Words of Grace by Pastor Benson – October 2019
Heroes for Today
Do you have any heroes? Someone you admire or idealize for their courage, outstanding achievements, or their noble qualities? I’m sure you do. From our younger years on up to now, we take notice of people who seem to have great power, influence, style and personality. Their actions and words motivate us to follow them.
As Christians, we find comfort in learning about other followers of Jesus Christ who have impacted their world for good. There are many faithful people mentioned in the Bible who we can learn from as they trusted God such as Abraham and Sarah, Moses, Joshua, Naomi and Ruth, Esther, David, Job, Joseph and Mary, Peter and Dorcas. And there are thousands of great people of faith who can inspire us today.
In the 1500’s during the Reformation period in Germany there was a Christian couple that had a huge impact in the community and throughout Europe. This husband and wife were Martin and Katherine Luther. Together, they taught and nurtured their own children and many other people in the truths of God’s Word. They made a great team! In the town of Wittenberg they invited friends, college students, neighbors and even a few strangers into their home for food and Christian fellowship!
In the midst of great religious conflicts within the Christian Church of their day, Martin and Katherine Luther stand out above the other Reformation Heroes of the Faith! They both had a deep trust in God’s provision and plan for their lives. They took time to listen to others and helped them see God’s perspective within the human events on earth. They prayed for others and gladly shared their resources.
October is a good time for us to learn more about those faithful Christians who have laid a solid Biblical foundation for us during the Reformation period in Europe.
Today let us embrace some faithful heroes of years ago such as Martin and Katherine Luther. Their loving and faithful example can be summarized in the words of the Apostle Paul where he says to the Christians in Rome….
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” (Romans 12:10-13)
And may you be a faithful hero to others who are seeking a hero to inspire them!
Monday, October 14, 2019 – 1:30pm
Barbara Wolfe will be our guide as we start our new study entitled
“The Longing in Me” by Sheila Walsh. Sheila is a powerful communicator, Bible teacher and best-selling author with more than five million books sold. Please read over Chapter 1 in the book. We’ll watch the video together and discuss the questions from the Group Discussion on pages 12-18 in the study guide.
Anyone is invited to join us. Any questions, please call Jan Torkelson, 685-6735
Thursday, October 17 – 9:30 a.m.
WMF meets the 3rd Thursday each month.
Hostess for October, Kim Hecht,
Bible Study leader, Pastor Benson
CYCM (Christian Youth Center of Morris)
Wednesday, October 16
Your help is appreciated with furnishing food on the 3rd Wednesday of each month for the youth in our community. There will be a sign-up sheet in the lower entryway if you can donate. Please bring your food to the CYCM the 3rd Wednesday around 5pm! The boys and girls very much appreciate what we do for them! Thank you Spirit Lifters for organizing this each month! Any questions, please call Jan Torkelson or Debbie Steffes.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
We have a combined list of Love Gifts on the table in the lower entryway of items for shoebox donations. There are also shoeboxes if you would prefer to pack your own shoebox. Please bring your shoeboxes to the church any Sunday this month! Anyone who would like to donate for shipping the shoeboxes, Samaritan’s Purse says the cost to ship shoeboxes is $9 per shoe box. Thank you!
Remembering To Pray for Our Church Family & Friends
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.” Philippians 4:6
In Need of Healing:
Bob Arnsdorff, Katie Becker, Marcia Davidson, Don Edmondson, Jason Hecht, Alberta Larson, Bob Williams
PLEASE let us know if you would like to add or remove a name from the “pray for” list.
Serving our Country: Tracy Graham, Kendall Wills, US Coast Guard
Kendall Wills, US Navy
5 – Virginia Olson
14 – Joshua Scott Visser
Rachel Marie Visser
17 – Tracy Graham
18 – Mary Smith
23 – Cathy Williams
11 – Kris & Patty Houchin
Grace Lutheran Church-Morris-website www.glcmorris.net
ASSISTING IN OUR WORSHIP SERVICES DURING OCTOBER
Pastor – Craig Benson
Scripture Reader: Rick Johnson
Ushers: Adam Salinas, Sy Salinas
Greeters: The Salinas Family
Deacon: Kris Houchin