Losing Everything…Finding Even More (8/18/2016)

August 18, 2016 in Church News

The devastation is almost beyond comprehension. People living in Louisiana know it and they feel it. I’m not sure everyone living in places where they call parishes “counties” understands. It doesn’t seem to have broken through completely to the national consciousness yet. The one statistic I heard that perhaps makes the point better than any other comes from Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard who estimates that over 100,000 people of his parish have “lost everything.”What does that mean…to lose everything? Some of you who are reading this are painfully aware of its meaning. It means scooping up the soggy heap that is the remains of your earthly possessions and putting it out by the street to be taken away as garbage. It means ripping down the walls of your house that just last week proudly displayed family photos. It means that the carpeting which you spent so much time picking out the right color to match your decor is now a wet stinky mess that needs to be pulled up and removed as quickly as possible. What do you do when you lose everything?

I think another aspect of this disaster that has not been clearly portrayed on the national news is what the people of Louisiana have found this past week. A community that just recently made headlines because of racial tension and violence has found its true heart. Of course, it has always been there. But it showed itself once again in a time of crisis. The willingness to help and sacrifice for strangers in need is something that comes naturally to the people of this part of Louisiana. The number of people who were rescued by men and women untrained in emergency response is great. Although growing up on the bayou was perhaps the best training these rescuers could have ever received.

For our brothers and sisters in Christ who have “lost everything,” they have found something even greater than the love and support of their community. They have found that when you take all the stuff of life away, all that remains is the love of Christ and Spirit-worked faith. And that is enough. You can read a hundred times Paul’s words to the Romans that “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord,” but only after losing everything, do you truly grasp their meaning.

There are many who suffered this devastating loss who do not know this sustaining love of Christ. Our prayer is that the Lord would use his earthly hands, the church, to reach out to them and help them in this time of need–not only that they might be able to rebuild their lives and regain the stuff they need, but also that they might find so much more–faith in Christ and a hope that lasts forever.

In Christ,

Pastor Steve Hahm
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 Sunday Preview

August 21st
14th Sunday after Pentecost
Theme
Safely Home
Readings
Isaiah 66:18-24; Romans 9:1-9; Luke 13:22-30
Hymn of the Day
“I Walk in Danger All the Way” (CW # 431)
 
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Is It Raining at Your House? (8/12/206)

August 12, 2016 in Church News

 As I write this, the rain is still falling here in Baton Rouge. I pray that all who read this have not suffered difficulty from the flooding that is taking place around our area.

Rain can be an inconvenience and even a severe hardship when enough of it falls. But it is also a blessing. The rain that falls from heaven is essential for life to exist on earth. It provides life-giving refreshment to those who are thirsty and waters the crops that provide food for every living being. It is this blessed work of rain that Isaiah references when he prophecies: “Just as the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, yielding seed for the sower and bread for eating, so will my message be that goes out of my mouth—it won’t return to me empty. Instead, it will accomplish what I desire, and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

God’s Word is a blessed rain shower. It  provides the life-giving nourishment of forgiveness and peace to souls that are thirsting for salvation. It yields the Bread of Life that strengthens and sustains weary hearts. Think of every time you read the Word of God or speak it to someone else as a drop of rain falling from heaven. The question I have is this: Is it raining in your life? Is it raining at your house? Is it raining in your neighborhood? Is it just a sprinkle or is it a torrential downpour? When it comes to the rain of the Gospel, you can never have too much. You need a constant shower of the Spirit. Your family needs it. Your community needs it. So while we pray that the rain which is currently falling outside our windows might stop soon,  let’s pray that the rain of God’s Word would keep pouring around us.

In Christ,
Pastor Steve 
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 Sunday Preview

August 14th
13th Sunday after Pentecost
Theme
God’s Word Divides
Readings
Jeremiah 23:23-29; Ephesians 6:10-20; Luke 12:49-53
Hymn of the Day
“Thy Strong Word” (CW # 280)
 
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COG Breaking News

Cross of Glory Book Club - Saturday, Septmeber 17th

We will be having a book club meeting at the Johnsons’ house on Saturday, September 17th at 6:00 p.m. We will discuss the bookThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the evening. If you would like to attend, please contact Christy Johnson at chloejoelmom@outlook.com.

