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Never Out of the Office


Tue, Jul 6th, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

"Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord." Psalm 139:4 NIV

The e-mail read: "Out of Office AutoReply: Request." If you communicate with your computer via email, you may be familiar with this kind of message. It is generated automatically as a reply to any message that is sent to that address. It is followed by the dates the person is out of their office or home and the expected date of their return. If this is your only way to contact them, you will just have to wait. They aren't taking or sending any communication.

God never goes on vacation or is too busy to listen. God knows what we want to talk to him about even before we can form the words. That doesn't mean that God response is always what we want to hear. Jesus did ask for his suffering to be taken away from him if possible. It was not possible for Jesus to satisfy God's justice because of the world's sins without dying on a cross. Jesus got his answer, and he was willing to accept it. He knew that God's will was in our best interests.

Because of Jesus' sacrifice we know God loves us. We may have to wait for his response, but it will come at the proper time. If it's really urgent, you'll get an immediate response. It isn't hard for God because he knows what your planning to talk to him about. God also knows the next time you'll be worshiping. See you in church!



Submitted by Paul Ibisch, pastor emeritus and adjunct professor of religious studies at Viterbo University. Telephone: 608-799-0990.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church celebrates 140 years

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

Granger and Big Spring have been sister congregations since 1873 with the parsonage being located at Big Springs. Granger paid a larger sum towards the pastor's salary than Big Spring since Big Spring kept up the upkeep of the parsonage.

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Special event at the Historic Lenora United Methodist Church

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

The public is invited to a special celebration at the historic Lenora United Methodist Church on Sunday, July 11th, at 3:00 p.m. We've been told that an "old" circuit rider from the mid-1800's may be riding in on his horse. We will also dedicate the ..... 
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Plainview-Elgin youth help renovate Lenora house

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

Recently, some of the youth from Peace United Methodist Church (Plainview-Elgin, MN) came and spent several days at Lenora, Minnesota, doing clean-up, demolition and preparation on a retreat, meeting and fellowship house for the historic Lenora Unit ..... 
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Dependence Day

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

"But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield." Psalm 33:18-20 NIV

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Travel Tip

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

"Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation." Isaiah 12:2 NIV

As summer travel has begun, maybe you are concerned about safety on the highway. "Click i ..... 
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HISTORIC LENORA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH FLAG DAY GATHERING

Mon, Jun 14th, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

The old Lenora United Methodist Church in Fillmore County was the site of a "Flag Day Celebration" over the weekend. People from around the area gathered at the historic church to worship and to consider the meaning and symbolism of the American flag ..... 
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Where Are They?

Fri, Jun 11th, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

"As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him." Psalm 103:13 NIV

The children were only supposed to be gone for 45 minutes, and it's been almost two hours. I wish they'd taken the cell phone. I ..... 
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Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir

Tue, Jun 8th, 2010
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A group of about 40 high school singers who make up the 2010 Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir will perform Wednesday, June 23 at 7:30pm at St. Paul's UCC/ELCA Church. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please call St. ..... 
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