SERMONS


There is a River, There is Gladness at Sanctuary

It will be Reformation Sunday, and it will be Confirmation Sunday.  This is a huge worship opportunity for us all.  There are many themes which could rise up to be the major theme – grace alone, faith alone, Scripture alone.  Or, we could just as well emphasize one of Luther’s significant teachings of the Christian vocation – specifically, that whatever our calling or position in life might be, it is there that we are to serve our God and to bless others. But, our theme this year will deal with the unspeakable goodness that is found when fellow believers come alongside us in our difficulties, or following a failure, or walking with us through certain issues of temptation or grief or setback or fear or devastation. “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God”.  It’s a verse from Psalm 46.  It is, historically, considered to be the Psalm of the Reformation. Often, though, other verses from within it seem to take priority. On Sunday, we’ll look at the goodness which we find in this – that we are His people, the City of God, and that there is a river (read: “living water”), Christ the Lord which flows to each of us, and through us, to each other. It is enough to have a Savior; He is mine and I am His.  But, as I look again, I see that He has given me fellow believers, not only to worship with me, but to encourage me in faith, to help build me up in hope, to stand by me even in those moments of brokenness when it feels like I deserve to be abandoned. “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God.”  Yes, it is enough to have a Savior; He is mine and I am His.  Beyond that, though, there is this: “He is ours, and we are His. Together.  The City of God.  Together.  In His Name. See you soon. LS