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Sunday, April 11 and Monday, April 12, 2021

From the desk of St. Paul Staff

ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH WILL BE 160 YEARS OLD ON APRIL 14! From our website: “On April 14, 1861 a group of 14 men, recent German immigrants who were at that time members of St. Martin Lutheran Church, met and organized a new congregation affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and other States which is now called the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. They named their new church St. Paul.” We praise and thank God for 160 years of blessings and look to the future that God has for our congregation, sharing the Gospel and serving others! God’s love shining through us, opening doors and changing lives!For more information on our history, please visitstpaulnt.com and then go to “About” and “St. Paul History.” 

From the desk of Pastor Bill

     Back on Palm Sunday, I preached about remaining “awestruck” over the cost of our salvation, because we typically become complacent when we hear that Jesus was crucified for our sins.  We know the story so well, perhaps too well, I shared, that the amazement over the shock and pain of crucifixion is no longer present.  So, we walk through the emotions that are Holy Week- the triumph of Palm Sunday, the somberness and intimacy of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday, the sadness and horror of Good Friday, and then the jubilance of Easter Sunday, where the victory is proclaimed- “He is risen!  He is risen indeed!”

     On Easter morning I asked you this, “It’s Easter Sunday, are you excited about your faith today?”  (Get used to that, I ask it every year on Easter Sunday).  And now, a week removed from Holy Week and Easter celebration, are we still excited about our faith?  Or does complacency settle in once again?  Does our faith, so amped up a week ago, return to a modest level? 

     It was the sacrifice of Jesus, enduring the cross in all its agony, that paid for our sins.  He put our own well-being above His own, He died the death we will never have to die, He made it possible for God to see us in a new and redeemed light. 

     Just how does one respond to the gift Jesus has brought us all?  Does not an undeserved gift cause one to desire to praise the giver in return?  We now offer our thanks, praise, obedience and worship to God as our ‘faith response’ to this incredible gift.  Forgiveness is renewed in us every day.  The effect of what Jesus has done at Easter continues every moment of our lives.  We need not forget or move away from remembering and meditating on what Good Friday means, or what Easter means.  While it is hard to emotionally maintain Holy Week’s momentum, we need to remind ourselves often, lest we lose the “awe” we had a week ago.

Every Sunday is a “Mini-Easter” where we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, remember what it means for us, return our thanks and praise, and become awestruck all over again, that for each of us, Christ would endure the suffering that was deserved by us, that we can now live for Him.  Every Sunday we remember we deserved different, but were instead blessed by saving grace.

     Let us not forget, or water down our faith response to our Easter blessing, but rather live it out in weekly worship, daily prayer and devotion, and the moment by moment renewing of our faith and hope and love for Jesus.

     Remain awestruck, that the Son of Man died for you, left glory at the right hand of God and took on human flesh, carried the weight of our sins, endured the painful cost of our salvation, and has risen again that we may have new life.  Easter continues.  He is risen!  He is risen indeed.  Alleluia!

                Pastor Bill

 

All are welcome at St. Paul Lutheran – Please allow God’s love to work in and through you to brighten the lives of members and visitors alike.

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Confirmation Class AssignmentsFor Thursday, April 15, 2021:

 First Year Class – Read “The Ten Commandments – The Close of the Commandments” pages 93 – 101 from Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation.  Read Chapter Twenty- seven from The Story, “The Resurrection.”  Attend church and KREW and complete a Worship Summary Form

Mentor Question: There will not be a Mentor question over the Easter break.  

 

Second Year Class – Read “The Ten Commandments – The Tenth Commandment” pages 93 – 101 from Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation.  Complete Lesson 31 question A, Lesson 32 question A, Lesson 33 questions A and B, Lesson 34 question A, Lesson 35 question B & C from “Exploring Luther’s Small Catechism.” Attend church and KREW and complete a Worship Summary Form.

Mentor Question: There will not be a Mentor question over the Easter break.  

* Study the Books of the Bible and your Affirmation of Faith questions.

   Begin preparing Affirmations.

 


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