Giving Thanks on Labor Day Sunday
Worship on Labor Day Weekend – September 5 – Food Changes
By Pastor David Tinker
Mark your calendars now. Sunday, September 5. Labor Day Sunday worship and meal.
Worship on Sunday at 10 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Box lunch meal to follow. Chicken spaghetti, salad, and drinks. provided. Out of caution due to increased COVID cases the area, the Worship Committee has decided to do this as a box lunch rather than a buffet line pot-luck. This is change from previous announcements regarding the food.
Also note, we will have our regular Saturday worship service in the sanctuary at 6 p.m. on September 4.
Wear your Work Clothes to worship on September 5. 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 or per-retirement vocation. Younger folks are encouraged to dress in the manner of those in your aspired for vocation. 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 this special Sunday we will take time to give thanks for all which God calls and equips us to do.
Reflecting with Martin Luther about our Labor
Sunday, September 5 (Labor Day Weekend), is a Holy Day of sorts for all of us. We know that Labor Day is a civic holiday to celebrate the opportunity for work and the contribution of the Labor movement to life in our nation. 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.
Several 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, now of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church (LC-MS) of Milton, WA, 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 schoolteacher, 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.”