Sunday, November 17, 2019

Sermon -- 3rd Sunday of End Times: Saints Triumphant (November 17, 2019)

ISAIAH 65:17-25

ALL THINGS WILL BE RENEWED, RESTORED, AND MADE RIGHT.

In the name + of Jesus.

     Genesis, chapter 1, verse 1: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”  Genesis, chapter 1, verse 31: “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”  We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.  God made a physical world with water and stones and soil and bones and flesh.  And God made it perfect and flawless.  But it is not so anymore, and God is certainly not at fault.  The world was corrupted when man brought sin and death into the world.  The heaven and the earth no longer function as God created them to be. 
     God still loves his creation.  Even though it has been corrupted, it has not been stripped of God's love and blessing.  Rain still waters the earth.  The earth still produces crops and fruit.  Animals are amazing and beautiful.  People still retain some semblance of justice and compassion.  But it has all been corrupted.  While rain still waters the earth, we have to endure snow storms, droughts, and floods.  While the earth still produces food, we have concerns about rotting crops, e-coli, and listeria.  Animals may be amazing and beautiful, but they can also be deadly.  People may retain some semblance of justice and compassion, but they still lie, cheat, steal, exploit, and demand the rights to abort their babies.  It has all been corrupted, and we see it with every tear, every act of terror, every illness, and every death. 
     The heaven and the earth no longer function as God created them to be.  Isaiah referred to this when he said, “They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat.” (Isaiah 65:22)  Israel knew what it was to work hard only to be invade and oppressed and to have other people enjoy the fruits of their labors.  But even when we get to enjoy the fruits of our labors, sin makes us discontented with our lives.  How often does our daily routine seem futile?  We go to work and wonder if we really produce anything useful at all.  We buy nice homes, only to have to continually repair them.  We want to make a difference in the world, and are disappointed that we barely even get noticed.  Is that all there is to life—go to work, make money, and die?  We want our life to mean more than that.
     The heaven and earth no longer function as God created them to be.  Isaiah referred to this when he spoke of “the sound of weeping and the cry of distress,” and “an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days” and “[bearing] children for calamity.” (Isaiah 65:19-20,23)  God did not create people to taste the bitterness of tears and heartache.  It was not God's plan for people to die—whether in nursing homes or children's hospitals.  But the world is corrupt.  All people are sinners.  And the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)   
     The heaven and earth no longer function as God created them to be.  Isaiah referred to this when he spoke of the wolf and the lion being next to the sheep and the ox.  Unless you are planning on feeding the sheep and the ox to the wolf and the lion, you don't put them together.  Adam had a brief time when the animals were not divided into predator and prey.  They all came before him so that he could name them.  He did not fear fangs or claws or venom.  But not anymore.  Zoos have barriers and cages for a reason.  People don't treat predators as pets.  The world has become corrupt, and violence is seen not just among mankind, but even in the animal kingdom.
     The heaven and earth no longer function as God created them to be.  Isaiah referred to this when he talked about people being for joy and gladness.  But our hearts do not exult in other people.  We have been on one end or the other with rivalry and jealousy and annoyance and road rage.  But worse that dysfunctional families and bitter enemies among mankind is the ruined relationship between God and man.  The heaven and earth no longer function as God created them to be because of man's sin, but we fault God when we suffer the consequences of man's sin.  We treat God as our underling—criticizing his wisdom and demanding answers for what he does!  The creation mocks its Creator, and then is shocked and offended when God speaks words of judgment for our rebellion.  Repent.  We are sinners.  That is not God's doing.
     The heavens and the earth no longer function as God created them to be.  And yet, God still loves his creation.  He continues to supply all creatures with what they need to live.  The rains still fall.  The ground still produces.  The beauty of animals and flowers and mountains are still there.  But God has done much more than give us food to eat and pretty pictures to take.  He assures you that life is not boiled down to some futile trip to the grave.  God has acted to make all things renewed, restored, and right again.
     In love for his creation, God made himself one with mankind.  He became part of his creation in order to redeem his creation.  Jesus is the man who takes for mankind everything that has incurred God's wrath.  He bears all guilt, takes up all shame, and suffers for all wickedness.  The creation itself voiced its curse over Jesus as the sun stopped shining when he hung from the cross and when the earth quaked upon his death.  Jesus died on behalf of a dying world in order to bring its release from death and decay.  The Lord does not despise the physical world.  He acted to redeem it and all things in it.  Jesus has assured you that your life is no relentless march to the grave.  Thanks to Jesus, all things will be renewed, restored, and made right.
     This is what the Lord says: “Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.  But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create...” (Isaiah 65:17-18)  Jesus not only delivers you from the guilt of sin and the power of death; Jesus also shall deliver you to a kingdom which abounds in glory, where heaven and earth will function as God created them to be.
     All things will be renewed, restored, and made right.  Isaiah declares it.  No more will anyone have his life cut short or even cut off.  No longer will anyone weep or cry out in distress.  No longer will God's blessings be snatched away, worn out, or lost.  No longer will anyone be destined for calamity.  No longer will God's creation have groups of predators and prey.  No more will we face any threat from an enemy, no jealousy from an acquaintance, and no disappointment from a friend.  No one will let us down or put us down.  No more will we suffer shame or regret.  In fact, we will not even remember the shame or regrets of the past.  For, as Isaiah declares it: “The former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.” (Isaiah 65:17)  As surely as the Lord has removed all charges from your account, so also he will remove any memory of them from your mind.
     All things will be renewed, restored, and made right.  At the resurrection, the Lord Jesus will raise you up from the grave with renewed and restored bodies.  And all will be made right.  That means we will never suffer an aching back, an annoying itch, a seasonal allergy, or the frailty that comes with age.  All things will be made right—not only in regard to physical weakness, but also in regard to spiritual weakness.  You will delight in all that is good.  You will be treated perfectly by your fellow saints, and you will find great joy in doing good to them.  You will not only be free from the guilt of sin, you will be free from any temptations to sin.  For the Lord says, “Be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people to be a gladness.  I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in my people...” (Isaiah 65:18-19)  
     “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)  In the end, God will make a new heavens and a new earth.  And it will be very good.  Best of all, we will dwell with the God who loved us enough to create us and bless us, to suffer and die for us, to come to dwell among us so that we could dwell forever with him.  The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have cleansed us and set us apart for everlasting glory and goodness.  We will forever get to marvel at God's glory and grace.  We will forever have all things renewed and restored.  It will forever be good and right.  The new heavens and the new earth will be exactly what God had designed them to be.  And God has designed our salvation so that we will be there—renewed, restored, and made right.

