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.
11th Sunday after Pentecost
Finding Meaning in Life
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
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