Elder, Usher, and Acolyte Schedules for June 2015

Elder and Usher Schedule

Date
8:00
Elder
10:30
June 7Gene Fuller, Matthew Holland, Mike Field, Richard RossPaul GerikeBrian Dirks, Karson Lueck
June 14Joshua Parry, Steve ParryMike FieldGreg McNeely, Mike Huth, Ryan Kleiboeker
June 21Charles Nottingham, Craig Culp, Jeff Piper, Paul GerikeNathan KluenderBryan Reichert, Marvin Huth
June 28Daryle Schempp,
Nathan Kluender
John HardyBud Kessler, Holden Lueck, Nick Henson

Acolyte Schedule

Date
8:00 AM
10:30 AM
June 7Katey ParryPastor/Elder
June 14Pastor/ElderChristian Dowell
June 21Lucas PiperPastor/Elder
June 28Pastor/ElderJustin McNeely

Celebrating June 2015

Birthdays

6/2 Paula Hardy
6/6 Brad Gerike
6/7 Diane Benjamin
6/7 Deborah Huber
6/7 Eric Orr
6/8 Mike Field
6/11 Kent Warren
6/13 Penny Culp
6/13 Chris Parker
6/14 William McNeely
6/14 Richard Ross
6/15 Ruth Gerike
6/16 Marlene Hitch
6/17 Kathy Vize
6/18 Isabella Kessler
6/20 Katie Nord
6/21 Erin Dirks
6/23 Eugene Fuller
6/24 Kathy Hitch
6/26 Tammy Brewer
6/29 Steve Davis
6/29 Martha Prescher
6/30 Bryan Reichert

Baptismal Birthdays

6/1 Craig Culp
6/1 Christian Dowell
6/1 Dorothy Herberts
6/2 Harriet Campbell
6/3 William Dowell
6/7 Brad Gerike
6/17 Casey Scott
6/19 Diane Benjamin
6/20 Gerald Semelka
6/21 Erica Kearney
6/24 Jillian Sompong

Pastor’s Notes June 2015

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

One of the joys of our congregation is the conversation that we have in Adult Bible Class.  We have been known to get through only one question in a study!  Here in the gathering of our fellow Christians we have junior high through senior citizens sharing experiences and gaining strength from their brothers and sisters in Christ.  We talk about the struggle of living in these times and the challenges that face us.

Frustrations can occur when we want others to have our same worldview.  We may have friends, family, or co-workers that see things differently than us.  I get dragged into many of these situations because I am a Pastor.  What I try to remind all of us is this: “We cannot change hearts; only God can.”  This does not mean we sit on the sidelines though.  We need to be in the arena, participating in the dialogue game.

I recently read in one of my theological journals an essay by a Lutheran clergyman in Norway.  It doesn’t paint a very good picture of what has happened to the church.  He writes, “The sad story of the downfall of the Lutheran churches in Scandinavia…is the story of what happens when false doctrine, un-Biblical teaching, is not refuted.  It is like gangrene:  if it is not cut off, it will spread and in the end lead to death.  The guarding of Biblical doctrine to the Christian Church is the same as the immune system is to our bodies.  It safeguards us from dangerous infections that might threaten life itself.  We all know what happens if the immune system fails.”

Lutherans in these countries are an endangered species.  He says that Lutherans are represented in name only, not in reality.

This Pastor’s message though is to be of good courage.  He says to build on God’s Word because through this foundation we have the strength no matter what the world throws our way.  He reminds us as I have heard over and over that “during times of adversity and trouble…the church of Christ has gained health and found her way back to her true identity.”

We “Stand Up, Stand Up, For Jesus” because Christ died and rose for us.  Be of good courage and we will see you in worship and Bible Class where we gain the Lord’s strength for battle through His Word and Sacraments.

In Christ,

Pastor

Bulletin Announcements – May 31, 2015

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May 31, 2015

THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP:  John 3:6:  “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”  In Holy Baptism we receive a new birth: spirit from Spirit.  With that rebirth we receive new desires, new lives, new purposes.  To the (fleshly) world, Christian generosity makes no sense – a total minus a percentage is less than the original total.  But Spirit-reborn Christians now that God’s math works differently (as we might expect from the Trinity!): a blessing received from God becomes more of  blessing when it is used in generosity to bless others.

