I’d Stake My Life On It

by admin on September 30, 2014

lutherMy head is full of images these days; images that I can’t seem to shake, try as I might. Images of beheadings, of children torn from their families, of whole villages being wiped out because of their refusal to deny their faith in Christ Jesus. So, when the Voice of the Martyrs newsletter arrived in the mail with a plea for prayers and support, I almost threw it away, unopened. I didn’t want one more atrocious image, one more terrible story in my mind to have to try to forget. But, the cover drew me in. “Deny or Die.” was written over a backdrop of a church on fire; the cross on the steeple in stark contrast with the flames. And, as I read the heartbreaking stories of Christians who were persecuted for their faith and somehow lived to tell about it, I couldn’t help but be moved by their courage. I wondered if I would have the courage to stand by my faith in the face of certain death.

Every year, at the end of October, we Lutherans celebrate that Martin Luther, our founder, had the courage to stand up for what he felt was right in the sight of God, even if it meant that he might be kicked out of the Church, or even killed for it. He was smuggled away, and lived in exile for nearly a year, but never lost his faith. He said, “Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that believers would stake their lives on it a thousand times.” It is this living, daring confidence in God’s grace that is at the heart of what we Lutherans stand for.

Lutherans define grace as God’s undeserved favor, by which God sent his son, Jesus, to save us, not because of anything we have or can do to earn it, but simply because God loves us. We believe that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, and, the love relationship we have with God because of what Jesus did for us is so wonderful, as the example of the Christian martyrs reminds us, it is worth dying for.
I thank God for that reminder. It gives me the courage to look the sad reality of the evil in this world in the face, instead of wanting to look the other way. It moves me to want to find ways that I can love and support my brothers and sisters in Christ who are being persecuted for their faith. And, while I really can’t know what I would do if I found myself in the same situation, the reminder that it is God’s grace that gave them the strength to persevere gives me the hope, that, if that day were to come, God’s grace will be sufficient for me, too. Thank you, Jesus, for that!

Grace be with you all, Pastor Barb <><

For by grace you have been saved through faith,
and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8

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sweetgrassThe Sweetgrass Angels, Elaine O’Connell Lake, Velma Polk, and Penney Lynn Smith, will bless us with their wonderful singing voices during our 11:00 worship service on October 19th.  The Sweetgrass Angels are a professional singing group that performs a wide variety of music, from the 40’s to the present, disco, beach, shag, country and gospel.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to let the Sweetgrass Angels lead you in praising God through song! Come, join us, and be sure and bring a friend!  Thanks to Gloria Sheppard for arranging for her friends, the Sweetgrass Angels,  to come and worship with us!

 

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Reformation Sunday, October 26, 2014

September 25, 2014

WEAR RED !!! Reformation Day is a high festival of the Lutheran Church year, so the color of the day is RED! This is always a meaningful worship service for us who continue in the footsteps of the great reformers of the Church. The ELCA is known as the Church that is Always Being Made […]

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Haunted Trail

September 23, 2014

Haunted Trail is on Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25 this year 2014. We will be having work days every Thursday evening in October. So come out and have a spooky good time.

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Zion had a great turnout for our 142 anniversary celebration!

September 19, 2014

Zion had a great turnout for our 142 anniversary celebration! Post by Zion Lutheran Church ELCA.

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Great day doing God’s work with our hands

September 8, 2014

Thank you to all the volunteers that came out and helped clean up an elderly member’s yard. Here are pics from that day Post by Zion Lutheran Church ELCA.

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Zion was robbed Friday Night, Sept 5th, 2014

September 6, 2014

Last night, Zion’s riding lawnmowers, weedeaters, and white parade trailer was stolen from the property. We have alerted the police and ask anyone who may have any information to please contact the Effingham County Sherriffs office at  (912) 754-3449

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Calling All Youth 7th Grade and Above!

September 4, 2014

Do you have questions about your faith?  Do you wonder why  we Lutherans worship the way we do?  Do you want to learn how   to strengthen your prayer life and find out who you are as a child of God and have fun doing it?  Then Confirmation Classes are for you! Confirmation is one of […]

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The Man Upstairs

September 1, 2014

     If you have ever stayed in a cheap hotel where the walls are so thin you can hear the guy next door snoring, you can relate to what it must have been like to live in tenement housing in the early 1900’s. Imagine: six floors of bedrooms all piled on top of each other, and you could hear […]

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142nd Anniversary!

August 24, 2014

Each September, we gather with family and friends of Zion’s congregation to celebrate the blessings God has bestowed upon us. As is our tradition, we will begin our celebration with worship at 11:00 a.m. on Sept 14th. Our service will be a time to thank God for the many years of service that this church […]

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