October 2012

Post date: Sep 27, 2012 5:57:34 PM

“Faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing.”—Martin Luther

As I write this on September 19th, the sky is clearer. After many days of thick smoke, a light breeze seems to have cleared our air, at least momentarily. We give thanks for the firefighters who continue to work busily and mightily to contain the fires. We continue to pray for their safety and for all homeowners who are affected by the flames. And we pray for a good, soaking rain soon!

Today is also the first day of classes at Central WA University so the town seems much more busy and active. “Faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing.” This Luther saying was on over 30,000 orange T-shirts at the ELCA national youth gathering in New Orleans this summer. Our young people wore them as they did many service projects in the New Orleans area.

On the last Sunday of October, 10/28, we celebrate Reformation Sunday. We give thanks for the faithful witness of Martin Luther and other reformers of the church. Luther rediscovered the Bible truth that our salvation is a free gift of God’s grace, which we receive through faith. Luther emphasized the Bible truth that we do not somehow earn the forgiveness of our sins and eternal life. Rather, these are freely given to us through the precious blood of Jesus, who died on the cross and rose again to save us. Our lives are a “thank you!” to God as we share the love and good news of Jesus with other people. We work not to be saved. We work because we are saved through Jesus. So our faith is not an idle thing. Faith is a matter of the head (intellectual belief), but also of the heart and the hands. As Martin Luther said, “Faith is a living, busy, active, mighty, thing.”

Here at First Lutheran, October 28th will also be Confirmation Sunday. This year there are 7 young people who are ready to be confirmed in the Christian faith. Claire Luvera, Rachel Gruber, Maya Swan, Julia Wickerath, Marcus Michel, Taylor Smith and Patrick Lease are ready to affirm their baptisms. They are ready to say “Yes” to the promises God first made to them in Holy Baptism. So, come celebrate with these young people and hear their faith statements and have a piece of cake with them after worship. This prayer will be said for Claire, Rachel, Maya, Julia, Marcus, Taylor and Patrick as they affirm their baptisms.

“Father in heaven, for Jesus sake, stir up in your people the gift of your Holy Spirit; confirm their faith, guide their lives, empower them in their serving, give them patience in suffering, and bring them to everlasting life.” Amen.

Faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing,

Pastor Dennis