The time has come. Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. Here is our schedule:
- Palm Sunday, 3/25, regular 10 am service
- Maundy Thursday, 3/29, 7 pm communion service
- Good Friday, 3/30, 1 pm & 7 pm Tenebrae services
- Easter Sunday, 4/1, 7 am sunrise service
Easter breakfast from 8 am to 9:30 am
Easter egg hunt at 9 am
Easter festival service at 10 am
The two 15-passanger vans are beginning to show their age. Parts of the roof are rusting through. Do any of you know a good, reputable body shop where we can get these two vans repaired relatively soon, before the rainy season begins? Please let me know.
As we look ahead to April, there are a number of very special things coming up on our church calendar.
- April 1 = Easter Sunday
- April 8 = Communion Service
- April 15 = Outdoor service/Church picnic
- April 22 = Communion Service/Voters Meeting
- April 29 = Sunday-Funday Waterday
Finally, last Sunday I announced my acceptance of the call to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Slinger, WI. Because of Sue teaching in the school, we will not be moving until mid-June. The call process has begun. A pre-call meeting with the congregation will take place the second week of April and we might be able to call at that April 22nd meeting. We will have to call both a pastor and a preschool teacher/director. My call announcement letter will be posted on the website later next week if you would like to read it. Please, this is not a rejection of King of Kings—we love King of Kings dearly—but the Lord has other plans for us now, and we must follow.
Now here’s today’s devotion:
As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
“How far can you throw it?” That question was often asked in the neighborhood. It resulted in several of us kids lining up and taking turns to see who could throw the football the farthest. It provided a way to measure ourselves against the other boys in the neighborhood, but even as we got older, the football never made it more than a few backyards away.
Our sins never seem all that far away either. We try to forget them by thinking about something else. We try to rationalize our sins and make excuses for them. We try to pass the blame to others. We try to pretend that they never happened. But try as we might, we just can’t seem to throw them too far away from us. They weigh on our conscience. They float around in our mind and keep us up at night. We are often reminded of our sins by the hurt feelings and comments of others. Sin never seems too far away.
That’s where Jesus came in. He didn’t just pick up our sins and throw them a few backyards away. He has removed them “as far as the east is from the west.” Who can measure the distance from east to west? You can travel thousands of miles in either direction and still have just as far to go. God’s forgiveness for you in Jesus is immeasurable. His supply of forgiveness will never run out. When God removes your sin, he removes it completely. Through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus your sins are gone for good. They are not coming back. And trusting in Jesus as your Savior, you have an eternity in heaven to look forward to.
“How far can you throw them?” When it comes to sin, the answer is “not very far.” Our human ways of dealing with sin will always ensure that they keep coming back. Instead, lay your sins on Jesus and let him throw them away “as far as the east is from the west.” You are forgiven for all of your sins. In Jesus, they are nowhere to be found.
Dear Lord, heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to be my Savior from sin. In your grace, through Word and Sacrament, continue to remind me that all of my sins have been removed completely. Amen.