When I was younger I never wanted to rest. I always wanted to go, go, go! I couldn't wait to get my driver's license so I could go. Before that I couldn't wait to get on my bike with my friends and go. Even before that I couldn't wait to get up and start to walk. I wanted to go.
Now, as my body aches at times, and as my mind is spinning with all sorts of thoughts (good and bad) and ideas (good and bad) and as the cares of this world seem to build up one after another, all I want to do is rest.
The trouble is that I, and I'm sure you as well, look for rest in all sorts of ways other than the one true way. We look for rest in a T.V. remote. We look for rest in scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed. We look for rest in all sorts of unacceptable and useless ways.
I have learned, from this verse and countless others in Scripture, that there is only one place to find true REST, and that is in JESUS! Jesus and rest go together. When all else fails, and all else will fail, there is only one place to turn. Our souls find rest in GOD ALONE! OUR SALVATION COMES FROM HIM!
Too often we make Christianity a religion of works. Do this and don't do this. Be this way. Live this way. Be good. Go to church. Volunteer on a board. Serve on this committee. Put in so many hours and you're good...... right? WRONG. Your soul finds rest in God alone and your salvation come from him!
Gospel rest is a most wonderful thing! Gospel salvation is a glorious thing! Live in that Gospel rest. Know that you are truly FORGIVEN OF ALL YOUR SINS!
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, make me find rest in you alone. Amen.
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: Name four of the seven disciples Jesus appeared to after his resurrection by the Sea of Tiberias? Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, the sons off Zebedee (James and John), and two others.
Thurs- 8th grade questioning and reception 7pm
Sat- Worship 5
Sun- Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school 9:45; 8thh grade confirmation service
Acolyte- 8:30- George Pezold; 11- Lydia Miller
Ushers- 8:30- Alan Hofeldt, Tim Linke, Rich Talbert, Don Turnure--- 11- Marv Hendershot, Dave Winter, Gary Scott, Charlie Figura
Altar- Set up- Ruth Walters; Clean up- Cheryl Bettlach and Betty Schirr
Communion Assistants- Sat- Randy Fischer; 8:30- Rich Talbert; 11- Randy Sweet
Greeters- 8:30- Dave and Linda Callies; 11- Randy and Patty Sweet
Lay readers- Sat- Marcia Sevier 8:30- Tim Linke 11- Randy Sweet
Organist: Melissa Pedersen
Projectionists: Sat- Perricone; 8:30- ????; 11- Terry McKenzie _________________________________________________________________________________________________________
National Day of Prayer Breakfast & Prayer Service Thursday - May 7, 2015
Breakfast: 6:30 AM - church overflow area
Prayer service: 7:00 AM in the sanctuary
If you have never been involved in one of our church activities (and even if you have), here is a new challenge for you!! There will be a cake/dessert booth at the carnival on September 12! The carnival will be open from 11am until dusk! Donations of baked good and workers to man the booth will be needed!! Desserts needing refrigeration cannot be accepted. Work shifts will be for two hours beginning at 10am and will go till closing time. To eliminate many, many phone calls, a sign up sheet has been placed on the narthex where you can volunteer!!
Apr. 26- Gary and Joanna Hoelscher
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SAVE THE DATE!!!! OUR FIRST ANNUAL FALL CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD SEPTEMBER 12, 2015!!!
We are looking for ideas for carnival games and also donations of carnival game prizes for the vent. Please donate prizes into the cardboard box in the narthex. Also, if any one has an idea for a carnival game, or a game itself they would like to donate please contact Joanna Hoelscher at 636-485-0635 or Karla Christophene at 314-397-1375.
For CAROL KOHRS who is recovering at home from an infection.
For DANIELLE MEINE who is home from the hospital recovering from chemo treatment.
For DAVE KOHRS who has stopped receiving chemo treatments and has placed himself on hospice care.
For BONNIE FRENZIA who is spending some time in Delmar Gardens for rehab.
For OUR CONGREGATION AS WE SLOWLY MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR BUILDING PROGRAM!!
For OUR DCE INTERN, KELSEY OVERBECK, that the Lord moves a congregation in need of her abilities to call her into full time DCE ministry.
For DAVE TINNIN'S MOM, JANE, as she continues to recover from several strokes and seizures.
For WILMA WEIGLE as she is having a lot of difficulty with congestion and possible pneumonia. .
For DENISE SCHLESSELMANN as she continues to work hard to bring the people of the Czech Republic to Christ. .
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