"The fear of the Lord is the
beginning of knowledge" - Proverbs
Welcome to Emanuel Lutheran Church. We have been serving the faith needs of Tipton for over 100 years. Please take a look at our site! We have many events ongoing throughout the year.
Our Mission Statement:
"As followers of Jesus Christ, we seek His strength through
His Word and Sacrament and seek to reach
out with the Good News of the Gospel."
When I think of March, I think of spring, and when I think of spring, I think of the brown grass turning green and buds appearing on the tree branches. Ah, life and color returns to nature.
Springtime is also the time of year where we move into Lent and that season before Easter where we take time to reflect upon our sins that Christ then had to suffer for on the cross to pay them off.
We will once again be having our mid-week Lenten worship services at 6:15 this year followed by a light meal. These services will begin on Wednesday, March 1 (Ash Wednesday) which will include the imposition of ashes. Our theme this year is: "Repent...Turn to Jesus!" And indeed, our Lord did call on us to repent of our sins and then turn to him for full forgiveness which he gives us through our faith in him.
One of these mid-week sermons includes a prayer that I think is just too good not to highlight, so I'm including it here. I hope you find it as meaningful as I do.
One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at Jesus: "Aren't you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!" But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
Jesus, remember me too. Remember me in depression, when life is only clouds and loneliness. Remember me in heartbreak, when everything seems to hurt. Remember me in turmoil, when those I love most are terrible to me. Remember me in sickness, when I can no longer remember feeling well. Remember me at the funeral parlor, when tears of good-bye sting my eyes. Remember me each and every day, as life proves to me in a thousand ways that I'm not in heaven yet! Jesus, remember me. Amen.
And here is a suggestion...if you have a friend in need of prayer, why not copy this prayer down and share it with them...they too might find comfort in it.
For those wishing to join Emanuel or those members who would like a refresher on our faith, I will be conducting a one hour class beginning on March 16 from 6:30-7:30 and the second class a week later on March 23. Maybe invite a friend...the one you share this prayer with?
Finally, it might be hard to imagine, but it's been five years since Emanuel's last picture directory and so we're asking everyone to sign up for one of the two weekend we are offering picture taking. It would be fantastic to have a hundred percent participation of the congregation and you'll get a free 8 X 10 photo for your effort.
Until next month...
Serving our Savior,
Pastor Robb Roloff