Take Some Time For You

To those preparing for the Final Advent of our Lord, My family and I feel very blessed to be among so many wonderful people. You have been very generous and kind to us. Thank you for your hospitality and the opportunity to serve you. I knew preaching and teaching God’s Word would be enjoyable, but it is made all the more enjoyable when people are appreciative and understand the value of it in their daily lives. When I first came to Concordia and Bethany, I understood that there was a desire for more opportunities to study God’s Word. This is a desire that is truly pleasing to God and can only come from His work in your hearts. This is also a blessing for Pastor and me since this is the very reason that we are among you – to teach and preach God’s Word to His people. In this Advent season, we key in on the truth of Jesus’ coming. At Christmas time, we celebrate His first coming to this earth, being born of the Virgin Mary so that as both God and Man, He could live perfectly for us and take away our eternal punishment. But this first coming would mean nothing to us if He did not come into our hearts. This gracious coming happens only through His Word (the Bible) and Sacraments (Holy Baptism and Holy Communion). In His Word, God tells us that Jesus will come again on finally on Judgment Day. Jesus gracious coming to us is essential for both benefitting from His first coming and preparing for His final coming. This gracious coming is why we Christians continually desire to come together around the Means of Grace – Word and Sacrament. In the 3rd Commandment, God reminds us that the day of rest, was for both the body and the soul. Jesus is your Sabbath rest. “Come unto Me ye weary…and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28) So I invite you to come and rest in your Savior. There are many opportunities happening every week.

At Bethany:

Sunday 9:30 AM – Sunday School and Confirmed/Adult Bible Class * Going through the life of Jesus

11:00 AM – Divine Service * Going through Old Testament History through the Church year

1:15 PM – Confessing Jesus * Going through the Confessions of the Lutheran Church: the Book of Concord – currently studying Luther’s “last will and testament”: the Smalcald Articles.

Tuesday 5:15 PM – Lutheran Family Fellowship (2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month) * Office of Compline: At the end of Luke (a chapter at a time.)

7:00 PM – Bible Study * Going through the book of Acts

Friday 9:00 AM – Confirmation Class

9:30 – Advanced Bible History * Starting with the Creation

10:30 – Gottesdienst * Studying the Catechism through the Liturgy

12:00 – Junior Members

Saturday 7:00 – Private Absolution * This is a good time for examination and preparation for Communion.

At Concordia

Sunday 9:00 AM – Divine Service * Going through Old Testament History through the Church year

10:30 AM – Sunday School * Going through the life of Jesus

10:30 AM – Confirmed/Adult Bible Class (on Sundays with Communion and 5th Sundays of the month) * Going through the life of Jesus

1:15 PM – Confessing Jesus (Through Skype) * Going through the Confessions of the Lutheran Church: the Book of Concord – currently studying Luther’s “last will and testament”: the Smalcald Articles.

Thursday 5:15 PM – Lutheran Family Fellowship (1st & 3rd Thursday of the month) * Office of Compline: the Gospel of Mark (a chapter at a time.)

7:00 PM – Gottesdienst * Studying the Catechism through the Liturgy

At Klickitat Thursday 5:00 PM – Gottesdienst * Studying the Catechism through the Liturgy

A couple months ago, I was talking to one of our members about a new Bible Study coming up, which she was excited about. She said something that hits the nail on the head. She said, “You know, I just have to do something for me.” She is exactly right. Learning about God’s Word is “for you.” I would encourage you to take some time “for you.”

God Bless, Vicar Gullixson