”Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Dear members and friends of Our Savior, Jesus,
Since our Baptism we have been “Heading Home” to see our Heavenly Father. But let’s face the truth. We’re not as focused on God as we should be. That’s why we especially need the impact of Holy Week: The Last Supper of Maundy Thursday, where we remember Jesus’ loving sacrifice of His Body and Blood; we dare never take Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross for granted, for without Good Friday we have no forgiveness and no hope for our heavenly inheritance.
There’s a story, a true story, about a dog named Shep. Shep belonged to an old man in Ft. Benton, Montana. When the old man died, his body was placed in a casket, taken down to the train station, and shipped east for burial. No one paid much attention to the dog hanging around the station; some stray, they thought. That was Shep. He saw the casket of his master loaded onto the train and hung around the train station from that day on. He would not go home with anyone else. People at the station fed and took care of him. Every day for six years, Shep waited expectantly for every incoming train, hoping to see again his master. Oh, would that we be so focused on our divine Master!
We will see our Master. We will see God but not without Good Friday. The Bible says, “Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Jesus is the “righteous” one, totally right with God, no sins of His own for which He must pay the price. The righteous one gave His life for the unrighteous, for you and for me. Peter reminds us that we were redeemed “not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot” (1 Peter 1:18‒19).
Because of Good Friday you are forgiven. Because of Good Friday the promises of Baptism, forgiveness, life and salvation really are true. But it would all be lost if God hadn’t raised Jesus from the dead. Good Friday earned your forgiveness; the resurrection on Easter gives you assurance that the Father has accepted His Son’s sacrifice for your sin. Your Baptism is for real. You are a child of God. And you’re Heading Home!
Join your brothers and sisters in Christ in Worship this Holy Week:
- Maundy Thursday (April 2)
7:00 pm “Heading Home … and Loving All the Way”
- Good Friday (April 3)
7:00 pm “Heading Home . . . Forgiven, More Forgiving”
- Easter Sunday (April 5)
8:30 am “Heading Home . . . Heartened and Hopeful”
9:45 am Easter Breakfast and Fellowship for all
10:15 am Children's Easter Lesson and Activities
In Christ, our Savior,
Pastor Randy Schultz
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!