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Dear Members:

GRACE LUTHERAN NEWSLETTER –December, 2018

Good News of Great Joy

The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the city of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

“You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.  And so you became a model to all the believers.” 

….“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”               1 Thessalonians 1:6-7; 5:16

“Good news of great joy for all the people!”

Do you feel it?  If we answer truthfully, we must admit, “Not always.”

“You welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.”  Is that true that you continue to welcome God’s Word with joy?  As we think of when we have had the opportunity to: gather in worship, study/read God’s Word, and gather as a family for devotions and prayer, we must all admit, instead of joy we have often felt something closer to, “Do I have to?”

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, this is God’s will for you in Jesus.”

In times of trouble, sorrow, and pain it can be difficult to remember the joy and promise that is ours, trusting in Jesus.  Even when we are in the midst of tears and anxiety, Jesus, our God and Savior, tells us, “Take heart!  I have overcome the world.”

Joy can be elusive.  A good question to ask ourselves and others is, “Do you find joy in what you are doing?”  “If not, why is that?  What has to happen for you to again know joy in what you are doing at home, at work or at church?”

I find that people usually have a good idea of what they need to do (or stop doing) but they often feel trapped.

One of the things I always like to tell people in such circumstances is that there are always options.  We are never trapped, not when the Lord is still LORD and we are HIS people who trust in Him!  I believe that there is always a God-pleasing step or direction that we can take to help ourselves and/or others around us know and experience what we read, “Be joyful always”, even in the midst of painful and seemingly hopeless situations.

When I get a little down, it helps me to remember that God is still at work and gives our lives purpose.  The ministry, the work belongs to God and we have the privilege of having a meaningful part in God’s work to reach, save, comfort, and encourage the people around us and throughout the world.

The other two items listed in that verse are closely associated with knowing true joy - “pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances”  And I would add, in this context, “Be willing to share the load and the burden.  Don’t try to do it all by yourself or try to come up with all the answers by yourself.”  Good advice that I have shared and, yes, which I have also needed to hear, time and time again.

I LOVE BEING A GRANDPA!!!   I love the family and friends that God has blessed me with.  Thank You God!  Most of all, I thank God that whatever each day may bring, the promises that are ours in Christ Jesus cannot be taken away.  A family centered in Christ is a family that is for keeps, for all eternity!

Knowing Jesus and His love, there is always cause for thankfulness and joy, even in the midst of times of disappointment or loss.

As my wife Sue loves to say, “God is good, all the time!  All the time, God is good!”

I look forward to seeing many of you as we worship together this Advent and Christmas season, praying with thanksgiving to God and receiving God’s Word with joy.  The true joy given by the Holy Spirit, centered in Christ Jesus.

This is what we celebrate as we begin a new Church Year, as we celebrate Christmas and as we begin the year of 2019 with special New Year’s Eve services on Sunday morning, December 30, 2018.

Serving, with joy, as your pastor and friend in Christ,

Pastor Meyer

THANKS:

-  TO ALL who attended the Thanksgiving Eve Service on Nov. 21.  I loved that service, the good attendance, and all the special music.

- TO ALL who made Sunday morning services AND the Radio Broadcast possible on the morning of the blizzard, 

November 25.  (Attendance was 11 at 8:30 & 7 at 11am).  Special thanks to Ken and the folks at the radio station for the broadcast, and thanks to Barb & Micah for special music at the services.

- Speaking of the Radio Broadcast.  It is broadcast at 8:30 AM on Sunday on 1310 AM and 99.5 FM.  It was important that we offered that option in the midst of a blizzard, please let the office know if you were able to listen to the service that morning.

- Thank you all for the special gift from Grace Lutheran Church on what you called ‘Pastor Appreciation Sunday”. Yes, it was in the midst of a blizzard, but the gift of a VISA card for $100 is much appreciated.  I have told my wife Sue that we will spend it on special nights out at restaurants of her choice.  Thank You for your kindness!

 

OTHER NOTES:

I am pleased with the Advent Series for this year, “What Child Is This?”  Please note the two service options each Wednesday night: 5:15 and 7:30 pm.  We really want to encourage as many people of all ages to attend!  The services will be about 40-45 minutes long and will include a children’s message.  See you there Dec. 5,12,19.

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Class during December ties in with the Advent Series.  I like the material I have seen and am eager to share it with you.  See you there!

I am excited about the Children’s Christmas Pageant for Dec. 23, Sunday night at 6:30 pm.  Be sure to attend!

AND come back on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 at 6:30 pm for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with Holy Communion.

Also note that our “New Year’s Eve” services will be on Sunday, December 30 at our normal times of 8:30 & 11:00 am.  The message and music of that time that we close an old year and begin a new, in the name of Jesus, has always been special to me.  I hope you feel the same way! I will be thrilled to see you that morning on the Eve of NYE.

May God grant us all true joy and celebration as we remember the present promises and eternal blessings that are ours in Jesus!  Let us finish this year and begin the new church year AND the new calendar year in the name of Jesus!, celebrating “Good news of great joy for ALL the people!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Email gl92901@windstream.net
Address 1100 G. Street
Fairbury, NE 68352

 

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