Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Praise the LORD!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty firmament!
2Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his surpassing greatness!
3Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
4Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
5Praise him with clanging cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
6Let everything that breathes
praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD!
On this, the 50th Anniversary of the formal chartering of Trinity Lutheran Church Pembroke Pines as a congregation of evangelical Lutherans dedicated to the mission and ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we stand ever mindful of the saints who have gone before us, whose fervent faith, wisdom, passion, stubbornness, and willingness to roll up their sleeves and get to work have through the power and guiding of the Holy Spirit and with the blessing of almighty God brought us to this day.
Our past is full of stories of great challenge and an even greater faith willing to trust in God to see through each and every one. It is also full of a bold and vibrant witness to the newness of all that God in and through Christ Jesus is doing in our very midst. Even as God remains steadfast in the promise we have received in our Baptism, we remain steadfast in dedicating our lives to the living out of the holy commission that comes with being made a child of God. Even as Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, we are made new in our Baptism each and every day to face the ever-changing mission field in which our congregation still dwells and lives out its calling.
Today, we celebrate and give thanks. Today with an earnest humbleness we acknowledge that we have done nothing apart from what God has accomplished in us and through us. Today we ask forgiveness and forgive. Today we remember and renew. Today we shout and praise and pray and worship and encourage. For today is the day that the Lord has made, so let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Tomorrow is before us and so I leave you with Paul’s words to the church at Philippi:
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved….4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
To God be the Glory! Amen!