|Messiah Lutheran Church||
6201 W Patterson Av
Chicago IL 60634
Whether you happen to be a Cubs or White Sox fan, depending on your age, you probably have memories of Harry Carey enthusiastically singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the 7th inning stretch. And if the visitors were ahead in the game, Harry would typically make a plea to the home team's offense: "Let's get some runs!" during them to go on a rally and win the game!
The summer months are typically times where church members take a "stretch" from the usual routines of life, in keeping with Jesus' words to his disciples "to come away and rest for awhile" (see Mark 6:31). Consequently, September is viewed as the "Rallying" month in the life of the church, where members are reminded to get back to the task at hand.
Assured that the gates of hell will not prevail against use (see Matthew 16:18), we rally together for the sake of the Kingdom of God. Nourished by God's Word and Sacraments, we use our time, treasures, and talents to overcome any obstacles that are hindering God's work from being done at Messiah.
Just as players will do all that is possible to rally their team on to victory, so we prayerfully consider how we might contribute to the God's mission at Messiah. We are not motivated by an out-of-tune singing broadcaster wearing thick, dark-framed glasses, but by the love of our Savior, who suffered and died on a cross in order that we might be on the winning team over sin, death, and the devil. As Romans 8:37 promises, "We are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us"!
And when we happen to see signs of victory in the life of Messiah, we keep in mind that our achievements are not due to a "Holy Cow" but are accomplished by the Holy Spirit. "Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty" (Zechariah 4:6).
Now, "Let's get some runs!!!!" Let's rally together as God's people using our time, treasures, and talents for a crown of glory that will last forever! (see 1 Corinthians 9:25).
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