|Messiah Lutheran Church||
6201 W Patterson Av
Chicago IL 60634
Wow! Things sure have been busy around here, lately. Hosting the "72" team for several weeks, the Trinity Lutheran High School choir from Bend, Oregon staying with us for a weekend, hosting the joint-circuit Ascension Day Service, Pastor Haney's Generosity Storyboard presentation, the Flea Market, Confirmation, LUSA meetings, preparing for Summer Camp, etc., not to mention the usual busyness that takes place in the life of our congregation
Along with that, there's plenty of other things in our individual and family lives that can make things pretty hectic, as well — Mother's Day, Father's Day, Memorial Day Weekend, Graduations, Weddings, Final Exams, sporting events, maintaining the lawn and garden, moving into a new house (at least in our case), and you fill in the blank(s): _______________ of all the other activities that can make us feel overloaded and stressed out this time of the year (such as writing this article for the June Messiah Matters!)
In Luke 10:38-42, we read of two sisters, Mary and Martha. Martha was distracted with her preparations in hosting Jesus. Whereas, Mary simply sat at her Lord's feet and listened to His Word. When Martha tried to get Jesus to scold her sister for not helping her, Jesus responded in verses 41-42: "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her."
Indeed, there is a time for sitting and a time for getting on with the task at hand. But, we should never get so distracted and worried about things, that we forget the most important thing — the care and feeding of our Soul and our relationship with Our Savior, Jesus Christ — "listening to the Lord's word, seated at His feet."
It's easy to forget this, especially when we find ourselves caught up with many activities and worried about many things. That's why God would have us to be faithful in worship, where we can sit at the feet of Jesus, hear His Word and be served by Him through His Word and Sacraments in the Divine Worship Service.
As part of our prayer walk, I put together a flyer that communicates this truth (you'll find a copy in this month's Messiah Matters). It asks the question "Feel like the whole world is on your shoulders?" along with a depiction of the mythical figure Atlas. Then it goes on to say:
"Atlas was a myth! No one can handle all of the stresses of this life on their own."
"But, there is someone who promises to take all your burdens and give you true rest. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says, 'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.'"
"Through His death on the cross and resurrection from the grave, He has made it possible to remove the heaviest burden of all, the guilt and shame of all our sins, making it possible for you to be forgiven and assured of eternal life in heaven."
"At Messiah Lutheran Church, we invite you to experience the love and forgiveness of Jesus that permeates all that we do as a church family."
"Appropriately enough, you will find above our church altar, a stained-glass window of Jesus holding the world in His hands."
"For as one Sunday School song puts it, 'He's got the whole world in his hands!"
I invite you to not only use this flyer to invite others to worship with us at Messiah, but also to remind you, as well, that there is a place where you can find rest for your weary soul; on the southwest corner of Melvina and Patterson in Chicago, there's a place known as Messiah Lutheran Church, where you can regularly sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to His Word!
May you continue to find rest in your Savior, the one who has the whole world in His nail-scarred hands!
Your Servant in Christ,
Pastor Vernon E. Wendt Jr.
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