Our Mission...... As men, women, and children united in faith in Christ Jesus, we believe he commanded us to “go and make disciples.” We therefore will proclaim the Gospel of Christ through our words and actions to the community, campus, and others. We will teach God’s word in its truth and purity to help each other grow and mature in faith preparing us, God’s people, for “works of service.”
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, River Falls, WI
545 Apollo Road
River Falls, WI 54022
Based on Ephesians 5:15-20—Vacuums Want to Be Filled
As with the other readings this Sunday, this reading also stresses that there are only two paths to walk. Either we walk in folly or in wisdom. Those whose food is wisdom walk with God. Their path is one of understanding and joy, even in the evil times. For the Spirit fills them by his means of his Word of peace and joy and thanksgiving in Christ. That Word, through which the Spirit comes, they sing and say to themselves and to one another, that they may always be filled with saving food and be found on that path of wisdom with and in Christ.
Faith in God's promises is the golden thread that links believers of all ages to our Savior-God. Though Abraham was too old to sire a son, he believed that God could do everything he promised. In the same way, we believe that God has kept his word and done what is humanly impossible: he raised our Lord Jesus from the dead. Therefore we are justified by faith.
Pastor Clayton Welch preaches this 5th Sunday in Lent on Luke 20:9-19. God continued to offer salvation to the chosen nation of Israel. As they rejected the prophets of salvation, so they also reject and would soon kill the author of their salvation, God's own son. Since they rejected their Savior, he would also reject them. May we never reject the precious gift of life from our God.
If anyone ever had reason to be discouraged and to complain, it was surely Elijah in this chapter! But what does God do with Elijah's complaints? He ignores them! For God has work for the prophet to do and lays on him no more than Elijah can bear, in spite of Elijah's complaint to the contrary. But since God has commanded him to do what seemed impossible, to continue in the face of such adversity and persecution, God gives Elijah a powerful sign of providential care in the face of human need and weakness. That is always his way with us, to demand and expect the impossible, to show us our total inability to do the impossible and then to provide what is needed to accomplish his bidding.
Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! Godâ€™s will is not limited by the possibilities that limit us. His blessings to his children are often beyond our imagination. And the most â€œimpossibleâ€ blessing of all is the pardon of our countless sins through faith in Jesus Christ. May God be forever praised by making the impossible possible in Christ.
2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18
Since the Lord defended him in the past against many attacks, Paul was confident of the Lordâ€™s faithfulness right up to the time he entered heaven.
Pastor Clayton Welch
First Lesson, Amos 7:10-15, Pentecost 8
Our Lutheran Confessions repeatedly assert: No one should preach who has not been properly called. Amos, together with the other prophets of the Old Testament and the apostles of the New Testament, had immediate calls from the Lord. Our pastors and teachers have mediate call from the same Lord. It is in grace and to save that the Lord sends his called servants with his Word. Woe to those who maliciously imply that such called servants are merely seeking bread through the message they bring; for in them will be fulfilled the warnings of that Word. Pastors do well to remember and cherish the saving function given them by the Lord through that call; hearers do well to listen to the Word of the Lord and give thanks to God that he cares enough for them still to send his servants into their midst with that Word; for even its sharpest rebukes are sent for our eternal good.
The Lord calls his enemies to assemble and advance. Let them do what they will. He sits on his throne and he is the judge. The forces of darkness are many, but their destruction is as sure as the fall of ripe grain before the sickle or grapes under a press. For those who trust in the Lord, he is their shelter and refuge.
Almighty and everlasting God, give us an increase of faith, hope, and love; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
God's mercy, not our accomplishments, moves his New Testament people to spiritual worship. Our bodies are living sacrifices. Our minds are renewed in the image of their Creator. There is no room for pride when each sees its mission as a ministering member of the body of Christ.