The Pastor's Thoughts
"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." Hebrews 10:24-25
"Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not despise His Word and the preaching of the same, but deem it holy, and gladly hear and learn it." Small Catechism
As I write this we seem to be having a lull in the amount of rain that's been falling this spring. THe temperatures have been in the 80's for several days and there is a hint of the summer that's about to make its annual appearance.
Summer is a time when many of us think about relaxing, a time when many of us go on vacation and try to put the pressures and irritations of life away for at least a little while. Unfortunately some people also think it's a time when they can skip going to church on Sunday mornings - there's just too much big fun to be had to "waste" a good morning in church.
Well, that's just what Satan wants us to think. Every moment when our minds are turned to something other than God is a good moment for our enemy. Every missed sermon, skipped communion service, and lost fellowship is a time when the old deceiver thinks he has a chance to pull you away from the comfort of the Gospel and the enthusiasm for the work of the Kingdom. And nothing good can come from that.
The word "Gospel" means "good news." When is there a day when you don't need to hear good news? When is there a day when we're not feeling numb from the things that fill our newpapers and televisions both from here and around the world? We agonize over our decisions about which of the bad choices to vote for. We shake our heads when we see another airplane blown out of the sky or a boat full of refugees capsized in the Mediterranean Sea or the announcement that another young person in our community has died from a drug overdose. There feels like there's no where to turn for something good. But, of course, there is - we have God's Word given to us, proclaimed each week, shared in the Sacrament. The assurance that all is indeed under control. Don't try to do without it.