Vicar's Page

     Despite changing times.  The truth we hold as Christians continues to remain.  In fact scripture even says in Isaiah 40:8, Isaiah 40:8, “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Few people know this as well as Al and Bea Hempel who have celebrated 64 years of marriage together.  When they first married they packed everything they owned in their car and moved all the way to Cape Cod on only $91.  Today that might barely get you out of Texas.

     During tough times, Al and Bea always turned to their Rock for refuge.  Two verses they hold dear help highlight this: John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” and 2 Corinthians 5:15, “and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”  These words and the like have helped them weather all kinds of circumstances throughout their walk together.   

    Let us praise Al and Bea and others in this congregation who have achieved something so honorable.  When the cares of the world distract us, it is easy to lose sight of what really matters.  Instead of complaining or criticizing when things go wrong let us hold fast to our faith and to the truth found in Scripture.  On multiple occasions, scripture tells us to build each other up.  As I think about all of the wonderful things that go on at Cross each day, I desire see even more of God at work here.  Below are a few verses that talk about encouraging and building each other up.  How can you make these words more alive at Cross, in your homes, and in this community?

    ●  “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”  - Hebrews 10:23-25 -

     ●  “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.” - 1 Peter 4:8-10 -

     ●  “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:11 -  

     Prayer: Heavenly Father, Help us to be your hands and feet where we go.  Let us shine your light of love and joy to all those around us so that people are drawn to the saving work of Christ which you freely gave to us. Amen. 

What is a Vicar?

You might be asking, “What is a Vicar?”  For the preparation of future pastors, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod seminary training is a four year, post-graduate (after college) program.  The first two years are spent in the classroom (at either Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, or Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana).  The third year is a year-long internship, called a “Vicarage,” with a congregation.  Among the many things a Vicar does:  preaching and teaching; hospital and shut in calls; attending meetings; basically, getting to know the pastoral ministry in as well-rounded a way as possible.  The fourth year of training is back at the seminary before the student is graduated with a Master of Divinity degree.  Please keep our Vicar in your prayers this year as he prepares to serve Christ’s Church as a pastor.

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