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Grace Lutheran Church
Mission Statement

To ANSWER the CALL of our Savior.
To CONNECT with people in their everyday lives.
To ADVANCE the Gospel through God’s Word and fellowship.
To LEND ourselves in service, so that we may become instruments.
that LEAD others to salvation..

 

2024 Grace Lutheran VBS June 23-26


Preregister at luthyouth.com/vbs or glcna.org
Volunteer at luthyouth.com/vbs
T-Shirts must be preordered by June 16. at luthyouth.com/vbs

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WEEKLY DEVOTION MAY 28

Tuesday, MAY 28, 2024

Pastor Bruce Kischnick, Grace Lutheran Church, New Albany, IN

“The Faith and Theology”

READING: I Timothy 6:11-14, 20-21 – But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which your were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ…Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith. Grace be with you.

Last week I spoke to you about my philosophy of preaching. I talked about “The Faith” as the main course of a meal and “Theology” as the hefty dessert to top it off. It is my firm understanding that doing things the other way around results in preaching that leaves most lay people without something to hang on to as they exit the church on Sunday. Today I’m going to make a statement about which some pastors might argue with me. Nevertheless, this is my statement: “The Faith and Theology are not the same.”

I understand “The Faith” to be the application of our knowledge of Jesus and his Gospel and the trust we put in him in our everyday walk as Christians. It is our desire to serve his kingdom and to love others as Jesus loved us. It is our daily struggle to live as He would want us to in a broken, messy, fallen world. It is his grace and the Holy Spirit’s urging that we rely on to proclaim Jesus’ lordship in our lives and in our living.

I look at it this way: “The Faith” is the muscle, the sinew, the blood and guts of Christian life lived in the midst of an increasingly godless, non-Christian society. Our Faith does the daily heavy lifting and work of being (to paraphrase St. Paul in our lesson) “righteous, godly, faithful, loving, enduring, and gentle men and women of God.”

Our “Theology” is the skeleton, the framework on which hangs all of “The Faith”. It supports, shapes, and articulates the work of “The Faith”. It provides the basis for and the impetus to our faithful living. It helps us stand up against the “outrageous winds of fortune” and the slings and arrows of the ungodly. It helps us to stand firm in “The Faith” even as “The Faith” does the work our Lord has called us to. As is true in nature, if a part of our “Theology” is broken, the Christian’s walk is hampered, and if enough of it is broken, “The Faith” itself becomes ineffective and crippled.

St. Paul warns Timothy (and us) to hold on to his “good confession” and to “guard what has been entrusted to your care”. “The Faith” will not achieve God’s calling if the “Theology” is false or misdirected. The “Theology” is of little use if “The Faith” is allowed to atrophy and be fruitless. Both are essential, just as our body requires both our skeleton and our soft tissues to work in harmony. It’s an interesting fact of physiology: the more the muscles and sinews are used and exercised, the stronger the bones of the skeleton are. The stronger the skeleton, the more work the muscles and sinews can perform. Each strengthens the other.

One more observation: our “Theology” is meant to be an “endoskeleton” – an internal skeleton like our own. It’s not meant to me an “exoskeleton” – an external skeleton like that of a lobster or beetle. There are church groups and sects that use their theology to shield them and ward of contact with other people. The Amish are an example. They have turned inward and use their Theology to shun others and “protect” themselves from contact with the world. That appears to me to fail in Jesus’ Great Commission to “Go, make disciples of all nations…” Their exoskeleton protects them from the thorns out there in the world, but you can’t find the lost if you don’t get into the brambles. Jesus did not avoid the scratches and the thorns. On the contrary…

St. Paul’s charge to Timothy also speaks to us. We need sound doctrine and godly understanding of the Scriptures to undergird what we, “believe, teach, and confess.” We also need “The Faith” to put those doctrines and understanding to work for the Kingdom. Both are essential. Both are gifts from God. If you and I are going to “fight the good fight” then we want to build up our “Theology” by increasing our knowledge of the Scriptures and their meaning. At the same time we want to build up “Our Faith” by putting it into practice by pursuing a Christ-like life. May the grace of God be with you as together we serve the Lord with gladness! Amen.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1) Pastor Woods will be on a much needed and well-deserved vacation this week, May 27-June 3. He has begun preparations for V.B.S. and so can use our help. He will be in the gym most Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Come give him your help in whatever time you are able.

