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You Don’t Have to Be Royalty

Queen Elizabeth’s passing has thrust the royal family back into the spotlight once again.  But even when the royal family isn’t making headlines, there still is a preoccupation with royalty.  Disney has a whole line of princesses (and to a lesser degree, princes) that you can choose from.  They’re not alone.  How many movies, fairy tales, or Hallmark specials can you think of involving royalty?  Viewers, it seems, aren’t just interested in watching the kings and princesses.  They’re dreaming about what life would be like as royalty. They wonder how it would feel to wear the crown, live in the castle, and have everyone’s attention. 

Perhaps you’re not all that interested in the royal family and you care even less about Disney and Hallmark princesses.  Is there somebody else that you wish you could be?  Is it an athlete, actor, or politician?  Somebody you follow online or just somebody you know who seems to have a better life?  Maybe there are times when you don’t know exactly who you want to be, you just know you’re not satisfied with the way life is going. 

It's easy to dream about being somebody else or having a different life, but it’s seldom helpful.  Not only are these dreams unhelpful, but they’re unnecessary.  We are who we are because God put us there.  Yes, we’ve all made decisions.  But your decisions to move or stay, to marry or stay single, to take this job or that job were all used by God to put you right where he wants you.  Don’t just take my Word for it.  Listen to Pau’s inspired sermon to the Athenians “From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.”  (Acts 17:26) Are you royalty?  Good for you.  Thank God for that unique calling.  Are you a factory worker, student, parent, or office worker?  Good for you as well.  Under God’s control, those are just as important callings.  The world may not notice.  You can probably step out of your car without hundreds of cameras clicking.  Most of us will die without too many people noticing.  That’s OK too.  The amount of attention you receive in life does not necessarily reflect your importance. 

What matters most isn’t what the media thinks or what people are saying about you.  None of that compares to what God thinks of us.  There’s no question that God values you deeply. Whether you’re an entry-level busboy or you’ve just been named the king of England, you matter so much to God that he planned your salvation before time began.  Then he followed through with that amazing plan to punish his Son in your place.  His love for you was so great that he washed you in your baptism and forgives you in the Holy Supper.  And he cares about you so much that he is preparing a place just for you to be with him forever in heaven.  There’s no question about it.  No matter who you are or what you do, you matter to him.

Because you matter so much to him, you can serve him doing whatever it is that he has called you to do.  Paul reminded the Corinthians they could serve God by doing whatever they were already doing.  They didn’t have to marry or divorce to serve him better. They didn’t have to change jobs, become more Jewish or Gentile, or anything else if they wanted to make God happy.  Instead, he reminded them, “Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him.” (1 Corinthians 7:20)  If you are royalty, you have a unique way to serve and sacrifice for others.  The same is true for all the electricians, parents, students, movie stars, police, garbage collectors, nurses, cooks, and more in our world.  Each of our callings gives us a unique God-given way to live out our faith and serve our neighbor. 

Maybe you still enjoy dreaming about being a royal.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing; imagination is a gift from God.  Just don’t get carried away.  And don’t lose sight of what he’s already given you.  That’s just as special and just as important!

 

Pastor Matthew Schoell


Church News

New Worship Times

Sunday, September 11 we resumed our normal Sunday morning Worship Service times at 8:00 and 10:30 with our many family Bible time between the services starting at around 9:15 am.

Family Bible Time    

Sunday School has begun. Please bring your children (3K-6th Grades).  This year we will be using new materials to help accommodate our children who are attending Christian Day Schools.  The Lessons in Sunday School will be a different series than what the Day School students are receiving in school each week.  What an opportunity for your children (both those in Public School and those in Christian Day Schools) to hear the Word of God and to learn about God’s love for us that is shown to us in Jesus.  

Sunday morning Bible Classes are also running again.  Pastor Schoell is leading a Bible Study entitled, “How Can They Teach That? (And Still Claim to Believe the Bible)”, a study about why many churches have adopted positions on topics that go against what Scripture clearly says. It shows how human reason distorts God’s clear Word.

We also have our (new) class for all teens at from 7th Grade – 12th Grade.  Pastor Gartner is leading the first classes.  Our goal is to grow together through God’s Word and assist the young people at St. John as they seek to grow in their faith and to live their faith.  Please come and invite a friend or two and join us as we find out how God’s Word has all the answers we will ever need.  We meet in the room in the Church basement.

Even if you missed our opening week, we'd still love to have you join us.  

Monday/Tuesday Adult Bible Classes  

Our Monday morning Bible classes have resumed on Mondays at 8:00 am and Tuesdays at 5:30 pm.  Pastor Gartner is doing an overview Bible Study of the books of the Bible from “Romans - Colossians.”  Our goal is to better acquaint ourselves with the major highpoints of each of these books which will help us to better understand God and his plan of Salvation.

LWMS Fall Rally

This Fall on Saturday October 8, St. John will be hosting the Fall Wolf River Circuit LWMS Rally.  At this Fall Rally, the Wolf River Circuit will be celebrating its 40 Anniversary.  We will need the help of many men and ladies to help host this Rally.  You don’t need to attend the monthly meetings to volunteer your time.  We will need people to help with the Lunch and snacks.  We will need help setting us things and cleaning up after.  We will need help with registration and assisting the people as they arrive.  All the ladies and men of the congregation are invited to volunteer and take part as we host this event.  Please sign up on the sheet in the back of Church or call Kathy Schabo for more questions.

Online Worship:

We continue to live-stream our services and post our worship folders online.  We will be recording our Sunday 8:00 am service which means you can watch any time after 8:00 am on Sunday morning.  If you need any help accessing these resources, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

You can find our worship services at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCsQs-LDzlHE1NTjOaVaQ2A.

You can find a bulletin for each Worship Service so you can follow along here: https://stjohn-appleton.org/bulletins

 

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