THE ADULT BIBLE CLASS, led by Pastor Lueck and meeting in the church basement at 9:15 a.m. is studying a DVD-based topic, “The Great Deceiver”.  The focus is on the work of Satan from the Bible and how Christ has overcome him through His death and resurrection.

TODAY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL:  On this last Sunday of the spring quarter of Sunday School, students study “John’s Vision of Heaven.”  Those who believe that salvation has been accomplished by the all-availing sacrifice of Jesus’ blood on the cross will bear the name of Christ, written on their forehead in Holy Baptism, and will have the right to the tree of life.  Consider discussing, “How does John describe heaven?  How is the promise of eternal life in heaven ours?”

TODAY we have a large container in the narthex for you to leave your contribution for our special project which is the Organ Repair and Update.  Our next Collection will be Sunday, July 5th and Sunday, July, 12th.  Thank you!     The 20th Church Anniversary Committee

FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE:  The 20th Church Anniversary Committee has sent out invitations to former members who have moved away.  We were able to find many of them but there are a few we could not find addresses for.  They are: Barb Parry, Russ & LeAnne Perry and Family, Lloyd and Donna Smith.  If you know their current address or can contact them through social media, please pass on their information to the church office.  Thank you!

TUTION ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE:  Please contact a member of the Board of Christian Education or the church office for more information.  Forms are available in the office.

THE CHURCH FLOWER BED:  I want to replace the yellow Iris in the flower bed with different colors.  If you have any to share please contact Diane Benjamin at (309) 724-8520.  Thank you!

FELLOWSHIP HOSTS:  The sign-up for help with coffee/doughnuts is posted on the wall by the north stairwell.  We need an individual/family to sign-up each week to pick up the donuts and make the coffee.  If no one is signed up by Friday of each week, the order will be cancelled.  We thank everybody who continues to help with this part of our church fellowship.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR:  “Life Under God’s Construction” is the topic for next Sunday.  The sermon text will be from 2 Corinthians 4:13—5:1.  Do you see a “Road Construction Ahead” sign?  Did God put it there?  The speaker will be Reverend Gregory Seltz.  Hear this Sunday’s message on the Lutheran Hour on WGN (720) at 6:00 a.m.; WJWR (104.7 FM) and WJWR (90.3 FM) both on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.  Also, if you can receive Lincoln, IL radio station WLLM (1370 AM) the program is broadcast two times on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Tune in!  You can also listen to The Lutheran Hour on your personal computer at RealAudio, www.lhm.org.

PRAYER CHAIN:  If you have a prayer request please submit them by email to Mary Anne Kirchner at makirchner@yahoo.com or you may phone a Prayer Request to Mary Anne; her home # is (309) 661-6522; her cell phone# is (309) 532-2582.  The Prayer Request box is on the table in the narthex for any written requests.

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Bulletin Announcements – May 24, 2015

Bulletin Announcements

May 24, 2015

THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP:  Acts 2:1: “When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.” Pentecost was the Old Testament harvest festival: a time of thanksgiving, bounty, and the giving of gifts. How appropriate that in the New Testament it takes on the meaning of harvest the ripe fields of the nations, bringing in the elect of every tribe and tongue to sing the Lord’s praise. Every farmer knows that it is God who gives the increase, that harvest calls for thanksgiving.

THE ADULT BIBLE CLASS, led by Pastor Lueck, is studying “Luther’s Small Catechism”. The class meets in the basement at 9:15 a.m.

TODAY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL the students study the account “Paul Sails for Rome.” As Christ was with Paul and His companions, so He is with me, holding me up, keeping me with Him in the ship of the Church, and casting all my sins into the depths of the sea. Parents could ask, “Who and what did God use to keep Paul safe? How does God keep us safely with Himself?”

