Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church and Preschool
La Grange, TX
A Message From Our Pastor
A member of a certain church had previously been attending services on a regular basis. Suddenly he stopped coming. After several weeks the pastor decided to visit him. It was a very cold day and the pastor found the man sitting alone in front of a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor’s visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a big chair by the fireplace, and waited.
The pastor sat down and said nothing. After several long minutes the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to the side, alone. As the lone ember’s flame burned out, leaving a momentary glow until it turn cold and dead. Not a word had been spoken since they first greeted each other. As the pastor rose to leave, the host said, “Pastor, thank you so much for your visit. I will be at church next Sunday.”
A seasoned pastor once told me, “Christian failure is seldom a blowout; it is usually a slow leak.” It is a surprising reality, even reported by our national news reports. What’s the news? Even committed church –attenders are attending church less often in our country.
The writer of Hebrews warns of this problem saying, “Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other….” (10:25)
In our worship life together, we encourage and support each other with our presence, with prayers, song, God’s Word, and with the fellowship of believers.
Alone, no longer nourished by God’s love and the love of fellow Christians, soon the flame of our faith is diminished, and dies.
One of the important things we can do for ourselves and each other is to encourage one another in being faithful in our worship life and our walk with Christ. The result is a joyful community of believers, eager to serve Christ and each other.
The season of Lent with all of its special services gives us the opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the joyful habit of gathering ourselves around Word and Sacrament as well as the fellowship of our friends and family!
Rev. Bill Qualman, Pastor