Forgetfulness as a Virtue (3/19/2015)

March 19, 2015 in Church News

Those of you who know me well know that I can be a forgetful person. In my house, I am famous for having to search for my keys or for going to do something in another room and then forgetting what it was on the way there. Forgetfulness can be a very frustrating thing. But there is one instance when forgetfulness is actually a good thing. This is when it comes to forgiveness.In our Old Testament reading this Sunday, we hear the wonderful promise of our Lord: “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Not only does God forgive us our sins and he casts them out of his memory never to be recalled. That is an amazing love.

This kind of forgiveness lead to two important applications to my everyday life. The first is this: if God has forgotten my sins, I need to forget them as well. When I repent of sin and take it to the cross of Christ, I can be certain that it is washed away. This certainty frees me from guilt. It is not helpful for me to keep calling to mind my past sins except to lead me to praise God for his amazing grace that those sins have been washed clean and my guilt over those sins no longer has power over me.

The second application of God’s forgetful forgiveness is the way it teaches me how to forgive. When I forgive a brother or sister in Christ, I now vow to forget that sin. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13: “Love keeps no record of wrongs.” This is not easy. It does not come naturally. Our sinful nature would have us drudge up every sin of the past and hold it against someone. But that is when we need to remember what Christian forgiveness is all about. It is a reflection of God’s forgiveness for us through Jesus Christ. And so we strive to both forgive someone’s wickedness and remember their sins no more.

With this thought in mind, thank God for his forgetfulness! Pray that he would give you the ability to be just as forgetful when it comes to forgiveness.

In Christ,
 Pastor Steve
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 Sunday Preview

March 22nd, 2015
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Theme:
“Embrace the Cross”
Readings:
Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 5:7-9; John 1:20-33
Hymn of the Day:
A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth (# 100)

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LENT MIDWEEK WORSHIP AND SOUP SUPPERS

Our midweek Lenten evening prayer services continue. On Wednesday evenings, we are having soup suppers starting at 5:30 and an evening prayer service at 6:30. Our theme for our services this year has been “I Tell You the Truth.” Each service focuses on one of Jesus’ attention-getting and faith-building statements, highlighted in the Scripture by the words, “I tell you the truth.” These services provide an excellent opportunity to focus your heart and mind on what is truly important during the Lenten season.

Mar. 25th – “If one dies, it produces life for many.”

We will be holding our annual Easter for Kids on Saturday, March 28th from 9:30a – 11:30a. This event is intended for children in preK – 5th Grade. Children will hear the Easter story, sing songs, make crafts and participate in an egg hunt. Register online at www.crossofglorylutheran.com/efk. Come and join the fun (also invite a friend or two…)!

SPECIAL PALM SUNDAY WORSHIP ANDMISS TIFFANY FAREWELL

Our Palm Sunday worship will be extra special this year. We will have music from the children of our Sunday School as well as the children of our Learning Center. The service will give us an opportunity to thank God for the blessings he has bestowed on the ministry of our Learning Center these past 15 years as it now draws to a close. Following worship, we will have a jambalaya lunch as we wish farewell to Miss Tiffany and pray for God’s blessings on her future ministry as a Kindergarten teacher in Kenosha, Wisconsin.


Maundy Thursday (April 2nd) – 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 (April 3rd) – 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 (April 4th) – 8 p.m.

We will again be holding our Easter Vigil service on Saturday night.

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 (April 5th) – 10:30 a.m.
(Potluck 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!