Hephatha Lutheran Church Pastor's Weekly Letter
Pastor's Weekly Letter
Below you will find an archive of Pastor's Weekly Letter for Hephatha Lutheran Church and School. Browse through the issues below, or follow the link located at the bottom of this page to subscribe.


May 22 2017 Email (May 2017)
May 22, 2017 Greetings! I write this letter on behalf of the entire congregation here at Hephatha to extend an invitation to join us for a very special service(s) this Memorial Day Weekend. During this service, we want to designate time to appreciate the sacrifice of those who have served and lost their lives to defend our nation. In the New Testament, St. John wrote, “G reater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John15:13). Other than our Lord’s death on

May 15 2017 Email (May 2017)
May 15, 2017 Greetings! As Pastor at Hephatha, I wanted to be sure to send a special letter of congratulations to all our graduates, both at our school and other local schools and to let the graduates know that we are proud of them and their accomplishment. Whether you are graduating from elementary school, middle school, high school, or even college you and I both know that learning will never stop as new experiences and relationships will help to guide you along the way to true success. Wh

May 8 2017 Email (May 2017)
May 8, 2017 Greetings! What a wonderful time of the year! Once again, this time of year we are to “give honor where honor is due.” At Hephatha Lutheran Church, we honor all Mothers and ladies who play a mother role at our special Mother’s Day services. Of course, we are of the belief that ladies should be honored on a daily basis, and not just one day out of an entire year. And yet, it is always such a joy to simply take time during our services to recognize and appreciate those who give

May 1 2017 Email (May 2017)
May 1, 2017 Greetings! A teacher gave her class of second graders a lesson on the magnet and what it does. The next day in a written test, she included this question: ” My full name has six letters. The first one is M. I pick up things. What am I?” When the test papers were turned in, the teacher was astonished to find that almost 50 percent of the students answered the question with the word Mother. While many of us may get a chuckle out of this little story, we must also agree that there i

April 24 2017 Email (Apr 2017)
April 24, 2017 Greetings! Greetings in Christ! Personally speaking, perhaps one of the most discouraging aspects of sharing the Gospel is knowing full well that many people will reject the message, and yes, even at times reject the messenger…you. At times, we might think that if we could just be a bit more like Jesus then everyone would believe this life-giving message of the Messiah because we would minister the way He wants us to minister. We would share the exact words they need to hea

April 17 2017 Email (Apr 2017)
April 17, 2017 Greetings! Greetings in the wonderful Name of our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! I trust you are enjoying living in light of the great news of Easter, and that our God is richly blessing your life. Personally speaking, I am excited about all that God is doing here at Hepahtha Lutheran Church and am looking forward to the great things He has in store for each us. We have a number of upcoming events taking place in the Hephatha family. First of all, we have secured the E

April 10 2017 Email (Apr 2017)
April 10, 2017 Greetings! In Luke’s Gospel, we read these words: “6 He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, 7 saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ” (Luke 24:6-7). Can you imagine what it must have been like for Mary and Martha along with certain other women to hear those words from the Angel at the tomb of Jesus? The range of emotions went from the lowest of

April 3 2017 Email (Apr 2017)
April 3, 2017 Greetings! Well, the words of the confession in The Lutheran Service Book say, “I a poor miserable sinner.” Some people will be offended, as these words seem rude and unworthy of creatures created in God’s image. In fact, one TV preacher said she “was not a poor miserable sinner.” Other people will be pleased, as these long-standing words seem to capture a spirit of repentance. So, which is it: Sinner or not? When our liturgies tell us we are “miserable” sinners, they are re

March 27 2017 Email (Mar 2017)
March 27, 2017 Dear Lenten Pilgrims, As many of you already know, the preparatory season of Lent often includes 40 days of fasting connected to Christ’s fasting in the wilderness. But, if you were to take a closer look at the liturgical calendar you will see that the actual season is a bit longer. Why is that the case? The reason for this is because within those 40 days we have excluded each and every Sunday. And it is for this very reason that Sundays are labeled as “Sundays in Lent” rather

March 20 2017 Email (Mar 2017)
March 20, 2017 Greetings! As of today, my social media newsfeeds are filled with posts about Lent. To me, it seems that there are many differing views and/or misunderstandings about the nature of the Lent. For instance, some people write about Lent being “Roman Catholic” or that there is no need for Lent because “Jesus already paid for my sins.” I think it might be helpful to better understand Lent for those who are unsure about this important penitential season. I think that we need to see L

March 13 2017 Email (Mar 2017)
March 13, 2017 Greetings! In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus uttered these words: “when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have for

March 6 2017 Email (Mar 2017)
March 6, 2017 [Greeting:] As I begin to write this weekly letter, I grab another handful of gummy bears, when I have already eaten my limit. This is a clear description of my discipline when it comes to candy—I have none. In some ways, this, in my opinion, would be a perfect thing to focus on during Lent. To be honest, when I think about candy I sometimes think I should give up candy for Lent. As an aside, in the past, I’ve done this as a Lenten discipline. A positive result is that I mig

Feb 27 2017 Email (Feb 2017)
February 27, 2017 Greetings! To be perfectly honest, I don't know much about how the first-centuryChristians treated the forty days before Resurrection Sunday known today as the season of Lent. But by the second century, the church was starting to use that season as a time for training new believers about how to rightly think, live, and believe as Christ-followers. This was done, in part, by reliving the Scriptural accounts of Christ's final days before He was killed. It was done with the

Feb 20 2017 Email (Feb 2017)
February 20, 2017 [Greeting:] Well, over the years, I’ve been asked the question: “Why should I join a church?” At times, it’s said with genuine curiosity-“So explain to me what membership is all about?” But, at other times, it’s said with a tinge of suspicion-“So tell me again, why do you think I should become a member?” For many Christians, membership sounds, well, a bit too rigid, something you have at your country club, but too formal for the church. Even if it’s agreed that Christianit

Feb 13 2017 Email (Feb 2017)
February 13, 2017 Valentines Greetings! This is the month so many people do their best to share their love with one another in so many ways as we celebrate Valentine's Day. Yet, let me just take a moment to remind you of the amazing love of our Lord Jesus Christ whose example of perfect love should be held up for all to see and emulate in our lives. God’s Word reminds us in John 15:12-13: "This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no

Feb 07 2017 Email (Feb 2017)
February 7, 2017 Dear friends in Christ When the Bible speaks of God, it speaks of Him as being all-powerful or “omnipotent.” The word omnipotent comes from two Latin words, omnis, meaning “all,” and poetntia or potens which means “power.” Hence, the God of the Bible is the God of all-power. The Bible says it this way: And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, "Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent re




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