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We are a Gospel-centered community of people blessed by God to be a blessing to others.
Highlights of our upcoming events:
The annual Cookie Walk will be December 2.
-Come at 9:00 a.m. and stock up on cookies and candy for Christmas. And bakers, please start now!
Plan to join us on Thanksgiving Eve..
-Grandview Lutheran Church, 2930 E. 13th Street, will be hosting the joint service for all east-side ELCA churches. Our youth choir will be singing,
plus a joint adult choir from all the churches. The service begins at 7:00 p.m. on November 22.
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This month's letter from Pastor Roger Osbeck
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
November is traditionally the time of year we intentionally pause to offer thanks to God for all things. Gratitude is in the forefront of our minds as the opportunities to offer it are continually before
us. As you read this page, I will have already undergone arthroscopic knee surgery to alleviate an injury (diagnosed as torn lateral meniscus), which has abeen nagging me since
the last week of June. If I've seemed cranky, I'll look to that as the source (as good an excuse as any). Let me take this opportunity to say "thanks" to you for your concern and support throughout this
affliction. I truly appreciate your prayers, and particularly the encouragement and reassurance I've received from those of you who have undergone similar
procedures. It is supposed to be an easy operation. I'm optimistic about everything going smoothly, including recovery. If not, I'll have something else about which to be ornery.
I might add here that our annual Northeastern Des Moines ELCA churches' Thanksgiving Eve service, consisting of members of Luther Memorial, Capitol Hill, Grand View, and Prince of Peace, will be hosted at Grand View the year.
Mark the date, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 7:00 p.m. Grand View is locaated at 2930 E. 13th St.
Continuing our focus on the thought of Martin Luther, in honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, what, might we ask, did Luther have to say on the subject of thankfulness?
Well, first, let me point out, it is said that Luther's favorite Psalm was Psalm 188, a psalm of thanksgiving for victory. The Psalm starts out: "O give thanks to the Lord,
for he is good; his steadfast love lasts forever." About this verse, in 1530 Luther commented, This verse teaches us what the proper sacrifice is that pleases God most;
for we cannot perform any greater or better work for God, nor can we render Him a nobler service than thanking him.
Luther delivered a sermon focusing on the gifts brought by the Wise Men upon seeing the Christ Child in Matthew 2:11, which reads, On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother;
and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. In his message, Luther noted, It is clear that a sacrifice must consist of praise and thanks,
or must at least not be without praise and thanks, if it is to please God. And if it is without praise and thanks, He neither wants nor likes it, as indeed He says (Isa. 1:11): "What is your sacrificing
to me? I do not want your offering of incense." We cannot give God anything; for everything is already His, and all we have comes from Him.
We can only give Him praise, thanks, and honor.
We seek to give praise, thanks and honor to God each time we gather for worship. Indeed, thanksgiving is an every day opportunity. I hope you will be able to join us as
often as possible so we may include your thank-offering along with ours whenever we meet.
Peace to you. See you in church.
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