From the desk of Pastor Geske....
Greetings to you in the name of Christ! Summer is upon us and so are
all of the joys of summer and all of the activities that pull on our time. I
pray that you have an enjoyable and fun summer. As you are enjoying all
of the activities and time outdoors, I would like to
encourage you to take time to worship our
God who is the giver of all things. I love how Martin Luther
reminds us in the Meaning of the
First Article of the Apostles’ Creed that everything we
have and are is a gift from our God and so it is our duty to do four things. Do you recall what these are?
Martin Luther said, “All this He
does only out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy,
without any merit or worthiness in me. For
all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him.”
These four things are central to what we do in worship.
First and foremost, we gather to hear
God’s Word of love and forgiveness for us. We also thank, praise, serve, and obey Him as we
worship through our confessions, through our songs, through
our offering. Worship is a time to
hear and interact in a special way with our Heavenly Father
and other brothers and sisters in
Christ. This summer, I encourage you not to forget
about worship but to be like David when he
said, “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go
to the house of the LORD.’” (Psalm 122:1
I think it is good for families to talk about why
they do what they do. Why do we worship and
why should we worship every Sunday? The answer is Jesus and all He has done for us! Yes,
we are called to remember the Sabbath Day. We are called to hear, learn, and meditate on
God’s Word. In our catechism, we are encouraged by a question that asks, “What do the
Scriptures teach about our life in the church?” The answer states, “They teach that A. we
should seek always to be and remain members of the
invisible church, Christ’s body, by sincere
faith in Christ, our Savior; B. we should be faithful to that
visible church, or denomination, which
professes and teaches all of the Bible’s doctrine purely and administers the sacraments
according to Christ’s institution; C. we should avoid false teachers, false churches, and all
organizations that promote a religion that is contrary to
God’s Word; D. we should maintain and
extend God’s church by telling others about Jesus Christ,
by personal service, and by prayer
and financial support.” (-LSC Q. 179) Consider the many Bible passages listed in the answer
to this question, like John 15:5; Acts 2:42; John 8:31-32;
2 Timothy 4:3; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 2:9
and 1 Peter 3:15.
My prayer is that God would so motivate and
encourage us to be mightily about His work in this
corner of His kingdom. God’s blessings to you
as you worship and as you enjoy this summer of
fun. I look forward to seeing you in our Father’s house each week!
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Jeffrey Geske
Soar on Wings Like Eagles
May 28, 2023
St. John Lutheran Church Thrall Tx
Sunday School wants You!
Our Sunday school would love to have you and your child or grandchild to be apart of learning more about the love and forgiveness of Jesus.
Please make the study of God’s Word a priority for you and your family. A church that is growing is a church that is in God’s Word.
We love our congregation, so feel free to visit us anytime.
409 Main St, P.O. Bx 265, Thrall, Texas 76578, United States
Sunday School 9:00 am
Worship 10:15 am
Copyright © 2019 St. John Lutheran Church-LCMC - All Rights Reserved.
Powered by GoDaddy Website Builder