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It’s pretty easy to loose focus. It’s very easy. Long ago in the far away land of southern California, there were some teenagers who volunteered to help with Vacation Bible School. They came from a rough area and were new to the “church” world. But they loved music and were so happy to help with anything they were asked to do. So a bunch of tough guys started practicing every week to help lead kids’ songs. The image of them singing “I just want to be a sheep, bah, bah, bah, bah…” is almost too fantastic for words. (Of course, they eventually changed the lyrics to: “I just want to fall asleep. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.”) But long hours prepping for the week and tensions began to run high. One night a fist fight in the sanctuary was about to break out over which way to play guitar chords. We had long been practicing that leading worship, playing music, and being in a rock band wasn’t what this was all about, but rather pointing to Jesus. So the next day, I showed back up at the church with a ton of little rubber duckies. Each person received one as a gift and was required to bring it to rehearsal to remind them to “duck, and point to Jesus.”
Would you like to be able to completely change the world today? It’s not as hard as you might think. Rich Melheim – a colleague – has been working with our brothers & sisters in Pakistan who are doing life changing work for the sake of the Gospel. Currently the orphanage that cares for the widows and children has great need, and what would seem like nothing to you could make a huge difference for the sake of the Gospel. If you would love to make a difference, there is not a higher recommendation that can be given. If you’re interested in making a donation – please make a check payable to Faith Ink (with a note in the memo line for Pakistan) and send it to the following address: Faith Inkubators / P.O. Box 2307/ Stillwater, MN 55082. For more information – please don’t hesitate to ask! Please continue to hold our brothers & sisters in prayer!
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Pastor David Wendel has written a Lenten devotional named “From Ashes to Easter.” It’s available on the NALC’s website at: www.thenalc.org. For those wishing to receive the Lenten devotional “From Ashes to Easter” via daily text message, please text the word LENT to 614-230-0193. (Standard text message rates apply – for the United States only.)
During this Lenten journey from “Ashes to Easter” – seek to cultivate relationships! Leverage technology for the sake of the Gospel or just good old fashioned letter writing. Download the following PDF – and write a text message, email, Facebook message or Instagram the person described each day! (This resource was developed in conjunction with Pastor David Wendel’s Lenten Devotional – available at: www.thenalc.org.)
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As an Easter Vigil, gather together in the form of an open house so people can come and go or stay for the entire event. The main focus was to read Scripture out loud beginning around dinner time. There were a variety of hands on, creative projects while Scripture is being read, such as: dying Easter eggs; helping prepare the sanctuary; making a paper chain using questions, thoughts, or kairos moments throughout the evening, etc. Just before midnight – we would exit the church building to sing a hymn, read one of the accounts of the resurrection with the light of the pascal candle and then enter the sanctuary at midnight to celebrate. Alternatively this idea of reading Scripture out loud as a community at a vigil can continue throughout the year.