Words for the Week – January 23, 2020

I love this church and for all the many reasons why, there’s one constant thread:  Peace Lutheran Church is the community that most helps me trust God’s love and follow Jesus.  That’s why I give.

 

Why do you give?  This Sunday, during our congregational meeting at 9:15, we will hear about the ways our budget will serve our mission to Share God’s Love, Grow in Faith, and Create Community. We will then vote on the budget and then many of us will head into worship.

 

In worship, we will offer our commitments to God through Peace. There’s a reason we offer our pledges as part of a worship service. When the magi gave gifts to the newborn Christ, they worshiped him.  We give our gifts as an outward sign of our inward commitment to God.   We will have financial pledge cards on hand as well as cards on which you can write your pledges of time and talents.  I encourage you to thoughtfully and prayerfully discern your giving.

Last Sunday, I preached about the distance that exists between God’s dreams and our world.  John pointed out Jesus and said: “There is the lamb of God.” Jesus beckoned his disciples to “come and see.”  We go forward into the unknown, called by God and trusting that Christ has bridged the distance.  Listen to the sermon here.

In addressing the fear and insecurity that the impeachment trial brings up, I quoted from Martin Luther King Jr’s 1956 sermon “Paul’s Letter to American Christians.”

But American Christians, I must say to you as I said to the Roman Christians years ago, “Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.”…The Christian owes his ultimate allegiance to God, and if any earthly institution conflicts with God’s will it is your Christian duty to take a stand against it. You must never allow the transitory evanescent demands of man-made institutions to take precedence over the eternal demands of the Almighty God.*

Prayerfully,

Pastor Sarah

* https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/publications/knock-midnight-inspiration-great-sermons-reverend-martin-luther-king-jr-1