and their sponsors it means a trip to Minneapolis for the National Youth Gathering July 9-15. Lives are full and blessings abound – in spite of the extreme weather.
Of course, when is life not full? Well, an empty schedule can come with age and the things that go with it, like arthritis and other chronic conditions slowing us down, but even then trips to the doctor seem to keep a schedule full. But life at any age or stage can also be empty if all of our activity is done apart from God. At the pinnacle of popularity during His earthly ministry Jesus said to His disciples, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31).
That’s more than good advice. It is God’s invitation. Take time with Jesus. “Come with me...” Daily time with Jesus is the invitation. “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place...” Get away from all the distraction of life. Put down the electronic devices and TV remote, and come to Jesus. He’s God’s love in a person, you know. “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Rest for weary souls is found only in Him, for only Jesus is able to take away our sin, relieve our burden of guilt, lift our cares and concerns. Why? Because only Jesus was able to offer His perfect life in exchange for our imperfect lives by His death on the cross. Because only Jesus was able to rise from the dead and give us new and right living – full of grace and peace. Because in His presence alone is powerful, purposeful new life and living.
So where is He to be found? Right where He promised. He is there in the promise of your Baptism (see Romans 6.) He is there on the altar each Sunday with His body and blood for the very real forgiveness of our very real sins (See 1 Corinthians 11:23-26). He is there in His Word, the Bible, that we might “read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest” all that we need for life in this crazy/busy/anxious world.
Is your life full? I sure hope so ... full of God’s grace and peace, that is. Having that, all else fits in its proper place.
Living in His grace, +Pastor Charlie Adams
“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25)
Travelling and wondering where you might worship as you go? Just call the office and we can help you; or go to www.lcms.org to locate a congregation nearby your destination.
Following Jesus is always an adventure in faith. He leads us to the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit, and we are blessed with forgiveness, peace, and new life. Celebrate those blessings in weekly worship, and help us sing His praise, thanking Him for His many gifts.
Don’t forget our summer schedule: Worship at 9:00 am, Sunday School for all ages at 10:15.
Jesus said: I Am
Such simple words, but oh so profound when spoken by Jesus. Beginning Sunday, June 23 join us for a worship series in which we celebrate the names by which Jesus revealed Himself beginning with the words “I Am.” Jesus identified himself with the holy name of God, the name that God gave to Moses when he set His ancient people of promise, the Israelites, free from slavery in Egypt. He is the Great I Am, the God who continues to save and set people free!
Jesus reveals himself as:
June 23...I Am. Jesus identified himself with the holy name of God, the name that God gave to Moses when he set them free from slavery. He is I Am, the God who saves and sets people free!
June 30...the Bread of life. Jesus nourishes us with his Word and with his body blood in Holy Communion. Come and worship our Savior,
July 7: ... the Light of the world. We who follow him do not walk in darkness. We follow in his light as we too live as lights of the world.
July 14: ... the Door of the sheep. Through faith in his name we enter into life, both now and for all eternity. Come and worship the Savior with us!
July 21: ...the Resurrection and the Life. Jesus died on the cross for us and rose from the dead. Because he lives, we will live also!
July 28: ...the true Vine. Rooted and growing in him, we bear the fruit of love in our lives, to the glory of God the Father.
+Pastor Charlie Adams
Do you know someone who would like to know more about Jesus? ... the church? ...
What are Lutherans all about? How does Jesus influences our lives today? Invite them to join you in worship, and let them know I would be glad to talk with them, and if desired teach them the basics of the faith at a time convenient to them. Just give me call at 785-893-4387 any time.
Blessings to all! +Pastor Charlie Adams