St. Peter Lutheran Church
2929 F.M 972 (at F.M. 1105)
Walburg, Texas 78626
Office: (512) 863-
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Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ
Oct. 27, 2017
St. Peter Lutheran Church at Walburg, Texas
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
This is such an interesting time in church celebrations. The end of the month of October is a time of celebrating one of the biggest ruptures in the church: the Protestant Reformation. This year will be the 500th anniversary of the nailing of the 95 theses on the Wittenberg church door. It is a time when Christians (rightly) commemorate the important concept of "being put into right relationship with God." Yet the next day is the day when the church celebrates its unity.
The first day of November is called "All Saints' Day." It is a day when the church honors those who have gone before. Hebrews 12:1 declares, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us".
Yet, as we look back with thankfulness about the saints of our church, we must also look to the people in our community. The church often speaks of how Christians are on a mission from God until they are called home in final victory. How many times do we simply look to our final victory, without running the race? Do we acknowledge the saints simply because they said the correct Christian words or were seen at worship now and then, or do we acknowledge them as the true inheritors of the promised Holy Spirit? One Christian put it very well, "The Church is the only organization that does not exist for itself, but for those who live outside of it."
Saints are not saints because of the special quality of their works, but because of the special reception of God's calling to them. They stand on truth, but hope for unity. Paul writes in Romans 12:18, "If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all." This is Paul's vision for the saints of the church, to live in peace but stand for the Gospel.
Our church has been blessed for being a part of the community a long time. We are like a garden planted in the midst of our community. In this way it is our duty to tend to the garden. Celebrate the victors in Christ and the things which make us special as well as tending to the community. As we recall the Reformation and participate in All Saints' Day, we should reflect God's plan for His saints until we have finished our labor.
We are Called to Stand for What is Right