In the name of the Father and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. 

Friday, November 15, 2019

A Pastoral Concern -- Appreciating our Lutheran heritage even more and more-r

Here is the 3rd video from "The Ten Minute Bible Hour."  This "ten minutes" lasts about 38 minutes.  It is a very good confession made by Pastor Will Weedon concerning Lutheran doctrine and practice, especially in regards to why Lutherans are not American evangelicals.  Evangelicals might think that these differences are meaningless.  Lutherans say these differences are all about the gospel and how God delivers his grace to us.  The gulf between the two cannot be ignored or dismissed.

Here is the 3rd video.  Be sure to watch the others (#1) here and (#2) here.  And share these.


Thursday, November 14, 2019

Update from Good Shepherd (November 14, 2019)

Greetings!


REGULAR SCHEDULE
        Divine Services are Sundays at 10:00 AM.
        Sunday School is on Sundays at 8:45 AM.
        Adult Bible Class is on Sundays at 8:45 AM and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM.
        Adult Bible Class will be working our way through the books of 1 & 2 Samuel, seeing how God continued to preserve his plan of salvation.  We will give special attention to the prophet Samuel and to the kings, Saul and David.  NOTE: Sunday morning and Wednesday evening are the same class.

CALL FOR NAMES – SAINTS TRIUMPHANT (November 17)
Every year, we remember the names of loved ones who have died in the Christian faith, praising God for the mercy he has had upon them and thanking God for preserving them in that saving faith throughout their life.  Normally, the names of these departed souls are recalled in a prayer on All Saints' Day, which is November 1.  Since Good Shepherd does not have a specific All Saints' Day service, we transfer this prayer and these remembrances to the 3rd Sunday of End Times which focuses on Saints Triumphant.
Members of Good Shepherd who have been called to eternal rest this past year are automatically included.  Members of Good Shepherd, you may also submit the names of your own loved ones who have died in the Christian faith between November 18, 2018 and November 17, 2019. When submitting these names, please included
1.  the name of the deceased
2.  your name
3.  how he/she was related to you
4.  the dates of his/her birth and death, if known
All names submitted by Thursday, November 14 will be listed in the bulletin.  Names may still be submitted as late as Sunday morning, but will not be printed in the bulletin.
The prayer which will be spoken on the Sunday of Saints Triumphant is listed below.

