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Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Things we do for our friends
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When we pray the Lord’s Prayer we pray each time for the coming of God’s kingdom and one can question, do we fully realize what we are asking was the thought of the homily by the Rev. Wally Schievelbein, pastor of Kenedy’s Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, on the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost.

In the Small Catechism, Martin Lutheran writes: “In fact, God’s Kingdom comes on its own without our prayer, but we ask in the Lord’s Prayer that it may also come to us.” We can make God more holy to others, but particularly in our lives. Through prayer we move closer to God. Hopefully God is close to us in church but He is close even when we are not in church. God watches over every facet of our life, prayer or not.

When we pray “Thy kingdom come” we ask for God to be close. Heaven comes near you and moves within you and becomes a part of one’s surrender of independence to God. If we accomplish anything, we do so by the wisdom God gives us. With the movement of the kingdom of God in our lives, we are called to tell others what God means. We must learn what we must say so others will also have God in their lives.

God doesn’t shout at us. There are times we put what we want above what God wants. Wherever we are, whether in church or not, God is with us in all phases of our life. God wants to be part of everything in our life, not jut the good happenings but the bad as well.

In teaching the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus reminds his disciples to focus on God’s coming reign, his mercy and the strengthening of the community. We pray for things which are pure, honorable, just gracious, peace-loving, and forgiving, marks of God’s kingdom to become personified in us and find expression though us. We must know how to be friends, extending that friendship even to include people we might not think or want to include. Remember you are created and belong to God and as his children, we are called to serve.

Visitors are welcomed to Good Shepherd Lutheran to be inspired by the Word of God. Whether one choose to attend the Contemporary Service at 8:30 a.m. the Adult Sunday School at 9:45 or the Traditional Service at 10:45 a.m. Pastor Wally and the congregation encourage your attendance.
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