Messiah Lutheran Church 6201 W Patterson Av
Chicago IL 60634
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April 2015

JESUS IS THE ANSWER!

There's no better source to answer your life's questions than the inspired Word of God, and the crucifix above our altar is a visible reminder of the Bible's main theme and purpose. So that whenever you worship at Messiah, regardless of your situation in life, you can be assured of God's love for you in sending His only begotten Son to die for you sins in your place. As the Apostle Paul declares in 1 Corinthians 1:23, "we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews, and foolishness to Gentiles".

Sure, you may be curious about the things that are not found in the Bible, along with being curios as to why God has allowed certain things in your life or the life of your loved ones. When Job questioned God as to why He had to go through all his sufferings, God assured Him that He was the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. And after his encounter with the living God, Job was now able to say in verse 5, "My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you!" Therefore he could accept God's plan for his life, which included suffering.

Perhaps, God's response to Job isn't so satisfying to an enquiring mind, but when you are reminded, as Job was, that God is truly in charge of all things along with the assurance that your Redeemer lives, and that nothing can separate you from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus, and He who did not spare His won son but gave Him up for all us, how will he not graciously giving us all things - then you can truly understand and claim the remarkable promise of Romans 8:28, that God is indeed working out all things in your life for good,

And that someday, if not on earth then certainly in heaven, you will join Joseph, when he was reunited with his brothers, in saying, "Those things may have been meant for evil, but God meant them for good! Until then, God would have you walk down the sure and certain path of His revealed Word. As Psalm 119:105 tells us, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path".

Through His Word and Sacrament, Christ comes to you on a regular basis, and the Holy Spirit burns saving faith into your heart, so that you know that you know that you know that Jesus is not only your Lord and Savior, but also your trusted friend! As He assures you through the Gospel message proclaimed just how much He loves you! And how through Him, you can be forgiven of all your sins, past, present and future, and the hope of heaven. And all the promises found in God's Word are yes and Amen in Him!

So, that even this life may leave you with many unanswered questions, this side of heaven - you can remain confident that Jesus is the answer!

Multi-Gospel Grammy winner Andre Crouch wrote a song he entitled "Jesus is the Answer" way back in 1975.

I invite you to read these lyrics as you reflect on your own life's questions:

Jesus in the answer, for the world today,
Above Him there's no other,
 
Jesus is the way.
 
If you have some questions
In the corners of your mind,
Traces of discouragement
The peace you cannot find,
Reflections on your past,
Seem to face you everyday,
But this one thing I do know,
That Jesus is the way
 
Jesus is the answer, for the world today,
Above Him there's no other,
 
Jesus is the way.
 
I know you've got mountains,
That you think you cannot climb,
I know your skies are dark,
You think the sun won't shine,
But in case you don't know
That the Word of God is true,
Everything He's promised,
He will do it for you.
 
Jesus is the Answer, for the world today,
Above Him there's no other,
 
Jesus is the way

Jesus is the way (The Truth and the Light)

For Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Alleluia!

Pastor Wendt

AN UPDATED COMMUNION STATEMENT

In order to help me rightly administer the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, I have proposed a communion statement that communicates our loving and scriptural practice of closed communion. The statement has been recently approved by our Board of Deacons. The statement reads as follows:

Today we celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper in which we joyfully receive Christ's Body and Blood, under bread and wine, for the forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. As these gifts are personally received, those communing together also give public witness that they are one in doctrine. In loving obedience to this teaching of Scripture, we therefore invite communicant members of congregations in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod to commune with us (When commun.ing, please cup your hands to receive the bread and when receiving the wine in the chalice, please help by holding the base and guiding it to your mouth). Grape juice (purple) and wine are available in the individual cup tray).

If you are not a confirmed member of a congregation with the LCMS, please speak with Pastor Wendt prior to the service. Pastor sincerely invites you to visit with him about the joys of Holy Communion. He will offer you instruction about our Lutheran faith and this sacrament, so you will be ready to partake of this blessed meal!

If you are unable to commune with us today, we still invite you to come up to the altar and receive a blessing from the pastor. Please indicate that you desire such a blessing by crossing your arms when you kneel.

Look for our new communion statement in future bulletins as well as to be placed in our pew racks and/or fellowship pads.

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