The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear. The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
October 2019 Newsletter
St. Peters Lutheran Church Missouri Synod 316 S. Main Ave. / P.O. Box 125 Wentworth, SD 57075-0125
Office Phone: 605-483-3129 Fax: 605-483-1302
Pastor’s cell: 307-221-1256 Church e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Pastor’s e-mail: email@example.com Website: www.stpeterswentworth.com
Our Mission Statement:
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”
“I would give anything …” “It would be worth it…” “I don’t care what happens …”
These are all phrases used by us in our daily lives. What they mean is we really want whatever it is that we do not have. We are expressing our coveting for another person, things, place, life, etc. Now, most of the time I think we are using hyperbole. Nothing more than a turn of the phrase to express what we are thinking and feeling.
Maybe we should think about these phrases for a moment. These phrases are used when we know what we want is wrong. That we should not be wanting it or even thinking about getting it in any way. We recognize that God has not given those things to us, but we still want them and we are expressing what we think we are willing to do to get them. They are a confession of our sinful thoughts to those around us. Which should lead us to think twice about these phrases when we use them and what we are thinking about when we use them.
Take the first: “I would give anything …” for whatever we happen to be wanting now. Would you really be willing to give up wife, children, house, home, land, animals, jobs, money and life to get that thing? That is what you are saying. You are willing to forsake all that God has given you for a moment of pleasure or something you think is better than what you already have. We are judging what God has given us to not be what we need or really of any value to us beyond what we can trade it off for something better in our minds.
Take the second: “It would be worth it …” for whatever we happen to be wanting now. This phrase is brazen! Really, you know it is wrong. You know it violates the law, and God’s law and yet you think the punishment would be worth it. Do you think so little of other people? Do you think so little of the world’s punishments? Do you think so little of God’s wrath and punishment? That you are willing to do it despite all of this. There is nothing Christian about this phrase. It confesses that our thoughts, and maybe our soon to be actions, are sinful!
Take the third: “I don’t care what happens …” for whatever we happen to be wanting now. Follows right on the heels of the last phrase. There is nothing Christian about it. There is nothing ethical about it. It confesses that our thoughts and soon to be actions are contrary to the Word of God and we should stop right there and not do it.
“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel” (Phil. 1:27). We are called always to be living a life worthy of the gospel. One which rejects such notions of giving up the gifts of God for a fleeting moment of happiness. One which resists temptations to sin and never as above tries to write it away in some way the whole while confessing the truth of our actions.
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit” (1 Peter 3:18). When these temptations turn to sin we hear Christ has died for this sin too. He who was righteous died for us unrighteous, wanton sinners that we may be made righteous in Him. Not to perish in our sins but to live because of His death and resurrection, which is now our death and resurrection in our baptism.
My advice is to avoid these phrases and any life them, and take them as a warning that if you are thinking them whatever you are about to do is probably sinful and you should walk away. God has called us to live a life worthy of the gospel and we can give Him thanks and praise that He sent Jesus to die for us that we might live in His righteousness with eternal life.
Your Servant in Christ, Pastor Welton
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod LCMS Stewardship Ministry
Newsletter Article – October 2019
In the early morning hours of Feb. 18, 1546, Martin Luther closed his eyes forever. And the hand that hammered the 95 Theses into the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517, penned its final words:
“We are all beggars. This is true.”
And this is the truth that our Lord says makes you free. Ironic, isn’t it? That, in order to be free, you must be a beggar; you must be utterly dependent and reliant upon God. This makes us uncomfortable – the way we’re uncomfortable when someone gets us a Christmas or birthday present when we haven’t gotten them one. We feel we owe them. And we don’t much like being in someone’s debt.
But what Luther would remind us is that we are all indeed beggars. But we’re not just anyone’s beggars. We’re God’s beggars. And this is His legacy to the Christian Church. Christ came for sinners. He came to seek and save the lost. He came to heal the sick and raise the dead. He came for sinners, and He dwells only with sinners.
And, if we are to be where He is, we must be willing to be counted among the lost, the sick, and the dead. We must be willing to be beggars. We must cry out for mercy, for grace, and for his undeserved love and kindness. We must be dependent solely on Him and what He gives.
And here’s the beauty: He gives us everything. Everything – forgiveness of sins, salvation from death and the devil, and eternal life. This is not because of any worthiness or merit in us, but it is because of His divine goodness, mercy, and grace.
On account of Christ’s death and resurrection, the Father forgives you, saves you, and is pleased with you. And you receive. You receive His love, His righteousness, His holiness, His acceptance, and His inheritance. We are all beggars. This is true.
This is the heart and soul of Christianity and the life-blood of the Christian Church. God justifies us, and He declares us innocent and righteous by His grace received through faith for the sake of Christ. This is not because of our works; this is because of His work on the cross. We, who once were enemies of God, are reconciled to Him and made to be His children.
This is what Luther would point us to when He took up his pen for the last time and scribbled “We are all beggars. This is true.” We are beggars. But we are beggars of the God who does not ignore us, who doesn’t pass by us on the other side. We are beggars of the One who descended from heaven to make His dwelling with sinners.
We are beggars of Him who deigns to dwell with us, among us, and – yes – even in us by grace for Christ’s sake. For in the bread and cup that we bless, we share together with Christ and each other the riches of God’s grace.
So inexhaustible are the riches of this grace – the Gospel in sermon and absolution, in Baptism and Holy Communion – that our cups overflow. We, who are God’s beggars, are not only inexhaustibly satisfied but have something to give back in thanksgiving and praise.
Greetings and God’s Blessings to you,
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24 Some things to note for events coming up.
Reminder of the LWML 2019 Christian Life Workshops (see below)
The Brookings Zone Fall Rally will be Saturday, October 19 at Peace Lutheran Church in Brookings from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. There will be an ingathering for Option 1. The theme verse is Psalm 139:13-14. Pastor Thole will lead the morning devotions with Pastor Welton leading the Bible Study and closing. Speaker for the event is Lacie Peterson of Option 1; the pregnancy support and education center at Brookings, SD. A lunch will be served and all women are welcome to attend.
The Brookings Zone has set a date for the Brookings/Sioux Falls Zones Spring Retreat. The location is at St. Peters in Wentworth, SD on Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Our speaker, the Rev. Dr. Brent Smith, Mission Development Counselor for the LCMS comes to us from Mission Central in Mapleton, Iowa. Pray for Good Weather!
Mission Central is the largest mission network that is providing support to LCMS Office of International and National Mission also known to many people as LCMS World Mission. It continues to be blessed by God as a conduit to raise millions of dollars every year to send and keep missionaries in the mission field.
To God be the Glory!
2019 CHRISTIAN LIFE WORKSHOPS
PRESENTED BY THE REV. DR. GREGORY SELTZ FROM THE LUTHERAN CENTER FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
Registration: 9:30 – 10:00 am October 4th
Zion Lutheran Church
S. Seaman St., Delmont
Workshop: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm October 5th
Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
715 2nd St. NE, Watertown
October 1 October 2 October 3 October 4 October 5 October 6 October 7 October 8 October 9 October 10 October 11 October 12 October 13 October 14 October 15 October 16 October 17 October 18 October 19 October 20 October 21 October 22 October 23 October 24 October 25 October 26 October 27 October 28 October 29 October 30 October 31
Jonah 2:2 – 9
Psalm 119:1 – 8 Psalm 119:9 – 16 Psalm 119:17 – 24 Psalm 119:25 -32 Psalm 119:33 – 40 Psalm 119:41 – 48 Psalm 119:49 – 56 Psalm 119:57 – 64 Psalm 119:65 – 72 Psalm 119:73 – 80 Psalm 119:81 – 88 Psalm 119:89 – 96 Psalm 119:97 – 104 Psalm 119:105 – 112 Psalm 119:113 – 120 Psalm 119:121 – 128 Psalm 119:129 – 136 Psalm 119:137 – 144 Psalm 119:145 – 152 Psalm 119:153 – 160 Psalm 119:161 – 168 Psalm 119:169 – 176 Psalm 120
Psalm 121 Jonah 2:2 – 9
Jeremiah 32 – 34 Jeremiah 35 – 37 Jeremiah 38 – 40 Jeremiah 41 – 43 Jeremiah 44 – 47 Jeremiah 48 – 50 Jeremiah 51 – 52 Lamentations 1 – 2 Lamentations 3 – 5 Ezekiel 1 – 3 Ezekiel 4 – 6 Ezekiel 7 – 9 Ezekiel 10 – 12 Ezekiel 13 – 15 Ezekiel 16 – 18 Ezekiel 19 – 21 Ezekiel 22 – 24 Ezekiel 25 – 27 Ezekiel 28 – 30 Ezekiel 31 – 33 Ezekiel 34 – 36 Ezekiel 37 – 39 Ezekiel 40 – 42 Ezekiel 43 – 45 Ezekiel 46 – 48 Daniel1–3 Daniel4–6 Daniel7–9
Daniel 10 – 12 Hosea1–4 Hosea5-7
To read the Bible in one year:
SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER
OCTOBER BAPTISMAL BIRTHDAYS
October 2, 1983 Ryan Daniel Lindholm P.O. Box 134 Wentworth, SD 57075 October 4, 1953 Debra Lee Reck P.O. Box 103 Wentworth, SD 57075
October 5, 1975 Misty Jean Alfson 23633 464th Ave. Wentworth, SD 57075 October 6, 1957 Krista Kay Beeck 117 Silver Creek Drive Wentworth, SD 57075 October 7, 1979 Jeremy Patrick Lindholm P.O. Box 51 Wentworth, SD 57075 October 12, 1958 Cynthia Louise VanPelt 723 NE 6th St. Madison, SD 57042 October 13, 2013 Kynzie Lee Limmer 23385 461st Ave. Wentworth, SD 57075 October 14, 1973 Melissa Ann Reck P.O. Box 112 Wentworth, SD 57075 October 17, 1982 Amanda Marie Maas 23150 463rd Ave. Wentworth SD 57075 October 19, 2003 Tyler Alan Reck P.O. Box 112 Wentworth, SD 57075 October 21, 1962 Patricia Mae Tammen 46215 234th St. Wentworth, SD 57075 October 28, 1939 Arlyn Gene Tammen 46569 238th St. Colman, SD 57017 October 31, 1976 Connie Marie Brown 24131 465th Ave. Chester, SD 57016
Happy Baptismal Birthday!
