The season of fall is upon us, with the wide variety of fall foliage, football games and marching band shows, hay rides and the inevitable march towards cooler temperatures. In the midst of the change of seasons I was given an opportunity to take a stroll through the past. Specifically, I spent some time this morning sorting and placing on our library shelves here at Christ the King six boxes filled to the brim with books from Jeanette Cooper.
For those of you fortunate enough to have had Jeanette as a Sunday School teacher, you would not have been surprised at all by the variety of biblical commentaries, books on theology, and various translations of the Bible. There were even some hymnals and small catechisms owned by Jeanette and her family that have stood the test of time. One item stood out for me as I was placing all of her Bibles together on the shelves. Jeanette had presented her father with a Bible and said, “I present this Bible with faith that he will wear this one out too.”
What a great phrase to think on, to ponder, to let settle into the marrow of our bones. Those of you who have seen the shelves in my office know that I too have a love of books, of the ideas that I find in them, and how the weight of a book feels when I am engrossed in its pages. The Bible is the “cradle that holds Christ” in the words of Martin Luther. The Bible comes alive for you whenever you hear it as God’s address to you, showing you God’s mercy and love, calling you in the power of the Holy Spirit to pick up your cross and follow Jesus. Know that Jesus is the living Word, the Word made flesh and dwelled among us.
Speaking of fall, there is a plethora of opportunities to grow in faith and to be a part of our mission and ministry here at Christ the King.
October 3rd and 4th – Stewardship skit at all three worship services.
October 4th – Blessing of the Animals at 2 PM.
October 10th and 11th – Consecration Weekend with the filling out of pledge cards as God loves a cheerful giver.
October 18th – Bread for the World Sunday
October 19th – Youth Day at CtK (no school today)
October 24th and 25th – Reformation Day weekend and celebration
October 25th – Reformation Day festival at St. Paul’s in Alliance with Bishop Allende preaching at 7 PM.
Living in God’s amazing grace,
Pastor Matthew Groenke