PRAYER FOR ALL SAINTS’ DAY
M: Almighty God, today we recall with thanksgiving those saints who were taken from us in the Church Militant and carried by the angels to you and the Church Triumphant.  Especially, we give you praise for our departed family and friends who have gone before us in faith and all those who are in our hearts and minds this day: 
(The names of those who are to be remembered are read.)
To these, you have granted eternal rest this past year.  We thank you for giving them new life in Christ while on this earth and for sustaining them in true and saving faith throughout their life.  We praise you for finally giving them the fulfillment of your promises of salvation and eternal life.  Strengthen and sustain us in this saving faith so that we may also join with the angels and archangels and all the company of heaven in joyful praise, peace, and rest forever; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Cong: Amen.


OPEN FORUM / VOTERS' MEETING
        On Sunday, November 24, Good Shepherd will have an Open Forum to present the proposed budget for 2020 and to discuss plans for various committees, in hopes to involve more people in the ministry at Good Shepherd.  All confirmed members are invited and encouraged to participate.  A continental breakfast will be available after church.  The voters of Good Shepherd will meet after church to formally adopt our plans based on our discussions at the Open Forum, and to elect Church Council officers.

THANKSGIVING SERVICE

          Our Thanksgiving Vespers will be on Wednesday, November 27 at 7:00 PM.  God has so freely and generously given us all of our needs – both physical and spiritual.  We recognize his goodness to us in this annual Thanksgiving service.
Note:  Once we get to November 27, the Adult Bible Class which has been running on Wednesdays will be suspended until January. 

MICHIGAN RIGHT TO LIFE PETITION
For the month of November, you will have an opportunity to sign a petition, if you choose, to support a ballot measure which would outlaw the dismemberment of unborn children.  This is different than the heartbeat bill which several states have already passed.  (Michigan, in fact, has a stricter law on the books which is sadly not really enforced.)  This bill, if it should become law, would outlaw the dismembering of unborn children in the process of aborting them.  If you don't know what that really entails, I am sure you can find a description online—viewer beware.  There are several petitions which will be available to sign; be sure you find one which is designated for the county in which you live.
While Good Shepherd, the WELS, and your pastor makes no official endorsement of a particular political party or candidate, we will take a stand on moral issues since God's word deals directly with those.  We believe, teach, and confess that murder is wrong (5th Commandment), even if that is the murder of a person yet unborn.  This petition encourages a law which upholds that belief.  Nevertheless, each individual is free to act (that is, to sign the petition or not) as you choose.

NOTES from Huron Valley Lutheran High School (HVL)
Join HVL’s Mailing List - Go to www.HVLHS.org and click on “Sign up for Newsletter” or call or email the school office at mail@hvlhs.org to be added.

HVL Wreath & Poinsettia Sale
          The order deadline is November 15.  All orders will be delivered to HVL on November 26. HVL Boosters will receive $10 from every purchase. To purchase, or for more information go to our website at www.hvlhs.org or bit.ly/HVLWreathsale. 

OFFICE HOURS
        Regular office hours at Good Shepherd will be Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. While there may be some flexibility to this schedule, we will try to keep it as regular as possible. 

DO YOU LIKE US?
Look for Good Shepherd on Facebook.  Then “LIKE” us for updates and other postings.

God bless you.

In Christ,
Pastor Schroeder
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Monday, November 11, 2019

A Pastoral Concern -- Appreciating our Lutheran heritage even more

I had blogged earlier about Pastor Will Weedon's tour and explanation of his church, which is reflective of Lutheran churches in general.  If you have not watched that video, you can find it linked in my earlier blog post here.

After that tour, the host of the "Ten Minute Bible Hour," sits down with Pastor Weedon to ask about particulars in connection with what Lutherans believe.  Pastor Weedon speaks in particular of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod only briefly, but quickly gets into what is simply the confessional Lutheran approach to doctrine and practice.  It is a good reminder that Lutheran doctrine matters, that it is not an innovation (we are the church catholic), and that it is truly good, right, and salutary to believe, teach, and confess such things.

