Luther’s Ein Feste Burg ist Unser Gott
wrote over 35 hymns and his most famous one is, “A Mighty
Fortress is Our God” [Ein Feste Burg ist Unser Gott]
(1528). We’ll sing it once again on Reformation Sunday this
year, October 30.
PRESIDENT'S REPORT.... by Matthew Kahn
At the end of every October we celebrate the beginning of the Reformation. That distinct schism occurred in the Church when Luther posted his 95 Theses. It has been years since I have read the simple document. I read it again in preparation for this fall and I found one thesis that struck me once again. To me it pierces to the heart of what the protestations over indulgences were:
37. Every true Christian, whether living or dead, has part in all the blessings of Christ and the Church; and this is granted him by God, even without letters of pardon.
Creation, life, the Law, the Gospel, forgiveness… ALL of our blessings are gifts from God, regardless of what a politicized church says. The color of the festival is red, the same as the day of Pentecost, the celebration of the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was there with the disciples, there with Martin Luther and is with us today as we continue to spread the Word of God. May god bless our endeavors.
During the first part of this summer we began the slow process of getting our financial house in order. At one point we were over $7,000 behind budget, however because of generous contributions from our membership we began to catch up. By the middle of summer we had shrunk the budget deficiency to only $4,000. Unfortunately by the end of summer we started to lose ground again.
At the end of August we had a Total General Budget Income of $15,557.60 versus a budget of $18,422. This is a shortfall of about $3,000 for the month of August alone.
Year to date we have had $150,525.40 in Total General Budget Income as compared to a budget of $158,721. We have fallen back to having a $6,200 giving shortfall. So far we have been able to counter this by keeping our spending under budget as well. As the seasons change however, with greater heating expenses, our bills will now be on the increase again. Let us pray that we will be able to close this budgetary gap and through the Holy Spirit, continue to do His work in West Seattle.
This October as we celebrate the movement that unshackled us from a politicized church and refocused us upon the Word of God and on His plan, take time to read the 95 Theses again. It only takes a couple of minutes. You can pick up a copy at the church office. Then say a prayer of thanksgiving for Martin Luther and the Holy Spirit, because today, forgiveness is free, but only for those who ask for it.
May God Bless the Reformation.
Stewardship Budget Received
Year to date (Jan-Aug) $158, 721 $152,542
Dedicating Your Life to God
Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold,
Take my intellect, and use, ev’ry pow’r as thou’d shalt choose.
(Take My Life, That I May Be, Verse 4)
In her short life in England, Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879),a frail and delicate woman, wrote the texts to many hymns, one of them being “Take My Life, That I May Be” in 1874. The words were based on a tune in an American hymnal published by Lowell Mason in 1841.
Frances Ridley Havergal
ST. NICHOLAS FAIRE
Sunday, December 4 from 4pm to 7pm
Sign-up sheets will be posted this month and preparations are underway. Be thinking how you would like to help. And more importantly MARK YOUR CALENDAR –
INVITE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY!!!!!!!
-Larraine King, Church Council
3-5 pm in the Church Lounge, Saturday, October 22nd
The book for October is 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction (2010) by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein. This book is a fanciful, cynical exploration of a number of possible rational justifications for the existence of God, in a Jewish context. While it’s playful, it’s also serious enough to concisely state all 36 of the arguments at the end of the book that are explored chapter by chapter throughout the body of the book.
Regarding the common belief of Christians that God exists because the Bible says he does, Goldstein writes: “Only the most arrogant provincialism could allow someone to believe that the holy documents that happen to be held sacred by the clan he was born into are true, whereas all the documents held sacred by the clan he wasn’t born into are false” (p.483).
A copy of this panoramic study of faith and reason is in the church library. If you would like to purchase one for yourself, contact Pastor Marshall. Feel free to attend our meeting when we discuss the place of reasonability in establishing a saving faith in Christ.
The King James Version of the Bible:
Its 400th Anniversary, 1611-2011
By Pastor Marshall
I have been commemorating the King James Version of the Bible during its anniversary year in this column. One of the reasons for this is the vast influence of the KJV on everyday English. David Crystal has written a whole book on this entitled Begat: The King James Bible & the English Language (Oxford, 2010). There he writes:
What this study shows is both how much we owe the KJV and also how little we’ll understand of our own daily speech without a full knowledge of KJV.
A Forgotten But Powerful Voice:
Dr. Kent S. Knutson, 1924-1973
By Pastor Marshall
Dr. Knutson was the presiding bishop of the ALC from 1971-1973. In his most famous book, The Shape of the Question: The Mission of the Church in a Secular Age (1972), which I am exploring in this column, he writes these arresting words on asking and answering questions about God. I think they deserve our serious attention:
Remember in prayer before God those whom He has made your
brothers and sisters through baptism.
Richard Hard, Clara Anderson, Janice Lundbeck, Alan Morrison, Mary Goplerud, Pete Morrison, Evelyn Coy, Agnes Arkle, Teri Korsmo, Bob Baker, Peggy Wright, Bob & Barbara Schorn, Margaret Hard, Robin Kauffman, Rae Terpenning, Dora Tudor, Mark Mosley & Family, Theresa Malmanger, Paul Jensen, Jennie Jaramillo, Chardell Paine, Craig Purfeerst, Joyce Baker, Rolf Sponheim, Cameron Lim, Pastor Jamie Fecher, Don Evenson, Dorothy Randall-Wood, Pastor John Beck, Barbara Hancock, Patrick Coy, Todd Goldader, Rita Spotanski, Grant Costa, Donna Berkeley, George Moldovan, Jennifer Alfano, Mary Uhler.
Pray for the shut-ins that the light of Christ may give them joy: Clara Anderson, Agnes Arkle, C. J. Christian, Vera Gunnarson, Pat Hansen, Margaret Hard, Lillian Schneider, Crystal Tudor, Vivian Wheeler.
Pray for the newly confirmed members that God may inspire their discipleship: Pray for Taylor Smith on her confirmation on Pentecost, June 12th.
Pray for our new member that she may all the more rejoice in Christ and serve him with diligence: Pray for Dorothy Ryder on becoming a member on Holy Trinity, June 19th.
Pray for the newly married that they will fulfill their holy vows and grow in holy love until their life's end: Pray for Aaron Donogh and Ana Korsmo on their September 3rd wedding.
Pray for our bishops Mark Hanson and Chris Boerger, our pastor Ronald Marshall, our deacon Dean Hard and our cantor Andrew King, that they may be strengthened in faith, love and the holy office to which they have been called.
Pray that God would give us hearts which find joy in service and in celebration of Stewardship. Pray that God would work within you to become a good steward of your time, your talents and finances. Pray to strengthen the Stewardship of our congregation in these same ways.
Pray for the hungry, ignored, abused, and homeless this Fall. Pray for the mercy of God for these people, and for all in Christ's church to see and help those who are in distress.
Pray for our sister congregation: El Camino de Emaus in the Skagit Valley that God may bless and strengthen their ministriy. Also, pray for our parish and it's ministry.
Pray that God will bless you through the lives of the saints: Saint Frances of Assisi, renewer of the Church, 1226; Saint Luke, Evangelist; Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles.