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Pastor’s Message

 

 

 

In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.” Luther’s Small Catechism, Apostle’s Creed, Article 3 explanation
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,     
          This article is a celebration of the work of God the Holy Spirit who continues to set apart a people holy to the Lord.  Over the last 5 or 6 weeks I have had a number of experiences that have given me glimpses into the Holy Spirit’s continued work going on right now.  During the last week in June, Steve King and I attended the Michigan District Convention of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  In Ann Arbor, on the campus of Concordia University, pastoral and lay delegates from the 380 congregations of the Michigan District gathered together.  Many elections were held, including the election of our new District President, Rev. Dave Davis.  Other business items were addressed, and votes were held.  It was so encouraging to me to think of all of these congregations throughout the state of Michigan where the Holy Spirit calls and gathers people together, just like He does in Glendora, to hear the Word and receive the forgiveness of our sins.  People continue to be called out of the darkness of sin, despair, and death into the kingdom of God’s Son where they receive forgiveness, life, and salvation, and where they are renewed and refreshed by the joy, hope, and peace of Jesus for us!  God the Holy Spirit has not been idle in the state of Michigan!

            A couple of weeks after this, it was time to travel with our youth to Houston, TX, for the National Youth Gathering.  We tried to give you a taste of this experience at our Sunday morning service on July 24th, but I wish that all of you could have experienced this trip.  For me, it was an antidote for the discouragement that many feel when they think that the future is bleak for the church because there aren’t enough young people.  Actually, there are quite a lot of young people whom the Holy Spirit has called by the Gospel.  They love Jesus with great joy and enthusiasm, and though they live in a time when truth is being twisted, distorted, and obscured, the Holy Spirit continues to enlighten them and set them apart (sanctify them) as children of God who are united to Christ and who walk in His ways. 

            Finally, the last week in July, my family spent a week at Camp Arcadia in Arcadia, MI.  If you are not familiar with Camp Arcadia, let me introduce it to you briefly.  Camp Arcadia is a Lutheran Camp, owned and operated by the Lutheran Camp Association.  It is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.  Individuals and families gather here throughout the summer for one week at a time.  Each week, there are different deans who lead Bible Studies for the adults every morning from 9:30 to 11:15.  For our week, we had a pastor from Wheaton, IL, and a professor from Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN.  Meanwhile, the children gathered each morning for a devotion/bible story and then fun activities led by college age young adults.  During the afternoon there are numerous organized games and crafts which you can do, or you can head out to the beach on Lake Michigan which is just steps from the main lodge.  At Camp Arcadia, the Holy Spirit gathers together Christians from all over for a time of rest and learning together.  We become a “little church” for a week and the Holy Spirit refreshes us through these relationships and worship and study together.  Thank you Holy Spirit, for your ongoing work to call, gather, enlighten and sanctify a people holy to you!

 

In Christ,

Pastor Liebich