Shepherd of the Sierra Newsletter
THE END OF THE STORY
Just after Thanksgiving last year, we began a journey focusing on Jesus’ life. We began lovely looking at Him as a child in a manger surrounded by not only His mother and father, but animals, angels, and a bright star. This announced to the world that something incredible was happening. This event would change the world.
Two years later, wise men from the East traveled to see the miracle that had occurred. When they stopped in Jerusalem to ask where the newborn king was, it began a process of conflict between this newborn King and the established church.
When John the Baptist began baptizing in the Jordan River and preparing the people for the Messiah, people went out into the desert to see him and listen to him. It’s probably true some of them went to see this unusual man dressed in a unique way eating things that they couldn’t even imagine someone would eat.
When Jesus came to be baptized by John, the people witnessed the three persons of the Trinity. They saw Jesus, they heard the voice of the Father, and saw the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove rest on Christ’s shoulder.
As Jesus continued His ministry for the next three years, we all got caught up in His power and care. We witnessed from His Word how He loved, cared, and did miracles that showed the power of God. But as Jesus continued this ministry, more and more came to faith in Him but there were also those who
wished Him to go away!
Because of this hated, we watched as He was arrested, tried, convicted, and crucified. This was a very dark time because it seemed as though all was lost. But then with joy we saw our Savior and King rise victorious on the Easter morning!
And here we are at the end of the story of His earthly life. We stand with the disciples on the mount seeing Jesus ascend back into heaven to reign supreme. His earthly work is complete!
We, along with Bethlehem Lutheran will have an Ascension service here at the Church on Thursday, May 9th, at 6:30 pm. It will be a time for us to rejoice that we have not only been captivated by the wonder and majesty of God, but also have seen His love and care for us each day of life.
On Ascension, Jesus’ earthly story comes to an end, but now, He is seated at the right hand of His Father interceding for us. The Holy Spirit is our constant guide and helper. May we continue to share this story with everyone we meet!
Pastor Norm Milz
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
On Thursday, May 2, our nation will hold its 62nd annual National Day of Prayer. This was established to give the citizens of the United States a time to remember all God has done and to seek His continued blessing on our nation.
God in His mercy has promised He will continue to bless us as we turn to Him. Listen to His words from 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” God desires we, as a nation, turn to Him in prayer and trust in His provision!
The sanctuary will be open from 7:00am – 5:00pm for prayer before the throne of God in His sanctuary. Please take the opportunity to come and ask for His guidance for our nation, its leaders, and its people.
If you are unable to come to the church, please take time to lift up the United States of America to God during the day.
WORSHIP FOCUS FOR MONTH OF MAY
Our messages in the month of May will focus us on “Finding Peace in a Troubled World”.
As we live life in this world, we sometimes find that the world is truly in trouble. Drugs and alcohol fill the landscape. Homeless people are more and more numerous. We see death all around and injustice as a common practice.
Jesus said our lives as His disciples would not be easy. In fact, He was very clear it would be difficult. He knew what He had endured while He was on earth, and He knew that same struggle would be ours as His children.
As human beings we don’t seek out conflict, but desire peace. But the question is, “How do we find it?” Jesus has promised to be with us every step of the way. He is not going to abandon us. What He does ask of us is to trust in Him alone.
Beginning Sunday, May 5th and going through Sunday, June 2nd, we will have a sermon series that will try to help us realize that peace doesn’t come from the world, but it comes from inside us. That inner peace comes through being in God’s Word and realizing that true peace is found in Him alone.
The titles of the series are:
5/5 = “Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There!” – God’s solution for stress
5/12 = “Uncluttered Christianity” – 4 steps to simplifying your faith
5/19 = “The End will Come!” – live each day as if Jesus will come tomorrow
5/26 = “When Your World Turns Against You” – how to handle betrayal
6/2 = “Never Give Up!” – God’s always there
Birthdays in May:
Pat Neales – May 1
Janette Verner – May 6
Brent Tessmann – May 7
Morley Male – May 9
Jane Antila – May 12
Norm Brauer – May 13
Richard Laursen – May 13
Ward Patrick – May 15
Matthew Collier – May 16
Karin Ediss – May 17
Torry Johnson – May 17
Nathan Milz – May 17
Lynnette Boeder – May 22
Del Dinsmore – May 23
Miranda Callahan – May 24
Don Muenchausen – May 25
Cody Witt – May 26
Pam Suchsland – May 27
Elizabeth Tims – May 28
Dale Fowler – May 29
Wendy Tims – May 30
Anniversaries in May:
Sandy & Torry Johnson – May 1 (18 years)
Ron & Tracy Banks – May 2 (26 years)
Pastor & Char Milz – May 2 (32 years)
Ray & Mary Lou Flanagan – May 6 (52 years)
Dave & Denise Laursen – May 15 (3 years)
Morley & Betty Male – May 24 (66 years)
Don & Sunni Zishka – May 28 (53 years)
Rex & Debbie Reed – May 31 (36 years)