on May 27th, 2020
70 years. Can you imagine being away from Church, from family, or from friends for 70 years? Most of us wouldn’t survive that long to see it. For me to wait 70 years right now would put me at the ripe old age of 98. Who even knows if God will grant me such a life!
Phase 1 of Reopening
on May 20th, 2020
As we wrote last week, we find ourselves with the opportunity to gradually open our doors. Here is the plan for the first phase of reopening at Christ Lutheran. This will take place on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, at 9 a.m., with many safeguards and contingency plans in place. Though we hope to be able to go back to a full Sunday schedule in the future, we’re keeping with one service now so that we can do that one service as well as it can be done.
Safer at Home Lifted
on May 14th, 2020
Dearly beloved family of faith at CLC, With the state supreme court overruling the state government’s safer-at-home order, we will prepare to reopen for in-person, attendance-based worship, along with continuing to serve our community with live-streamed and FM broadcast worship.
Day 6: Vocation Devotion
on May 9th, 2020
As we prepare for tomorrow’s Stewardship Sunday, today we focus on the most important vocation of all: The vocation that belongs to Jesus Christ. Perhaps it is strange to think that way. Jesus Christ himself has a vocation given to him by the Father. It is the confession of the Church: Jesus Christ is Lord.
Day 5: Vocation Devotion
on May 8th, 2020
What better way to think about Vocation than with music. Hymn #784, “Take My Life and Let It Be” is a beautiful hymn that covers vocation. It is more of a prayer set to music and teaches us how we should approach turning our vocations over to God and trusting that he will guide us in our callings. Today’s devotion is a call to just slow down and read the lyrics.
Day 4: Vocation Devotion
on May 7th, 2020
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28). “Those who are called.” Another word for vocation is a “calling.” This phrasing comes up when we talk about Pastors. They are not hired, but called. But it also applies to you, in your calling as a Christian. You did not decide to become a Christian. You were called. You heard the voice of the shepherd and you followed. (John 10:27)
Day 3: Vocation Devotion
on May 6th, 2020
Luther’s Small Catechism is many things. Among them is the fact that the Small Catechism is a practical guide on how to live your life with all the vocations God has given you. Luther’s Small Catechism will tell you how to be a creature of God. It will tell you how to be a Christian. It will teach you how to pray. It will teach you how to be a good parent/child. It will tell you how to live and treat your neighbors. It tells you how to have a great marriage, it tells you how to go about your day to day labors and work. It tells you take care of your neighbor’s livelihood. It teaches you how to be a good citizen, a good pastor, a good widow, a good you name it.
Parking Lot Service
on May 5th, 2020
As I write this letter, my heart is overflowing with gratitude for you, the members of Christ Lutheran Church. I thank you for your prayers and your help and your patience and perseverance. All of these are God’s gifts to you, and through you, to me and the entire staff at Christ Lutheran. I’m writing to share some important news with you, as we continue to be the church under the conditions that are placed upon us with Covid-19 and “Safer at Home.”
Day 2: Vocation Devotion
on May 5th, 2020
I know that work can be a drag sometimes. Perhaps the labor itself is mundane or difficult. Perhaps you have lazy co-workers that make the day much harder than it needs be. Perhaps the worst part about your job is the fact that you butt heads with your boss. Maybe your boss is incompetent, harsh, or rude.
Day 1: Vocation Devotion
on May 4th, 2020
Monday May 4th This Sunday, we are celebrating Stewardship Sunday. This year, our Stewardship team picked out the theme of vocation. Each day this week we will have a brief devotion to prepare and celebrate God’s gift of vocation.
on April 22nd, 2020
As a Christian, there are views about humanity that can really rile me up. Here is an example: The view that humanity can do whatever it wants with this world is wrong. This is the Jurassic Park question. Just because humanity can make dinosaurs, doesn’t mean we should.
on April 16th, 2020
It seems that every time I sit down to write, I begin with a sigh, a prayer, and a time of reflecting upon God’s Word. You’ve probably heard the news that Gov. Evers has extended the “Safer at Home” orders until 8:00 p.m., on Tues. May 26. Of course, we knew this was going to be a marathon, not a sprint. In some ways, the restrictions might be a little relaxed, but, as far as churches, it remains the same.