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As I ponder our current situation at St. Peter. I think about the century of God’s Blessings on us. The Lord’s Word has been taught faithfully and preached to the glory of the Triune God. The sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion have been administered according to the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. We take no credit for this, but give all glory to God for His gracious work among us and our fellow believers.

A Bible passage that has meant a lot to me over the years is Jeremiah 29:11 where it says, “ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘plans to prosper you and give you hope and a future.’” As we plan for the future at St. Peter and the surrounding area, our goals fit His mission of making disciples of all nations, then feeding and nurturing those believers as they go and make even more disciples. That’s the vision I have for St. Peter for the present and the future.

A key word in the passage is hope. We live in a society of despair as many people view life as pointless. Knowing Christ and His forgiveness grants us amazing peace and purpose in life. We know we are going ultimately and, of course, that is heaven. Not everyone will get there, but only those who know Jesus Christ as the only Savior of the world.

Like every plan and goal that God’s people undertake, this needs to be bathed in prayer. Remember this in your prayers as I do the same. May the lord of the Church bless our efforts so that His kingdom is enlarged for His great glory and honor.


Sincerely yours,

Rev. James L. Gruber


   November 2018   
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