Beloved Concordia Family,
What a wonderful weekend. In the wake of Reformation Day and a very busy week, we were able to take time to worship and observe All Saints Day. For those who were not with us, All Saints is November 1, but was observed this year on Sunday (11/3). As a part of the service, we printed the names of loved ones who passed away (as submitted by our Concordia family) on the back of the worship guide and observed a few moments in each service to honor their memory and celebrate their victory in Christ. How wonderful it is that we “do not grieve like the rest of mankind that has no hope.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13b)
Pledges for 2014
Thank you to everyone who has made a Faith Promise (pledge) for 2014. We had our largest Loyalty Sunday EVER last weekend! If you haven’t made your pledge for 2014, please consider doing so today. In fact, you can do that right now by following this link (Loyalty Sunday Pledge). We are busily preparing our budget for 2014 and base that budget on the faith commitments (pledges) we receive from our beloved Concordia family. Thank you for your help.
Thank you to the amazing army of volunteers and staff that made ConcordiaFest such a special day.
Jesus Christ, M.D.
Here are some notes from the message on Sunday …
Series Theme Verse: Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases … Psalm 103:2-3
We learn something about some Godly friends …
- Determination … They BELIEVED Jesus could help! Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
- Caregivers … They are UNSUNG Heroes
- Hard and often thankless
- “Celebrate Forward”
- Everyone of us will NEED a Caregiver sometime
- When Sickness rears its “Ugly Head.”
- When Sin rears its “Ugly Head.”
- Hold us accountable
- Pray for us
- Provide good/Godly Advice and Council
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1
What do we learn about Jesus?
1. Jesus came to save SOULS, … not LIVES!
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost. Luke 19:10
2. Jesus is UNIQUE … even if we get it wrong!
When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to men. Matthew 9:8
3. Jesus doesn’t care WHEN or HOW we come to HIM!
Love leaves a mark!
I am praying for you to have a blessed week.
Your pastor loves you!