The tomatoes in my garden are seasonal. The gospel is not. Nearly five centuries after the Lutheran Reformation, we can still enjoy its " "fruit" every day. Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8 I've been enjoying the taste of fresh-picked tomatoes straight from the garden. Unfortunately, the delicious harvest won't last long. October frost will eventually rob my green vines of all remaining life. Soon I'll be back in the store purchasing the hard, pale fruit that passes itself off as a "vine-ripened" tomato. If only I could enjoy the fruit of my tomato plants throughout the year!
LASTING FRUIT Frosty October nights bring death to my garden. Thankfully October also brings with it an occasion to celebrate life . . . the life-giving truth of the gospel. Lutherans remember how diligent study of the Holy Scriptures led a German monk to challenge what the church of his day was teaching about the forgiveness of sins. In the Reformation, we marvel at the hand of God as it worked to preserve the gospel truth-truth that Martin Luther so beautifully expressed in his Small Catechism. "He [Jesus] has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death" (Explanation to the Second Article). The lasting "fruit" of the Lutheran Reformation is found in the clear proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As sons and daughters of the Reformation, we confess with St. Paul, "It is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8,9). Each new day we have the opportunity to "taste and see that the LORD is good" (Psalm 34:8). Each new day we can remember that "God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions" (Ephesians 2:4,5).
FORGIVING FRUIT Luther's Morning Prayer includes this familiar petition: "Keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please you." Yet when the day draws to its close, our consciences rightly condemn us for what we have done and what we have left undone. Despite our prayers and best intentions, we fail miserably. When God's law exposes our guilt, we possess a natural inclination to minimize, excuse, or dismiss our bad behavior. The psalmist David warns against following that destructive path. "When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer" (Psalm 32:3,4).
Only the gospel can bring the comfort and relief we need. Our good works can't save us. Our good intentions won't earn God's favor. But the gospel announces the victory Jesus won for us and all people. "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:21). The gospel proclaims that the Lord has forgiven the guilt of our sin (Psalm 32:5)! The tomatoes in my garden are seasonal. The gospel is not. Nearly five centuries after the Lutheran Reformation, we can still enjoy its "fruit" every day.
Confess your sins to the Lord. Then listen as Jesus speaks to you and says, "Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven" (Matthew 9:2). Taste and see that the LORD is good!
Contributing editor Michael Woldt is a WELS pastor at David's Star, Jackson, Wisconsin.
Fall Bible Study Opportunities
Sundays at 9am Very important chapters of the bible!
Nov 24 Genesis 11 Tower of Babel
Wednesday Evenings 6pm Teaching moments from Jesus!
SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SERVING OPPORTUNITIES
|Nov 27 I am The Alpha and The Omega
We will have two special ways to assist others at Christmas this year. We will be collecting new toys for the North Alabama Foster Closet. This group serves families who receive foster children. We will need to have these toys collected by December 1. We will also be doing an Angel tree for the heritage care center next door. We’ll be collecting gifts for them to hand out when we go Christmas caroling there. There's more information on both special opportunities on the table in the narthex.
Giving this Christmas
This year we are going to do something different for children for Christmas. We are not going to collect for Toys For Tots.
We are going to collect for the Foster Closet.
There is always a need and last year they ran out of toys!
What they need are:
Barbies and dolls especially Hispanic and African.
Anything to do with Paw Patrol or unicorns.
Legos, nerf guns&balls magnetic building blocks, walkie talkies. Any Melissa and Doug toys, puzzles & games for toddlers, family games.
Victoria Secret toiletries, make up sets.
Gift cards for teens to movies, dominos, starbucks, Chick-Fil-a.
Boys wallets. Any ball, soccer, football or basketball.
They will be thankful for any support we can give.
The foster families are invited to pick out whatever they need the beginning of December, so we need to have it all in by the end of November so that I can deliver it on Saturday, December 7.
I know that we can help these kids out as they
THANKSGIVNG MEAL DONATIONS
are moved around a great deal.
Thanks in advance!
Once again, our Lamb of God family will be collecting donations of money and food for Thanksgiving meals for the families we serve in our food shelf. If you would like to donate, please bring your items no later than next Sunday. We will also need families to assist in delivering these meals to the families. More details coming this week. If you have any questions, please speak to Laurie Aikens.
LADIES ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT
Ladies, please join us for an evening of Advent worship and fellowship December 1st at 4 PM. A sign-up sheet with more details is on the table in the entry way at church. Contact Pearl Brooks with any questions.
We will be serving dinner prior to the services this Advent season. But we need your help! If you can provide a main course, side dish, and/or dessert – please sign up! Sign-up sheets are located on the table in the entry way at church. Meals will be served at 6:00pm with services at 7 PM. The Advent dates are December 4th, 11th, and 18th. Any and all help is appreciated! Contact Krista Hahn with any questions.
Young @ Hearts Christmas Fellowship
Friday December 6th 6:00 PM
Four Leaves Asian Restaurant
University Dr and Jeff Road
RSVP to Marilyn Ehrman
Secure Volunteer ID Card Renewal
Please renew your Volunteer ID when you receive the renewal reminder email.
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
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
Sermons each Sunday are on facebook, share with a friend!
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
Sunday 11/24 Adult Bible Class & Sunday School 9 AM
Worship Service w/Communion 10:30 AM
11/25 Elder’s Meeting 5:30 PM
11/27 Thanksgiving Eve Service 7 PM
11/30 Men’s Breakfast 7:30 AM
Decorating For Christmas
12/1 Advent By Candlelight 4 PM - 6 PM
12/8 Sunday School Christmas Service
Christmas Pot Luck Meal
12/14 Christmas for Kids.