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Pastor’s Message

From latest newsletter: March & April 2018

“Those Who Were Ready”


Pastor Hill

The Bible teaches us that Jesus prepares His followers for the end, whichever form that end may take: either the end of the world in general, or our individual end through death. Jesus uses parables to make this point. One of the parables that Jesus uses is “the Parable of the Ten Virgins”, also known as “the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins”, or “the Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids”, or “the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Bridesmaids”.

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour” (Matthew 25:1-13).

“The Parable of the Ten Virgins” is usually interpreted as follows. The “bridegroom” is Jesus. The “marriage feast” is heaven. The “virgins” are members of the Christian Church. The “lamps” are faith. The “oil” for the lamps consists of things that maintain faith (the “lamp”), such as the Word of God and the sacraments. The “wise” virgins are wise because they have oil for their lamps when the bridegroom arrives: they are wise because they have maintained their faith until Jesus comes. The “foolish” virgins are foolish because they do not have oil for their lamps when the bridegroom arrives: they are foolish because they have not maintained their faith until Jesus comes.

The above interpretation can lead us to believe that we can get into heaven because of our faith. This is a simplistic belief: not necessarily false, but simplistic nonetheless. We shouldn’t be blamed, however, for our simplistic beliefs. After all, we are only believing what we hear and read. The Apostle Paul, himself, seems to talk endlessly about faith and, even, calls it a “law”: But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it – the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law” (Romans 3:21-28). In only eight verses, the Apostle Paul uses the words “faith” and “believe” a total of six times. Is it any wonder that we believe that we can get into heaven because of our faith? Is this what Jesus teaches us in “the Parable of the Ten Virgins”? Not necessarily.

Believing that we can get into heaven because of our faith can lead us to have more faith in our faith than we have in Jesus. This is a problem. Not only do we risk minimizing our faith in Jesus, but we take the chance of turning our faith into a “work” (using the language of the Apostle Paul from above). Faith is important, but it isn’t the only thing that gets us into heaven. A careful reading of “the Parable of the Ten Virgins” presents us with a question that has two possible answers: do the wise virgins go into the marriage feast (1) only because they have lamps filled with oil, or (2) because they have lamps filled with oil and they go into marriage feast with the bridegroom? In “the Parable of the Ten Virgins”, getting into the marriage feast depends on the bridegroom. The wise virgins don’t go into the marriage feast without the bridegroom. The bridegroom takes the wise virgins into the marriage feast because they are “those who were ready” (verse 10). Are they ready to go into the marriage feast on their own? Or are they ready for the bridegroom to take them into the marriage feast? They are ready and waiting for the bridegroom to take them in. They don’t go in on their own.

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,

Charlotte Grohnke,

Eric Hewitt,

Marcy Ketelsen,

Kurt Kramer,

Keith Peters,

Jay Schlotfeldt,

Floyd Scouten,

Julie Seil,

Norman Seil,

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


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)

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