This portion of the Ten Minute Bible Hour runs just shy of 27 minutes--and it is only the first part of the interview!  It is 27 minutes well spent for your viewing, and I hope it has you longing for part 2 of the interview.  I know I am looking forward to it, and I will link to it when it comes to YouTube.

Enjoy.  And share!



Sunday, November 10, 2019

Sermon -- 2nd Sunday of End Times -- Last Judgment (November 10, 2019)

LUKE 19:11-27

THE KING SEEKS AND REWARDS FAITHFUL SERVANTS.

In the name + of Jesus.

     Jesus told this parable because he was about to enter Jerusalem and the crowds were convinced that his kingdom was about to burst forth and establish glory on earth.  He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return.” (Luke 19:12)  Jesus taught that he would go away for a while and then return.  But it was true that Jesus was going to Jerusalem to establish a kingdom.  Doing so would not look glorious.  Jesus established his kingdom by suffering and dying.  This is the payment that rescues you from sin, judgment, death, and hell.  Your place in the kingdom of God was purchased with blood.  If the crucifixion seems glorious to you, it is only because you know what was won at the cross, and that it was won for you. 
     But Jesus is a king.  He rules over his kingdom.  And you are in it.  You do not have to wait for the forgiveness of sins.  You are not waiting for a living faith which goes forth to live a godly life.  You are already children of God, and you are already have the benefits of being in his kingdom.  You are not in glory yet.  As long as the king is away and we are awaiting his return, he gives us work to do.  This work is not being done because it will save you; it is to be done by those who are already saved.  The king seeks faithful servants.
      Jesus said, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return.  Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’  …  When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business.” (Luke 19:12-13,15)  A mina is simply a coin of a certain weight.  It is about 3 month's wages, so it is quite valuable.  Each servant received the same, one mina each.  Whether the mina represents our faith, our service, or our goods, it does not really matter.  They are all intertwined in God's kingdom.  You are a servant of whatever it is God has given you to do.  And our king seeks faithful servants in his kingdom.
     Upon the king's return, there was an assessment of his subjects.  He summoned each to report on their service for the king.  Only three replies are recorded.  The first confessed not, “I earned ten more minas,” but “Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.” (Luke 19:16)  It was not the servant who did the works the king desired, but it was the mina.  In the same way, it is not we who can boast that we are doing the works of the Lord.  For, this is what the Lord says: “It is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)  The king seeks faithful servants.  First, he grants you a living faith, then he works through you by that living faith, and then he rewards you for the faith he has given you and for the works he has done through you.  The king seeks and rewards faithful servants.
     The third servant serves as a warning for us all.  He, too, received a mina, and he was also given the instruction, “Engage in business until I come.” (Luke 19:13)  But he didn't.  When the king summoned him to give an account, he responded: “Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man.  You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.” (Luke 19:20-21)  Even though the king had given this servant the mina, the servant insisted that the king was thief for benefiting from his labors.  So, rather than do anything with his mina, he buried it.
     The king called him a wicked servant; for he did not do what he was given to do.  We agree with the king's assessment in the parable, but we hesitate to make the same judgment in real life.  It is God who has given us all that we have and are.  More than just creating us, God has also redeemed us and brought us into his kingdom of grace.  He has given us a living faith and calls us to serve him according to his word.  No longer are we to engage in sin and to do the works of the devil; we are to be devoted to good works which honor our God and serve our neighbor.  Our service is not to gain God's favor; we already have that.  Rather, we serve because that is what a living faith does.  A faith that does nothing will not be rewarded.
     Jesus promised us: “I am the vine; you are the branches.  Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit...” (John 15:5)  If we remain in God's word—that is, listening to it, taking it to heart, and being conformed to it—we will bear much fruit.  A living faith will show itself and do the works God seeks.  Even though the wicked servant was given a living faith, he buried it.  He was negligent and lazy and was even offended that the king expected something out of him.  But this is why we need to abide in Jesus and his word.  We all grow weary of doing the work God gives us to do.  Often it is because we don't see the reward.  We wonder, “What's the point?  Why put my faith to work when it doesn't pay?”  We must abide in his word for the mina to produce.  We want to feed our faith for it to remain alive, grow, and produce.  Otherwise we wonder, “Why should I forgive that guy when he sins against me?”  And we remember, “Oh, that's right, because my Savior continually forgives me even though I sin against him.”  “Why should I be patient with that guy when he gets on my nerves?  Oh, that's right, because my Lord is ever patient with me in my weaknesses.”  “Why should I risk confessing my faith to someone who would only mock me for it?  Oh, that's right, because when we were still enemies of Christ, he died for us.”  “Why should I be generous and kind to somebody who will never pay me back?  Oh, yeah, because God is always generous and kind to me and I can never even begin to pay him back.”  Through his word, our Lord continues to strengthen us, to encourage us, and to produce in us both to will and to work according to his good pleasure.  “Apart from me,” Jesus warns, “you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)  But if we remain in Christ, we will bear fruit and be the faithful servants he seeks.  And on the Last Day, the reward will be given.
     The king seeks and rewards faithful servants.  The king grants the mina, and the mina produces what the king looks for.  In other words, the Lord grants you saving faith and works good works in you by that living faith.  And the Lord rewards you for what he has given you.  The Lord grants you faith, and the Lord makes and keeps you faithful as long as you abide in him.  It is all God's doing so that your salvation is by pure grace.
     The king seeks and rewards faithful servants.  The servants did not receive their commendation from the king until he had returned.  In the same way, we continue to serve, but we will not see our reward until Jesus returns to judge the living and the dead.  You may wonder how you are doing with your service.  You may notice some Christians who seem to be accomplishing amazing things, and you may wonder if you are really measuring up.  You may even wonder if you will qualify as faithful.
     Two servants appeared before the king.  The first said, “'Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.’  … And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made five minas.'” (Luke 19:18-19)  And the king commended both and rewarded them.  He did not criticize or question the servant who came with five fewer minas.  Both had produced good works.  Jesus' promise stands: “Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit...” (John 15:5)  And Jesus does not add a quota onto that.  You might think of two mothers who prepare meals for their children.  One spends all afternoon preparing a gourmet, seven-course meal for her children, and the other serves them whatever was put into the Happy Meal bag.  While some might say that one mother did better work, the children of each mother would simply say, “Mom fed us dinner tonight.”  Faithful service in the kingdom of God does not need to be world-changing or life-altering.  It simply is doing what God gives you to do.  God seeks this kind of service and rewards his faithful servants.
     Jesus has established a kingdom, and he has brought you into it by giving you a living faith.  He gives us all work to do, and he works in us to will and to work according to his good pleasure.  For, it is not our works or merits which save us.  Jesus is the one who saves.  He is the faithful Savior who has worked in us saving faith.  And his word makes it living and active.  Do not grow weary in doing good.  Your reward and your glory are soon to come.  For your king is coming, and he will bring you into his glorious kingdom to live and reign with him forever.