2) GOLDEN SAINTS LUNCHEON: Next Thursday, June 6, there will be a luncheon after the Thursday Saints Bible Class. You are invited to sign up at the office, then bring a dish to pass. I will provide the meat, the table service, and the beverages. Come, have a good meal and enjoy the fellowship of others of a “Golden Hue”!

Youtube Video: https://youtu.be/Nxaguh6Q2Vk

PRINTABLE PDF: WDMay28.PDF

[email protected] — (502) 797-7407

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WEEKLY DEVOTION MAY 27

Monday, MAY 27, 2024

Pastor Matthew Woods from Grace Lutheran Church in New Albany, Indiana

“Remembering the Risen”

Memorial Day is a day where we remember the fallen, those who gave their full measure sacrificing themselves in service to our Country. Back in 2005 I attended a Memorial Day service held outside at the War Memorial in Charlestown. Many soldiers were dressed in their uniforms and many just wore their hats all decorated with various pins and awards. It was your typical service; a keynote speaker, prayer, raising the flag, an honor guard, and the playing of Taps.

I remember it so vividly because of how embarrassed and horrified I felt by the rude surroundings that kept trying to interrupt the solemn service. First, it seemed that anyone with a large, roaring diesel truck decided to drive through during the service. When they accelerated, I could hardly hear the uniformed MC speaking at the microphone. Then it got bad. A young man on a professional lawn mower decided he was going to cut grass right across the street from where we had gathered for the keynote speech. Thankfully, he was shooed away by several citizens. Just when we thought things were under control another pickup pulling a trailer full of lawn mowing equipment raced by. It was dragging the trailer’s tailgate that someone forgot to put up, sparks flying about accompanied by loud grinding metal sounds. Once again, the voice and message of the keynote speaker was drowned out. Shortly thereafter, an ambulance raced by sirens blaring. To his credit the keynote speaker didn’t miss a beat. Along with those standing next to me I would occasionally catch a sentence or a word. The whole thing was like a National Lampoon movie. As we were trying to remember the fallen the community seemed to forget.

This whole scene reminded me our faith in Jesus Christ. Acts 3-9 are wonderful chapters that describe the early church. The disciples go to the Temple and preach Jesus’ resurrection. Crowds gather to listen but with great regularity and with great hostility the religious leaders and the Captain of the Temple try to stop the message. The disciples are saying, “Remember the risen” while the Religious leaders are saying, “Remember who you are dealing with. This is our turf.”

Acts 3-9 are incredible chapters and in these chapters, we can see how the Lord grows His church even as the Religious Leaders keep trying to stop it. Acts 3 kicks things off with the healing of a Lame man who used to sit at the Beautiful Gate at the Temple. As he is dancing about praising God people notice him. Peter and John are quick to tell people that the man is healed by the Risen Jesus. Acts 4 the disciples are hauled off to jail and brought before the Sanhedrin who threaten the disciples, beat them, and release them with the command to stop preaching Jesus. Upon their release the church praises God and is emboldened. Acts 3-4 are really a unit.

In Acts 5 the disciples heal many more and once again are arrested. Somewhere in the night an angel frees them without anyone realizing it. When the guards are told to bring them before the Sanhedrin they discover their cells empty. Looking for them they eventually find them preaching at the temple again. “Pesky Disciples!” This time, because of their popularity with the crowds the guards are careful to politely but firmly ask for the disciples to go with them to stand before the Religious Leaders who desperately want to kill them. They were beaten and let go, grateful to have been counted worthy to suffer for the Gospel.

Chapter 6 there is more distraction when the non-Hebrew speaking widows were being left out of the food distribution. The disciples are quick to correct the oversight and assign seven men (all with Greek names by the way) including Stephen to care for the widows. Amazingly Stephen, who was full of the Holy Spirit did many signs and wonders like the disciples. Some didn’t like this so once again another follower, this time Stephen, is hauled before the Religious Leaders for another trial. In Acts 7 Stephen gives a very different speech then Peter does on Pentecost and Acts 4. This time Stephen presents an indictment of the Israelite nation. His listeners as being as guilty as their forefathers. He speaks of God’s gracious acts and Israel’s continued rebellion which culminates in the sinful rejection of Jesus and now Stephen. Instead of many coming to faith in repentance this time the speaker is stoned to death thus proving the guilt Stephen refers to. Stephen’s martyrdom emboldens a young Saul of Tarsus to turn on the church with great zeal. In turn persecution causes the church to spread out from Jerusalem with one example being the Ethiopian Eunuch that met with Philip.

