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Beloved Concordia Family,

I hope that you are having a wonderful week.  It is amazing to think that after months of HOT weather we could have a week like this.  It’s been downright chilly.  I continue to have people tell me that I must love this weather since I grew up in the Midwest.  For the record, twelve years in San Antonio have served to thin my blood.  This weather was COLD!  Pleasant, but COLD!  I hope you were able to enjoy it.

 

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

I know we have some of our Concordia family who are participating in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon this weekend.  I hope you have a wonderful event.  Don’t forget, you can “stream” the audio only portion of the worship services on your smart phone.  ☺  God bless you and keep you.

 

Christmas from the Heart

Please check the deadlines for participating in our Christmas from the Heart projects.  Many are QUICKLY approaching.  For help, call the church office or stop by Christmas Central (next to the Welcome Center in the entry area of the Sanctuary).  Thank you for SHINING by sharing Christmas with someone in need!

 

Jesus Christ, MD … 

We will continue our study of some of the healing miracles of Jesus this weekend in ABC and each of the worship services.  Since Pastor Zach is in Africa (he is part of our mission team:  Vision for Ghana), this will provide a good chance to get to know Pastor Ben (our newest pastoral staff person).  He will be continuing the series in ABC at 9:30 and 11 AM.

Our theme verse for this series is, “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).  The text for this weekend is:  

And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”  Mark 5:25-34

Many people have prayed for healing time and time again only to be left in their sickness, feeling forgotten and alone.  Sometimes healing takes a long time.  And during the wait there can be a lot of suffering and isolation.  In this message, we’ll discuss some lessons we can learn as we struggle with sickness and wait for the process of healing to be completed.

 

I hope you will plan to be a part of worship this weekend.  Please invite a friend to join you and share in the hope of our Savior and Healer.

 

Your pastor loves you!

Pastor Bill

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