Seeking the reasons why the individuals gather at Good Shepherd Lutheran, pastor questioned “What are you looking for?”, “What can you find?”, and “What do you take with you when you leave?”
Members come because God calls them to express their devotion and admiration for the friend we have in common: Jesus, the Lord and Savior, the true Lamb of God. Members come to hear the word of God. Attendance does not indicate forgiveness of sin because God forgave all sins through baptism. Baptism brings a new person. Members come to church to go to God’s table to share and nourish themselves through his body and blood. These reasons are certainly causes to come to church each Sunday.
When members come to church, they are refreshed by the Word of God. God speaks to each person. He wants members to hear him, though his Word may be perceived in different ways in listening hearts. After the church experience, will members actually make any changes in how they live in the work-a-day week? Will church attendance cause members to pray more fervently? Will church attendance cause members to act more charitably? With everything members have to occupy their minds, is the worthy emphasis of what is transferred through church attendance too easily lost? Church attendance may be precisely what Christians need.
When members come together in a “community” they hear the Word of God. However, everyone hears what God wants them to hear. When members leave the service what is taken along when they leave. Each one is blessed by God’s Word. Each one is blessed by the fellowship with others where hope for unity comes when one is among other believers. Members are sent out to do something in the world and to take God with them in whatever they do. God promised to never leave, remaining with humans at all times. God keeps one close during the week to be ready for the return to church next Sunday.
While visitors are encouraged to attend the single service on Jan. 26 at 9:30 a.m., all members are reminded of the annual congregational meeting which will follow the single service. The congregation’s attendance is needed for the vote on the budge for 2014, bathroom renovations and the election of three persons to the Church Council.