by Pastor David Tinker
New Sunday Schedule
Sunday School at 9:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship at 9:45 a.m.
Worship on September 4 will be in the Fellowship Hall at MLLC. This is the older, white building on the north side of the church campus. On future weeks we will resume gathering for worship in the sanctuary – the brick building on the south side of the church campus.
Sunday, September 4 (Labor Day Weekend) will be the first day of our new schedule for Shared Ministry with Waldeck Lutheran Church. Including September 4, worship at Waldeck will be at 8:00 a.m. each week, and worship at MLLC will be at 9:45 each week. We will continue our 2nd and 4th Saturday services each month at 6:00 p.m. at MLLC.
A National Holiday
The beginning of September brings a Holy Day of sorts for all of us. Labor Day is a civic holiday to celebrate the opportunity for work. As Lutheran Christians we go deeper with this and view all work as part of God’s calling and his provision of our daily bread. All Christians are doing the work of God, regardless of where or what they do in their honorable vocation in life.
Luther and Christian Vocation
A few years ago I discovered a concise statement written by a fellow Lutheran pastor regarding the Lutheran Christian understanding of vocation. Here is an excerpt of what Pastor Samuel Schuldheisz, Redeemer Lutheran Church (LC-MS) of Huntington Beach, CA, writes, “… our earthly vocations or “stations in life” as Luther called them are fruits of our heavenly calling as God’s children in baptism. The purpose of vocation is to love and serve the neighbor in the particular stations in life that God has called us to whether we are a husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, teacher, student, etc. We don’t live life hidden in a corner. This was the danger of many priests and monks in the Reformation era. Many taught that the highest form of Christian living was to become a monk and live in a monastery. Luther wrote extensively against this false teaching as he re-discovered the doctrine of vocation and began to teach and preach about its necessity in the Christian life. Luther taught that on one level, there is no difference between monk and magistrate or priest and plumber. Each Christian is called according to God’s Word and Spirit, regardless of what their status in society is. This means that God’s calling of a Roadkill Collector is just as holy as God’s calling to be a pastor.
The difference is the office and duties that are unique to each vocation. For example, the pastoral office is not the office of school teacher, just as the office of father is not the same as the office of mother. Each vocation, or calling from God, has particular and unique duties attached to it. This is how God works in, with, and under the ordinary means of this life to accomplish His good and gracious will, physically and spiritually.”
Dressing the Part
To celebrate this blessing of vocation we will be taking the Sunday of Labor Day weekend to give thanks for the blessings of daily bread, of work, of school, of family, etc. To enhance our time together you are invited to wear the clothes or uniform of your current, pre-retirement, or planned for vocation (such as students seeking to enter a certain career). No matter what, know that we will be giving thanks for, and honoring, all that God has called each of us to do as part of his greater work in the world. Know that who each of us is and what God has called and equipped each of us to do is important. On Sunday, September 4, we will take time to give thanks for all which God calls and equips us to do.
Food and Fellowship
As part of this we will have a pot-luck lunch following worship. The committee in charge of this event will provide sloppy-Joe sandwiches and condiments, along with beverages. You are invited to bring a side, salad or dessert to share. Think of this as a Labor Day picnic event.
We look forward to seeing you September 4 and on other Sundays in the weeks to come.