Elder's Corner

Greetings in Christ,

The Christmas season is once again upon us.  What an exciting time it is.  I have to say that one of my favorite parts about the Christmas season is the opportunities to introduce people to St John’s Lutheran Church.  This year I especially enjoyed the table we had set up at the Christmas tree lighting.  I think my favorite part of the whole thing was watching the reaction of people when they found out the hot chocolate and cookies were free.  No fee, no donation box, no nothing – just plain FREE.  It was almost hard for some of the recipients of our deliciousness to believe.  Nothing in this world is free anymore.  The thing I really like about our free cookies and hot chocolate is how symbolic it is (on a miniscule scale) of Christ’s love.  Christ’s love is absolutely free – no charge, no donation box, no hidden fees - just plain free.  Despite the similarities there are a couple major differences:  1.Unlike cookies and hot chocolate, Christ’s love for us never runs out.  
It exists in complete excess and in perpetuity.  2.  Prior to taking a cookie or hot chocolate, none of the recipients of our goodies came over and told us we were bad people or tipped the table over prior to pouring a cup of hot chocolate.  
This stands in stark contrast to our relationship with Christ where we are living in constant sin but still receiving undeserved amounts of his love.

I know that all of us would like to see the pews at St. John’s have more people sitting in them.  I pray every day that people will be guided by Christ through the doors of our humble church.  I also sincerely believe that if we continue to demonstrate Christ’s love to our community through things like the Christmas tree lighting table and the Room to Grow children’s program that those pews will once again begin to fill.  Matthew 17:20 says “He replied, “Because you have so little faith.  Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.”  All we need to do is continue to plant the seeds of faith and God will make them sprout and flourish.   

Have a Merry Christmas.