TODAY we have a large container in the narthex for you to leave your contribution for our special project which is the Organ Repair and Update. You may also bring your contribution next Sunday, May 31st. Thank you!  The 20th Church Anniversary Committee

TODAY: Thankful for the Lord’s blessings and the part you have played in Karson’s life (especially his spiritual life), Pastor and Toni Lueck in conjunction with the presenter of his High School Diploma, Normal West High School, invite you to a Graduation Party this afternoon from 3-6:00 p.m. at Union Park Clubhouse (GE Park), 1750 G.E. Road in Bloomington.

CAN YOU HELP: Following Laura’s surgery the Kessler family is in need of meals. If you can help, please call or e-mail Curt. His phone# is (309) 826-7171; and his email is: 71fenderbassman@comcast.net. Thank you.

THE CHURCH FLOWER BED: I want to replace the yellow Iris in the flower bed with different colors. If you have any to share please contact Diane Benjamin at (309) 724-8520. Thank you!

FELLOWSHIP HOSTS: The sign-up for help with coffee/doughnuts is posted on the wall by the north stairwell. We need an individual/family to sign-up each week to pick up the donuts and make the coffee. If no one is signed up by Friday of each week, the order will be cancelled. We thank everybody who continues to help with this part of our church fellowship.

JOB OPENING: Shining lights Preschool at Christ Lutheran Church, 311 N Hershey Rd., Normal, IL has an opening for the Director position. Qualifications for the director include: (1: An associate’s degree in early childhood education with experience and licenser or certification in Early Childhood Education and Director-qualified according to the Department of Children and Family Services. (2: Leadership experience in administration and staff guiding. (3: Significant experience in preschool/elementary age ministry. (4: Be able to show/share God’s love in the preschool environment. If you are interested and would like an application, please see Rosemary in the church office or call (309) 452-5609, ext. 2. Please return your application by Friday May 29, 2015.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: “Enough Is Enough” is the topic for next Sunday. The sermon text will be from 2 Peter 3:9-10. God shows grace to sinners but His patience has its limits. The speaker will be Reverend Ken Klaus. Hear this Sunday’s message on the Lutheran Hour on WGN (720) at 6:00 a.m.; WJWR (104.7 FM) and WJWR (90.3 FM) both on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Also, if you can receive Lincoln, IL radio station WLLM (1370 AM) the program is broadcast two times on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tune in! You can also listen to The Lutheran Hour on your personal computer at RealAudio, www.lhm.org.

PRAYER CHAIN: If you have a prayer request please submit them by email to Mary Anne Kirchner at makirchner@yahoo.com or you may phone a Prayer Request to Mary Anne; her home # is (309) 661-6522; her cell phone# is (309) 532-2582. The Prayer Request box is on the table in the narthex for any written requests

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“Chosen By God” Acts 1: 12-26 (5-17-2015, 10:30am Service)

