June 12, 2022
Four weeks from today we are (finally) having the formal celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of our church. It will actually be a bit more than 152 1/2 years on July 10. So for the next 4 weeks, as we gear up for the celebration, I'm going to be doing a series of special sermons. And I will seek to remember that our reflections on the past also include looking forward to what is ahead in our future.
Today is Trinity Sunday. The Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, lives in relationship with one another... and with us. Last Sunday I talked about the fellowship of the Holy Spirit and how that relates to the fellowship of the church. Through the years, we get to know and be known by fellow believers in this community of faith. I thought it would be fun to give a little test and see how well we know each other; that's this week's special topic.
And Amy read Psalm 8, a psalm about the majesty of our God. But in the midst of it, the psalmist is overwhelmed first, by God's greatness and, secondly, that God is mindful of us. “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens... (I'm making it personal for us) What are human beings that you are mindful of us, mortals that you care for us? Yet you have made us a little lower than God, and crowned us with glory and honor.” None of us measures up to God's perfect standards, and yet God has chosen to include us in the family of God. Not only included, but glorified and honored. This church is part of that family, we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. And so, in that relational connection, we are called to honor one another, and treat one another with respect and kindness.
Many of us use the devotional These Days in our daily time with God. I found it interesting that this week's theme was relational kindness. In Tuesday's devotion, Dwayne Cole wrote that this psalm “reminds us that God cares for us. The psalmist especially saw our life with God in relational terms.” We are a relational people, we are a community of faith, we are called to fellowship in the name of Christ.
Anyways, we have grown together as a family through the years. And as such, I'm sharing some information I've gleaned and will ask questions to see just how much we know about each other. (on screen)
- This lady grew up in the city where most of America's manhole covers are made.
- If you want to get a rise out of this guy, just bring up the name Kent Hrbek.
- I'm almost certain this woman has the most great grandchildren in the congregation.
- When this man moved from Iowa to Minnesota, he liked to say “I raised the average IQ by two points in both states!”
- This couple gave foster care to over 100 children!
- Her mom made her come to church one Sunday when she was not feeling well and she ended up throwing up during worship.
- This is our oldest member.
- He is our youngest deacon.
- This man has many hobbies, his current one is stained glass windows.
- Confirmed Presbyterian in Fulda, she met her future husband when her family moved to Litchfield. When she taught Sunday school, one of the jobs given was to paint the little chairs the children used. She said there were so many coats of paint, the chair could have stood without the wood.
- She was baptized at First Lutheran Church here in Litchfield but was confirmed here in 1969. She is our long time treasurer.
- This man participated in rodeo competitions as a high school student.
- They adopted 5 children after having 2 of their own.
- She is also known by many as “Gert”.
- She met her future husband and stuck with him despite his wearing black-rimmed glasses with white tape and “Hi” written on the tape.
- She won the Crow Wing County Fair T-shirt design contest!
- (bonus) His super-hero nickname is “Hernia boy.”
Back to our These Days, from Thursday's reading, looking into our Romans passage, Coles wrote, “Our kindness toward others... is based on the responsive kindness we see in God. We can have hope even in times of suffering because of (God's) love 'poured into our hearts (vs 5).'”
God's love... we are mere reflections of God's love but we are called to love each other in spirit and in truth. .
God's grace... revealed in the Son, Jesus Christ.
God relational connection... the Holy Spirit lives and works in us and in our community of faith. The Trinity. Relationship. Love for one another. Endurance. Character. Kindness. Grace. Giving and receiving... Our calling as children of God. Amen.
Hymn: Though I may Speak 335 PH