Grandpa, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench. He didn't move, just sat with his head down staring at his hands. When I sat down beside him he didn't acknowledge my presence and the longer I sat, I wondered if he was OK.
Finally, not really wanting to disturb him but wanting to check on him at the same time, I asked him if he was OK.
He raised his head and looked at me and smiled. "Yes, I'm fine.
Thank you for asking," he said in a clear strong voice.
"I didn't mean to disturb you, Grandpa, but you were just sitting here staring at your hands and I wanted to make sure you were OK," I explained to him.
"Have you ever looked at your hands?" he asked.
"I mean really looked at your hands?"
I slowly opened my hands and stared down at them. I turned them over, palms up and then palms down. No, I guess I had never really looked at my hands, as I tried to figure out the point he was making, Grandpa smiled and related this story:
"Stop and think for a moment about the hands you have, how they have served you well throughout your years. These hands, though wrinkled, shriveled, and weak have been the tools I have used all my life to reach out and grab and embrace life.
They placed food in my mouth and put clothes on my back.
As a child my mother taught me to fold them in prayer.
They tied my shoes and pulled on my boots.
They have been dirty, scraped and raw, swollen and bent.
They were uneasy and clumsy when I tried to hold my newborn son.
Decorated with my wedding band they showed the world that I was married and loved someone special.
They trembled and shook when I buried my parents and spouse and walked my daughter down the aisle.
They have covered my face, combed my hair, and washed and cleansed the rest of my body.
They have been sticky and wet, bent and broken, dried and raw.
And to this day, when not much of anything else of me works real well, these hands hold me up, help me lay down, and again continue to fold in prayer.
These hands have the marks of where I've been and the ruggedness of my life.
But more importantly it will be these hands that God will reach out and take when He leads me home.
And with my hands He will lift me to His side and there I will use these hands to touch the face of Christ."
I will never look at my hands the same again. But I remember God reached out and took my grandpa's hands and led him home.
When my hands are hurt or sore I think of Grandpa.
I know he has been stroked and caressed and held by the hands of God.
I, too, want to touch the face of God and feel His hands upon my face.
Bible Study Opportunities
Sundays at 9am
Very important chapters of the bible!
January 26th The Burning Bush Exodus 3,4
Tuesdays 9 AM
Study on Civil Government at Gary Anthony's home
Wednesday Evenings 6 PM
Teaching moments from Jesus!
January 29th Philippians 2:12-30
Join us each first Thursday for the monthly hymn sing at the Heritage Care center next door each week at 2:00 pm. We are on their schedule for the first Thursday of each month
CONGREGATION MEETING JANUARY 26
Our next congregation meeting will take place Sunday January 26 after the worship service. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us as we see God's blessings in our ministry in 2019, and look forward to future blessings in 2020.
The Lord has blessed us with a gift that will completely redo our sound and video system. We are looking for additional people who wish to use their gifts to serve in that area during our worship services. If you are interested in helping during our services in this special way, please speak to Pastor.
Hymns at Heritage
starting again in February at 2:00 pm.
We meet at church at 1:45,
so we can be over there ready to go at 2pm.
MLC CONCERT CHOIR HERE
FEBRUARY 28 After many years of making requests, we are finally privileged to have the Martin Luther college concert choir here at Lamb of God for their spring concert in 2020 period the concert date will be Friday evening February 28th. Please mark your calendars for that special date. We will be needing lots of participation and help from our Lamb of God family to make this a wonderful experience for everybody. Choir will have between 60 to 70 members. The plan will be to feed them dinner when they get into town, enjoy the concert, and then host the choir members overnight in our homes. They will be leaving the next morning for their next destination. There is a sign-up sheet for all those who can help buy housing choir members overnight in teams of 2. Please sign up as soon as possible so we can get this process going and be well prepared when the choir arrives on February 28.
Sermons are Live on Facebook
Sermons each Sunday are on facebook, share with a friend!
SPECIAL MINISTRIES HIGHLIGHT: PRISON MINISTRY
Did you know that WELS Prison Ministry is celebrating its 25th year in sharing Jesus with those who have been incarcerated? Over the past 25 years, God has used WELS Prison Ministry to share the gospel with literally thousands and thousands of souls. As we look back, we give God thanks for the many blessings he's showered upon this ministry. Looking forward, we need your help. In order to serve more souls with the gospel, we need help from our congregations and laypeople to refer prisoners to WELS Prison Ministry. If you or a congregation member know of an inmate who would like to be served by WELS Prison Ministry, submit their name at: wels.net/refer. Here are some other ways for your congregations and schools to be involved: 1) Make bookmarks and greeting cards for inmates (guidelines at csm.welsrc.net/prison-ministry-resources). 2) Collect gently used Meditations or Time of Grace booklets (no more than one year old) and send them to WELS Prison Ministry, P.O. Box 452, New Ulm, MN 56073. 3) Be a pen pal or a test corrector. Contact the New Ulm office at 507-354-3130 or email email@example.com. 4) Get training to begin a ministry in your local jail or prison. Call Dave Hochmuth at 414-256-3243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 5) Support the ministry financially. Send your gift to WELS Special Ministries, N16W23377 Stone Ridge Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188. For more resources and information about WELS Prison Ministry, go to wels.net/prison-ministry, or call 507-354-3130.
You can search online anytime to see what is in our library collection! Here's the link or you can click on the Church Library link from this LOG Website. About to buy that book from amazon.com or make a trip to the public library? Wait...check our church library first! We might have it! We now have 186 titles plus 21 DVD's in our collection. If you have a special birthday or anniversary coming up and you would like to donate a book to the church library in honor of a special event or person, please see Gwen Smith at church or
you can e-mail me at email@example.com
or call me at 256-506-1024.
To God be the Glory!
Anyone can come to the fellowship room on Fridays (10 AM to noon) and join with others working on their own arts and crafts projects. The Craft Circle is the place to come to relax and work on any sort of project you want to!! Our ladies have worked on cross stitch, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, scrapbooking, quilts, beading and jewelry, or just come and relax~!
Come and join the ladies~feel free to bring a friend.
She works with her hands in delight...Proverbs 31:13
Bible Reading on the Go!
Would you like a free app for your iphone or ipad for bible reading? The Bible Gateway Bible App offers many wonderful ways to experience Bible reading and Bible study, including:
More than 90 different Bible translations, including NIV. Easy-to-use and reliable Bible search, both online and offline. Daily Bible verse in the translation of your choice Daily Bible reading plans Bible audio in a number of different translations and styles.
Here is the link to get it at itunes
Here is the WELS Connection that is played once a month after service if you would like to rewatch it or share with a friend!
Lamb of God Coming Events
1/25 Men’s Breakfast 7:30 AM
Sunday 1/26 Adult Bible Class & Sunday School 9 AM
Worship Service 10:30 AM
Monday 1/27 Elders Meeting 5:30 PM
Tuesday 1/28 Civil Government Bible Study 9 AM
Wednesday 1/29 Bible Study 6 PM
Friday 1/31 Craft Circle 10 AM
Sunday 2/2 Adult Bible Class & Sunday School 9 AM
Worship Service w/Communion 10:30 AM
Confirmation Class 12:30-2 PM