May 17, 2015 Text: Acts 1:12-26

Dear Friends in Christ,

Have you ever experienced not being chosen? Maybe it was a team, a job, a part in a play, a college you wanted to go to, a girl you loved. Feelings of rejection can creep into our minds. We start to question why? In the First Reading today, we hear both Justus and Matthias were considered as the one to replace Judas as the twelfth disciple. Matthias was chosen, and Justus was not. Justus knew the embarrassment of not being chosen for this position. Yet we know that Justus and every Christian are chosen by God to be witnesses for Him.
“CHOSEN BY GOD”
Someone needed to replace Judas. The apostles were together between Jesus ascension, which we celebrated on Thursday, and Pentecost, which is next Sunday. The apostles didn’t know the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was coming, but they did know they were to spread the good news about Jesus that the Lord himself delivered to them before He ascended. They needed to be at full strength. So they considered two men for the job – Justus and Matthias. Both were qualified and had experience. Both had served faithfully and would make a wonderful apostle. Both were loved by God, they were both good men, but only one could be chosen.
They cast lots, similar to our drawing straws, and Matthias was chosen. Today he is remembered as a saint and even has a day Feb. 24 – St. Matthias Day.
But what about Justus? He is the forgotten man, at least Scripturally. He is not heard from again. That is what sometimes happens when you are not chosen.
Justus probably hurt that day. He was qualified and experienced. One hundred and twenty of his fellow Christians said he was eligible, but Matthias got the job. Justus even knew that God had caused the lot to fall where it did. God chose Matthias rather than him. Oh, the sting.
We can feel for Justus. We want to be the chosen one. We want to be the favored one, best dressed, most likely to succeed, captain of the team. We want to be loved, admired, appreciated, and complimented. We want the honors, the awards, the promotions. Look, numero uno is I. Oh, and it feels good!
But in our world, we can’t all make it to the top. If we did the structure would all crumble. My mom always said, “Not everyone can be a chief, you need a few Indians.” No matter how the world of today tries to not let it happen, not everybody can be first. The reality is that there is no consolation prize. You either make the team or you don’t, get the job or told we can’t use you, achieve the college scholarship or receive the rejection letter. No matter how blessed we are, we have all had an experience where we were not the chosen one. It hurts, it stings, and it can cause tears of pain.
However, whether or not the world has chosen us for any special honors or awards, God by His grace has chosen us. To be chosen by God is the greatest recognition in life.
Time after time, Scripture reminds us of our chosen status. Isaiah wrote, “’You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off’; fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Is. 41:9-10) Jesus told his disciples, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” (Jn. 15:16)
By Jesus’ death on the cross, He shows us that despite our sin we are special to God. We are the chosen ones who are loved, forgiven, and saved by His grace. The Holy Spirit places us on God’s spiritual team, the Church. Here, He invites us to come to His Holy Table, where we receive body and blood for the forgiveness of our sins.
We are God’s chosen ones, and that is a blessing for us. Words spoken to us can make a big difference in our lives. A coach says, “You made the team.” A teacher tells us, “You are an outstanding student.” A beloved whispers, “I do” when they are asked if they will marry you. A boss announces, “You are getting the promotion.” The hostess at a busy restaurant summons you by name and you feel pretty good as you walk by the others who are waiting. In words spoken to us at our Baptism, God lovingly says to you and I, “You are my child. I forgive your sins. You are now part of my family of faith.” The power of God’s word to us.
Our value to God is not measured by how many teams we have been on, how many awards we have won, the top of the mountain we think we’ve achieved or how others view us. Rather, God, who made us in His image and saves us by His grace, gives our worth to us. Never forget or doubt that in Christ, we are chosen by God.
Amen.

Bulletin Announcements – May 17, 2015

 Bulletin Announcements

May 17, 2015

THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP:  1 John 5:12:  “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”  Jesus is the foundation, the bedrock, the beginning and the end.  To have Him is to have it all. In Him we have life.  And we are called to live in Him, to live this new life He has given us, to grow up into His image.  This is a struggle in this sinful world!  But His grace is sufficient as He refreshes us through Word and Sacrament

THE ADULT BIBLE CLASS, led by Pastor Lueck, is studying “Luther’s Small Catechism”.  The class meets in the basement at 9:15 a.m.

TODAY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL:  The account of “Paul and Silas in Prison” serves as the focus of Sunday School today.  Just as God freed Paul and Silas from prison, granting them life out of death, so Christ by His crucifixion and resurrection frees me from the prison of my sins and grants me life eternal. Questions for discussion include “How is this event more than just a story about Paul’s escape from prison?” and “How has God rescued us from the prison of sin?”

TODAY:  We welcome by Adult Confirmation this morning Jordan Doddek.  Jordan is graduating from Bradley University with a Civil Engineering Degree and is employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Peoria.  Jordan enjoys basketball and computers.  His cell# is (309) 660-5735 and his email is jtdoddek@gmail.com.  Jordan’s fiancée is Good Shepherd member Heidi Bliese and they will be married here on Saturday, September 12, 2015.  Please welcome him to our church family.

TODAY is the deadline for items to be submitted for the JUNE NEWSLETTER.  Mandy Kluender is our Editor for the church newsletter and any announcements you want to be published in the Newsletter should be submitted to her at mgkluender@hotmail.com or you may call her at (309) 838-9868.

NEXT SUNDAY:  Holy Communion will be celebrated in both worship services the next two Sundays.  May 24th (Pentecost) and May 31st (Fifth Sunday).

CAN YOU HELP:  Following Laura’s surgery this past week, the Kessler family is in need of meals. If you can help, please call or e-mail Curt at 309-287-0109; 71fenderbassman@comcast.net.  Thank you.