In the name of the Father and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. 

Friday, November 8, 2019

The history of Novi -- How Novi became a city

Novi celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.  Below is a video about how Novi Township became the city of Novi in 1969.



Thursday, November 7, 2019

Update from Good Shepherd (November 7, 2019)

Greetings!


REGULAR SCHEDULE
        Divine Services are Sundays at 10:00 AM.
        Sunday School is on Sundays at 8:45 AM.
        Adult Bible Class is on Sundays at 8:45 AM and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM.
        Adult Bible Class will be working our way through the books of 1 & 2 Samuel, seeing how God continued to preserve his plan of salvation.  We will give special attention to the prophet Samuel and to the kings, Saul and David.  NOTE: Sunday morning and Wednesday evening are the same class.

EVANGELISM COMMITTEE MEETING
          In order to make the most of opportunities to proclaim the Gospel in our community, we need to budget our expenses and our time.  We will be meeting to determine our plans and to pray that God will bless them.  Our next Evangelism Committee meeting will be Sunday, November 10 at 11:15 AM.  All members are encouraged to participate in our Evangelism efforts, whether on the committee or not.  But we do need people who are willing to be on the committee to plan.

STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING
          Our next Stewardship Committee meeting will be Sunday, November 10 at 11:15 AM.  The main purpose of our Stewardship Committee right now is to coordinate events to foster the bonds of fellowship among our members and to serve our community as well.  While we can come up with ideas, it is important that congregation is on board with these ideas to make them beneficial for us and for others.  In other words, we need your participation to make these events go well.  Got an idea?  Willing to make some phone calls?  Want to see our congregation more energetic and vibrant?  Then you can help.  Join us on Sunday, November 10 after church.

