Pastor’s Notes – Eclipse Plus!

Reverend Jonathan Kern

Dear Immanuel Family,

As I am writing this month’s article, much of our country is gripped with anticipation for the total eclipse that will occur in just a few hours. For a brief moment, our nation will join together in lifting our eyes to the heavens (with special viewing apparatuses of course) to see an incredible phenomenon unfolding. It is amazing to think that God designed such an event to give us pause, to bring us out of our small stories and perspectives, and to give us opportunity to marvel at creation. For those who are willing to listen, creation has an incredible testimony to share with us.

In Psalm 135, King David writes, “For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps. He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth, who makes lightning for the rain and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.” Whatever the Lord pleases, he does. When you and I do what we want, we can be accused of being selfish. But not the Lord. He who ordained all things into existence did so, not because He needed them, but because He wanted them to be. He desired this creation to exist, for you to exist, and so it does. Here you are, solely because the Lord was pleased to give you life. What an amazing purpose that we can claim! What an incredible message that creation proclaims to us, not just in rare events, but every day.

I would like to thank everyone who came out and supported the new Luther movie on August 9. We had over 160 people from at least five different LCMS churches in greater Colorado Springs area attend the two showings! I am encouraged by the turnout and I am looking forward to finding other opportunities for our churches to join together in fellowship and worship. If you were unable to attend this event, you will have another opportunity to see the Luther movie on Sunday, October 8 at 3:00 pm in Immanuel’s gym. The film will also appear on PBS on September 12 at 7 pm.

While another new school year is already underway, we are looking forward to the start of our new year of Sunday school at Immanuel starting on September 10. We will have classes for kids of all ages, as well as a new combined class for adults. If you haven’t yet joined us for Bible study after worship, this is a great opportunity to start a new habit. Gathering around Word and Sacrament in the Divine Service is certainly one of the most important things we do together as a church family, but our time together as family doesn’t end after the final hymn. Joining together in fellowship and study is another important way that we enjoy life together and live in the Sabbath rest that God intends for us to have.

September 10 will also be the start of our new confirmation year. If you have a child or know of a child who is in the 6th grade or higher and is ready to start confirmation, please contact me with his or her information so we can get them connected with the class. For the time being, we will meet on Sunday afternoons at 2:00 pm.

I would also like to start a weekly adult confirmation class for those who are interested in learning more about the Lutheran faith. Whether you are new to the Lutheran church or just looking for a refresher course, this class is for you! There will be a sign up sheet at the Welcome Center for those who are interested. The day and time for the class will be determined from feedback provided on the sign-up sheet.

Finally, I plan on resuming Shepherd Visits after Labor Day. A sign-up sheet for scheduling a visit will be at the Welcome Center in the narthex. I look forward to visiting with you!

The Lord be with you all!

Pastor Kern

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