March 25, 2021
A Message from Pastor Sell
Confirmation - Remember Your Confirmation Promises?

Do you remember what God promised? Do you remember what you promised?
This Sunday our six confirmands will answer a few questions before the congregation to "confirm" what God gave to them in their baptism. It also reminds us of our own confirmations. Those questions such as,

  1. Do you renounce the devil? ... in all his works, in all his ways?
  2. Do you believe the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit?
  3. Do you believe the Old and New Testaments are God's Holy inspired and inerrant Word?
  4. Do you intent to hear the Word and receive the Lord's Supper regularly and remain faithful to this confession?
  5. Do you believe the teaching (The Six Chief Parts) of Small Catechism reflects Scriptures?
  6. Do you intend to live according to the Word of God, and in faith, word, and deed to remain true to God, the Holy Trinity, even unto death?
Sometimes the last one bugs people. However, it is good to remember that the Lutheran church is all about Christ forgiveness he earned for us AND how that forgiveness gets to us, i.e. in the Word and the Sacraments.

In the forgiveness is Jesus Christ's life, death, resurrection and ascension. When we confess that in exchange for his death, we give over our entire life to Christ. It reflects the baptismal promises and now we live out the resurrected life by faith in Christ. 

As life unfolds for these children, over and over again, the Lord will call them to His mercy. They in turn will see all they do in their lives as their sacrificial thanksgiving back to him.
Lenten Blessings,
Pastor Sell
Midweek Lenten Service
An update from
Our Savior Lutheran School
Sharing Christ's Love, Centered in God's Word
School Chapel

3-24-21

Led by Seminarian Mehl
JOIN US IN BIBLE STUDY
Sunday morning at 9:15am.

We will continue our study of the Book of John with the help of Dr. Armbrust

Meet in the fellowship hall or online
Link to Sunday meeting
Meeting ID: 588 101 866

Tuesday Bible Study
Tuesday nights Dr. Armbrust will lead a Bible study on the book of
Galatians.

Join us on Zoom at 7pm.

Link to Tuesday meeting
Meeting ID: 613691239
Great in our Midst

written by Gary Weber
Mr. Weber is an elder at OSL and author of devotional booklets for Lutheran Hour
Read Isaiah 12:1-6
Psalm 30:5 – “For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning.”
There are those special moments which bless our lives, when we seem to become acutely aware of, and savor, God’s omnipotence. This can well happen when we find ourselves in a secluded quiet spot of the natural world. It could be on a high vista, or in a sheltered valley. Perhaps we are on the shore of a river or lake, or centered in a boundless plain, or nestled in the bosom of deep woods.
In those times, our souls are soothed by the earth’s beauty, its scents and voices; e.g. murmuring water, sweeping wind, brushing vegetation or the calls of the creatures living therein. There is a stillness, a sense of timelessness - and of God’s Peace; a testament to the implacable presence of His Creation. (We are reminded that even the greatness of God’s gift of earth’s creation is exceeded by the gift of His Son, Jesus, to redeem us for eternity!) 

Even as we, His children, may taunt this earth, as rowdy children are wont to do, it remains patient. Quietly, in love, this great gift of God to us endures our rambunctious behavior, and welcomes our embrace. Although occasionally flinching from our abuse, it is always there giving us just one more chance. And we rejoice in that. God’s grace is made manifest in His creation! 
We remember childhood days with our own parents, and how those events have come to be mirrored in our existence as children of God. Isaiah recognizes that as we grow and mature in our faith, we are not always God-pleasing. Along with that he brings us some good news, and he puts it this way: “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, and you did comfort me.” (12:1)

This ‘Peace of God, which passes all understanding’ (Phil. 4:7) stands as the immovable absolute; it is always there. Always. Anger? Sure, God’s anger is real. But it is anger in motion; it passes. As it passes, it reveals his forgiveness in Christ which never moves. As the sun in the sky is covered at times by clouds, the clouds move on to reveal that the sun is still there. So, God’s “Son” is still there, full of grace. Jesus is “great in our midst,” the unchanging, the eternal, the irrefutable, our ‘sure foundation.’

What is our response to this? Since God is ‘slow to anger,’ and even quick to turn his anger away for the sake of Christ, are we not then constrained to be quick to turn away from sin, and to be more faithful in turning toward Him? “Shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.” (12:6) He is always there. Always.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, your steadfast forgiveness of us in Christ gives us humble and grateful hearts. We would joyfully and faithfully serve you, now and forever. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Events and Activities
Blood Drive
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2021
02:30 PM - 07:00 PM
OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH
Excuse our Mess as we Fix Things Up.

The narthex has been waxed! New kickplates are the next step. Thank you to all who have helped with this project. And thank you to everyone for patience as we make improvements.

In the same manner, the elders (who are responsible for the church furnishings etc.) will also be pulling together a small committee to try and coordinate some of the updating (flooring in the church) that will take place in months to come. 
A great big "thank you" to Craig Hofmann for getting the group together to move the furniture from the Narthex area so the floors could be stripped and waxed. Thanks to all who volunteered to help with this project. The trustee's appreciate all you do to help us.
Blessings,
Doris
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ESTATE PLANNING

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Daily Reflections are provided by Higher Things. www.higherthings.org
A resource for youth and their families
led by Dr. Kevin Armbrust

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