|Messiah Lutheran Church||
6201 W Patterson Av
Chicago IL 60634
There's an old story about a man who arrives at the gates of heaven, only to be greeted by an angel.
The angel asks the man his denomination while on earth. The man responds, "Baptist." The angle then looks down his list, and says "Go to Room 24! But be very quiet as you pass by room 8."
Another man arrives at the gates of heaven, only to be asked again what denomination he was while on earth. The man responds, "Methodist." The angel tells him to go to room 18. "But be very quiet as you pass by room 8."
A third man arrives at the gates. The angel asks him his denomination and he responds, "Presbyterian." The angel tells him "Go to room 11. But be very quiet as you pass by room 8."
The man says "I can understand there being different rooms for different denominations, but why must I be quiet when I pass room 8?"
The angel responds, "Well, those Missouri Synod Lutherans are in room 8, and they think they are the only ones here!"
The point of the joke is that there will be Christians of all denominations in heaven, and we shouldn't look down on those who interpret the Bible differently than we do.
But, I'd like to also imagine a different scene in heaven. Where again, there will be people of all different denominations in heaven.
Only, to their surprise, when they get there, they will respond, "Well, what do you know, those 'stodgy' Missouri Synod Lutherans had some things right all along!"
That we correctly understood the proper distinction between Law and Gospel in God's Word; that we rightfully administrated the Sacraments of Baptism and Communion; that our worship services were in accordance with how God would have His people respond in love for Our Savior, with a rich feast of Gospel-centered hymns and the history liturgy; and that all our other teachings, beliefs, adn practices were in accordance to God's inerrant Word.
Not that we are to look down on Christians of other denominations in human pride, but instead, in humble thanks to God for enlightening us with the purity of the Gospel message, we follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther in boldly taking a stance on the truths of God's Word to others who are either misinformed or uninformed, saying "Here I stand! I cannot do otherwise!"
Rather than apologizing for being Lutheran, we make no apologies for our teachings, beliefs, and practices that are in accordance with God's Holy and inerrant Word.
As Messiah's mission statement reads, "To be the Lutheran Church in this community that makes disciples for Jesus Christ, grounded in love."
C.F.W. Walther, the first President of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod once described our church body as being the "True visible church on earth."
Sounds pretty arrogant, doesn't it? Especially in our day of compromise and COEXIST bumper stickers, where similar to the times of the Judges, everyone seems to be doing right in their own eyes (Judges 17:6).
But, if the church in which we are a member of is indeed faithful in its teachings, beliefs, and practices to God's Holy Word, then we can rightly describe her, as being the "true visible church on earth."
May this Reformation Month of October renew your appreciation for the teachings, beliefs, and practices of the Lutheran Church.
May God give you a renewed appreciation for being a member of Messiah Lutheran Church: a church that seeks to be faithful to the Lutheran Confessions as being the correct interpretation of God's Holy and inerrant Word.
And invite all you know to be a part of a church that strives to be faithful in doing so!
For as John 8:32 declares, "For you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free!"
Your servant, Pastor Wendt
Want to Be Blessed?
Then, join us Sundays after worship as we study the Book of Revelation during Pastor's Bible Study. According to Revelation 1;2, "Blessed are you who read and you who hear this prophecy as you keep what is written here -- because the time is near." What a blessing it is to gather together with fellow Saints and study this important book for understanding the End Times we are currently living in!
Pastor Haney had his initial Generosity Story-Board Presentation this past September 19th. He will continue his presentation, as we follow the "Story Board" on Biblical Principles of Stewardship and Generosity this month. Pastor Haney's next presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, October 9th at 7:00 pm. Messiah is proud to be the first congregation to go through this Presentation. Plan on joining us!
On Sunday, October th, Sue Green, Lutheran CHurch Extension Fund vice president, will be visitng our congregation to talk about how we, the larger Church, can actively help fund ministry. She will speak following the service. COme hear how this unique ministry-through-investment opportunity provides a way for ministry-minded partners to help congregations. Lutheran schools, organizations and rostered church workers fulfill what God is calling His people to do in their communities. Sue will be speaking on Sunday, October 6th, during our Bible study hour at 10:45 am.
Visitng with us on the second Sunday of October after worship will be Mrs. Teri Rice, mission advocate for our Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod's Northern Illinois District. With a vision for New Starts...New Believers, the district is helping congregations engage with their communities, seeking ways to be the hands and feet of Jesus beyond their church doors. Learn more about New Starts...New Believers and what we do in local missions together on Sunday, October 13th, during our Bible study hour at 10:45 am. Note: Due to the VFW's usage of the Fellowship Hall that day, Mrs. Rice will be speaking to us in the sanctuary. Refreshments will be served in the back.
Messiah will be hosting Captive Free East Lakes team October 3rd-5th. Six young people will be joining us, where they will be leading a joint Chapel service of our Lutheran Unity Schools (the East Campus will be taking a bus over that day to the West Campus) Friday morning, October 4th. Later on that evening, they will be leading a free Family Night Program at Messiah at 7:00 pm (a free will offering will be taken to support Youth Encounter. Youth Encounter is a Christian non-profit organzation that partners with Christian communities to strengthen their youtn ministry.) People of all ages are invited to an inspiring time of Christian music, games, skits and personal sharing. Bring a friend!
The Northern Illinois District with the LCMS Urban and Inner City Mission will be hosting a Multi-Cultural Mission Experience November 7th, 8th, and 9th at the Holidy Inn Countryside Conference Center, 6201 Joliet Road, South Wolf Road, Hillside, IL 60162. Sections Presentations will take place on Thursday, and Tour Ministry Sites will take place on Friday and Saturday. Questions? Phone Ann at 888-708-LCMS (5267) ext. 3114, or email email@example.com.
Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Mount Prospect is hosting a Lutheran Hour Ministries' "Mission U - 101 Everyday Evangelism - Equipping to Share" seminar on Saturday, November 9th, 2013 from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. Registration is only $5 in advance ($10 at the door) which covers the cost of participant materials and the refreshments. There is more information in the Sept/Oct edition of Northern Light.
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