“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”(John 3:16 -17)
Martin Luther referred to John 3:16 as the Gospel in miniature, encompassing the primary theme and purpose of the Gospel. In the face of hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, monsoons, floods, tornadoes, famine, war, and other events I need to also hear John 3:17 loud and clear. God does not just love people, but the world, the cosmos, everything is included in God’s redeeming and reconciling work in Jesus Christ. As your pastor, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, know that whatever trials and tribulations come our way, God is present and active in the midst of our pain and suffering.
There are many events at CtK in October that I want to highlight:
October 1st at 2 pm is the Blessing of the Animals service.
October 7th and 8th is our Consecration Weekend with the theme of All Good Gifts.
October 14th and 15th is Bread for the World Weekend.
October 28th at 6:30 is the Beer, Brats, and Marty Bingo fellowship event and fundraiser for the National Youth Gathering team.
October 29th is Reformation Sunday. As it is the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation we will watch a Rick Steves DVD on Luther and the Reformation in the sanctuary from 9:45 – 10:45 am.
I hope that you have found the various articles from Living Lutheran discussing aspects of the Reformation helpful and edifying for your faith.
Living in God’s amazing grace,
Pastor Matthew Groenke