Reflections of Our Savior
For in him you have been enriched in every way--in all your speaking and in all your knowledge--because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.
[1 Corinthians 1:5-7]
Dear members and friends of Our Savior:
It’s been a banner year! We have much to be thankful for!
As you take a look at the financial summary provided with this month’s newsletter, you will see a record amount of offerings. Yes, over $30,000 was for the parking lot, but those are offerings from you. Thank you. Even if you just look at the offerings for operating expenses, and flowers, and maintenance, they are worthy of thanks because we met our budget. Early in the year, the plea went out to all of you to consider increasing your offerings to meet increased expenses and to preserve as much of our other funds as possible. You did! Praise the Lord!
This commitment to your congregation says a lot about our future. It says that you want this congregation to be a light to shine the gospel in our community in years ahead. It says that you want this congregation to do everything humanly possible to proclaim the Word of God so through it, the Holy Spirit can do everything spiritually possible to save souls for an eternity in heaven.
Yes, our life here at Our Savior has been enriched. But remember, the parking lot, the organ (that was last year), and the other improvements done to the building (like the flag pole, window and door repairs, and other things) are not ends in themselves, but means to an end.
It is not our earthly or worldly or material enrichment that we seek here at our Savior. We are here for spiritual enrichment, the kind of enrichment which Paul addresses in the verse above. Perhaps we still have ideas about other physical improvements we would like to see to our building and grounds in the near future, but when it comes to spiritual blessings, the inspired Apostles says, “you do not lack any spiritual gift.” So we especially thank the Lord of the Church that the Word of God was preached and taught here, and that the Holy Sacraments were administered as instituted by Christ, and that through these means of grace, sins were forgiven, souls were strengthened, lives were spiritually enriched, and the Kingdom of God grew.
Lord willing, may we continue to reflect our thankfulness to God for all His blessings, as we continue to be blessings to His Church. AMEN.