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Pastor's Monthly Letter

Pastor Randy Schultz

Jesus Our BFF

Dear Members and Friends of Our Savior,

Jesus knew in advance that Judas was going to betray Him. At the last supper He told Judas to go and get it over with quickly, so Judas went out into the night. The sun had long set for Judas; his soul was engulfed in darkness. He had turned his back on the Light of life.

We next see Judas in Gethsemane. After Jesus' agonizing prayer for us, He went out to meet His enemies. Judas was leading them. To make sure that the temple guards would not take the wrong man, Judas had arranged to kiss Jesus --a sign of affection turned into a mark of betrayal. With the words, "Greetings Rabbi." Judas approached Jesus and kissed Him.

How did Jesus react? He called him "Friend" (Matthew 26:50) and asked, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss? (Luke 22:48) What love beyond our understanding! Despite the betrayal, Jesus tried to draw Judas back to Himself by reminding him of what he should have known after three years: Jesus, who came to seek and save the lost, says to Judas, "I still love you. I still want you to be My Friend."

Jesus also has done everything possible to draw US to Himself. No matter who we are or what we have done or how far we have run away from God, Jesus is always ready and waiting to receive us back and to greet us as His friends. He is our "Best Friend Forever" because He died on the Cross for our sins and rose again for our forgiveness and eternal life.

Come and see for yourself this Holy Season!

Pastor Randy Schultz

Pastor Randy Schultz

P.S. Bring a friend.

Sundays: Sunday School and Bible Study starts at 9:15 a.m.
Weekly Worship Service starts at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesdays: join us for Word and Prayers at 6:00 p.m.
Holy Week: Maundy Thursday Worship with Communion at 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday Tenebrae Worship at 7:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday Breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m.
Easter Worship Service with Communion is at 10:30 a.m.


Meditating on God's Word

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, then answer the following questions about the passage:

♥   What do I learn about Jesus?  
♥   What does God want me to believe or do?  

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.

    Here are the suggested readings for the Season:

    ♥   Mar 6-12, Luke 13:31-35  
    ♥   Mar 13-19, Luke 13:1-9  
    ♥   Mar 20-26, Luke 15:1-3  
    ♥   Mar 27-Apr 2, Luke 20:9-20  
    ♥   Apr 3-11, Luke 23:1-56  
    ♥   Apr 12-18, John 20:19-31  
    ♥   Apr 19-25, Luke 24:36-49  

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  • Connect to Christ: experience MORE

    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!

    Altar Flowers

    Altar Flowers are placed to the glory of God for the beautification of our altar in thanksgiving for all His wonderful blessings on our congregation.

    A flower chart is posted on the bulletin board. Please sign up now to commemorate a birthday, anniversary, special occasion or blessing to honor the memory of a loved one.

    The cost for Alter Flowers is $40 for both vases, or $20 for just one vase.

    Please sign the chart for the Sunday you wish and fill out the Altar Flowers Information Sheet beside the flower chart. Prior to the Sunday designated, a copy will be mailed to you to assure that the correct information is placed in the bulletin.

    Please use the special envelope that will be included with the information sheet and place it in the collection plate or turn it in to the church office.Make checks payable to Our Savior Lutheran Church.