COG Ministry Meetings begin This Sunday

All Cross of Glory members are invited to come during the Bible Study hour this Sunday (and the next two Sundays) as we discuss our ministry at Cross of Glory and opportunities we have to reach out to our community. There will also be opportunity to give input on the call that Pastor Hahm currently holds to serve at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Rockford, Michigan.

It Is Well with My Soul (7/29/16)

July 29, 2016 in Church News

 This past Sunday, we closed our worship with the well-known hymn “It Is Well with My Soul.” This hymn was written in 1874 by a lawyer from Chicago named Horatio Spafford who had endured much tragedy in his life. In 1871, his four year old son died of scarlet fever. Two years later, his four daughters (ages 11, 9, 5, and 2) died in a ship wreck while travelling to England with their mother. In spite of these hardships, Mr. Spafford could confidently write “It is well with my soul.” This was possible because of his faith in Christ.  

There are times when it certainly seems all is not well in our world. On a personal level, we experience pain and hardship. We face spiritual trials and temptations. We suffer physical and emotional pain. We look around it seems as though all is not well on a bigger scale also. There are many signs of the end times in our society–civil unrest, acts of terror, lack of true faith and love.

Through it all, one thing remains constant. It is a truth that we must never lose sight of: there is nothing in this world that can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. That love of God means forgiveness. That love of Jesus Christ means peace. That love is what sustains us and allows us to look at any hardship and say with confidence: “It is well with my soul!” May God give you this sense of peace at all times and in every situation in life.

In Christ,
Pastor Steve 
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 Sunday Preview

June 31st
11th Sunday after Pentecost
Theme
Finding Meaning in Life
Readings
Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:18-26; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21
Hymn of the Day
“Brothers, Sisters Let Us Gladly” (CW # 484)
 
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COG Breaking News

Cross of Glory Book Club - Saturday, August 6th

We will be having a book club meeting at the Hahms’ house on Saturday, August 6th at 6:00 p.m. We will discuss the bookSeeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the evening. If you would like to attend, please contact Heather Hahm at heatherhahm@sbcglobal.net.

Worship Streaming Back Online

After a lengthy hiatus due to some technical issues, we are happy to have our weekly live streaming back up and running for worship this Sunday. To find our broadcast, you can visit our website (http://crossofglorylutheran.com/our-church-2/worship-archive/) or see our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/crossofglorylutheran).

A Time for Testing (4/29/16)

April 29, 2016 in Church News

The school year is quickly coming to a close. Summer break is just a few weeks away. Parents with school-age children know what this means: it’s time for testing. Everyone’s favorite spring ritual, standardized testing, is well under way. Most students (and parents and teachers) don’t really enjoy this testing. But it does serve a good purpose (well, I guess that is probably debatable).

As Christians, we need to be aware that it is always of time for testing for us. Everything we experience from morning until night is a test of our faith in one way or another. Every trial is a test of endurance and trust in the Lord. Every conversation is a test of our willingness to witness for Christ with our words. Every temptation is a test of our devotion to obey Christ’s commands. Every accomplishment is a test of our humility and gratitude to God for our abilities.

All of this testing can seem overwhelming. Thankfully, we know that we have one by our side who passed every test with flying colors. Our Savior lived every day perfectly and willingly died on the cross in our place. In him, all of our failures are forgiven. Every one of our F’s becomes and A. That is God’s grace!

Our testing now is not to serve the purpose of determining whether or not we can earn our salvation. That is already secure in Christ. Our testing serves a different purpose. As Peter writes in his first letter: “These [trials] have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” Every time we pass a test of our faith, God receives glory. And that is our ultimate goal while on this earth. May God give us the strength to endure any test that comes our way so that his name is glorified in our lives.

