Sermon – Ruth 3 (13th Sunday after Pentecost, September 7, 2014)

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Sermon – Ruth 2 (12th Sunday after Pentecost, August 31, 2014)

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Sermon – Ruth 1 (11th Sunday after Pentecost, August 24, 2014)

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From the Pastor’s Study . . . September 2014

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Dear Friends,

On Sunday, August 24, we will be inviting all of our students to come forward to the altar for prayers and a special blessing, before they begin a new school year.  Our heavenly Father bestows His gifts upon us daily, but spiritual maturity is needed in order to regularly perceive them.  As we nurture these young people toward spiritual maturity, it is important for us to show them the blessings of the Almighty, and to provide for their full participation in the sacramental life of the Church.  In calling them to the altar, we are first and foremost beseeching God’s blessing upon them as they begin another year of school and bestowing upon them the gift of their heavenly Father’s blessing – but we are also calling to their attention the presence of God through the Holy Spirit who accompanies them in every aspect of their lives, including school. 

These young people need your prayers, and they also benefit from your reassuring them of your prayers.  On the 24th, and throughout this year, please take a moment to speak with our school students and let them know that you will be praying for them.  When they were baptized into Christ Jesus, in addition to the promises which their parents and sponsors made to God, you were charged with supporting them and encouraging them in their calling as Christ’s disciples.  While the baptismal rites do not ask the congregation to verbally commit themselves to the care of the newly baptized, the Scriptures do.  In Romans, chapter 12, St. Paul instructs:  For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another (Rom. 12:4-5).  Those who belong to Christ belong also to everyone else who belongs to Christ, and with this comes a shared responsibility to each other.  What a joy it is to do the Lord’s work of encouraging fellow believers in Christ Jesus! 

As you offer your own prayers to Almighty God, on behalf of our young people, I would like to share with you the prayer that I will offer at the altar that morning: 

Kind Father, we pray, may this new school year be filled with your abundant blessings upon students and teachers.  May it be a year of joyful beginnings for some, and fresh starts for others.  May the friendships of classmates and colleagues refresh their spirits in ways that honor you.  Give to all students a desire to grow in knowledge and understanding, as they receive of your wisdom all the days of their lives.  Father, we ask you on behalf of our nation’s schools, for the safety of each student and every classroom; and for mutual respect for every student and teacher.  May there be enough challenges for each student in order to call forth their best efforts, and enough accomplishments to satisfy and delight them.  We pray that you will bless all students, particularly these students who stand now before your holy altar.  We pray, as we live, in the strong name of Jesus.  Amen. 

May the Holy Spirit, working through God’s Word, continue to nourish your faith and bring you to spiritual maturity. 

In Christ Jesus,

Pastor

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Sermon – 2 Thessalonians 3:6-18 (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, August 10, 2014)

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Sermon – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5 (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, August 3, 2014)

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Sermon – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 27, 2014)

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