Pastor Notes

Hope Lutheran Church seeks to strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ,
to proclaim the gospel to others, and to strive for unity in Christ.

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“My View of the Pews”

I was recently asked to take part with a hospice patient from my former church.  The Pastor in charge had told me that a former member had been placed under hospice care and that he (the Pastor) was going on vacation for a few weeks and that the patient had made a request of having me fill in if possible.

The Pastor share with me what was going on and what he had already shared with the man and his family and I was very impressed with the information and thought I would share it with both congregations via the newsletter.  It will be a condensed version so feel free to contact me for the full report at anytime.

When Jesus was on the cross, he made seven statements that many ways  capitalize the very thoughts and emotions that we may have as we face our own death.

Forgiveness—Luke 23:33-34  “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  Thought to Ponder:  Do I need to forgive anyone for past hurts,    betrayal, behaviors or words.  We forgive because we've been forgiven, we     forgive to free ourselves from bitterness.

Certainty of Eternal Life—Luke 23:39-43 “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”  Thought to Ponder:  As the one criminal was facing death, he realized he deserved has punishment and that Jesus did not.  We can have the same assurance offered him by Jesus, if we are sorry for our sins and ask Jesus for forgiveness and to receive us.

Taking Care of Final Matters—John 19:25-27 “Woman here is your son, here is your mother.”  Thought to Ponder:  Being the first born, Jesus was responsible for taking care of his mother.  He took care of his obligation by having the apostle John take Mary into his home.  What obligations or matters do you still need to take care of?

Feelings Toward God—Mark 15:33-34, Matthew 27:46 “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  Thought to Ponder:  Jesus thought God had abandoned or forsaken him.  Sometimes if seems God is silent, but in that silence, God is always there.

Personal Needs—John 19:25-29 “I am thirsty.”  Thought to Ponder:  Jesus voiced his personal need for a drink.  What personal need do you have?

Telling God and Others You Are Ready—John 19:30  “It is finished.”  Thought to Ponder:  Jesus had finished all that he came to do.  Is there anything that you still must do?  Is there a person (s) you would sill like to talk to?

Finally—Luke 23:46 “Father into your hands I commend my spirit.  When he said this, he breathed his last.”  Thought to Ponder:  In our life, death may be the hardest subject to talk about, much less face.  But with faith in God and salvation through Jesus Christ, and the help of the Holy Spirit, we can accept it.

Jesus voiced his last words to those who loved him and were near the cross.  All these loved ones that would be comforted knowing your faith is in God.  Amen.  See you in church.  

See you in church.

Pastor Bruce