In Christ,
Pastor Steve 
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 Sunday Preview

May 1st
6th Sunday of Easter
Theme
Do Not Let Your Heart Be Troubled
Readings
2 Kings 6:15-17; Revelation 3:14-22; John 14:23-29
Hymn of the Day
“Do Not Let Your Heart Be Troubled” (CWS # 759)
 

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COG Breaking News

One Day VBS and Family Picnic – Saturday, June 11th

We will be holding a special event on Saturday, June 11th for people of all ages. From 2 – 5 in the afternoon we will have a VBS event with and Olympics theme intended for children in preschool – 5th grade. At 5 pm, we will have a family picnic open to all. If you would like to attend, please register at www.crossofglorylutheran.com. There is no cost but we would like to know the number of people that are attending. Come and join the fun!

Cross of Glory Book Club – May 14th

We will be holding a book club meeting on Saturday, May 14th, starting at 6:00 p.m. This month, we are meeting at the Johnsons’ house. We will be discussing the book, The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. For more information, please contact Heather Hahm at heatherhahm@sbcglobal.net of Christy Johnson at chloejoelmom@outlook.com.

Always Remember (3/23/16)

March 23, 2016 in Church News

When the Lord gave instructions to the Israelites concerning the first Passover meal they were to eat in Egypt, he included a command to commemorate this event by eating that same meal on that same day every year for generations to come. The Lord wanted the people to remember always that they had been slaves in Egypt and were now free due to the miraculous deliverance their Lord provided. 

There is great value in remembering God’s acts of love and salvation. That is why we have chosen, as a liturgical church, to  follow a church year which reviews all that Christ has done to save us–his humble birth, perfect life, innocent death, victorious resurrection and glorious ascension–year after year. That is why the next four days are the most important days on our worship calendar. They give us the opportunity to remember. On Maundy Thursday, we remember the institution of the Holy Supper together with Christ’s arrest at Gethsemane. On Good Friday, we remember the depth of Christ’s love in his suffering for the world’s sin on the cross. At the Easter Vigil, we are reminded of God’s gracious promises of new life and our baptismal connection to Christ. On Easter Sunday, we stare at the empty tomb and sing praise to our victorious King.

We already know the story. But the devil, the world and our sinful nature try very hard to make us forget–to shift our focus away from Christ to other concerns. Coming together to worship each day this weekend is one way for us to fight back against that temptation. It is a wonderful opportunity to remember and to rejoice. I look forward to spending these days in worship with you and once again commemorating our miraculous deliverance from eternal death.

In Christ,

Pastor Steve 
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 Sunday Preview

March 27th
Easter Sunday
Theme:
The Lord is a Warrior
Readings:
Exodus 15:1-11; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 24:1-12
Hymn of the Day:
“I Know that My Redeemer Lives” (CW #152)
 

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COG Breaking News

Maundy Thursday (March 24th) – 6:30 p.m.

We gather to commemorate the night on which Jesus was betrayed–the night he instituted the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Following the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, the service concludes with a solemn stripping of the altar.

Good Friday (March 25th) – 7 p.m.

In our Good Friday Tenebrae Service, candles are extinguished one by one as we hear the Savior’s words from the cross. The service ends in complete darkness and a loud sound (strepitus) reminds us of the closing of the tomb.

Easter Vigil (March 26th) – 8 p.m.

In the early church, the Saturday of Holy Week was called the “Great Sabbath.” It was a day of meditation, fasting, and reflection in preparation for Easter. The Easter Vigil has been celebrated regularly since the days of Constantine the Great (300 A.D.)

This ancient service begins around a new fire kindled outside and continues with a candlelit processional into the darkened church. We remember our Baptism, our Savior God, and his death. The second half of the service bursts forth in Easter joy as we begin the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord. Easter Holy Communion is served.
Easter Festival Service (March 27th) – 10:30 a.m.
(Easter Breakfast beginning at 9:00 a.m.)
This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Our 10:30 service on Easter Sunday is a celebration of Christ’s resurrection victory. We sing the great Easter hymns of the church with a variety of musical accompaniment. We hear the Easter message of hope and joy. Christ is risen, indeed!

