If God Is Real, Why Is Life So Hard?
“Why did it have to happen?” we wonder when tragedy strikes. “If God is real, why is life so hard?”
God is real. Life is hard. People do evil. Some dreams never come true. But God is real. He does care. He created the world in six days. When he finished His work, the world was perfect. There was no pain, no sorrow, and no death.
But Genesis 3gives the saddest story ever told. Adam and Eve, who had everything, threw it all away. They willfully disobeyed their loving Creator. As a result, sin with all its evil and deadly consequences came to all of us.
“Couldn’t God have done something about it?” we wonder. He did! He sent His Son as our Saviour! Because Jesus died for our sins and rose again, God forgives our sin and gives us eternal life as a gift. For our earthly life He promises, “My God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus”
(Philippians 4:19). “He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things”
While the world offers its pleasure and treasure, they are all only fading, temporary, unsatisfying. Christ, who died and rose to give us eternal life, comes to us now by His precious Gospel to give us faith -- for all the hard times and for all the happy times.
As you read through this newsletter, you’ll see various plans for our gospel ministry renewing in September. God has given us His Son and the revelation of His Holy Word to give us faith, hope, and Christian love as we live in this world. That’s why we plan, prepare, and offer Bible study, Sunday School, and worship.
In the end God will restore life to its original perfection That is why we look forward to heaven so much. In heaven we’ll finally have life -- life that is neither hard nor sad, but eternally happy!
Grow in God’s Grace and Knowledge
Bible Study Opportunities resume.
Fall Sunday School
resumes September 10. The Lord has provided teachers for all levels, pre-school through upper level. Ensure your child attends weekly to learn these core teachings of God’s Word to give them faith for eternal life, and to equip them to face this life’s challenges as they live to the glory of our Saviour!
September 10 - Fall Sunday Bible Study Series – “Growing in Grace”
Using powerful narratives from God's Word, we will explore the core doctrines of Scripture to fortify our faith and equip us for living and witnessing as Christ’s disciples. The 18 Growing in Grace
Student Lessons include two appendices and six indices. References to Luther's catechism for home reading will help you grasp a faithful understanding of God's saving plan. Invite a friend to this Bible introductory course!
We have ordered 30 copies of the student booklet. If you would like to reserve a copy for study here at church (or if you study at home on Zoom), please sign the list on the counter or e-mail Pastor at email@example.com
Women’s Bible Study
begins Friday, Sept. 16, 9:30 a.m. on Zoom. Join the study for spiritual growth and encouragement with the topic, “Someone to Walk With – a Woman’s Guide to Christian Mentoring.” See Cheryl Schultz for further information. New participants are always welcome!
Mid-week “Spiritual Oasis”
resumes Wednesday, Sept. 13, 7:00 p.m. on our Zoom link. Join us for the blessing of Bible study & fellowship. Our initial classes will study the upcoming lessons in our worship services. It will give the participants a preview of the lessons to make worship more meaningful. It will also give them an opportunity to apply the lessons and share ideas based on their life and experiences. Pastor can glean ideas from the study group to help develop the sermon message for that Sunday!
We’ll begin our lessons for our grade 7-8 students Friday, September 15, 3:45 p.m. Keep these young Christians in your prayers as they learn God’s Word for their faith and life – and to confess the faith entrusted to us in their generation!
Christian Youth Fellowship
We meet the last Friday of the month, September 29, 5:30 for pizza supper, Bible study, and a fun activity, dying T-shirts. Please let Heidi or Amelia Zavagnin know your T-shirt size so we can have them on hand for you to dye according to your creative ideas!
Christ’s Body and Blood – For You!
We celebrate Lord’s Supper
in worship on September 10 & 24. What a blessing to know our fellowship with Christ and with those who commune with us at the Lord’s altar!
Pastor regularly visits those unable to receive the Lord’s Supper in Sunday worship. Please contact him if you would like to meet at church for individual communion or have a personal visit for the blessings of the Word and Sacrament. You may use e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or cell call or text at 587-888-2357.
Fellowship and Outreach
Church Picnic We’ll
have our “Sundae Sunday” church picnic & Sunday School kick-off on September 10th. That Sunday we’ll resume our regular Bible Study hour at 10:45 a.m. Please sign the list on the counter to help us plan the meal. Meat (hot dogs; smokies), buns, condiments, and ice cream will be provided. Please bring a salad or side dish & your favourite ice cream toppings!
Springbank Community Fair
is September 9th
, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. It’s a great way to meet our neighbours & share Sunday school & other invitations!
Please sign the list on the counter if you can offer your service in any way.
Pastoral call returned
Pastor Gabb has returned our call. Our district president will provide a call list for our next meeting September 3, 11:00 a.m.
Ministry Meetings in September:
Tuesday, September 5, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 p.m.
Rocky Mountain Pastors’ Conference
Monday – Wednesday, September 18-20
If you cannot join us, all our worship and classes are also on our zoom meeting.
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/2943036149
ID - 2943036149
Zoom worship Password – 533603
You may also join by telephone:
1. Dial 587-328-1099
2. When prompted for meeting number enter 294-303-6149, followed by the # symbol
3. When prompted for participant ID just enter the # symbol.
4. When in the call, you should be able to press *6 to toggle mute/unmute.