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From the Pastor’s Desk…

From the Pastor’s Desk…

Greetings children of God.

Acts 4:5-12The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is, ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

“Christianity is the one true faith because Jesus, the only source of salvation, rescues us from the evil one. He delivers all people from a verdict of damnation and heals ills of body and soul. Christ’s name is received only by faith. Therefore, we’re saved by confidence in Christ’s name, not by our works. Locking their hearts, the religious authorities also close their eyes and cover their ears to silence the Word. But the crippled man still stands, the name of Jesus displays its power, and salvation resides in Jesus alone. Today, the Lord wants you to stand along with his bold apostles. He pledges his life and blessing to you in the midst of all difficulties. Christ, our Savior, give us courage to stand firm. Amen.”[1]

Do you have any loose change lying around, either in your house or your car? We’ll be happy to take it off of your hands as we have our Noisy Offering this Sunday.

Angi is holding a painting fundraiser for Victoria, our former custodian, to help with her finances as she had to retire due to a medical condition. There are 2 different dates, April 23 & May 9. There are sign-up sheets in the coatroom for each day.

We have a couple of home bound members that would like to come to worship on Sunday mornings but are not able to drive. If you would be willing to help and provide transportation for them, please let me know. This is not a weekly committment.

If you have a child that will be graduating high school or college this year, please let Pastor Tim know.

It appears the storms, wind, and rain we had last Wednesday and Thursday have affected our sign. Our contact who is handling the maintenance on it is currently out of town and should be back this weekend. He has assured me that fixing our sign is his #1 priority this weekend.

God’s blessings,

Pastor Tim

P.S. The bulletin for Sunday is attached.

[1] Lutheran Study Bible

This just in…

This just in…

Greetings children of God,

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”
(Matthew 11:28-30)

These words from Jesus have long been a source of comfort and assurance. These are the words that I memorized as a Sunday School student. These are the words that I am privileged to pronounce when a stole is placed upon the shoulders of a brand-new pastor in the Service of Ordination. I was most recently blessed to speak these words when Pastor Melanie Forrey was ordained on January 6, 2024, at Zoar Lutheran Church in Perrysburg. These are also the words that were spoken, when a new red stole was placed on my own shoulders almost 28 years ago by Bishop James Rave. I can still hear the echo of his strong, deep voice, “Come to me all you that are weary…”.

In these verses from St. Matthew, Jesus promises to give rest to those who are weary and burdened. And that word, weary, is a word that strikes me. Jesus doesn’t use the word tired, but the word weary. And there is a difference between being tired and being weary. When you’re tired a good night’s sleep brings needed refreshment and relief. When you’re weary, it takes more than a good night’s rest, it takes the rest that only Jesus can give, which is a rest for the soul. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29). So may you find rest in the one who calls you to come to receive the love and the rest that only Jesus can provide.

Let us pray, “Blessed Jesus, we are weary, and we are burdened, Carrying so many worries and cares. And then you bid us to come to you. To learn from you. To love like you. Lead us to be gentle with ourselves and others. Help us to be humble in heart. That in you, always and ever in you, we may truly find rest for our souls. This we pray in the name of Jesus. Crucified and Risen for the world”. Amen ~ Bishop Daniel Beaudoin

2024 – The Year of Rest

2024 – The Year of Rest

NWOS 2024: The Year of Rest

As we prepare for the new year, we invite you into 2024: The Year of Rest.

Time and time again God calls us into rest through scripture. We read stories of Jesus retreating into the hills, journeys being paused, and creation being celebrated with rest.

So what does it mean for God’s people to engage in rest?

Throughout 2024 we will explore this question, not just through sleep or vacation time, but through little moments each day that nourish and renew us.

Instead of our traditional daily Bible reading guide we invite you to engage in daily rest practices, using the seven types of active rest. By grounding these practices in a weekly Bible verse, we pray this guide will help you discover moments of rest and peace.

Learn more about the7 Types of Active Rest (Video)
Learn more about the7 Types of Active Rest (Article)

Our grounding verses for January are brought to us by Shea McGrew, treasurer of the Synod Council.

Here’s what he had to say when asked how he rests:

January 2024 Rest Calendar

I wish I had developed good habits for getting rest and renewing myself many years ago, but it didn’t happen. My career was consuming, involving extensive travel and many late nights and early mornings. When I was home, there was the press of family activities, church involvements, and a job that required me to be on top of things and available.

Today, while I have multiple jobs (two, both part-time) and some volunteer commitments, there is more time and no good excuse for not having habits for rest and renewal. I have a hard time slowing down, but two things force me into that mode: 1) prayer time and 2) exercise.

Prayer time is essential, and mine is in the evening. God, I suspect, doesn’t want me to enter into that time rushed and distracted, so I try to calm down and pray slowly and purposefully, and then just try to be silent for a while and open myself to what God might want to put on my mind or heart.

Exercise (usually running), while not rest in the normal sense, actually produces a slow-down in me. When finished, I have worked out some physical anxiety and I am more alert for the rest of the day. This is all about habits and discipline, I know, and those two things renew me in a way nothing else does.

~ Shea McGrew