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Pastor’s Message

From latest newsletter: January & February 2018

A Life Of Discipleship

by

Pastor Hill

What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? What does the life of a disciple of Jesus look like? Jesus own words, as found in the Gospel of Mark (18:1-20), give the answers to these questions. A life of discipleship is a life of (1) repentance, (2) reception, (3) temptation, (4) rescue, (5) forgiveness and (6) community.

A life of discipleship is a life of repentance. Jesus says to His disciples, “unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (verses 3-4). Disciples of Jesus turn from their sinful ways and turn back to God. Disciples of Jesus ask God for forgiveness. Asking God for forgiveness is both a “humble” act and a necessary part of discipleship.

A life of discipleship is a life of reception. Jesus says to His disciples, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea” (verses 5-6). Disciples of Jesus receive others into discipleship. Every believer in Christ is a “little one” in the faith. Every believer in Christ has weak faith and can be easily led into sin. Disciples of Jesus do not diminish the weak faith of others. Welcoming others into the faith (while not diminishing their already weak faith) is a necessary part of discipleship.

A life of discipleship is a life of temptation. Jesus says to His disciples, “Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes” (verse 7)! Jesus’ disciples are tempted by (1) the Devil, (2) the world and (3) their own sinful flesh, according to Martin Luther. Jesus’ disciples may not be able to control (1) the Devil’s or (2) the world’s temptations, but they may be able to control (3) their own sinful flesh. A disciple of Jesus does not lead others into sin. This is a necessary part of discipleship and, with the help of God, it is possible.

A life of discipleship is a life of rescue. Jesus says to His disciples, “If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray” (verses 12-13). Jesus’ disciples sometimes turn away from Him. In the pastoral imagery of Jesus’ own words, His disciples “go astray” from Him. Jesus doesn’t let His disciples remain astray, however. He searches for them and rescues them. A life of discipleship includes being rescued by Jesus from “the threatening perils of their sins” (from the Collect for the First Sunday In Advent: “Stir up, we implore You, Your power, O Lord, and come that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and be saved by Your mighty deliverance”).

A life of discipleship is a life of forgiveness. Jesus says to His disciples, “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother” (verse 15). Jesus’ disciples forgive each other. Or, at least, their supposed to forgive each other. There is a reason why Jesus spends so much time talking about forgiveness: no one wants to do it. Arguably, this is the most difficult aspect of discipleship. Jesus’ disciples find it difficult to forgive others because, they feel, others don’t deserve it. Fortunately, Jesus doesn’t feel that way about His disciples. He forgives them even though they don’t deserve it. Forgiving others, even though they don’t deserve it, is a necessary part of discipleship.

A life of discipleship is a life of community. Jesus disciples have things in common: faith, forgiveness, etc. They share these things with each other. They spend time together: in worship and outside of worship. The time that they spend together reminds them that Jesus is always with them. Jesus says to His disciples, “if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (verses 19-20). Jesus is with His disciples in the gifts that He gives them: the forgiveness of sins and everlasting life in heaven. Reminding each other of these gifts, and sharing these gifts with each other, is a necessary part of discipleship.

Prayer List

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. – 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Our Savior, Redeemer & St. Paul’s Lutheran Churches,

Brayden Christianson,

Eric Hewitt,

Ann Hovland,

Marcy Ketelsen,

Kurt Kramer,

Jan Martin,

the Family of Lucy Oglesby,

Tyler Paczkowski,

Keith Peters,

Julie Seil,

Norman Seil,

Ron Smith,

Charlie Wanzek

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:4-7


After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. – John 17:1-11


“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one — I in them and you in me — so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” – John 17:20-26

Announcements

What is closed communion?

“Whereas, the principle of ‘closed communion’ requires that only those who are in altar fellowship celebrate and partake of the Lord’s Supper with each other;

Whereas, the celebration and reception of Holy Communion not only implies but is a confession of the unity of faith, therefore be it

Resolved, that pastors and congregations of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, except in situations of emergency and in special cases of pastoral care, commune individuals of only those Lutheran Synods which are now in fellowship with us.”

– Resolution 2-19 of the 47th regular convention of the LC-MS, 1967


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Upcoming Voter’s Meetings

Every (1) January, (2) April, (3) July and (4) October


Alternating Fifth Sunday for 2018

Wimbledon / Woodworth: July 29, December 30

Kensal / Pettibone: April 29, September 30


Alternating Fifth Sunday for 2019

Wimbledon / Woodworth: June 30, December 29

Kensal / Pettibone: March 31, September 29


 

Important Dates for 2018

(service times and locations are subject to change)

Ash Wednesday

Pettibone – 7:00 pm (Wednesday, February 14)

Mid-Week Lent 1

Wimbledon – 7:00 pm (Wednesday, February 21)

Mid-Week Lent 2

Wimbledon – 7:00 pm (Wednesday, February 28)

Mid-Week Lent 3

Wimbledon – 7:00 pm (Wednesday, March 7)

Mid-Week Lent 4

Wimbledon – 7:00 pm (Wednesday, March 14)

Mid-Week Lent 5

Wimbledon – 7:00 pm (Wednesday, March 21)

Palm Sunday (March 25)

Kensal – 8:30 am

Pettibone – 11:00 am

Maundy Thursday (March 29)

     Kensal – 7:00 pm

Good Friday (March 30)

     Woodworth – 7:00 pm

Easter (April 1)

            Wimbledon – 8:30 am

            Woodworth – 11:00 am


Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people — the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world — just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. – Colossians 1:1-14