From your brothers and sisters in Christ
“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved” Mark 16:16a
October 5, 1961 Russ Mendel October 5, 1993 Danielle Gehrels October 8, 1973 Terry Boon October 11, 1937 Ione Schmidt October 12, 2000 Emma Hess October 15, 1951 Llyn Shuck October 16, 1991 Mason Lindholm October 18, 1943 Loren Zimmer October 21, 1976 Connie Brown October 25, 2010 Sophia Fischer October 29, 1979 Jason Fischer
October 5, 1965 Pat Rausch
October 7, 2013 Kynzie Limmer October 10, 1968 Daniel Alfson October 12, 1980 Ryan McManus October 14, 2008 Olivia Cacho October 15, 1962 Patricia Tammen October 17, 1991 Matt Tweet October 19, 1945 Kathleen Dorow October 22, 1972 Leon Gerry October 27, 1955 Todd Keupp October 30, 1927 Virginia Huntimer
October 30, 2002 Alex Henrichs
October Wedding Anniversaries
Mr. & Mrs. Jim and Barb Crawford October 1, 2011
“On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, ‘Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?’ And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?’” (Mark 4:35:41).
We know and believe that God loves us and that, in Christ, He gives us peace. But when tragedy strikes, when we are filled with grief and fear, we may forget. Peace? It is not possible, we think, certainly not now, maybe not ever.
The disciples knew about Jesus’ peace and power. That is, they knew until they forgot about it. After a day of teaching and healing, Jesus and His disciples crossed the Sea of Galilee. In a sudden storm, the wind howled around them and the boat took on water. Psalm 107 describes a similar scene, “They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their evil plight; they reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits’ end” (Psalm 107:26-27). Where was Jesus? Why didn’t He rescue them? Jesus was there all along, sound asleep in the back of the boat. The disciples woke Him and asked the frantic question we might have asked, “We’re going to die! Don’t you care?”
Jesus woke and commanded the wind and water, “Peace! Be still!” The psalm continues, “Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven” (Psalm 107:28-30). Jesus cared, and He was right there with in the storm-tossed boat with His disciples. We also ask Jesus, “Do You care? Where are You?” The answer is the same for us as it was for the disciples. Jesus cares. He is with us in our storm-tossed boat of terror and grief. As the frightened disciples searched for their sleeping Lord, we search for him, too, in desperate prayer. Jesus is present with us. He is in command of the storms that threaten us.
Peace is found in Jesus. The storm happened; the disciples’ boat filled. Jesus didn’t turn back the clock and undo the storm. In terrified, desperate prayer, the disciples found Him and, as the psalmist said, “He brought them to their desired haven.” Jesus spoke His Word of peace and brought His frightened disciples to a place of peace and safety. “Peace I leave with you,” Jesus said, “My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John14:27). Worldly peace depends on circumstances, or rather, the absence of those circumstances: no war, no storms, no illness, no violence or evil. Jesus’ peace is not found in the right set of events. His peace is found in His forgiveness, His power and His presence, right here, right now, wherever we are, however frightening the events that surround us. He will speak to us in His Word and by His Spirit grant to us His Peace.
Lord Jesus, You rescued Your disciples in the threatening storm. Be present with us in every storm of life that frightens us.. When we call to You, hear our prayers. Forgive our sins and through Your Word and Your Holy Supper, fill us with the peace that You alone can give. Amen.
This devotion is taken from the book “The Lord’s Mercy Endures Forever: 40 Daily Devotions of God’s Comfort”, pages 64 – 65 devotion 29. Written and distributed by The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod and LCMS Disaster Response. Scripture quotations are from the ESV Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version), copyright 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.