Son of God and Son of Man

People spend a lot of time, money and effort to get a title after their name.

Masters, doctorates and other post-graduate programs are in high demand. The appeal is understandable. Titles such as Doctor, Professor and a host of others provide opportunities to better ourselves and our circumstances. They also demonstrate to others that the person has some extra knowledge and training that can benefit them or their child.

There was one who had the highest of all titles already at his birth. The Bible describes it this way: “The holy one to be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). Jesus is holy. He is the true Son of God. The titles “Holy One” and “Son of God” indicate that all power, wisdom and authority belonged to Jesus at birth because as true God he possessed them from eternity. His name is above every name and over every title and authority that can be given.

But that did not stop Jesus from seeking another title. This one was decidedly a step down. It did not require a four-year graduate program or many evening classes. Rather, it required humble service.

When Jesus became true man by being born of Mary, he came to live on this earth and face the same temptations we face – with one major difference. We have one who can sympathize with our weaknesses, because “we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). The Bible teaches, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).

Jesus, who took the title Son of Man, did not come from heaven to earth to be waited on hand and foot. Rather, he came to take up our cause and to die a humble death on the cross — a death that should have been ours.

Give thanks that out of love for us, the one with the title Son of God was also willing to take the title Son of Man, in order to die for us on the cross.

Our Savior Jesus is both true God and true Man. He is the perfect Savior we desperately needed—one who is holy and lived in our place and one whose innocent death counted for the whole world.

Because Jesus loved us enough to do that for us, now through faith in him we have been given a new title as well: Child of God!

Bear that title proudly and learn more about this Son who made you a child of God.

Thrilled to be God’s child,
Pastor Kurt Uhlenbrauck

Palm Sunday Voices Unite

The churches of Grass Lake will again be sharing with the community on Palm Sunday as voices unite in song. Anyone who can sing is invited to join us as we perform “The Power of The Cross.”

Rehearsals will be on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM, at the Federated Church, beginning March 12th. If that doesn’t work for you, we are having extra rehearsals on Sunday evenings at 6 PM, at the United Methodist Church, beginning March 23rd.

The Power Of The Cross will be shared with the community on Palm Sunday, April 13th, at 3 PM. We look forward to seeing you at rehearsal or on Palm Sunday! Additional questions can be directed to Wendy Walz at 517 812-8783.

Waterloo United Methodist Church Dates

The United Methodist Church in Waterloo has announced the upcoming dates for the holidays.

November 10- Thanksgiving Dinner Noon to 2:00 pm

December 8-Christmas Breakfast 8 am to 10 am.
Following breakfast will be the Family Christmas Program starting at 10 am.

Enjoy a hearty breakfast and join us for our family Christmas program celebrating “Memories of Christmas.”

Help Us Honor Our Veterans

By Pastor Den Slattery
Den98@juno.com

This Sunday we will be celebrating Veterans Day on November 10 at the Grass Lake United Methodist Church at 10:00 am. Our country has been celebrating Veterans Day since the end of WWI. Back then it was called Armistice Day. The name was changed to Veterans Day by an act of Congress in 1954. On Veterans Day we remember the sacrifices and service of all our men and women who have ever served in the military.

Some people seem to think that Veterans Day and Memorial Day are the same thing, but they aren’t. On Memorial Day we remember those who died in combat, but on Veterans Day the focus is on not just those who died but those who lived to tell about it as well. Our military today represents less than 1% of our total population in America. They are the only thing that stands between us and all of our enemies. I think they deserve our respect.     Continue reading

Summer Slipping By

It’s August.  How did that happen?
Driving home from church with my wife on Sunday morning, I made the observation that it was August 4, and then I said, “When did that happen?”

Has the summer flown by for you too?  I know I did a lot of stuff in July, but somehow it doesn’t even seem like the 4th has passed yet!  But it has.  It most certainly has.

The Gospel reading at many churches this past Sunday was Luke 12:13-21, the parable of the rich fool.  He had a fortunate harvest, and decided to horde it all for himself and his family, building larger barns to hold all of his gain, ready to eat, drink and be merry.

Do you know anyone like that?

Then Jesus continues:  God decided to call that man home tonight, to call his soul to account.  Imagine that.  One minute you’re sleeping, dreaming of the future and the next you’re standing face-to-face with the Almighty Creator of the universe.  We should all be so fortunate to die in our sleep, but the waking up facing God part should terrify us every bit as much!  “Fool!” says Jesus.  You’d better not miss out on being rich toward God for the sake of worldly gain!

The summer is flying by, are you using it to build up wealth that will disappear when you are gone, or for eternal purposes?  That’s a tough question for all of us to balance.  “Father, forgive us for focusing only on this world.  Teach us to focus on the things from up above – on you.  By the power of your Spirit, Amen.”

Pastor Mike Hanson
Grass Lake Lutheran Church
hansonmi@csl.edu

Important Things

It’s 11:03 on Monday as I begin typing this message.  I like to have them done by 9:00 Monday morning, so as you can tell, I’m running a bit behind today.  I imagine you’ve had days that have begun similarly to mine.  Maybe you’ve gotten to the office and had some voicemails that have been sitting on the machine for a couple days, and you need to respond to them.  Perhaps you’ve had appointments fill up your calendar and you get lost in the busyness of the tasks at hand, your normal activities take a backseat to the pressing.

This leads me to another commandment – the third (or fourth) “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”  The original hearers of this commandment, Exodus-traveling Hebrews, would have had no trouble comprehending what God was saying to them:  “Remember how I rested on the seventh day of creation?  Keep it holy by doing likewise!  Rest is my gift to you.”  One day a week, take it off, and remember God – your center who has created you.  This worked well, until the Pharisees began to make laws about what could and could not be done on the Sabbath, making the day a day of difficulty, a law unto itself, instead of a day of rest and God time.

So, what about you, me, and today?  As Christians, we are no longer obligated to keep the Sabbath.  The early church treated Sunday as the new Sabbath, as that’s the day that Jesus was raised from the dead on.  Sunday then became, as much the Sabbath had, a day where we could do certain things, but not others (Remember the blue laws?  That’s where they came from!) because we needed to remember to rest.  I’m not convinced that that is the best interpretation of the commandment either.  Let me propose this:  the third commandment means “that we should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and his word, but hold it sacred, and gladly hear and learn it.”  That’s how Martin Luther presented it in the 1500s.

What then of rest?  Well, first, it clearly still matters – God did it, commanded us to do it, and has given it to us as a gift.  So take time to rest, that way when the busyness of the week comes, be prepared.  I originally meant to have this message take a “time management” bent, but I see I’ve gone elsewhere.  Let me suggest refocusing our whole days, and weeks (also called Sabbaths) around the gifts of God, including time.

With the Lord begin your task; Jesus will direct it

For His aid and counsel ask; Jesus will perfect it

Every morning with Jesus rise, and when day is ended,
In His name then close your eyes; Be to Him commended.  (LSB 869)

FREE Puppet Shows in Downtown Window

Bring the kids to marvel at the puppet shows in downtown Grass Lake Saturdays in August.

Grass Lake Lutheran Church, 121 E. Michigan Avenue,  will present “Noah and the Ark,” “David and Goliath,” “Daniel and the Lion’s Den” and “Zacchaeus.”
Shows are 10 minutes long, and performances are at 1 pm; 1:30pm and 2 pm.  Mark your calendar for August 4, 11, 18 and 25.

FREE admission, free water and popcorn!  Call 517-764-9791 with any questions.