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Friday, June 11, 2021 - Scripture: Numbers 6:24-26; Song: "Sent Forth by God’s Blessing"
It’s Friday again and for most of you another work week is over.  How did it go this week?  Did you feel blessed by God in all you did as you were sent forth from church last week with His blessing, or did all the clutter and struggles of life get in the way again?  Today’s hymn and Scripture remind us of what happens at the Worship service each week and how it prepares us for life in the rest of the week.  It reminds us that we don’t leave God behind when we leave the church, that he blesses in all that we do.  The hymn title “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing,” should remind of our Scripture reading form Numbers 6, quoted by Pastors all over the world as the Worship service ends.  Most of you should be able to recite it without me sharing it here since you have heard it so often.  But just in case, Number 6:24-26 reads this way: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”  And God always does what he promises.  All through this past week and every week before and after, he continues to bless you.  He continues to be gracious with you, treating you not the way you deserve because of your sin, but with all the love and mercy that a Father has for his children.  The hymn helps us to know how to respond to that blessing you hear each Sunday.  The second verse begins, “With Praise and Thanksgiving, our everyday tasks we will face."  There is some powerful encouragement in this hymn on how we leave the Lord’s table after the gift of His Son’s body and blood, and the way we live our life during the week.  As we head toward Sunday again, listen to the hymn and then as you come to God’s house again on Sunday, or for the first time if you never have been, reflect on how next week might begin and end differently with the focus of the hymn.  Then when you leave, listen closely for the words of Numbers 6 as you receive God’s blessing and head out to a new week ready to serve.  May it make a difference as you begin another week on Monday.
 
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - Scripture: Matthew 18:12-14; Song: "Next to Me"
It’s hump day again, Wednesday, and halfway through another work week.  Many of you are back in the office or factory or wherever else you worked before the pandemic.  Things are back to normal a little bit more each day.  I’m wondering if maybe it’s time for all of us to think about getting back to normal in our Church attendance as well.  Has it gotten too convenient to stay at home in your P. J.’s on Sunday morning watching our virtual service or another church’s?  Has it become too convenient to do the shopping or the golfing or the lawn mowing or whatever else is getting in the way of you, in a sense, coming back to God in person and on a regular basis?  Today’s song by Jordan Feliz, called “Next to Me” poses that question in a very up-beat way.  He talks about how God fills the cup when needed, but then his ego, wants to grab the wheel and take control.  Maybe the same thing is happening to you.  Things seem to be going well, without that daily or weekly contact with God, so why change?  He then goes on to say that God is calling him, back where he belongs, because it’s been too long.  If it’s been too long as Jordan sings, think about coming back.  God hasn’t forgotten you.  Neither have your friends at church.  God is seeking you.  As our Scripture reading for today from Matthew 18:12-14 says:  God is like a shepherd who won’t give up on even one of his sheep.  Like a shepherd would leave the 99 in the pen and go after the one who wandered away and rejoices more over the one he finds than the 99 left in the pen, it’s similar with God.  As Jesus said: “So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that anyone of these little ones should perish.”  As the song and the Scripture remind us, God is always calling us back.  Nothing that has gotten in the way of that during the pandemic will change how much he wants to see you.  Enjoy the song and see if it doesn’t encourage you to come back on a regular basis, to meet God again in reading His Word and receiving His gifts on Sunday.
 
Friday, June 4, 2021 - Scripture: Genesis 3:15; Song: "In Adam We All Have Been One"
Last Sunday, in churches across our country and the world, Christians celebrated Trinity Sunday, the day we celebrate our three in one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  From the beginning of time, our 3 in 1 God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, worked to together first to create us and then after Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, to rescue us from our sin.  In our in-person service this Sunday, the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost,, our sermon Hymn will be: “In Adam We Have All Been One” and the link below leads to a beautifully sung version for our enjoyment and comfort.  The hymn writer sings about our Good Shepherd, Jesus, and all he has done to rescue Adam and Eve and all who are one in Adam because we share his sin.  From the time Adam and Eve sinned, God’s plan to rescue was predicted and perfectly carried out by Jesus.  In Genesis 3:15, today’s Scripture and part of our Old Testament reading for the Sunday after Pentecost, God tells the serpent of his plan for bringing sinful man back into a perfect relationship with him.  God tells the serpent: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”  As the hymn points out, Satan would bruise Jesus’ heel as Jesus was dying on the cross to save us and as the verse says, “crush his head.”  All of Satan’s power was lost when Jesus rose from the dead to conquer death and the devil.   The Father sent his Son, and Jesus after his death and resurrection and ascension, sent the Holy Spirit to bring us to faith in Jesus, so that we might overcome the sin of Adam in us and our own sin as well.  What a blessing this all is.  Listen to the hymn and understand the depth of the love of our 3 in 1 God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit for you and all mankind.  Then join us in Church on Sunday to celebrate just who our God is!
In Adam We Have All Been One LSB 569
 
Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - Scripture: Psalm 118:24; Song: "New Day"
 
It is June and Memorial Day is over.  Yesterday we began what the weather folks call “Meteorological Summer.”  And this year, many seem to be much more optimistic than last summer when we just discovering what the pandemic was all about and the tough year that was predicted was in full swing.  The Covid-19 numbers are down this June, masks are going away, crowds are allowed (outside, at least) and it looks like a new day may be coming.  Today’s song by Danny Gokey is called “New Day” and is quite appropriate for these times, I believe.  We will be tempted to pat ourselves on the back and say, “Look what we have done.”  Certainly, some of the politicians are doing that or they will be anyway.  Gokey’s song, though, talks about a new day – not by our own doing, but by God’s.  As the Psalmist says in our Scripture passage for today from Psalm 118:24: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  As Gokey sings, “This is a new day, bursting with joy,” and then later: “This is a new day, the old has gone away,” and later “it’s coming, coming, coming.”  The temptation as things gets better will be to pat ourselves and others on the back and say, “We did it.”  But due to our sins we cannot do it.  Everything new is given to us by the grace of God.  As we begin a new summer, full of possibilities, remember it is not because we have done anything that Covid-19 is almost under control and that we will be able to enjoy each other company this summer, it is by the grace of God.  Enjoy the new day that is coming as the song says, and remember, today like every day is a day the Lord has made and that we can rejoice and be glad in it.  That is our motivation.
 
Danny Gokey - New Day Lyrics
 

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