CALL FOR NAMES – SAINTS TRIUMPHANT (November 17)
Every year, we remember the names of loved ones who have died in the Christian faith, praising God for the mercy he has had upon them and thanking God for preserving them in that saving faith throughout their life.  Normally, the names of these departed souls are recalled in a prayer on All Saints' Day, which is November 1.  Since Good Shepherd does not have a specific All Saints' Day service, we transfer this prayer and these remembrances to the 3rd Sunday of End Times which focuses on Saints Triumphant.
Members of Good Shepherd who have been called to eternal rest this past year are automatically included.  Members of Good Shepherd, you may also submit the names of your own loved ones who have died in the Christian faith between November 18, 2018 and November 17, 2019. When submitting these names, please included
1.  the name of the deceased
2.  your name
3.  how he/she was related to you
4.  the dates of his/her birth and death, if known
All names submitted by Thursday, November 14 will be listed in the bulletin.  Names may still be submitted as late as Sunday morning, but will not be printed in the bulletin.
The prayer which will be spoken on the Sunday of Saints Triumphant is listed below.

PRAYER FOR ALL SAINTS’ DAY
M: Almighty God, today we recall with thanksgiving those saints who were taken from us in the Church Militant and carried by the angels to you and the Church Triumphant.  Especially, we give you praise for our departed family and friends who have gone before us in faith and all those who are in our hearts and minds this day: 
(The names of those who are to be remembered are read.)
To these, you have granted eternal rest this past year.  We thank you for giving them new life in Christ while on this earth and for sustaining them in true and saving faith throughout their life.  We praise you for finally giving them the fulfillment of your promises of salvation and eternal life.  Strengthen and sustain us in this saving faith so that we may also join with the angels and archangels and all the company of heaven in joyful praise, peace, and rest forever; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Cong: Amen.


OPEN FORUM / VOTERS' MEETING

On Sunday, November 24, Good Shepherd will have an Open Forum to present the proposed budget for 2020 and to discuss plans for various committees, in hopes to involve more people in the ministry at Good Shepherd.  All confirmed members are invited and encouraged to participate.  A continental breakfast will be available after church.  The voters of Good Shepherd will meet after church to formally adopt our plans based on our discussions at the Open Forum, and to elect Church Council officers.

MICHIGAN RIGHT TO LIFE PETITION
For the month of November, you will have an opportunity to sign a petition, if you choose, to support a ballot measure which would outlaw the dismemberment of unborn children.  This is different than the heartbeat bill which several states have already passed.  (Michigan, in fact, has a stricter law on the books which is sadly not really enforced.)  This bill, if it should become law, would outlaw the dismembering of unborn children in the process of aborting them.  If you don't know what that really entails, I am sure you can find a description online—viewer beware.  There are several petitions which will be available to sign; be sure you find one which is designated for the county in which you live.
While Good Shepherd, the WELS, and your pastor makes no official endorsement of a particular political party or candidate, we will take a stand on moral issues since God's word deals directly with those.  We believe, teach, and confess that murder is wrong (5th Commandment), even if that is the murder of a person yet unborn.  This petition encourages a law which upholds that belief.  Nevertheless, each individual is free to act (that is, to sign the petition or not) as you choose.

NOTES from Huron Valley Lutheran High School (HVL)
Join HVL’s Mailing List - Go to www.HVLHS.org and click on “Sign up for Newsletter” or call or email the school office at mail@hvlhs.org to be added.

HVL Wreath & Poinsettia Sale
          The order deadline is November 15.  All orders will be delivered to HVL on November 26. HVL Boosters will receive $10 from every purchase. To purchase, or for more information go to our website at www.hvlhs.org or bit.ly/HVLWreathsale. 

OFFICE HOURS
        Regular office hours at Good Shepherd will be Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. While there may be some flexibility to this schedule, we will try to keep it as regular as possible. 

DO YOU LIKE US?
Look for Good Shepherd on Facebook.  Then “LIKE” us for updates and other postings.

God bless you.

In Christ,
Pastor Schroeder
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SUNDAY SCHOOL -- Sundays at 8:45 AM.
ADULT BIBLE CLASS -- Sundays at 8:45 AM and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM.

DIVINE SERVICES -- Sundays at 10:00 AM

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Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church
41415 W. Nine Mile Road
Novi, Michigan  48375-4306
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Divine Services -- Sundays at 10:00 AM