July/August 2014



 

 

Pastor Nate’s Peace

Jesus said, “Go Therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20 – The Great Commission

To share our faith with excitement and joy as we live our lives can be a challenge. However, when we experience the lows and difficulties that life brings our way, it is at these times we are cared for with the care and love of other disciples to show the way, encourage, and lift us up. Personally it has been a roller coaster for me this past month and I have many faithful people to thank for sustaining me and
likewise I pray I have made a difference for others with the ministry God lays before me.

The ministry we are engaged in at Hope Lutheran Church is one of inclusivity, to welcome and promote the life that is found in Christ who gives to us as disciples in this age the Great Commission. Over the past few years we have been gearing our worship to welcome guests and invite more people to participate in the ministry of worship. From musicians, to volunteers, prayer request, worship leaders, and sharing of the peace. Youth & Family Ministry is more than one individual, but it is the affirmation of faith in the home that is shared and welcomed at church and beyond the church in our daily lives with others. We also share in many weekly and month ministries that feed the soul, welcome the stranger and are meant to reach out to others for the sake of the Good News message of Christ crucified and risen!

Each day God blesses us with everything! Our lives as followers of Christ are called upon to reflect the blessings by being a blessing to others. Is your life like that? How does worship or other ministries teach you about your faith so that you can share your faith by how you live? By being intentional about this we will see disciples being born every day and the joy of God’s word spread.

As I prepared for the sermon on June 15, Holy Trinity Sunday I came across a newsletter article written by Rev. Bob Fisher that shared the poem “Ten Little Christians.”

Ten little Christians, standing in a line – one didn’t like the preacher;
Then there were nine.
Nine little Christians stayed up very late – one slept on Sunday morning;
Then there were eight.
Eight little Christians on the road to heaven – one took the lower road;
Then there were seven.
Seven little Christians got in an awful fix – one didn’t like the music;
Then there were six.
Six little Christians seemed very much alive – one wanted rest;
Then there were five.
Five little Christians wishing there were more – one quarreled with the others;
Then there were four.
Four little Christians cheerful as could be, one lost their temper;
Then there were three.
Three little Christians knew not what to do – one joined the crowd;
Then there were two.
Two little Christians differed with each other;
Then there were none!

This is not the end trivial items cannot prevail against the Church that is concerned.

One lone Christian friended their neighbor true – brought them to church;
Then there were two.
Two earnest Christians each friended one more – that doubled their number;
Then there were four.
Four sincere Christians worked very late – each won another;
Then there were eight.
Eight splendid Christians shared their faith over dessert – nothing rhymes with sixteen; so we simply note that in seven more verses there would be 1,024 Christians, which would be quite a church-full!

The Great Commissions persuades us to actively invite, speak to and encourage people to explore their faith and to come and see what God is doing at Hope.