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First Lutheran Church Service August 2, 2020
August 2, 2020 AD
Dear Redeemed in Christ: members and friends of First Lutheran Church,
I came across this devotion from Creative Communications and thought I would share it:
Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin
that I had lost. Luke 15:9
Think about a time you were lost, maybe in a store, and couldn’t find your mom or dad. Or maybe you were separated from your friends at school. Or perhaps there was a time you wandered away from your house and couldn’t find your way back home. How did you feel (scared, alone, left out)? How did others feel when they thought you were lost (worried, separated, helpless)?
Being lost is a scary feeling. Many people, adults and children, are lost right now, and they don’t even know it! They are lost in sin. That means they don’t know about Jesus; they don’t know how to find their way back to God. That is why Jesus came. He came to seek and to save the lost. Jesus came to die for our sins and rise from the dead. Jesus Himself is our way back to God.
That is why Jesus calls Himself our Good Shepherd. A shepherd takes care of his sheep, and if even one sheep wanders away and gets lost, the shepherd will go and find it and bring it back. Jesus came to find sinners and save them. He came to find and save you and me! You are His precious lamb, and He wants to keep you close to Himself always.
Consider the lengths Jesus traveled to bring us close and what He does to keep us close, even in these times of epidemic, and protest, and destruction, and uncertainty, and fear. He didn’t just go to the Cross to win our victory in Him over sin, death, and the devil and then leave us on our own! No, He promises to never leave or forsake us, and then, by Word and Sacrament He keeps us close, when it would be easy for us to wander away into trouble. What a great Good Shepherd we have in Jesus!
How are you doing as the weeks (and months) of “we’ve never experienced this before” wind on? If you would like to visit and pray (and perhaps even laugh and cry) together, please give me a call (406) 431-8828. We need and are called to care for one another!
Needing our compassion and care are Tammy Anderson and family. Rick fought a long, hard battle with cancer, and by God’s grace and mercy in Christ, defeated that bitter enemy in his death this past Friday, and in going home to Heaven to be with his Savior and others who have gone before him! Services are being planned for Saturday morning (August 8) at the church. Unfortunately, we will continue to have to limit the number of people who will attend and will plan to reserve space for Rick and Tammy’s family first. (Thanks be to God, there is always room for prayers, and cards, and other expressions of support from those who care for and love these, our friends in faith in Christ)!
Word and Sacrament Worship (safely distancing ourselves) in our Sanctuary (beginning at 8 and 11 a.m.) this Sunday, focuses our mind and heart on our Savior, who “Rescues us from the Rubble” of the world around us (see Romans 8:28-39)!
For those who cannot attend live services this Sunday, the service from last week “Stuck in the Stone” should be on (www.firstlutheranhelena.org) soon!
Your generous support of the ministry at First Lutheran Church and School enables us to continue to minister in whatever ways we can during this epidemic and to help meet the needs within our church and school and communities. You can return your offering to our gracious God by mail or drop it by the office. You can also drop it in our secure mail box on the parking lot side of the building. Online simple and secure giving is also available at firstlutheranhelena.org.
In closing, please join me in prayer!
O Jesus, You assure us that we are precious to You, so that when we get lost in sin and go our own way, You are sad and seek diligently to find us. When You find us, we are glad and so are You. Being found by You means we are loved and cared for and safe with You. Be with us to care for us in these days and times. Help us to find more people for You to love and cherish. In Your saving Name, O Good Shepherd, we pray. Amen.
Continued love and care in Christ,
serving Him and serving you,
If you are looking for a church home, we encourage you to consider First Luther! We love to share the Good News of our Savior and the help that God’s Word gives to our everyday lives! Our congregation consists of people like you from every part of our nation. People seeking a sense of belonging and an opportunity for worship, growth and fellowship. May you find grace and blessing in the time we spend together. We would love to tell you more about our congregation.
First Lutheran School provides a Christian education that nurtures the spiritual, intellectual, and personal growth of each child. The school provides another means for First Lutheran Church to bring the Word and love of God in Christ Jesus to more families.
Special thanks to those in the Armed Forces! We welcome our military and others far from home. We pray for you.