“God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.”
(2 Corinthians 9:8)
I love this verse from the apostle Paul, but not for the reason you might think. Abundance and scarcity are constantly waging a war in our culture, vying for our allegiance and support. Abundance thinking would have you believe that all things come from God and that the constant need to consume and acquire and accumulate are not the be-all end-all that they present themselves as. Scarcity thinking always sees the glass as half full, defining one’s life by what one still does not have or possess, as if these things alone define who we are. Abundance thinking sees the glass as always overflowing with God’s gifts of love, mercy, and life, not just half full.
This past Sunday a group of us packed personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief, intended for those in God’s world who are in dire need of a sign that they have not been forgotten or abandoned in the face of terrible loss. The shadow of the cross reaches all people or no one, as the light from the empty tomb on Easter shines everywhere God claims and on everyone God loves. Amidst the divisiveness and brokenness of our lives, God calls us to become disciples of Jesus, carrying our cross and following Jesus wherever that may take us. God’s love for us knows no limits, and God’s mercy knows no bounds.
During all of the upcoming events in October I would like all of us to remember how much God has done for us, how much God is doing for us right now, and how much God will do for us in the future. Love another in Christ’s name. Be the change that God wants to see. Respond to the gift of faith in your heart by trusting that God has everything, I mean everything, in God’s hands. Because that is true, our hands are needed, our lives are needed, to share abundantly in every good work.
Living in God’s amazing grace,
Pastor Matthew Groenke
October 2nd – Blessing of the Animals at 2 PM.
October 5th – Weekly study of Gospel of Mark at 7 PM.
October 8th and 9th – Rite of Healing during all three worship services
October 15th and 16th – Bread for the World and World Food Day emphasis in all three worship services.
October 22nd and 23rd – Annual stewardship response opportunity in all three worship services
October 30th – German meal to kick off the year-long celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at 12:30 PM.