Message from Pastor George
To the Saints at First Lutheran,
I am at a loss of what to say or how to offer comfort at a time like this…a time of such civil and national distress.
I continue to do what I am guessing many of you are doing, which is processing all of my feelings, listening to the news, and reminding myself that my loved ones and I are safe. What happened in DC Wednesday is not normal. And it is not ok.
As I search for words of comfort to share, I know I can proclaim boldly and truthfully that as the chaos of this world seems to continue to be overwhelming, God is with us, God has not abandoned us, and God will get us through this.
The other thing I know we can always do when we don’t have the words is to turn to God in prayer and share those prayers with one another. So I share this prayer with you:
“O Lord, Rise us and come to our help, merciful God, for we are in need. We are weighed down with fear and we feel as fragile as the dust from which we came. All that we have known and trusted seems to be crumbling away. Although this moment has come upon our nation, we trust that you have not forgotten your people.
So, O Holy One, help us to trust in your power above all else. Help us to trust in and cling to your love, your justice, and your mercy. Show us your face in this time of trial, remind us of your faithfulness, deliver us from evil, and save us for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
(Prayer adapted from All Creation Sings, prayer for Civic Distress.)
PROJECT THRIVE NEEDS YOU!
This coming week our Project Thrive team is hosting three virtual gatherings to celebrate the history of First Lutheran Church and the blessings that our community of faith has brought to you, its members. The meetings will begin with an inspiring video recounting our history that you don’t want to miss. These 60 minutes meetings will take place on Monday January 11 at 9:45 a.m. and Tuesday January 12 and Saturday January 16 at 10 a.m. They have been advertised in our email communications over the past several weeks and also in the last two issues of The First Chronicles. If you have not signed up for one of the sessions you can still do so. To sign up go call the office at 615-256-7580 or contact Kristen Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please give an hour of your time this week to this cause. By participating you will help to advance the call process for our new Senior Pastor.
Trusting in the Lord
Jesus said, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). Unfortunately, many people seem to transpose this verse as they first seek worldly things with the hope that God’s blessings will still be there. Are you more focused on your lifestyle, where you live, what you drive, or what you wear than with seeking God? God’s promise to those who seek him is that he will provide for them and bless them. “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Do you trust in his promise?
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me not to become too preoccupied with things of the world. The world, Satan, and my flesh tempt me to focus on myself and to accumulate as many materials things as possible. Grant me the faith and wisdom I need to understand that only you can provide me with lasting joy, peace, and contentment. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.
Like everything in 2020, Room in the Inn will look different this year. First Lutheran will not be opening the church for guests, but we are looking for volunteers to help at the RITI Central Shelter. First Lutheran plans to volunteer to feed 20 guests at RITI campus on the below Mondays:
January 11 – need overnight volunteer only
March 15 – need food and overnight volunteer
If you are willing to provide food, spend the night or have any questions, please contact the church office.