An All Saints’ Day hymn I wrote in 2011 to the tune of, “Earth and All Stars.” 1: Night into Day, Breath into clay Father Almighty, You made all things good Forked tongue and lie, by sin all die Mankind … Continue reading →
Term Papers and Bible Studies in Practical Theology Note: Liturgical resources have moved to the Liturgies page. Evangelism Halloween Jn 3.16 Tract: A half-page tract to be handed out with candy on halloween. Customize with your church info. New Neighbor Letter … Continue reading →
The Mustard House ProjectA Different Approach to Lutheran Catechesis(namely, sneaking up on it, grabbing it from behind, and tying it up so it can’t get away) Available Resources Games (Here’s my idea: Shockwave games for play on websites. I have a few … Continue reading →
The Mustard House ProjectA Different Approach to Lutheran Catechesis(namely, sneaking up on it, grabbing it from behind, and tying it up so it can’t get away) Introduction: What is it? Who gets the blame for this? How do you expect … Continue reading →
Note: If you’re looking for hymns, they can be found here. Liturgical Studies The Challenge of Change: (Docs/Audio) A Presentation by Rev. Bob Weinhold (Dubuque, IA) comparing contemporary liturgies and music to the change from German to English in the … Continue reading →
On this page, you’ll find curricula for Sunday School, VBS, and other parish education materials, including supplemental material for existing curricula. Note that confirmation resources are on a different page. VBS Sunday School Midweek School Other VBS VBS Opening Skits for Rancho-Round-Up: … Continue reading →
Pericopal Luke 13 Hymn: This Sunday is the first time I can recall ever seeing the bent-over woman of Luke 13 as a Gospel lesson. She is one of my favorite ladies. I got so excited I wrote her a narrative hymn. … Continue reading →
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For some reason, people often think of faith and reason being contradictory, that somehow, when you become a Christian, you must check your brain at the door. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our reason is a gift f…
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Last month, I challenged all of you to intentionally seek out those in your life who are not connected with a church. I’ve seen some of that happen already, which I find encouraging, and I look forward to meeting more of your friends and neighbors.
But a life of discipleship goes beyond Sunday morning (or Wednesday evening). Remembering the Sabbath means remembering Christ, our Sabbath rest, Who brings our worries and cares to an end and gives comfort and peace every day.
What does that look like? In many ways, it’s a matter of living out your vocations: doing your job to the best of your ability with the knowledge that you do that job to glorify God, loving your spouse with the same love Christ and His church share, loving and teaching your children (no matter how old) about our loving Savior by telling them about and showing forgiveness to them.
It also means being in the Word and prayer every day. Set aside time each day for prayer. For different people, that can mean different things. Maybe for you, the best time is right before bedtime or when you get up in the morning. Maybe it would work best for you to pray before supper, but instead of “Come, Lord Jesus,” take a couple minutes to give each person in the family to pray together about whatever is on the mind and end with a prayer thanking God for providing food. (Parents, this will also help you know what’s on your kids’ minds.)
I’d also like to see everyone involved in at least one group Bible study each week. If none of the studies we offer on Sunday morning or evening work for you, talk to some friends, whether from Shepherd of the Ridge or other Christians, and find a time you can get together with them each week for a round table-style Bible study, where each person reads a verse or paragraph and offers a thought about how that passage applies to your life. Another impromptu method of study is to work through a book of the Bible, asking how each passage relates to God’s plan of salvation. Think of it as a group getting together each week to solve a mystery, and work together to unlock that from the passage.
If you’ve gotten this far and said, “None of that will work for me,” then this is your chance to get creative. Don’t give up! Maybe you have coworkers who’d like to share a devotion during your lunch break. Maybe you have Facebook friends who’d like to discuss a passage on your “wall” each day. If you have friends or relatives you call regularly on the phone, suggest doing a phone study with them!
What other suggestions do you have? Leave a comment below!