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God’s Kingdom Is Great In 2-0-1-8

“The kingdom of God is…righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 14:17

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The Rhythm of Each New Day

♫ I’ve got rhythm, I’ve got music, I’ve got my girl, who could ask for anything more?”♫

     I love a Gershwin tune—what about you?   Really, I believe George Gershwin is my favorite American composer.  When you have a moment, do a search, and listen to the likes of Rhapsody in Blue; Someone to Watch Over Me; Summertime and the Livin’ Is Easy…and, of course, I’ve Got Rhythm.  

     As we approach May, and prepare to enter into summer, the rhythm of life will change some.  A Graduation?  A Wedding?  A change of workplace, home, or school?  These impact the rhythm—daily rhythm—of life, altering it in ways that sometimes touch our hearts deeply.

     Every week in the Wednesday Morning Chapel Service here at Cross Lutheran School (which you are invited to attend each week at 8:30 a.m.!), a part of the Service is the praying of Martin Luther’s Morning Prayer.  It goes like this—and I’ll highlight the passage I’m focusing on right now:

                  I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son,      that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You.  For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things.  Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me.  Amen.

     “That all my doings and life may please You.”  Wow, what a rhythm that would be!  A daily prayer that all of our thoughts, words, and deeds might please our Father in heaven.  It won’t surprise you to know that I fail at that rhythm regularly and constantly.  And here’s the Easter resurrection message of grace coming to us once again.  I stand on God’s promise to me, and to all, in 1 Corinthians 15:10 – “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain.”

     We are here—because it is our living God Who first establishes and continues His rhythm of forgiveness to us in and through the means of grace:  His Word, Holy Baptism, and Holy Communion.  Without fail, His mercies are new every single morning, every single day.  That is why we gather weekly, constantly, in His house and presence, to receive the strength He gives us to live out the rhythm of each new day to His glory.  God bless you as you do, and I’ll see you in church!

In the peace of Christ’s kingdom, and joy in the Holy Spirit—
       Pastor Don Fraker


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