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August 15, 2015, 9:53 AM

The Importance of Lutheran Education


 

This past Sunday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church’s Voters Assembly meeting, after sharing Acts 2:1-21 with the folks at the meeting, I asked the congregation what they knew of the celebration of Pentecost. Being the shy group that they are (yeah, right) and after no answers were forthcoming, I pushed for an answer from any Concordia College grads who were at the meeting.

After the meeting, I reflected on how many Concordia grads we had in attendance at that meeting and what role they play within the congregation. I myself, as Pastor, graduated in 1981 and my wife, Joy, who does not want her graduation year advertised, is the council secretary. Our newly elected congregation president, Carol (Fredrickson) Chamberlain is a grad as is our 3rd & 4th grade teacher and Outreach Comittee member, Laura (Sadlo) Mortensen. Our Dayschool Board of Education Chairperson, Ellen (Holsan) Jockwer is a grad, as is her husband, John Jockwer. Our Church Organist/Choir director, Helen Miller is a graduate of Concordia Seward. One of our Church Elders, Jon Fritz, attended Concordia when they still played football there (sorry Jon) AND our Dayschool Principal, Carol (Umbach) Johnson is a Concordia College grad, just not the RIGHT Concordia! (River Forest, of course)

Our Christian Dayschool is preparing to celebrate its 50th year during the 2011-2012 school year! By God’s grace, what an awesome accomplishment that is! 50 years of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ to children and their families from all walks of life. How many of those children whose lives have been touched by our teaching staff and church members will be the leaders of the church in the generations to come?

The goal of Christian education is to make disciples who will in turn make disciples. It is my prayer that God would continue to bless all Christian education, whether it is Sunday schools, pre-schools, dayschools, high schools or colleges. Won’t you join me in praying for the people who run these great places of learning and pray that the love of Christ that they share with the families that they encounter enter into their hearts and burn within them that they, in turn, share Christ’s love with others.

To God be the glory! – Pastor Sadlo




August 15, 2015, 9:53 AM

Our Help is in the Name of the Lord


 

Our help is in the name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 124:8)

On the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, my wife and I and three friends spent the afternoon on
the Shrewsbury River. It wasn’t the “perfect” boating day as the clouds were
with us most of the time and the south wind made the water a bit choppy…but it
was Memorial Day and we had the boat on the water for the first time this summer.

After about 2 hours of eating and relaxing a fellow boater who had quietly drifted close to us called
out for help. While his outboard motor was running, it would only run in
reverse and he was about 2 miles from his home port!

The rule on the water is, if someone needs help and you are able to assist them, you do so
unquestioningly. We immediately offered our help, connected a tow line between
the boats, and took a nice slow ride down the river to his marina. I will
always remember the thankful look on the face of the stranded boater AND his
beautiful Great Dane who was “fishing” with him. At one point the dog placed
his head on the shoulder of his owner…the sight was priceless!

When we begin worship using our Lutheran Service Book, Divine Settings 3,4 or 5, we begin our own
confession of sins with the words, Our help is in the Name of the Lord, who
made heaven and earth which is found in Psalm 124:8. With those words we are
proclaiming our trust and our faith in our Lord and Savior…the Triune God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

While I may be trustworthy in giving a tow on the water, God is trustworthy in all things. He
promises to hear our prayers. He promised to send His Son to the earth to live
and die and rise again for all of our sins. He promises to walk with us daily
as He gave us His Spirit to be our helper and comforter.

And he does this out of his own goodness and love for his children, NOT because of the “rules of the
water”, but because he WANTS to.

Want more information about what God wants our response to be to those in need? See Luke 10:25-37.

May God bless your day – Pastor Sadlo


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