from: Grace Lutheran Church, WELS
Why sing to God that he has saved us?
As I was visiting a college campus yesterday I walked into a press conference. They were announcing a new basketball coach. The athletic director, speaking to the new coach, applauded him for his past record, relationships with his players, gritty-yet-genuine coaching philosophy, and desire to see his players succeed in life and not just basketball.
The athletic director's words, however, were not meant for the coach's ears only. Others in attendance, as well as media and their audiences, would hear such praise and appreciate the basketball program with greater confidence. The athletic director had obviously orchestrated a press conference before.
Psalm 96:2 says, "Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day." When we make music to God and sing to him, sometimes we tell him how wonderful his works are to us. How vivid the colors of flowers and how intricate the patterns of butterfly wings he designed. How incredible that the eye can see and that people have been healed miraculously or through the divinely provided means of normal medicine. But chief among God's work is saving people from our sins and guilt, from the devil's control, and from the final curse of death.
Salvation. Specifically, "his salvation," according to Psalm 96 which means he designs it and dispenses it as he pleases. We know that, and thank him for making us part of it.
So we sing to God that he has saved us. Sounds like informing a basketball coach of his own record. What's the point? Okay, you'd probably boost the ego of the basketball coach (as long as his record is a stellar one, otherwise my advice is to keep that out of the conversation). But the greater benefit is that others catch on.
One of my seminary professors, James P. Tiefel, who happens to be the director of choirs at Grace Lutheran Church, wrote a fascinating news article about the divine coincidence of two Lutheran church musicians and composers whose lives intersected. Separated by a century, J.S. Bach and Felix Mendelssohn created music that doesn't just sound good but its content sings salvation.
2009 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Felix Mendelssohn. Born in 1809 in Hamburg, Germany to a Jewish family who converted to Lutheranism, Felix was baptized in the Lutheran church at the age of seven. The date was March 21, which happens to be the birth date of Johann Sebastian Bach in 1685. A special date on the calendar wasn't the only thing these two musicians would share.
Young Mendelssohn showed himself to be a child prodigy. He took piano lessons and studied composition before appearing in his first concert at age nine. His instruction was sponsored by a wealthy and musical aunt who provided the teacher, an old-school musician. At the time, the enormous body of work of J.S. Bach basically had been buried. This was due in part to the failure of Bach's sons to preserve their father's work, and also to the rationalist and pietist religious emphases of the times that saw little need for what they considered stodgy and out-of-touch music. However, Felix's new music teacher loved Bach's music and shared that passion.
Over his short but notable 38-year life, Felix Mendelssohn "resurrected the popularity of Johann Sebastian Bach, but also … awakened a renewed interest in the hymns of the Lutheran church. Bach stands at the forefront of Lutheran church musicians who understand, as Luther understood, that music serves the Creator and his creatures best when it carries the good news about Jesus Christ and the treasures of the Holy Scriptures."
When he was 20years old Mendelssohn arranged and directed a performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion - its first public performance since Bach's death. He published the first critical edition of Bach's organ works and incorporated numerous other Bach pieces into his own performing and composing. Mendelssohn even lived in Leipzig for a time, where Bach served as Kantor from 1723 until his death.
A young Jewish boy, "born again by water and Word on the same date - March 21 - on which Lutheranism's greatest musician, J.S. Bach, was born … comes to champion the music and legacy of the man whose birthday he shares."
Call it divine coincidence. And a gift to the church that we treasure today, singing salvation to God. So that others hear, believe, and rejoice.
PRAYER: Our world is made better by your gift of music, O God. Thank you for the talented musicians who bless us with their work, especially those who help us sing salvation. Accept our praises and use music to wing our witness to the hearts of many, that souls may be strengthened, even saved, when they hear of your wonderful works. Amen.
LAMB OF GOD CHOIR
The Lord has blessed us with a congregation that enjoys singing praises to Jesus. If you would like to use your gift of singing in our Lamb of God choir, please join us this Wednesday, September 18 at 7:00 PM, after Bible Study. Come for Bible Study and stay for choir! Please join in the fun!
Our Food Pantry is running low!
Donations of money or non-perishable foods would be greatly appreciated!
Contact Laurie Aikens if you would like to help 256-631-8213
FALL FESTIVAL PLANNING
Our 2nd Annual Fall Festival is just around the corner- just 6 weeks away! We are looking forward to just as much family fun as last year! Again, I am asking for all the help and support that you can give, whether it is planning, setting up, or working it. The Sign-up Genius is now live, please check it out and sign up today! Again this year, we will be asking for those wonderful candy donations! All the food donations and volunteer slots will be put up on sign-up genius, along with quantities. We have moved the event!! November 2nd, 3-6 PM, rain or shine! We will be advertising again through Rocketcitymom and requesting food donations for our food pantry. If you would like to attend our planning meetings, it isn't too late! If you have ideas or input, advice and encouragement, I'll take that too! Any questions or comments please e-mail Sarah Kohlhoff or Pastor. Your help is so appreciated, whether through prayer, planning, decorating, cooking, or volunteering, last year turned out so amazing, and I know this year will too! All the food donations and volunteer slots are put up on sign-up genius, along with quantities.
See above for the link to the Sign Up Genius for our 2019 Fall Festival Saturday November 2, from 3-6 PM.
Please consider where you can use your gifts to serve for this great ministry event, and sign up to help.
Mary Martha Garage Sale!
Please take note of the following and start gathering any items you would like to donate!
The Mary-Martha Guild will be hosting a yard sale on Saturday September 28.
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
All proceeds will be going toward a new organ in the sanctuary.
You can deliver your items on Friday afternoon Sept. 27.
We are not accepting large furniture or books.
We would appreciate any help you can give either setting up
on the 27th or helping on the day of the sale.
If you have any questions contact Becky Tauchen email@example.com
Hymns at Heritage
at 2:00 pm.
We meet at church at 1:45, so we can be over there ready to go at 2pm.
Sermons are Live on Facebook
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There is a specific website now for the South Atlantic Youth activities. You can register online for our two big youth trips.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Wednesday 9/18 Bible Study 6 PM
Choir 7 PM
Friday 9/20 Craft Circle 10 AM
Sunday 9/22 Adult Bible Class & Sunday School 9 AM
Worship Service 10:30 AM
Ministry Planning Open Forum-Evangelism
9/23 Elders Meeting 5:30 PM
9/28 Men’s Breakfast 7:30 AM
Mary Martha Garage Sale
9/30 Elders Meeting 5:30 PM
10/04 Ladies Craft Fellowship Evening
10/19 Mary Martha Meeting
& blanket making for Foster Closet
11/02 Fall Festival 3-6PM