St. Paul Lutheran Church, Runge: Rejoice and be glad
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Jesus's fame was spreading quickly and great crowds of people were following Jesus perhaps some just because they were curious, and others because they wanted to hear more of what He would say. The Gospel lesson form Matthew 5 verses 1-12 is often called the Sermon on the Mount when Jesus gives the Beatitudes. In his longest recorded sermon, Jesus began by describing the traits he was looking for in his followers. Jesus began his sermon with words that seem to contradict each other. But God's way of living usually contradicts the world's. If you want to live for God, you must be ready to say and do what seems strange to the world. Each Beatitude tells how to be blessed. To Jesus, "blessed" means the experience of hope and joy, the deepest form of happiness, and the way to be "blessed" is follow Jesus no matter what the cost. Through the good times and the bad, see the truth and know that God is with everyone and all are blessed indeed. Blessed indeed--- humans are the privileged recipients of God's favor. They are indeed fortunate to be a disciple of Christ. They rejoice because they have God to help them through life and to promise them eternal life.

Matthew 5:1-12--Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. "

Sunday morning worship services at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by fellowship, Adult Bible Study, and Sunday School. The women's Bible Study this week has been cancelled and the Wednesday evening Bible study series "Saints and Sinners" will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the church. Third Thursday Fellowship for community senior citizens will be Feb. 20 at 12:30 p.m. A World Day of Prayer service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 7. Everyone in the community is welcome.
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