|FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH
1620 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin, FL 34698
(727) 733-2657 firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: (727) 733-2657; Cell: (727) 729-2576
Rev. Andy Sorenson
Sunday Divine Worship 10:15AM
Sunday School / Bible Study 9:15 AM
Wednesday Bible Study 9:15 AM
Wednesday Choir Practice 10:45AM / 7PM
“Faithful to God’s Word through Christ, we aspire to love, care, and serve all people.”
Faith Weekly for the week of February 1st, 2018
Activities This Week
Dates to Remember
04 Feb Super Bowl Lunch 11:30 a.m.
10 Feb Sewing Club: Mission Quilts 9:30 a.m.
10 Feb 5 yr. Building Planning Mtg. 12:00 p.m.
11 Feb New Member Luncheon 11:30 a.m.
13 Feb Elders’ Meeting 7:00 p.m.
14 Feb Ash Wednesday Service 7:00 p.m.
17 Feb Sale Planning Mtg. 10:00 a.m.
18 Feb Board Meeting 11:30 a.m.
21 Feb Lenten Meal 6:00 p.m.
25 Feb Voters’ Meeting Potluck 11:30 a.m.
10 Mar Altar Guild Training 10:00 a.m.
Serving the Lord – 2018
|GREETERS||Bob & Shirley Scott||Bob & Shirley Scott|
|USHERS||Bob Ossian||Bob Ossian|
|HOST – HOSTESS||Noreen/Trish Super Bowl||New Member Dinner|
|ALTAR CARE||Sue Laeder/Linda Goheen||Sue Laeder/Linda Goheen|
|COMMUNION / ELDER||Adam Kiehn||Adam Kiehn|
|READER||Doris Watters||Noreen Whelehan|
|Happy February Birthday
6th Cindy Crutchfield
8th Christine Bacon
15th Ed Crutchfield
15th Noelle Matthias
16th Emma Belknap
16th Jordan Belknap
17th Glenda Shinabarger
|19th Paul Bellhorn
20th Maury Scherf
21st Caleb Davis
22nd Russ Goheen
23rd Paul Martin
26th Shirley Scott
Happy February Anniversary
19th Ellis & Jennifer Prewitt
Thank you for participating in the January 28, mission dinner sponsored by Faith’s LWML. The African dishes prepared from eight different countries were different, tasty, and delicious. Your generosity surpassed the goal for purchasing one Donkey and Cart from the Lutheran World Relief gift catalog. $429 was collected, enough to purchase two donkeys and carts to benefit women in Burkina Faso.
Our next project is to collect “Gifts from the Heart” to benefit the Bay Area Pregnancy Center at the St. Petersburg LWML Zone Rally, April 7, 2018. Ladies mark your calendars. We are hosting for the day and will need some help; we will have more detailed information for you next week.
Reminder the mailbox names are above your box. If you have not received your 2018 envelopes or need a new name tag, please contact the office. Thank you!
*Names will be kept on the printed prayer list for 30 days unless otherwise requested
FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY (4 February 2018)
Isaiah 40:21–31, 1 Corinthians 9:16–27, Mark 1:29–39
The Son of God, Christ Jesus, Makes Us a New Creation
The Lord alone “is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth” (Is. 40:28). He “sits above the circle of the earth” and “stretches out the heavens like a curtain” (Is. 40:22). Yet, His almighty power is demonstrated chiefly by His mercy and compassion. “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength” (Is. 40:29). The only begotten Son of the Father, the very Word by whom all things were made, becomes flesh and takes all the poverty and weakness of our sin and death upon Himself, bearing it in His body to the cross. As He dies for us there, He also raises us up, a new creation, in His resurrection from the dead. Thus, by the preaching of this Word, He heals “many who were sick with various diseases,” and He casts out “many demons” (Mark 1:34, 39). And His preaching continues through those whom He has sent, who are “entrusted with a stewardship” to “preach the gospel” (1 Cor. 9:16–17). Thus, we are set free by the Word of Christ, and we exercise our freedom in loving service to others.
Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” (John 20:24-25)
Dear friends, as I pondered what to write about this week, I came across the words of Martin Luther regarding St. Thomas. Just hours before reading the article I had been discussing St. Thomas with the Wednesday morning Bible Study group. St. Thomas is really a wonderful example of a disciple as he represents so many of us at time. Allow me to explain with Luther’s words:
The other disciples and Thomas did not only hear during the time they were with the Lord that he taught the people with great authority, and later also saw how he confirmed his doctrine by the great miracles performed on the blind, the lame, the lepers, the dumb etc., whom he cured; but also that he raised three persons from the dead. And, as it appears, St. Thomas was the most fearless and courageous of all the disciples, in that he said when Christ wished to go again into Judea to Lazarus who was dead: “Let us also go, that we may die with him,” (John 11:16.) Such fine characters were the disciples of Christ and especially St. Thomas, yet he could not believe that the Lord himself arose from the dead and was alive.
Moreover, we see in the apostles that we are truly nothing when Christ withdraws his hand and we are left to ourselves. The women, Mary Magdalene, and the others, announced it, and now the disciples themselves proclaim that they had seen the risen Lord. Yet St. Thomas is stubborn and will not believe it and he will not be satisfied even if he see him, unless it be that he sees the print of the nails in his hands and puts his fingers into the print of the nails and his hand into his side.
Thomas is an illustration of the power of Christ’s resurrection. We hear how firm and even stiff-necked he was in unbelief, that although the other disciples unitedly testified that they had seen the risen Lord, yet he simply will not believe it. He appears to have been a fine and brave character who had thoroughly concluded that he would not so soon believe the others. For he had seen that the Lord only three days before was put to death on the cross and the nails driven through his hands and feet and the spear pierced his side. This picture was so indelibly and deeply impressed upon him that he simply could not in the least believe what the others told him, that Christ was risen. He thus utters a hyperbole, an exaggerated statement, that he will not believe his eyes alone, but will feel and grope about Christ’s body with his hands…
That is to be steeped very firmly and deeply in unbelief. And it is wonderful what he means by it that he at once proposes a thing absurd, to put his hand and finger into the openings of his wounds. For he had always been so smart as to think: Since Christ was again alive, had conquered death and was rid of all the bruises from the scourging and the crown of thorns, he would surely have healed and removed also the five wounds.
Now, this has happened for our example and consolation, that the great apostle also had to fail and stumble, in which we see how Christ shows and conducts himself toward his weak disciples, that he can tolerate also such who are still as hard and stubborn as St. Thomas is here, and that he will not on that account condemn and disown them and by this he teaches us that we should become neither offended nor despondent because of that; but in harmony with this his example gently go on with them, serve their weakness, with our strength until they become established and grow strong.
Today, we would label St. Thomas a “realist”. He had to have objective proof—to see with his own eyes—to believe. Faith is oftentimes a hard thing. Christian doctrine can be challenging at times. Better to have someone poking and prodding for the truth in Scripture than not being present at all. St. Thomas, despite his doubts, was present within the congregation. He was there to hear the truth of God’s Word and to have his own preconceived ideas challenged.
Each of us, like Thomas, have our moments of doubt and weakness. And so we are called not only to God’s Word, but to His congregation. It’s here that we lift up and support one another even as we wrestle with our own doubts and weaknesses. It’s here that we sacrifice self-interest for the sake of the Gospel, that the weakest among us might become strong. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
~ Pastor Sorenson
~~~~~~~~~~~Recipe – Halleluiah Potato Salad ~~~~~~~~~~~
|….What You’ll Need:
6 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 (10-ounce) package refrigerated cooked, sliced chicken breast (see Notes)
6 fresh asparagus spears, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 radishes, thinly sliced
1 cup ranch dressing
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
| What To Do:
In a large soup pot, cover potatoes with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender; drain well.
Place the potatoes in a large bowl and add the chicken, asparagus, radishes, dressing, salt, and pepper; toss well. Serve warm, or cover and chill until ready to serve.
A Little Humor
There was a speaker from out-of-town visiting a congregation and he started by saying:
– I won’t make you tired by a long speech – you have to wait for your congregational president when it´s his turn.
Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
|Praise, my soul, the King of heaven,
to the throne thy tribute bring;
ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
evermore God’s praises sing.
Praise the everlasting King.
|Praise the Lord for grace and favor
to all people in distress;
praise God, still the same as ever,
slow to chide, and swift to bless.
Glorious now God’s faithfulness.