Rest this Summer
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
(Jesus, Matthew 11:28 NIV)
Dear members and friends of Our Savior, Jesus,
During the summer season, we spend time preparing and actually participating in the “Summer Events.” Vacations, Open Houses, and special celebrations usually top the list; but we also include picnics, reunions, and lazy days in the sun. We like to think that we are escaping reality, and the stress that accompanies it, and entering the world of rest and relaxation. Indeed we are, but what kind of rest are we seeking? The above examples can provide physical and emotional rest --which is good! But, when and how do we find spiritual rest, especially when we are weary, burdened, worried, angry, hurt, or frustrated?
That, dear brothers and sisters in Christ only comes from time spent with God.
When Moses’ doubts arose, God assured him, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Jesus continues, “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 NIV). When we take the time to sit at the feet of Jesus in prayer, worship, Holy Communion, reading His Word, we receive spiritual rest.
With you in the Son,
Pastor Randy Schultz
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
“Gateway to Galilee – Amazing Grace Adventures!
Friday evening, August 7th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. “opening and orientation”
Saturday, August 8th, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., a day of learning and fun!
Please take time to pre-register your child(ren) for Vacation Bible School.
(Registration forms are on the table in the hallway off the Chancel entrance.)
Annual Church Picnic...
Sunday, August 9th, 2015, Worship at 10:30 a.m,
The day’s activities will be held at the church this year under a tent on the church properties. A potluck with the usual meat dishes, condiments, iced tea and water will be provided. Bring a dish to share and your own dishes, cups and tableware.
Come and enjoy the day of Worship, Christian fellowship, Good food, and fun.
Guidelines for Meditating on The Word
Choose an appropriate time and place to meditate in which there will be complete quiet
Pray to the Holy Spirit that He would enable you to understand what you read from the Bible
Read through the given passage of Scripture 3 times in one setting
Spend at least 10 minutes pondering what you read
Answer the following questions about the passage:
Write down your thoughts so that you do not forget them and can ponder them at a later time
Pray to God about the content of the passage
Each day of the week, meditate on a phrase or sentence from the given passage.
If possible memorize it.
- What do I learn about Jesus?
- What does God want me to believe or do?
Note: See the weekly bulletin for a list of new Bible verses to meditate on each month.
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. (Philippians 2:1-2)
These words recorded by St. Paul summarize and empower the theme of our spiritual growth and faith renewal effort now known as Connect to Christ: experience MORE.
At our Leadership Retreat, each director prayerfully shared his/her goal(s) for this campaign. Two themes were repeated and amplified around the table: “more” of the good things (i.e. God things) going on at Our Savior Lutheran; and “unity” of people and purpose.
Truly, we are blessed by knowing Christ and being united (connected) to Him. St. Paul names some of these blessings in the Scripture above: encouragement, comfort, fellowship, tenderness, compassion. Connected to
Christ, we experience these blessings and MORE. Look around our website and check out what MORE Christ has to give.
Spiritual renewal is the work of the Holy Spirit who connects us to Christ and thereby restores the joy of salvation (Psalm 51:12).
Because we are “united with Christ,” we also have a connection to each other in Christ. St. Paul records that as we are “like-minded” in
Christ and as we show the “same love” as Christ, and we function as “one spirit and purpose,” then our joy is made complete.
May the Holy Spirit restore and complete our joy as we worship, serve, and grow together at Our Savior Lutheran. Let’s Connect to Christ: Experience MORE!