Roe vs. Wade

On this 40th anniversary of ROE VS WADE we must ask some basic

questions: Without the right to life, what does it mean to talk about the rights of liberty and the pursuit of happiness? What does affordable health care mean to a child whose life is taken from her? And by disregarding the lives of the little ones, are we not cheapening the inherent value of everyone?

Every victim of abortion is a person. Each person started this life by the coming together of a sperm and an egg. You were not then simply tissue but a human being loved and known by God. You can say with the Psalmist, “You formed me in my inward parts. You knitted me together in my mothers womb” (Ps. 139:13). The Christian should remember that every child is redeemed by our Lord Jesus Christ, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and as our substitute entered every stage of life, from embryo to birth of the Virgin Mary. “Jesus loves all the children of the world” the song goes, and includes the born and the unborn.

How dare we, Christian or non Christian, become indifferent to the killing of these little ones? To do so is to devalue human life, and the recent history of Communism and Nazism should teach us what that means?

Come to Peace John Lutheran Church and recognize there the great value of every human being. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Right to Life

For 40 years this nation has lived in the darkness of a Supreme Court decision which struck down all laws regulating or restricting abortion.

Since that January decision of 1973 abortion mills dot our nation’s landscape. For years even the Christian’s tax dollar has helped fund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of abortions. More recently, as part of the new health-care law, a mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services requires employers to include abortifacient drugs as part of their health-care plans.

Within this darkness an estimated 54 million have had their “right to life” taken from them. This is the equivalent of the number lost in the World Trade Center every day. If the blood of the first murder victim in the world should cry out for vengeance (Genesis 4:10), how should God respond to the blood of so many little ones?

Let every citizen humbly pray that God will yet have mercy on this nation. For Christ’s sake He says to the penitent, “Though your sins be as scarlet they shall be white like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18). Come to Peace Lutheran Church to hear the law concerning abortion, and the Gospel of forgiveness to the repentant. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

God’s Word

God often puts His Word with elements of His creation. In the Old Testament God’s promise of forgiveness came through the shedding of the blood of an animal. This started when God clothed Adam and Eve with the skin of animals (Gen. 3). God spoke to Moses from a bush which burned without being consumed (Exodus 3). In the Book of Matthew we read how God set a star to guide the Magi to Jerusalem and through the Scripture to Bethlehem to find the Christ Child (Matthew 2). He puts His Word together with water, and with baptism connects us to Jesus’ death and resurrection (Romans 6). He places His Word with bread and wine and gives us the body and blood of Christ, a visible means by which all the redeeming work of Christ is given to the repentant communicant (Matthew 26:26-28).

Come to Peace Lutheran Church where Christ comes with all His blessings through the Word and the earthly elements of water, bread, and wine in the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Sunday service time is10:00 a.m.

Now Depart in Peace

All must leave behind the year 2012 with whatever guilt, wrongs, failures or successes the year brought. Some of us in the New Year will depart this life. Simeon (Luke 2:22-35) was told he would not see death until he had seen the Lord’s Christ. When Mary and Joseph brought the baby Jesus to the temple, Simeon took Jesus up in his arms and said, “Lord, now let your servant depart in peace, according to Your Word, for my eyes have seen Your salvation, which you have prepared before all people, a light to give light to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.”

You too can depart in peace. You can depart the Old Year without fear or anxiety because your sins are forgiven through Jesus Christ. You can depart this life in peace, because the child whose birth we celebrated on December 25 is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), and He went on to make peace for us “through the blood of the cross” (Col. 1:20). You “see” this salvation in hearing the Gospel that Jesus died for our sins, arose, and will come again to receive you to Himself in heaven. He speaks this peace to you in His holy Supper, “My body given for you; my blood of the New Testament shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.”

Come to Peace Lutheran Church to “see” this salvation and have this peace. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.