Trinity Lutheran Church

Sept. 8, sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Pastor Wayne A. Strohschein, read Luke 14:25-33. Have you ever said, “What have I gotten myself into?”

I think we all have at one time or another.  We made a decision, a choice and down the road we say, “What have I gotten myself into?”

We are always confronted with choices.  Some are easy, some hard.  Some have short term effects, some lifelong. All have consequences.  Choices we make about God have real consequences.

Jesus in our gospel lesson speaks frankly about the high and heavy cost of choosing to be one of his disciples.

There are consequences.  There are costs to pay, and when you choose you must be fully committed.

In all we say and do we are making choices.  Are we asking, “What have I gotten myself into?”  Are we looking for an out or are we looking to get in deeper?

How about providing a clean water filtration system.  At the NALC convocation they had a demonstration and presentation of a $30,000 clean water unit. My Rotary Club had a presentation and demonstration of a $75 clean water filtration system.  $30,000 is a bit much for us but $75 times a few is not.  What if we partnered with churches going on mission trips to places where clean water is an issue?  What if we provided clean water systems for them to take with them? What if we asked the missionaries we send money to if clean water is an issue where they are and offer clean water filtration systems to them?

Thought for the Day: Unless we choose to make following Jesus our highest priority, even above those things we hold dear, we cannot fully be Christ’s disciples.

Happy Anniversary to Darrell and Lu Ann Kochis, married on Sept. 11. Happy Birthday to Ed Wittorff, born on Sept. 14. We will celebrate Alice Sturgeon’s birthday next Sunday.

Ladies’ Bible study, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday; Sunday school 9:45 a.m.; worship, 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Potluck at 12 noon.

Today’s Lector: Dave Niemi; next Sunday’s Lector: Donna Hamm.