April 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

Are you a morning person? Do you spring out of bed before the alarm clock goes off eager to start the day? Or are you a “I need to hit the snooze button three times and drink two cups of coffee before anyone can talk to me” kind of person?

Now that we have our bell tower up and running at church, every morning at 9:00 I have the opportunity to hear the bells play a hymn. During the Easter season, this hymn is “Awake, My Heart, with Gladness.” It’s a great morning hymn. The text of this hymn reminds us that the scene on Easter morning, with the tomb empty and Satan defeated, is one that gives us a reason to wake up with joy. I especially like verse three of this hymn:

This is a sight that gladdens–
What peace it does impart!
Now nothing ever saddens
The joy within my heart.
No gloom shall ever shake,
No foe shall ever take
The hope which God’s own Son
In love for me has won.

If mornings aren’t your specialty, maybe you could give this a try: before you get out of the bed, take a trip by faith to the empty tomb. Remember the meaning of Easter. It gives you hope. It gives you joy that no one can steal from you. Perhaps that can put a little extra spring in your step (it might not hurt to add a few cups of coffee as well!).

In Christ,

Pastor Steve

Upcoming Worship Preview

April 29th Fourth Sunday of Easter
Theme: Good Shepherd Sunday
Readings: Acts 12:1-19, 2 Corinthians 2:12-3:6, John 10:11-18
Hymn of the Day: Jesus, Shepherd of the Sheep (CW #436)
Sunday School: Paul and Timothy

COG Breaking News

Congregational Meeting this Sunday

Following our worship this Sunday, we’ll be have our quarterly congregational meeting. This will give the whole congregation the opportunity to hear a short report on the work of each of our boards. One item we will also be discussing is a “wish list” of extra budgetary items and projects that is being assembled.

Wednesday Night is GIFT Night

Our first GIFT night was enjoyed by all who attended. There is still room for me. Our theme this spring is “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?” All members (and friends) of the congregation from ages 1 to 92 are invited to attend. Let’s grow in faith together!

Wanted: Summer Sunday School Teachers

As we prepare for the Summer Sunday School session, we are looking for volunteer teachers. It is not a difficult task (all materials are provided for you) and there are many benefits. It gives our regular, hard-working Sunday School teachers a little break from their labors. It gives you the opportunity to grow in faith and the joy of working with these children. It gives the children the opportunity to see different members of our congregation as spiritual role models. And, ultimately, God is glorified by your faithful service. There is a sign up sheet in the gathering room for those who are interested. If you have any questions, please speak with one of our Sunday School teachers (Rebecca Toepel or Heather Hahm) or Pastor Hahm.

New Bible Study Series Begins THIS SUNDAY

This Sunday we will begin a series of Bible studies looking at the issue of Bible translation. Our Synod is facing a decision on which translation to use in its publications now that its current translation of choice (NIV-1984) is no longer available. In light of this important decision, we are going to take a couple of Sundays to talk about the different issues involved in selecting an English translation of the Bible. We are then going to study the book of Luke, using some of the different English translations that are available. Come and join us!