Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: The legacy we leave
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Warning against identifying the worth of one’s life the value of one’s possessions rather than one’s relationship with God is the message clarified in the homily of the Rev. Wally Schievelbein, pastor of Kenedy’s Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, on the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.

According to the Gospel of Luke, in God’s reign, the “rich will be sent away empty.” After one accumulates an abundance of possessions, the arable warns while one might think now to relax, eat, drink and be merry; the next warning became tomorrow you will die. One is foolish to attempt to store up treasures for himself and not share with others and God.

The improvements being made at Good Shepherd will outlive most of us. What might someone say fifty years from now about this example of our stewardship? Do we recognize the legacy left by the individuals who organized Good Shepherd in 1966?

Presently in Karnes County many of the people have more than they need. Giving money for water wells in Africa shows a legacy we leave to the adults and children in that foreign land for many years to come. Working for an environment in that faraway land where all God’s children can grow healthy by having clean and pure water is a proud legacy to give.

When it comes to being rich toward God, we have advisors all around us - the Bible, our church family, our pastors, our lay leaders. Jesus asks that we love one another and God and trust in the Lord’s promises. We play a role in what goes on in the world. We have a responsibility in many things which involve family and property.

Faith is necessary so one can get what one wants from church. God nourishes us. What you hear is what God’s message is to you, which might differ from the person sitting near you. All God asks is that we open our mind to Him. At death, we leave behind our legacy of “stored up treasures” with which our family and friends have to deal. We are responsible to those we leave behind and should strive to find our security in being rich toward God. The eminent prayer would be to help us focus less on storing up material goods and more on being rich toward God.

For the next three Sundays there will be one service at 9:30 a.m. Visitors are welcome and invited to attend. On August 11 and 18 the Adult Sunday School Class will meet following the service at 10:45 a.m.
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