God’s Blessings

As we continue to travel into a new year, we look back at all the good things that St. Paul’s has accomplished in the last one hundred and twenty-four. Chief among these is one thing that often gets lost in the shuffle of one hundred years of school, changing buildings, changing Pastor’s, and the everyday business of running God’s church. That one thing is the miracle of God’s Word preached in its fullness and God’s Sacraments presented to His people as God would have them given. God’s blessings come to us in every word of the liturgy. They come to us in the readings. They come to us in the sermon. They come to us in the visible Word of Baptism and Holy Communion. They flow in an incredible flood anywhere that the Holy Spirit has promised us the He will be. Sometimes we forget to see the forest of God’s blessings because the trees are so close together. These blessings flow here at St. Paul’s today just as they have for years and years, far longer than any of us have been around. Today as He has for ages God Himself brings us gifts. He brings us forgiveness of sin and eternal life. He brings us joy and contentment even in the face of sorrow. He brings us strength instead of weakness. He calls us to follow Him and gives us the strength to do just that. He does these things in one convenient place, His Divine Service. With this rich miracle among us it is no wonder that we are reminded in the tenth chapter of Hebrews, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” So, as we look back at all that God has done for us here at St. Paul’s we never forget that consistent miracle that comes in gathering together and building each other up. We always rejoice in that blessed joy of hearing God’s Word and receiving it in Baptism and in Holy Communion. We gather around these marks of the Church every week. Every week God pours out His gifts upon us. What a marvelous thing God has done and still does here Saturdays at six o’clock and Sunday’s at nine fifteen or whenever God gathers us together. Join us. In God’s Word you will always find a quiet miracle in God’s abundant grace wherever He gathers us together.

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