FROM THE OFFICE:  Sandy will be out of the Office this coming Thursday, May 21st and Friday, May 22nd.  Any announcements you would like to be published in the bulletin for Sunday, May 24th, must be to her by tomorrow, May 18th, as she will be running the bulletin for the 24th, on Monday, May 18th.  Thank you!

REPAIR OF ORGAN FUND AND UPDATE:  As you know our Project for the 20th Church Anniversary is to repair and update the organ.  The second special collection (2 of 3) for this will be next Sunday, May 24th and Sunday, May 31st.  The collection container for your contributions will be in the church narthex.  The final collection will be Sunday, July 5th and Sunday, July 12th.  Collection Update:  Thus far we have collected one-third of our goal.

YOU ARE INVITED:  Thankful for the Lord’s blessings and the part you have played in Karson’s life (especially his spiritual life), Pastor and Toni Lueck in conjunction with the presenter of his High School Diploma, Normal West High School, invite you to a Graduation Party next Sunday, May 24th, from 3-6:00 p.m. at Union Park Clubhouse (GE Park), 1750 G.E. Road in Bloomington.  You are also invited to the Graduation Ceremony which is this coming Saturday, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

FELLOWSHIP HOSTS:  The sign-up for help with coffee/doughnuts is posted on the wall by the north stairwell.  We need an individual/family to sign-up each week to pick up the donuts and make the coffee.  If no one is signed up by Friday of each week, the order will be cancelled.  We thank everybody who continues to help with this part of our church fellowship.

JOB OPENING:  Shining lights Preschool at Christ Lutheran Church, 311 N Hershey Rd., Normal, IL has an opening for the Director position.  Qualifications for the director include: (1: An associate’s degree in early childhood education with experience and licenser or certification in Early Childhood Education and Director-qualified according to the Department of Children and Family Services.  (2: Leadership experience in administration and staff guiding.  (3: Significant experience in preschool/elementary age ministry.  (4: Be able to show/share God’s love in the preschool environment.  If you are interested and would like an application, please see Rosemary in the church office or call (309) 452-5609, ext. 2. Please return your application by Friday May 29, 2015.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR:  “Power Connection” is the topic for next Sunday.  The sermon text will be from John 15:26-27; 16:14-15.  Pentecost is a day to celebrate God’s gift of the Holy Spirit as Counselor and Comforter, sent by Jesus to bless you!  The speaker will be Reverend Gregory Seltz.  Hear this Sunday’s message on the Lutheran Hour on WGN (720) at 6:00 a.m.; WJWR (104.7 FM) and WJWR (90.3 FM) both on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.  Also, if you can receive Lincoln, IL radio station WLLM (1370 AM) the program is broadcast two times on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Tune in!  You can also listen to The Lutheran Hour on your personal computer at RealAudio, www.lhm.org.

PRAYER CHAIN:  If you have a prayer request please submit them by email to Mary Anne Kirchner at makirchner@yahoo.com or you may phone a Prayer Request to Mary Anne; her home # is (309) 661-6522; her cell phone# is (309) 532-2582.  The Prayer Request box is on the table in the narthex for any written requests.

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“A RESURRECTED CHRIST MEANS RADICAL CHANGE”, Acts 10: 34-48 (5-10-2015)

