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Feb 2, 2018

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Pastor's Letter
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America God's Work. Our hands.

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Brothers and sisters in Christ:

 

Over the last couple of months, you might have heard during worship, the call to tell your story about faith. This is an important story that can be shared with others. Yet, sometimes is can be a challenge to tell our story about faith without pushing our beliefs onto someone else. When we do push our beliefs onto others we can hurt people, and turn them off from God in the process. It is my hope, for the newsletter article this month, to dive into some questions about our faith that we can share with others and not be too pushy.

 

Why is church important?      

 

Church is important because when we gather each week in community for worship, we can be encouraged, and learn from God's word for spiritual growth in our lives. Our worship not only honors and magnifies God, but it is also for our own enlightenment and strength. When we gather for worship, it helps us to develop such character traits as forgiveness, tenderness, justice, righteousness, purity, kindness, and love.

 

Worship feeds us with God’s word for our lives, and it is in God’s word that we learn about righteous love for God and our neighbor.

 

Worship also feeds us through baptism, and the Eucharist, both which cleanse us from our sin and purify our bodies for being in a “right” relationship with God.

 

Finally, church is important because it gives us at least one hour each week to practice how we can live out our daily lives, and strengthen our ability to love. We are then sent out into the world to proclaim God’s love. It is in this love that we can be provided with a second chance, be healed, and given new life here and now, as well as, when we leave this world to go home to be with God.    

 

Church is one of the only places in the world we can go to find peace, comfort, hope, and love even when we fall short of being the best we can be. The outside world does not offer such an invitation. 

 

Why is prayer important?

Prayer is important because it is an active conversation with God. Prayer is the vehicle for daily dialog with the One who created us. It is through that vehicle that we can share our life with God, express thanks and praise, understand that there is something bigger than ourselves, ask for forgiveness, worship, and acknowledge God’s control in our life. Prayer gives us somewhere to go to ask for help, guidance, and love during all times of life. The vehicle of prayer drives us towards being comforted by the one that has created us.

 

Why is God important?

 

God is important because he exists. The God that created the universe and everything in it, including us, makes him important. God is important because our Creator wants us to be happy, and he directs us towards the experiences in life that can fulfill our needs, and make us happy. Yet, sometimes we think we can only be happy when we have everything we want. It is good to know that the Creator of the universe is more concerned with our needs, and fulfilling those spaces so we can live.

 

God is important because God cares about us. However, God is also important because he gives us boundaries for healthy living, and gives us a purpose to follow within those boundaries. We seem to be hard wired as spiritual beings, therefore, we seem to be most at comfort when God is in our lives through worship, prayer, and daily living. We find importance in a God that came to this world to profess love, healing, and eternal life for all who believe.   

 

There are many reasons to why the church, prayer, and God are important, and it would be next to impossible to share all the reasons in this one article. The hope I have for this article is to break down some of the barriers to help us be able to speak about our faith to others with comfort. Maybe there can be conversation from this article, maybe someone can add to this list and make it more complete, or maybe this article can reach the hands of someone trying find some answers about their faith. This article is meant to carry on the story of the importance of church, prayer, and God. In the end, I hope that the Holy Spirit will empower the reader on their journey as they read more about this important subject matter.

 

Continue the story!

 

May peace be with you always,

 

 

Pastor Steve