Finally, we meet Saul who became the Apostle Paul. Once a man who rejoiced in Stephen’s death he Himself in Acts 9 became a champion for the Christian faith. And guess what? He too was constantly interrupted, beaten, threatened, and was even stoned like Stephen twice and survived. These first 9 chapters of Acts have one message, “Remember the Risen.”

The true irony is that these were the same disciples who had forgotten the rest of the plan in their sorrow over Good Friday. Several times Jesus told his disciples that He would suffer, die on a cross and then rise on the third day. Yet, they didn’t remember on the third day. In Luke 24 the angel had to remind them. “Remember how he told you when He was still with you…” Then in verse 8 we hear, “Then they remembered Jesus’ words.” These same followers of Jesus never waiver in Acts no matter how many times the world tried to interrupt their message.

The world is a loud place, full of distractions that sound and feel more comfortable. The world’s distractions have done a good job of making us believe that sacrifice is for someone else; that commitment is only necessary if our lifestyle is not interrupted. This is especially true when we make a deliberate effort to remember Jesus’ words and put them into practice. Yet when we do, rude distractions and interruptions of our faith are not far away. Just reading the Bible is challenged by getting the kids up, getting to work on time, spending time on the tread mill, preparing for upcoming deadlines, making bills, planning for the week ahead, by staying busy with sports events, or just taking a nap with the rare spare time that pops up. And that’s just in trying to read a Psalm once a day.

Memorial Day is a great illustration of how important things are being crowded out with distractions. Memorial Day is all but drowned out by deafening sounds of appliance sales, boating trips, baseball games, the Indi 500, bar-b-ques, and so on. Now none of these things are bad in and of themselves, but together they have effectively crowded out a day meant for remembering the fallen soldiers that have defended the very things that we enjoy.
I know that life is loud. I know that remembering doesn’t come naturally. But like the keynote speaker at that Memorial Day service years ago, Jesus’ message is still offered. We might have to work to hear it. We might have to sacrifice our pride, a desire, a thought, time, money, or something harder, in order to keep the faith. Yet, when our battles rage, we will not fall. So, remember the Risen. Let us honor Jesus with our faith and let us honor our fallen soldiers with our patriotism. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Pastor Matthew Woods

John 3:30

PRINTABLE PDF: WDMAY27.PDF

Youtube Video: https://youtu.be/pG2cen2Q-HY

[email protected] — (502) 523-9327

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SATURDAY, JUNE 1 — 5:00 PM
SUNDAY, JUNE 2 — *8:00 & 10:30 AM
SATURDAY, JUNE 8 — *5:00 PM
SUNDAY, JUNE 9 — 8:00 & *10:30 AM
SATURDAY, JUNE 15 — *5:00 PM
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SUNDAY, JUNE 23 — 8:00 & *10:30 AM
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For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works so that no one can boast. — Ephesians 2:8-9

Welcome to the Grace Lutheran Church and School web site. There is a variety of information here regarding our congregation and our beliefs. Lutherans are Bible-believing, sacramental Christians who trace their roots back to Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation. There have been Lutherans since 1517, particularly in Germany and Scandanavia. Lutherans in America followed large immigrations from Europe in the 1840’s and 1850’s.

The congregation at Grace was founded in 1927 in a small room over a pool hall on State Street in New Albany. The congregation moved to Tenth and Oak, then to Charlestown Road, before building its current facilities on Klerner Lane in 1974. The congregation now numbers just over 1100 souls. We worship at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Sundays and at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday evenings. The pastors are Rev. Bruce Kischnick and Rev. Matt Woods.

 

Grace Lutheran Church
Mission Statement

 

To ANSWER the CALL of our Savior.
To CONNECT with people in their everyday lives.
To ADVANCE the Gospel through God’s Word and fellowship.
To LEND ourselves in service, so that we may become instruments.
that LEAD others to salvation.

 

Rev. Bruce Kischnick, Senior Pastor

[email protected] — (502) 797-7407

Rev. Matt Woods, Associate Pastor

[email protected] — (502) 523-9327

 

Rose Ebling, Part-time Interim Youth Director

[email protected] — (502) 442-1474

 

Mitzi Lyon, Family Life Director

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Helen Bohannon, Music Director

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Georgianne Weathers, School Administrator (812) 941-1912

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Karen.Meredith, Church Secretary

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