Cross of Glory Book Club – April 9th

We will be holding a book club meeting on Saturday, April 9th, starting at 6:00 p.m. This month, we are meeting at the Terminis’ house. We will be discussing the book, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. For more information, please contact Heather Hahm at heatherhahm@sbcglobal.net.

 

The Incredible Egg (3/16/16)

March 16, 2016 in Church News

This Saturday, children will have an opportunity to come to Cross of Glory and take part in a time-honored Easter tradition–hunting for Easter eggs. Have you ever wondered about the connection between Easter and eggs? What do plastic eggs filled with candy have to do with Jesus’ resurrection from the dead?

There was actually a connection between Spring time and eggs long before the day Jesus rose from the dead. Numerous pagan cultures used the egg as a symbol of new life and connected it to this time of the year when new life can be seen springing from the death of Winter.

Some Christians may feel uncomfortable that our Easter celebration includes what was originally a pagan symbol. I see it, rather, as an expression of Biblical truth–that all human beings are born with some knowledge of God based on their observation of nature. Even without faith in the one true God, pagan nations could see a Creator at work and see that the concept of new life out of death was hard-wired into his creation. And so they used the egg to symbolize this universal truth.

As Christians, we are able to appreciate this symbolism of the egg and add to it the spiritual reality that has been revealed to us in the Scriptures. As the egg symbolizes new life, Jesus’ resurrection from the dead brings us spiritual life. The tomb cracks open and from it bursts our salvation! As we witness the joy of children discovering a small treat inside a plastic egg, we have the opportunity to share with them the true joy of discovering forgiveness and new life inside the empty tomb.

God’s Blessings,

Pastor Steve 

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 Sunday Preview

March 16th
Palm Sunday
Theme:
Hosanna in the Highest
Readings:
Isaiah 45:22-25; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 19:28-40
Hymn of the Day:
“No Tramp of Soldiers’ Marching Feet” (CWS #716)
 

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COG Breaking News

Easter for Kids ~ Egg Hunt – Saturday, March 19th

We will be holding our Easter for Kids event this Saturday, March 19th at 10:00 a.m. Children are invited to participate in a fun egg hunt at Cross of Glory. We will also have special Easter-themed projects for the children to enjoy. We would love to see as many children from our Cross of Glory extended family and the neighborhood at this event. Please come and join the fun (and bring a friend or two!).


Maundy Thursday (March 24th) – 6:30 p.m.

We gather to commemorate the night on which Jesus was betrayed–the night he instituted the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Following the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, the service concludes with a solemn stripping of the altar.

Good Friday (March 25th) – 7 p.m.

In our Good Friday Tenebrae Service, candles are extinguished one by one as we hear the Savior’s words from the cross. The service ends in complete darkness and a loud sound (strepitus) reminds us of the closing of the tomb.

Easter Vigil (March 26th) – 8 p.m.

In the early church, the Saturday of Holy Week was called the “Great Sabbath.” It was a day of meditation, fasting, and reflection in preparation for Easter. The Easter Vigil has been celebrated regularly since the days of Constantine the Great (300 A.D.)

This ancient service begins around a new fire kindled outside and continues with a candlelit processional into the darkened church. We remember our Baptism, our Savior God, and his death. The second half of the service bursts forth in Easter joy as we begin the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord. Easter Holy Communion is served.
Easter Festival Service (March 27th) – 10:30 a.m.
(Easter Breakfast beginning at 9:00 a.m.)
This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Our 10:30 service on Easter Sunday is a celebration of Christ’s resurrection victory. We sing the great Easter hymns of the church with a variety of musical accompaniment. We hear the Easter message of hope and joy. Christ is risen, indeed!

It’s Time for Purple (2/12/16)

February 12, 2016 in Church News

This Sunday, we enter into the Lenten season of the Church Year. As the season turns to Lent, the color of our sanctuary turns to purple. In the ancient world, purple was the color of royalty. It was worn by kings and noblemen. It was a sign of wealth and prestige.

In Lent, we celebrate our King–Jesus Christ. But he was not a king who wore purple. He did not live a life of luxury as other kings did. The only time he wore purple was the time it was draped over his shoulders as the soldiers mocked him and spit upon him before taking him to the cross.

