A Daily Dose of Good News
Friday, July 23, 2021
Pastor Steve’s devotional is available online at https://youtu.be/3gA9jUrGRSk
A printer-friendly version of this devotion is available at DDGN 20210723
You may dialog with Pastor Steve on this devotion at firstname.lastname@example.org
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Another Good Day To Put On Your Baptism
33 years ago as a first year seminarian
This passages was the text for the first sermon I ever preached
At my home congregation of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Pickerington.
And its good news echos clearly from that occasion to this one.
Rich with the images of baptism
That passage served then as a wonderful lens
For me to affirm the blessing that congregation had been to me
Where so many people lived out their callings…
Both at the church:
Choir members, teachers, youth group leaders,
Hospitality and property ministers …
And their daily lives reflecting the love of Christ
by the way the served in schools, business,
Hospitals, government, farms and all.
My own faith was formed within that community of believers
Where so very often, whatever they did in word or deed,
They so very often did everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
Giving thanks to God the Father through him.
And now I was embarking on God’s call in my life
To serve as a pastor to help cultivate other such communities of believers.
And that is exactly what we share today
At Holy Trinity were together whatever we do in word or deed,
We strive to do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
Giving thanks to God the Father through him …
The way we worship, learn, serve and care for each other in Jesus name
(With particular resilience over the past 17 months)
And the way you reflect the love of Christ
By the way you serve in schools, business,
Hospitals, government, community and all.
Clothed with compassion, kindness,
Humility, meekness and patience
And above all, love
Jesus’ promise of life and salvation is kept
As you pursue your calling in life so faithfully,
Find yourselves blessed in the process of blessing others.
Turns out today is another good day to put on your baptism! Amen