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The Time of the Church

Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the

soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. -- 1 Peter 2:11,12

During the church year we commemorate the great events of our Savior. We also are called to grow in God’s grace. As I shared in a recent article, there are two parts to this church year: The Time of our Lord and The Time of the Church. Having celebrated both Pentecost and the day of the Holy Trinity we have now begun The Time of the Church and this season corresponds to our lives of faith.

It is common today to speak of life as a journey. In scripture the Christian life is described as a pilgrimage. That is, we are traveling on our way to our Fatherland! Indeed, having celebrated the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we now live as people of the Holy Trinity journeying on to the Promised Land that awaits us!

The Time of the Church corresponds to the time of our Lives as we live out our faith. For God fits us for our journey as we gather in his Name and share in the Divine Service. There will continue to be various offerings, Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday Divine Services. There, over the weeks to come our Lord will nourish and fortify our faith as we gather to receive of his word and his saving, strengthening grace.

As sojourners and pilgrims in this life of faith let us share the journey together. Let us ever walk with Jesus our Savior, following him day to day, for he is the author and finisher of our faith!


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