Good News of Great Joy!

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And the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid! I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:10, 13-14)

It’s that special time of the year again, when we are most hopeful of the angels’ message that there will be peace on earth. Of course, our hope is prompted by the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. That peace is in the hearts of believers, but will likely only be fully realized in the world when He comes again. And yet, the better we know and understand our Lord, our faith, and one another, the more likely we can be His instruments of peace in the world around us.

Beginning in January a new Sunday morning class will be offered to enhance our understanding in all matters of faith and life, “What Do Lutheran Christians Believe?” You will be invited to ask any questions you have related to the Bible, the Church, Faith, Salvation, Heaven, Lutherans, etc.  Your questions will be submitted in advance in writing, which you may sign or remain anonymous. The pastors will then do the research needed, and lead a discussion on Sunday morning during the Sunday School hour, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

We will gather in our fellowship hall rather than the adult classroom to accommodate the larger number of people expected to participate. If you are in the habit of coming only for worship on Sunday mornings, your effort to come an hour earlier will be greatly rewarded with an abundance of useful information. You may even find jotting down questions raised in sermons might be helpful, since that opportunity is usually not afforded. The class will continue for several weeks until we are all confident about what we truly believe, so that we are better equipped to apply our faith to our daily lives.

St. Francis prayed: “Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” It is our hope that members of Peace Lutheran will be enabled to help make this prayer a reality in our world through the benefits of this class.

Celebrate our Savior’s birth, and then extend the true meaning of Christmas throughout the New Year. Peace!

Pastor Kurt Wandrey