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Advent is a season when we prepare for the coming of Christmas. Everything around us should be pointing us to Christ. We have reminders everywhere. For example, the twinkling lights on a dark night are to remind us that Jesus, the Light of the World, came to a world shrouded in darkness, to rescue us from sin (John 1). Sometimes, getting all these external reminders ready in time for Christmas may distract us from getting our hearts prepared to worship the Lord Jesus Christmas.
This Advent season, we will light one candle each week as a visual reminder that the Light of the World came to us at Christmas. Please join us in worship while we prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 10:15AM Sunday.

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Cancel your vacations, phone the neighbors, pack up the kids, and come join us this November for worship at 10:15 AM.  This is a busy month, and we have a special Sunday every week.

We will kick off the month on Sunday, November 6th, with a special pastor appreciation reception for Randy and Laura Hardy.  Randy and Laura have tirelessly served St. Luke’s during the Interim, and we are gathering together to show our appreciation.

Next up, Sunday, November 13th, at 10:15 AM, we will have an Installation and Ordination service for our new pastor, Greg Purchla.

The month continues with EVERYONE’S favorite- Thanksgiving Sunday!  On November 20th, a Thanksgiving worship service begins at 10:15 AM, followed by a Thanksgiving dinner.  This is an opportunity to invite your friends and neighbors to join us as we give thanks to God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ for the many blessings he has poured out on us this past year.

Finally, we wrap up the month of November with the first Sunday of Advent.  Join us as we look toward the birth of our Savior Jesus the Christ.

See you soon!

Colossians 3:16 (NIV)
16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

Sunday School begins this year with a Welcome Breakfast on September 18th at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  All students, along with their families, are invited to join us for a pancake breakfast.  You will have a chance to meet teachers and see the new children’s curriculum.

The first day of class for all ages is September 25th at 9:00 a.m.  The Adult Class will be studying the Book of Nehemiah.

Register in advance by completing the registration form and returning to the Church in person or via email at staff@slcfaribault.com.

 

Beginning August 31st through September 5th, the Traveling Wall – Vietnam War Memorial will be displayed at the Rice County Fairgrounds.  The Traveling Wall visits hundreds of small towns and cities throughout the United States every year.  Thousands of people will come to remember, honor, and pay tribute to the brave 58,282 American soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Several decades ago the long overdue homecoming parade for Vietnam veterans was finally held in downtown Chicago.  It was an overwhelmingly emotional event for the unheralded soldiers, their families, and loved ones.

I remember hearing Pastor Bill Hybels describe the event.  He told how for an entire week, the TV news reporters covered the story and interviewed the soldiers who were arriving in Chicago to march in the parade.  One Vietnam vet was interviewed on camera.  He was standing there by the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall with all the names of the soldiers who never made it back home.

One newscaster asked him why he had come all the way to Chicago from Seattle to visit the memorial and to participate in the parade.  The soldier looked straight into the face of the reporter and with tears flowing down his face, he said, “Because of this man right here.”  As he talked, he was pointing to the name of a friend whose name is etched on the wall.  And as he pointed to the name, he traced the letters of his friend’s name in the wall.  He continued to answer the reporter by saying, “This man right here gave his life for me.  He gave his life for me.”  And that said it all.  That explained everything.  No further questions.  As that news clip ended, that sobbing soldier simply let the tears flow without shame as he stood there, continuing to trace the name of his friend with his finger.

The Apostle John wrote these words:  “This is how we know what love is:  Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.”  (I John 3:16)  It is as though John were saying, “I never really knew what true love is or experienced its power, until one day I stood there and watched Jesus Christ, the Son of God, die on a cross  — giving His life as a costly sacrifice for the forgiveness of my sins.  Then, for the first time in my life, I understood what love is all about.”

The Vietnam vet stands there at the Wall with tears of gratitude and love streaming down his cheeks while he traces with his finger the name of his friend, and he says, “This man died for me.”  And Christians all over the world with a wonderment that never fades away praise the Lord with these simple words:  “Jesus gave His life for me.  He gave His life for me!”

Randy Hardy, Interim Pastor
(This originally appeared in the Faribault Daily News Faith Column on 8/13/2016.)

 

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