For this reason, we see purple as a color of repentance. It reminds us of how our sins are a mockery of our Lord. It reminds us how he wore the robe of shame that we deserve. He did this so that in its place we could receive a robe of righteousness. What a wonderful Savior!

Let’s take the opportunity that the Lenten season provides to worship our Savior–to approach him with humility and repentance and to praise him with grateful hearts.

In Christ,
Pastor Steve 
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 Sunday Preview

February 14th
First Sunday in Lent
Theme:
Christ, the Unconquered Son
Readings:
Deuteronomy 25:5-10; Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13
Hymn of the Day:
“Christ, the Lord of Hosts, Unshaken” (CWS #726)
 

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COG Breaking News

Cross of Glory Book Club – Saturday, February 13th

The Cross of Glory Book Club will be having its first meeting of the year at the Hahms’ house on Saturday, February 13th starting at 6:00 p.m. We will be discussing the book “Miracle in the Andes” by Nando Parrado. All are welcome. If you plan on attending, please email Heather Hahm at heatherhahm@sbcglobal.net.

Midweek Lent Worship – Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

We are holding midweek evening prayer services on Wednesdays throughout the Lent season. We have a soup supper at 6:00 p.m. and worship begins at 6:30 p.m. Our theme for our services this year is “Behold the Lamb.” Each week we look at a different Old Testament sacrifice and see its fulfillment in Christ and its meaning for our lives today. These services provide an excellent opportunity for growing in faith and focusing our hearts as we look forward to another joyous Easter celebration.

Easter for Kids ~ Egg Hunt – Saturday, March 19th

We will be holding our Easter for Kids event on Saturday, March 12th at 10:00 a.m. Children are invited to participate in a fun egg hunt at Cross of Glory. We will also have special Easter-themed projects for the children to enjoy. We would love to see as many children from our Cross of Glory extended family and the neighborhood at this event. Please come and join the fun (and bring a friend or two!).

God’s Speedy Succour (1/14/2016)

January 14, 2016 in Church News

“He will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help.” (Psalm 72:12)
This Sunday we will open our service with the beautiful Epiphany hymn “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed.” The second verse of this hymn always brings a smile to my face. As I sing the phrase “He comes with rescue speedy,” I always remember a choral version of this song that I sang, which used the hymn writer’s original words: “He comes with succour speedy.” It’s probably good that they changed the word in our hymnal since not too many people today are familiar with the word succour. Some might be distracted by envisioning the Lord with a lollipop in his hand.

The root of the old English word succour is the Latin wordsuccurrere, which means “to run up to.” Someone who provides succour runs up to someone in need and helps them. This is a pretty good description for what our Savior does for us. We tell him our needs as we cry out to him in prayer and he comes quickly to help us. Of course, the greatest succour he provided for us was when he died for our sins and rescued us from eternal death. But he wasn’t finished there. He daily provides for our needs, take cares of us, rescues us from evils (some of which we may not even be aware).

It is comforting to know that we have a Lord who comes speedily to help us in every need. Even if all others turned their backs on us, he will never let us down. This is why we can pray with confidence and find comfort knowing that God’s answers to those prayers will always be for our eternal good as he comes with succour speedy.

In Christ,

Pastor Steve 
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 Sunday Preview

January 17th
2nd Sunday after Epiphany
Theme:
A Marriage Made in Heaven
Readings:
Isaiah 62:1-5; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 2:1-11
Hymn of the Day:
“Songs of Thankfulness and Praise” (CW #82)
 

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COG Breaking News

Congregational Meeting – Sunday, January 24th

We will have a congregational meeting following worship on Sunday, January 24th. At this meeting, we will discuss the state of ministry at Cross of Glory, our future outreach efforts, as well as hear from our realtor regarding the sale of the Learning Center. All members are encouraged to attend if possible.

