Please read this Scripture carefully. What does it say to you? What can you do to follow this direction that Moses is reminding the people to do?
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 1So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that, you may live to enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. 2You must neither add anything to what I command you nor take away anything from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God with which I am charging you.
6You must observe them diligently, for this will show your wisdom and discernment to the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people!” 7For what other great nation has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is whenever we call to him? 8And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this entire law that I am setting before you today?
9But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children.
Moses is earnestly teaching the Israelites all that God had given them before they re-enter the “Promised Land”. Moses will not be crossing the Jordan and returning with them. He must prepare them to do it and be faithful leaders.
Why? Because as God reminded Abraham and his people as they entered the “Promised Land” the first time, they are the “chosen people”. Chosen? Yes, chosen to reveal to all the other people who already lived there who God was.
Moses is reminding them of whom they belong. They are still God’s people and they have a purpose. Verses 6-8, 6You must observe them diligently, for this will show your wisdom and discernment to the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people!” 7For what other great nation has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is whenever we call to him? 8And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this entire law that I am setting before you today?
If they follow God’s directions and live it out every day, the rest of the world will come to know God and want God.
We are God’s people! We still are called to follow the commands that God gave Moses. This is not a choice! This is a command…take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children.
As we rally together for another year of worship and study, let us all commit ourselves to making God’s word known to our children!
Starting Sunday, September 9, we are calling every young family to bring your children to church at 10:15 am to be received by our Sunday School teachers who will teach them for about 45 minutes and will then bring them to you in worship as we begin Holy Communion. Meanwhile, parents will worship beginning at 10:30 am. At 9:00 am, we will have Sunday School for everyone else.
This is how we, as Living Lord Lutheran Church, will keep our sacred promise that we made to you at your child’s baptism “to help you and your child hear the gospel of Jesus Christ within this household of faith.”
Help us to keep our promise to you!
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Bonfire…The Teens of St. Paul are hosting a Bonfire and Cook-out on Saturday, September 15, from 3:00 to 10:00 pm at the Groves’ Farm in Brookfield, Ohio, 405 Albright-McKay Road, SE, Brookfield, OH 44403. Everyone (all ages) from St. Paul and Living Lord are welcome. Food and music will be provided, but don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and fishing poles. Please use the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board so the Groves family can know how many plan on attending. Please contact Debbie Groves if you have any questions.
Town Hall Meeting…On Sunday, September 23, following the 10:30 am service, Living Lord Lutheran Church will have a Town Hall Meeting to discuss and inform the congregation concerning our Wedding Policies and Procedures. The Congregation Council has approved some details that are helpful for all couples. However, we must discuss the changes in the Ohio State Law that require us to make any required adjustment concerning same-sex marriages. We have gathered guidance from Church Mutual Insurance Company, the church’s insurance company, concerning these changes. This is a sensitive topic for many people. We invite all to participate with grace, reverence, and caring.
Camp Frederick 25th Annual Golf Outing…Saturday, September 15, Shotgun start at 9:00 am at Beaver Creek Meadows Golf Course, 12774 State Route 7, Lisbon, OH 44432. 50/50 Raffle – Team mulligans ($20) – prizes for longest putt, longest drive (M/W), closest to the pin – Skins game ($20) – best team score and runner up – and numerous door prizes – Great Food! Sav-A-Lot Food Stores will provide the food and Gia Russa will provide culnarians to deliver an always delicious steak dinner with gourmet side dishes and dessert. Call 330-227-3633 to register.
Camp Frederick’s Fall Festival…Camp Frederick will hold their annual Fall Festival on Sunday, October 7, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. There will be donut making, kiddie tractor pulls, hay rides, camp tours, rock wall climbing, crafts, and more. Take a chance on winning a Troy-Bilt snow blower valued over $600 (winner need not be present to win). Fair food will be available for purchase from C & M Concessions. For more information, call the camp at 330-227-9005 or visit www.campfrederickohio.com.
Church Information…Please remember that you can obtain church information from the monthly Lamplighter Newsletter, the Constant Contact emails you receive, on the church website (www.lllc.org), on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Living-Lord-Lutheran-Church-493806727349110/), and postings on the church bulletin board. Church Council Meeting minutes are posted on the bulletin board and sent out via Constant Contact. We would like to see a better “open rate” when we send information to you via Constant Contact so that we know you are being informed of the activities that are occurring at the church. If you have any other suggestions on how best to reach out to our parishioners, please see a Council member.