Church Services are now open!!!!!!!!
There will be Facebook live recordings at 9:30AM on Sundays. Please join us.
We invite you to worship with us every Sunday at 8:30 AM Bible Study, 9:30 AM & Spanish service at 11:00 AM. Pastor Forum at 11AM.
Holy Communion is celebrated the first and 3rd Sundays at all services starting on July 5th.
Spanish Services are being held Friday evenings at 6:30 PM
“No battle plan survives contact with the enemy” said Field Marshall Helmuth von Moltke, a Prussian General living in the late 1800’s. He has been quoted by generals and military officers ever since. Human plans have a way of changing. Even building plans, blueprints, used as a building guide are changed as the building goes up.
For most of this year of 2020 we have been learning this lesson in just about every area of our lives. People are not talking about the vacations they took, but the ones they cancelled! Plans change. Or rather human plans change. God’s plans don’t change.
The prophet Jeremiah lived about 500 years before Jesus was born. He lived in a time of change. God was calling His people to repentance for ignoring Him and worship-ping things that were not Him. His people literally said, “This is foolishness. We will follow our own plans, and everyone will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart” (Jeremiah 18:12). Their plans were changed forever when God brought the Babylonians and the people were taken away from their homes and into exile for 70 years.
But God had plans too. He said to these same people, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). God’s plan was to keep His people safe in exile, to supply them all they needed and to bless them were they were. God’s plan happened. Seventy years later His people came back from exile and settled in their homes again. Human plans change, God’s plans don’t.
God’s larger plan for welfare, a future, and hope were finally and completely fulfilled in Jesus. The forgiveness Jesus gives you gives you an eternal future, and hope that
doesn’t die or disappoint. Our welfare has been guaranteed too. God still has plans for us here at Apostles Lutheran Church at the end of 2020. Our human plans have been derailed, but not God’s plans. He has a plan for us and it will unfold in His good place and time. Our job is to stay focused on Him. His plan is to forgive us our sins, through His word and sacraments, His plan is to supply us all our needs. His plan is to use our congregation to glorify Himself and bless the world through what we do here.
We have had to make many changes to our worship life, our gatherings, our online presence, and certainly our plans, in response to this pandemic. Our goal is to worship and serve God while keeping each other as safe as we can. Even as we make plans, they will certainly change. Thank you every one for your patience and support through it all. Thanksgiving and Christmas plans are now being made. The preschool has had a soft opening with a few kids and is growing as more kids and parents get comfortable with leaving home. Confirmation and Youth programs are continuing. The Sunday Morning worship attendance continues to increase in both English and Spanish worship services. As we make new plans, and even change those, God will continue to supply and provide for HIs work to get done. He has already given you His son Jesus, He will not withhold anything else we need.
Field Marshall von Moltke learned that he had to keep his supply lines and communications network strong and flexible, if he was going to reach his goal of winning the battle. He kept the goal in mind and changed the plans as needed. More plans will change before all of this settles down, but God’s plan has already been fulfilled. Your present and future are secure in Him.
Peace, Pastor Andrew