Cross of Glory Book Club – Saturday, February 13th

The Cross of Glory Book Club will be having its first meeting of the year at the Hahms’ house on Saturday, February 13th starting at 6:00 p.m. We will be discussing the book “Miracle in the Andes” by Nando Parrado. All are welcome. If you plan on attending, please email Heather Hahm at heatherhahm@sbcglobal.net.

Why Water? (12/9/2016)

January 9, 2016 in Church News

Why water? When the Lord instituted the sacrament of Holy Baptism, he could have chosen any earthly element to connect with the Word and work such wonders. He chose to use the most common element known to man. I certainly cannot claim to know the mind of God. I don’t even know why I do things I do sometimes, let alone know why the Lord makes his choices. Yet I do appreciate his choice of water for at least two reasons.

Water is the most common element on the earth. Baptism is intended for all. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.“ There was no place that Jesus’ disciples could go where they would not be able to carry out his command. They would always have his Word with them and they would always be able to find water. The same is true for us today. The easy access to water across the globe is a reminder to us of how the Lord wants his Word to spread to the ends of the earth. The only thing that can be lacking to carry out this command is our own zeal to share the gospel at times.

Another great blessing of God choosing water for baptism is that we have so many reminders of this sacrament in front of our eyes every day. From the moment we wake up until the moment we go to sleep, just think of how many times we come into contact with H2O. Each of these times is an opportunity to remember its meaning for our daily lives. As Luther writes in his small catechism, “Baptism means that the old Adam in us should be drowned by daily contrition and repentance, and that all its evil deeds and desires be put to death. It also means that a new person should daily arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.”

Tomorrow, we have the opportunity to celebrate the blessings of baptism in our worship. May God help us to celebrate our baptisms every day as the common element of water reminds us of his miraculous grace and mercy.

In Christ,

Pastor Steve 
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 Sunday Preview

January 10th
The Baptism of our Lord
Theme:
Anointed by the Spirit
Readings:
1 Samuel 16:1-13; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 3:15-17; 21-22
Hymn of the Day:
“To Jordan’s River Came Our Lord” (CW #89)

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COG Breaking News

Evangelism Meeting – Monday, January 11th

The evangelism committee will be meeting on Monday, January 11th at 6:30 p.m. We will be discussing our work plan for 2016 as we look to emphasize the critical work of reaching out to our neighbors. All members of Cross of Glory are invited and encouraged to attend.

One More Year (12/31/2015)

December 31, 2015 in Church News

Jesus told this parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.” (Luke 13:6-9)

The last day of a year is a good day to look back and do some evaluating. In light of the parable that Jesus tells, I’d like to ask yourself, “How fruitful of a year have I had? How well have I displayed the fruits of the Spirit in my life throughout 2015–fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control?” Maybe some of those fruits have shown themselves abundantly. Maybe others are lacking. Maybe your tree is like the one Jesus described in the parable that doesn’t appear to have borne any fruit at all.

Whatever your circumstances, I have good news for you. A few days ago we celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ, our perfect Savior. His perfect life and innocent death covers over your imperfection. In him, you have forgiveness for your sins and eternal life. Your salvation doesn’t depend on how well you have shown fruits of love in your life. Your salvation depends on Christ. And he has done everything necessary to assure your victory.

I have some more good news for you. No matter how 2015 went for you, the Lord has given you one more year to show those fruits that may have been lacking. In his mercy, he has not cut down your tree and thrown you aside. He will do everything needed so that you might bear fruit in this new year he has given to you. His Spirit will work through his Word and Sacraments to give you life and fill you with gratitude. This gratitude will look for a way to express itself in your life. And the fruits will follow.

I pray that God’s Spirit is yours in abundance in 2016. Seek the Lord in his Word. Worship him often. Pray, praise, and give thanks. And, by God’s grace, this year could perhaps be your most fruitful year ever.

In Christ,

Pastor Steve 
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 Sunday Preview

January 3rd
The Epiphany of our Lord
Theme:
A Savior for All People
Readings:
1 Kings 10:1-9; Ephesians 3:2-12; Matthew 2:1-12
Hymn of the Day:
“How Lovely Shines the Morning Star” (CW #79)

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COG Breaking News