The new flooring is in. The pews are re-installed. There are a few things still to do, but most things are back in order. We have one more workday October 7th. That is all about sprucing up the campus in preparation for our 50thAnniversary service the next day. Part of that work will be spreading a load of woodchips throughout the playground and sealing the new picnic tables. We will also need help cleaning the inside of the church and outside. If you have not helped before, please plan on helping this day.
We have a few fundraisers going right now. The school is selling Save Around coupon books for $25 each. If you’d like to look through a book, there will be a number of them available on Sunday. Proceeds go toward the purchase of the wood chips for the playground. Also, we have a couple of girls collecting pet food for their 4H club. Items may be dropped off in the narthex. Finally, KOK Anniversary ornaments are on sale, $15 each. Order forms can be found in the narthex or the church office.
Remember, our 50th Anniversary service is next Sunday, October 8th. The service is at 4:00 pm. A fellowship dinner will follow as well as a special program fitting the day. Everything should be over and cleaned up by 7 pm.
That’s it for this week, now here’s today’s devotion:
God’s Love is Great
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.
1 John 3:1-3
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us!” Love which the world produces has limits. It lasts only as long as people get satisfaction out of it or as long as it serves their self-interests.
God’s love, on the other hand, is unselfish, changeless, eternal. We can see his love in action at the cross where he was not motivated by convenience but by his commitment to save us. His love serves our best interests, not his. He always loves.
He knows everything about us, and still he showers us with love. He loves in spite of the fact that we have offended him in private and in public. He loves us through Jesus Christ who laid down his life to make things right between us and our heavenly Father. God the Father’s love may be foreign to us, but it is powerfully effective. It leads us to repent, to turn away from sin, and transforms us from outsiders to members of his family.
“And that is what we are!” Our Father in heaven sees us through the lens of the holy sacrifice that his Son made to pay for our sins on the cross, and he is pleased to call us his children. In Christ and through faith in him, that is what we are! God sent Jesus to buy us freedom from the curse and power of sin and to adopt us into his family.
When you are feeling insignificant or someone makes you feel worthless, always remember, God loves you and is pleased to say, “You are my child.”
Heavenly Father, I believe that I am your child. Help me today to reflect what it means to be your child. Help me to be patient. Help me to forgive. Help me to love. Amen.