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||Newsletter & Calendar - July 2018|
||Pastor's Message- Summer 2018|
“God Is Faithful!”
Did you know that Psalm 117 is the shortest Psalm for it contains only 2 verses? It reads: “Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol Him, all peoples! For great is His steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!” It may be the shortest Psalm but it sure packs a punch, doesn’t it?
I have chosen Psalm 117 as the basis for a few thoughts I would like to share with all of the members and friends of St. Peter’s as we move into the summer season.
In the old television series, “Lost in Space”, the robot would often warn: “Danger Will Robinson! Danger!” Today I want to remind everyone that there is danger out there. I guess I would say: “Danger members and friends of St. Peter’s! Danger!” What danger, you ask? Well, the Bible warns in 1 Peter 5:8-9a, “Be sober-minded, be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith…”
Christians are most at risk when they are not regularly in worship, Bible study and prayer. So, when the summer arrives and we take that long due vacation rest, it is easy to forget to pack the Bible along with all the other things we take to our cottages and put into our RVs. Also, many people, when Sunday rolls around on vacation, choose not to worship. After all it’s only for one or two Sundays, we reason.
As your vacancy Pastor I urge all of you to take the time on Sundays when you are away on vacation to either find a church in which to worship your God, or just take time to have a short devotion and prayer time in your cottage or RV or tent or Hotel room. Why? Well Psalm 117 tells us why.
It is because God’s steadfast love is so great and affects our lives so deeply that it should be simply unthinkable for a Christian, especially a Lutheran, to consider just neglecting God when on vacation. For He has been totally committed and faithful to each and every one of us.
So that we might be forgiven of all sin and so that we might always be aware that we belong to God, He sent His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to pay for our sins on the cross of Calvary and then to rise on the third day, victorious over sin and death and Satan. He has adopted us in Holy Baptism as His redeemed children and every day walks by our side to preserve our lives and keep us locked into saving faith. But even more, He has prepared a place for us in Heaven so that we might live with Him in person for all eternity.
Knowing all this, it is virtually impossible for us to neglect hearing His Word and praying to Him…ever! The Psalmist understood this and urges us to remain faithful as he writes: “Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol Him, all peoples!”
May God help us, by the power of His Holy Spirit, to not forget this wonderful God of ours, but to remain faithful to Him always, to praise Him and extol Him and worship Him even when we go on vacation.
Pastor William Ney,
Your Vacancy Pastor
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