May 10, 2015 Text: Acts 10:34-48

Dear Friends in Christ,

A resurrected Christ means radical change. Just ask Peter. He’s stunned, shaken, shocked. Nothing could have prepared him for the encounter he had with Cornelius. He was to eat food he had never eaten before. He was to eat with people he had avoided his whole life. Drastic changes were in store for this famous apostle.
The scene is this: Peter is praying on a rooftop. God comes to him in a vision. Three times He tells Peter to eat certain types of animals that a good Jew back then (or now) wouldn’t ever let cross his taste buds. These were foods that had been forbidden for religious reasons. It was going against his whole spiritual upbringing to eat them. They turned his stomach because they were associated with what he thought God didn’t want him to eat.
Is he shocked? Stunned? Shaken? He has to be. Peter’s response isn’t surprising, “Surely not, Lord!” But God says He has made these foods clean, and Peter is to eat them.
But for Peter it was more than strange foods. God also tells him to eat with a Gentile family. Once again, for religious reasons, Jews just didn’t enter a Gentile’s house. It would make them unclean, unacceptable to God. Peter had grown-up avoiding non-Jews. He didn’t touch them or their belongings. Could you sit down and eat with someone who had the plague, a disease that you could catch just from being in the same room with that person? It would be tough. This is what is happening to Peter. He’s shaken. He’s stunned. He’s shocked.
But Peter does what he’s told to do. He eats with the Gentile Cornelius and his family. He eats food he’s never eaten before. Everything’s changed. Radical changes are in the air. Why? Because Jesus has risen from the dead.
“A RESURRECTED CHRIST MEANS RADICAL CHANGE”
A resurrected Christ changes our world, too! He wants to bring together people who just aren’t usually seen together. He wants people who so often avoid each other to eat at the same table. The radical changes leave many stunned and shaken.
Think about it. We live in a world where people notice differences. Those who wear black leather and nose rings don’t hang around much with elderly widows. Those who drink fancy coffees and eat goat cheese on their sun-dried tomato bagels don’t travel much in the same circles as your meat and potatoes people.
Look at the differences perpetuating themselves daily. The political left does battle with the political right. Aging baby boomers hold jobs and positions that younger folks want. Who stays and who gets pushed out? Tension is high. And we have ethnic battles. What to do about immigration? How many resources and dollars should be spent? Racial problems still abound as we have been seeing about every night on our television. A different skin color and background often separates. Suspicion and fear are more common than togetherness. We live in a country where belonging is not easy and we are divided.
But the church of Jesus Christ is different. We include, not exclude. We join together, not separate. We fellowship, not divide. And that can be shocking.
This is the way Jesus does things. He makes radical changes because He’s the resurrected Christ! Just look at what changed for Peter.
Even though in shock he still went to the home of Cornelius and spoke amazing words. He announces that God accepts all people. No favorites or partiality. You can be any ethnic background, any race, male or female, young or old, rich or poor. The Lord welcomes everyone. Everyone who believes in Jesus and receives forgiveness of sins through this resurrected Savior belongs to God’s church. To be accepted by God even though we are sinful, to belong to His church even though we have failed Him, is the wonder of His grace in our lives.
Even though stunned, Peter speaks these words to Cornelius’ family and friends. The message is simple: Jesus is Lord of all. He was anointed by God’s Spirit to rescue people from the power of Satan. But He was killed. Hung on a tree to die. But God raised Him from the dead. Easter resurrection! Easter joy! The grave could not hold him in. Death would not be victorious. Everything that could keep us from God was defeated that day. Everything that was needed for us to belong to God forever was won that day.
Even though shaken, Peter eats with this family and shares with them that he ate with the resurrected Christ. The one appointed by God to judge the living and the dead. Those who eat with Jesus are forgiven, accepted, raised to new life, promised eternal life.
This is good news for Peter and us. Look at the radical changes a resurrected Jesus brings to our lives. Instead of rejection by the Almighty Father, we are accepted, forgiven by this Jesus who is risen from the dead. Instead of a cold grave, we are given life eternal, victory over death. Instead of being left out, we eat with Jesus; receive His very body and blood every time we go to His table to take Communion. And, yes, because of a resurrected Christ we bring together at the communion rail, all of God’s people, young and old, rich and poor, different parts of our world, the fancy dresser and the casual wearer.
At my first congregation in a small West Texas town the congregants were mostly the same. Men in suits, women in dresses, some cowboy hats and boots. German and white by background. One Sunday, we had a man appear in the back of our church. Disheveled and definitely not in a suit. Rode his bike to our church. Some of the folks were a little leery of this stranger. But being the friendly Texans that they are they reached out and visited with him. I do recall he came back a few more Sundays and then he disappeared. Who knows what happened, but prayerfully a group of Christian men and women made a difference in his life.
That’s the power of the resurrected Christ. He changes Peter and He changes us. That is what Easter is all about. The Easter holiday that we are still privileged to be in is celebrated anew. Why? Because the resurrected Christ has brought radical changes to our lives.
Amen.