St. Paul Lutheran Church, Runge: Do not be afraid
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The holy gospel according to St. Matthew the fourteenth chapter: Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said,"It is a ghost!" and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid."

28 and Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord, save me." Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."

Jesus had performed miracles and the crowds started following him. John the Baptist had been beheaded by Herod and Jesus wanted to go up the mountaintop to pray alone and to grieve. The disciples had followed Jesus' instructions and gotten into the boat, but the boat had been beaten by the waves and was a far distance from land and from Jesus and the wind was against them. Do you oftentimes feel beaten by life and a far distance from Christ when you lose sight of God in your life? But, Jesus came to the disciples by walking on the water and once again showing them and telling them to not be afraid--that "it is I". Peter wanted proof and Jesus told him to walk out on the water, but when the wind started up, he was afraid and lost sight of Christ, but then cried out "Lord, save me". Of course, Jesus was there for him just as Jesus is there for everyone when they call out to Him for help.

Just as Jesus told Peter to "Come" and walk out into life as a follower of Christ, all too are called to be messengers of the good news. When one leaves church, do they also leave their faith at the door? Do you pray privately and publicly? Do you study God's Word diligently? Do others know you as Christians as you live day by day? Don't let fear and doubt rule your life. May all gather in Jesus Name and worship the Christ. Please God, take away fears and doubts and may all step out of the boat unafraid and knowing "it is I", Jesus Christ. May all declare "Truly you are the Son of God".

A reading from Romans chapter ten: For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!"

Sunday morning services at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by fellowship and Adult Bible Study. Come and worship. In September the women's Bible class will resume on Wednesday mornings and Third Thursday Fellowship will resume on September 18. We rejoice with Allison and Jeffery Rideout whose baby son Jace William Rideout was baptized on Sunday.
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