October 2017 Newsletter
If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life. (Psalm 119:92-93)
Psalm 119 is the “Great Psalm of the Word.” Almost every one of its 176 verses has an explicit reference to Scripture. That underscores a critical point about the Word of God that Luther made as he wrote about this psalm: “God wants to give you his Spirit only though the external Word.”
Fully half a millennium of human history has passed since the start of the Lutheran Reformation, but we are still blessed through that crucial emphasis on “the external Word.”
There are many fundamental questions that everyone must face: “Is there a God? If so, what’s our relationship with him? What explains the troubles and tragedies of human life? Why am I here? What happens when I die?” We don’t rely on answers based on trivial human traditions or on fleeting human feelings. Rather, we have the confidence that comes from the certain answers that God himself provides us in his inspired, unchanging, inerrant Word.
In 1545, the year before he died, Luther said, “Let the one who would hear God speak, read Holy Scripture.” In the verses from Psalm 119 that we are considering, God speak to us about his “law,” his “precepts.” When we hear those words, we might naturally think of a hallmark of the Reformation theology: the proper distinction between the doctrine of law and the doctrine of the gospel. However, the Hebrew word for “law” that is used here, torah, has the basic meaning of “instruction,” or “teachings.” It is more general than the “Do this” and “Don’t do that” of God’s commands, although it certainly includes them. Torah can also be used in reference to the promises of God, his acts of providence, and his saving activity. In other words, torah can refer to either law or gospel.
God’s instruction here includes his law. Sin is the root cause of all afflictions; it makes us subject to perishing in the first place. But God’s teaching here also includes the gospel. Don’t skip over the word “if.” That little word makes all the difference! Without God’s Word, we’re doomed to death. With it, however, God preserves our life.
The Word, and the Word alone- Sola Scriptura!- tells us how God has preserved our life. The central blessing the Psalms pointed ahead to was the coming of the Messiah. As the Word unfolds, it tells us how that promise was fulfilled in the atoning life, death and resurrection of Jesus. God has done justice to the world’s sins in Christ; Jesus has paid the wages of all sin. Everyone who believes in Jesus as Savior, by the power of the Spirit that God gives through the Word, has been brought back into a right relationship with God. And that preserves our life!
Almighty God, we thank you for the gift of your life-giving and life-preserving Word. Use it to strengthen the faith of your followers and to bring others into your family. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
This devotion comes from I Shall Not Die, But Live a devotional book created by Martin Luther College to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the reformation. Today’s devotion is the first of 31 devotions written by professors of Martin Luther College, past and present. If you are interested in continuing with these daily devotions throughout the month of October they can be found digitally on the MLC Website at https://mlc-wels.edu/news-and-notes/2017/09/reformation-500-devotion-booklet/, or you can speak to Pastor Frelitz about a hard copy (he has 35).
Christian Estate Planning Assistance
Proper estate planning gives peace of mind, provides for loved ones, minimizes taxes, and can provide an income for life for you or your heirs, as well as a gift to the Lord’s work. Mr. Rick Kneser of the WELS Ministry of Christian Giving, is available to serve you without cost to you or the congregation. He can assist you in reviewing your current estate plan or developing a new plan.
- Do you know life insurance passes to children tax free, but tax-deferred retirement funds pass with a tax bill?
- I already have a will, how often should I review it?
- Your will may not control who will inherit your 401(k)?
- Does your spouse automatically have a say in your health care?
- Are the baptismal sponsors of my children their legal guardians if necessary?
If you would like more information to answer the questions above, you can reach Mr. Kneser at 262-305-7688 or e-mail him at Rick.Kneser@wels.net. He will be happy to meet with you in your home at a time convenient for you.
The volunteer work done at the Bradley Center is a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and stewardship. Everyone who participates in these events has the opportunity to work closely with other members of God’s family here at Trinity and create or strengthen friendships as we work together to serve Christ. At the same time, the Bradley Center work brings in financial support for our congregation so that we can continue to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to our community and around the world. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this God given opportunity.
Please see the sign-up sheets in the church entry way if you would like to volunteer. We ask all volunteers to please sign up early. We need a minimum of 12 people. If we have more than 12 people all the better to get all positions covered. If you have not already done so you must take the alcohol test to be able to volunteer.
The following are the events we have signed up for this year. Keep an eye out as more events may come in. Come join the fun of working in the stand for basketball, hockey or entertainment events.
|Wednesday||10/4/2017||Bucks vs. Indiana||7:00 pm||4:30 pm||TBA|
|Saturday||10/21/2017||Bucks vs. Portland||7:30 pm||5:00 pm||TBA|
If you would like to be a Bradley Center Volunteer, or would like more information, please see Fred Westrich.
BOOTH AT GREAT PUMKIN CHUCKIN’ FEST
We have, once again, been invited to have a booth during the festivities of this year’s Great Pumpkin Chuckin’ Fest. We will be making the miniature catapults, same as we did last year. Volunteers are needed to man the booth at the Fair Grounds on Saturday October 21st and Sunday October 22nd. Booth hours are 10am – 7pm on Saturday and 12am – 4pm on Sunday. If you would be available and interested, a sign-up sheet for those times slots can be found in the church entry way.
Trinity Lutheran’s new keepsake Cookbook Celebrating 150 years. 1869-2019 “Past, Present, Future”
You, your family and former Trinity members are invited to be a part of this project.
It’s easy and we encourage YOU to contribute to our new 150th anniversary keepsake cookbook.
You may share as many secret and special recipes as you want – past and current family favorites, children’s favorites “I can make it myself “ or recipes in memory of a loved one.
Remember a recipe that you do not share with someone else, may soon be forgotten, but when you share it, the recipe will be enjoyed for many generations to come. So start now gathering and submitting your family’s old and new favorite recipes. We look forward to sharing and preserving your recipes by publishing this keepsake cookbook.
If you have an email address, you will be receiving an email with an attachment from Carol Steilein (aka Liz Smith) or Pastor with instructions on how to easily submit your favorite recipes. For those who do not have an email address, you will receive your instructions in your church mailbox soon.
If you have any questions contact Carol Steilein 262- 878-4346, Ann Voge 262-853-5175, or Terry Ditscheit 262-598-7532.
The committee would appreciate having all the recipes by February 28, 2018. Thank you.
LUEDTKE’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
The congregation is invited to join in celebrating 50 years of God’s blessings upon Henry and Jane Luedtke’s marriage. An open house celebration is being held on Saturday, October 7th, from 1-4 pm in the church fellowship hall. Some light snacks will be served. Please join us.
On Sunday October 15th, we will be blessed to celebrate the work of Christian education being done at Shoreland Lutheran High School and have their festival choir join us for worship.
FALL RALLY 2017
MINISTRY IN EAST ASIA
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2017
DOORS OPEN AT 1:30. OPENING DEVOTION AT 2:00.
- PAUL’S LUTHERAN CHURCH
2665 NORTH STREET, EAST TROY, WI 53120
Bring your family and friends! All are welcome to this fun opportunity for growth and fellowship! Come listen to Prof. Brad Wordell from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary talk to us about WELS ministry in East Asia with special emphasis on the seminary training taking place there. Refreshments will be provided following the presentation.
The Third Commandment
Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy.
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Midweek Worship Attendance
Southeastern Wisconsin District Reformation Service
On November 5th at 3:30 pm our Southeastern Wisconsin District of the WELS will hold a joint Reformation service to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This worship service will be held at the Miller High Life Theater in Milwaukee. For more information please speak to Pastor Frelitz.