Talking Faith

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…
1 Peter 3:15

I recently read Jon Meacham’s book, The Hope of Glory: Reflections on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross, as recommended by a parishioner. It was a fascinating book giving insight to how Jon talks about his faith. When asked how he can believe in God, he answers based on the evidence he has seen in life:

“I believe in God on the same evidence that I believe in love. Both are invisible forces with visible effects. Sometimes these effects are noble, redemptive, warm, thrilling, and transporting; sometimes, when love goes wrong and turns to self regard, or turns to jealousy, or finally to hate, then it produces corruption and disorder.”

God’s love is present in our lives in many and various ways. Though it can’t be measured, it can be felt. We are a blessed people. God has helped us when in trouble. And God continues to save, love, and bless us. Without God’s love, corruption and disorder grows and chaos can enter. Always be ready to give an answer for your faith by pointing to the love of God that creates order out of disorder. God’s love is forgiving, giving, and redemptive for all, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

-Pastor Jason

Disaster Relief

We’re proud to report that the Lutheran Disaster Response team of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) coordinates with synods in other areas around the United States to provide for immediate needs and recovery caused by disasters like wildfires, storms, and earthquakes. Lutheran Disaster Response is also committed to accompanying recovering communities in the years ahead.

Gifts given to Lutheran Disaster Response help the ELCA respond to disasters whenever and wherever they strike. To give through the church, make your check payable to SPLC and write “Disaster Response” on the memo line.

You can also give online using the Lutheran Disaster Response option on our Online Plus account administered by Vanco.

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The Chosen, Season 3

With season three of The Chosen now in release, Pastor Jason is leading a review of each episode with study guides and a discussion as he did with previous seasons.

The first meeting is on Monday, September 18 at 10:00 a.m. The study continues with a meeting for each of the eight episodes. Depending on attendance, it will take place in the conference room or at the back of the fellowship hall around the television.

You can sign up in the Narthex or contact Pastor Jason. Even if you can’t attend in person, just ask for the guides so you can watch and complete the worksheets on your own.