St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church & School
Worship for Sunday, March 29, 2020
The Fifth Sunday in Lent focuses us on the God's power over death. We see the vision God gave to Ezekiel in the Valley of Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37) and Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11). The sermon is based on Romans 8 where Paul speaks of our new life in Jesus now as well as our eternal life in him.
We thank Sam Mobley for his work in producing this video and Leah Rachuj for accompanying the hymns with her guitar. When you click on the link below, it'll take you to the current service. Once there, you should also be able to find past services by clicking on the link ot the YouTube page. If you subscribe to the page, you will receive notification when a new video is posted. We pray this will be a blessing for you!
Worship Service on YouTube
Pastor Jenkins Returns Call
Pastor Paul Jenkins of Springville, NY, whom we called to be our second pastor, has returned the call. He has accepted the call to be the new pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church of Woodbridge, VA. He wrestled a great deal with this call. You can read his letter by clicking the link below. Let's thank God for Pastor Jenkins' faithful consideration of our call and for his good will being done. Let's pray for Pastor Jenkins, as well as the people he has been serving at Our Savior in Springville, a congregation that is closing its doors for good, and the people of Trinity in Woodbridge. Continue to pray for our ministry and for the Lord to bring another pastor to us.
Letter from Pastor Jenkins
Daily Devotion - Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Each day we post a devotion to help set our hearts on Jesus.
"Where is God?"
People ask this in the face of every disaster, every time of great trouble. It's a legitimate question... or it seems to be. I suppose it depends on how it's asked. If it's asked in faith, then it's a fine question because it doesn't doubt God's presence, power, or love. It's simply admitting, "With my limited view, Lord, I can't see your gracious activity, but I know you're here and you're working all things for my." When the question is not asked from a heart of faith, it's myopic and ill-informed.
David's plea in our verse today was not myopic or ill-informed. As he poured out his heart to the Lord, laying out his physical suffering, he admitted that his own sin was a part of his suffering. Yet he confessed, "Lord, all my needs lie before you. My sighs are not hidden from you." He did not think that God had turned his back on him, and he was right. God did not forsake him.
Further on in the psalm, David spoke of how this affliction had distanced him from his loved ones, friends, and neighbors. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? Yet he confidently declared, "Yet I wait for you, Lord. You will answer, O Lord my God."
David's final cry - our verse today - does reveal a desperate heart, but not a doubting one. Why is that? How could David be so desperate yet confident?
There's one more verse in this psalm after today's verse. It says, "Hurry to help me, O Lord, my salvation." David confessed that the Lord was not only his God but his salvation. Even though it hadn't happened yet, David knew that God, who is always faithful to his promises, had promised a Savior from sin. Sin is clearly what troubled David most of all. He knew that the God who promised forgiveness and salvation through the Messiah would not forsake him. So, again, his cries were desperate but not despairing.
Whatever you are facing, now or in the future, may cause you to be desperate. But do not despair! Do not be afraid! As Moses told the Israelites, "The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms" (Deuteronomy 33:27). Surely David knew this. Because of Jesus and by faith in him, we know God will not forsake us. He is always with us. His Word testifies to this truth, which means that's where we need to go when we are uncertain. Then we will be confident too.
Online Giving; Help If You Need It
We should have online giving available shortly. If you are a part of our church family and have offering envelopes, they are designed so you can mail them in. You might just want to add some adhesive. We appreciate the fact that these are challenging times. We also know that most of you know that our ministry carries on with its work, so your support is still needed. Thank you for keeping our ministry and each other in your prayers. We will continue to do our best to inform you and support you in whatever ways we can.