Pastors for February 

February 2-Rev. Kay Overcash

February 9-Karyn Dalton (Certified Lay Preacher)

February 16-Rev. Don Safrit

February 23-Rev. Carolyn “Carrie” Bishop

February 26-Rev. Don Safrit

February 2020

Grace to you and Peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

As the year begins with uncertainty and many “what if’s”, I contemplate what the future holds for us this year. I know that God has a plan for us, but we do not have a crystal ball to see into the future. We must continue to pray that God’s will be done and that our faith is strong enough to see this process through to the end. God will provide for our every need be it personal or spiritual.

As we turn our eyes to the Cross during the 6 weeks of Lent, I pray that each of us is renewed in faith as Christ died for our sins so that we may have everlasting life.

I am most certainly not a theologian, teacher, or lecturer but I hope that the month of February brings each of us much love, peace, and joy!

Jackie K

January 2020

 

Grace to you and Peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

 

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and come to pay him homage.”


This scripture is from the Revised Lectionary for Epiphany Day. We are used to seeing the wise men in the nativity setting before Christmas, but they came later bearing their gifts after the nativity. They were likely magicians or astrologers and there may or may not have been three of them. But that is not the point of this lovely story from the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew. The point is originally they were sent on a mission from the cruel oppressor King Herod to find the baby Jesus and come back and report to him. King Herod’s plans were to destroy Jesus so that he would have no competition in the King business. Ah!! But we worship a God of good news! We worship a God of salvation and revelation, thus the term epiphany, which means “light” or “revelation.” This is the same God who revealed to Mary that she would give birth to the Son of God, the same God who revealed to Joseph to name Jesus “Emanuel” and to remain faithful to Mary, the same God who revealed the location of Jesus by the star, and the same God who directed the Magi not to return to Herod, who had evil intent.


Cruel oppressors and political leaders who seek total power still exist, but the faithful are loved by the same God who directed the Magi in first century Palestine. Whatever our fears, our angsts, our hopes, our dreams, the God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit of the biblical models still reveal stars of faith today, especially in the community of Christ at Lutheran Chapel Evangelical Lutheran Church. O Come, Let Us Adore Him!


Peace to You This Blessed Month!

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