“Consider yourself incredibly blessed if you can count the number of true friends you have on one hand.” Pastor Randal Bruno, minister at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge, began his sermon with this statement on the seventh Sunday of Easter, June 2nd. 

We all have acquaintances who we know well and like, but a true friend is much more. Those are the people who you can rely on and who love you with a self-sacrificing love. That friend lifts you up when you’re down and sets his own life aside and comes to help you the best he can. 

In the Gospel lesson according to St. John the seventeenth chapter, Jesus is praying for all who follow him to become one. He wanted them unified as a powerful witness to the reality of God’s love. Jesus wanted the believers to have a close relationship as described in verses 20-21 which states, “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” 

Pastor then reflected on the idea of all churches working more closely together in the community. Different churches have different beliefs but still we are all One and a community of Christians who work and stand together and serve the community. 

Pastor closed his sermon by saying, “Be a friend, make a friend, and the best and most important thing that a friend can do for his friend is to Bring a friend to Christ”. “People desperately need to know Christ.” “Be a caring, loving person-a friend- and reach out to others.”

Let us pray. God, our creator and redeemer, your Son Jesus prayed that his followers might be one. Make all Christians one with him as he is one with you, so that in peace and concord we may carry to the world the message of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen 

Sunday morning worship services at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge begin with the tolling of the bell by the children at 8:30 a.m. followed by fellowship, children’s Sunday school, and Adult Bible study. All visitors are welcome. Miraculous Mission--God Saves the World is our theme of vacation Bible school which is set for July 22-26. All children 3-12 are welcome to join us for a week of fun times as we learn more about Jesus and His love for us. Call 830-239-4311 to register--it’s free.