Updated: 04/30/2013 7:24 AM
A Message from Our Pastor
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV).
As we are entering May, the season of summer is right upon us. This also means that we are going back into the fields, planting our gardens, graduating from school, planning our vacations, and looking forward to the “down time” of Summer.
Within the church May also tends to mark the beginning of a season of slowing down. Confirmation has been held and the classes are over. Sunday school ends for the season. Meetings and fellowship opportunities are mostly put on hold. In some ways it can seem like the church is on vacation.
Fortunately this is not the case. The Lord never takes a vacation from providing us with our daily needs. He never takes a break from giving to us the forgiveness of all of our sins. As Luther wrote in the Small Catechism, “He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life.” And, “In this Christian church He daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers” (1st & 2nd Articles of the Apostles Creed).
Despite things slowing down, we at Trinity continue to gather together every Sunday morning to receive the gifts of our Lord as He comes to us through His Word and in His Sacraments in order to strengthen our faith and to give to us the forgiveness of our sins. We continue to gather together every Sunday morning to respond to these gifts with praise and thanksgiving to the One who has given them. We continue to gather every Sunday morning to be equipped to go out into the world with the word of God’s love and forgiveness in Christ Jesus. And remember, “Where there is forgiveness of sins there is also life and salvation” (Luther’s Small Catechism).
As you are making your plans for this summer, remember to continue to come to the Lord’s house every Sunday. Take time to read His word throughout the week. Bring your prayers before the Lord on a daily bases. If you are going to be out of the area, call the church and we can give you locations of other LCMS congregations in the area you will be in. Or if you prefer, you can go to the directory page of Synod’s web site, www.LCMS.org, and it will list the congregation in the area and give you a map if you need one.
The Lord’s blessings be upon you as this summer approaches and unfolds. I hope to see you each week.