May 3 was National Day of Prayer. Thankfully, we don’t have to wait for a National Day of Prayer to pray. Our Father is always eager and ready to hear our hearts of prayer. God actually commands us to pray and he promises to answer our prayers.
Prayer doesn’t create faith – that is what the Holy Spirit creates and works through Word and Sacrament. Rather, prayer is a barometer of our faith. If the barometric pressure is love, it is usually stormy outside. If the barometric pressure is high, it is usually bright and sunny.
I don’t know about you, but one of the things that often keeps me from praying is I foolishly think I don’t have time to pray. Think about that – too busy to talk to God who created the world, sustains the world, and is the Savior of the world.
Here is one way you can pattern your prayers: the ACTS model of prayer. Begin your prayers in Adoration of who God is and what He has done, is doing, and will do. Confess your sins. Thank God for all he has done, is doing, and will do for you and for others. And finally, Supplication – requests for you and for others.
This past week, we also initiated a Victory of the Lamb Prayer team. If you would like to find out more information about the prayer team or join, click here.
I love the words that the Apostle Paul, and by his grace it also expresses my prayers for you: I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. (Phillipians 1:3-6, 9-11)
Praying for you with joy and love,
Current Series – Act II
ICYMI – In last week’s sermon, “Are you for real?!”, Pastor Bill explained how God is “for real” when it comes to sin, but He’s also “for real” about grace. And, because of this, we’re all qualified for Heaven and to share the good news of Christ. View last week’s sermon here.
Coming Up This Sunday – This week, we’ll wrap up the Act II sermon series with “Teacher’s Pet and God’s Favorite”. Pastor Bill will explain the good news and bad news about God not playing favorites, and how this allows us to be united as Christians.
Car Wash – Victory of the Lamb is hosting a Car Wash Fundraiser this Sunday from 12-4pm. All proceeds will go to the LeMarr family to help them with medical expenses for their children. You can grab some lunch, find a yummy treat, and get your car cleaned – all while supporting a great family. For additional information, view the event page on our website.
Mother’s Day – Join us at 8:30 or 10:15 am on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 13) as we celebrate moms. Whether you are a mom or not, there will be something for you at these special services. Snap a picture at one of the photo booths and receive a gift to honor moms. Additionally, you will find encouragement in the first message in our “Relationships: Some Assembly Required” sermon series. Victory Kids will also be singing at both services. View the event page for more information, and watch for some teaser videos on Facebook next week.
Soccer Camp – The best week of the summer is coming! Victory of the Lamb’s 11th annual Soccer Camp will take place June 25-28. It will be at Polonia Soccer Club each day from 1-4:30pm. Whether or not your kids have played soccer before, they will have a blast learning basic skills, playing games, and enjoying snack and skit time. This soccer camp also has something more— we will be learning about Daniel’s adventures in Babylon. Register online by May 31 on our website.
Call Update – On April 29, we extended a call to Pastor Jim Buske to become our associate pastor. Below is the letter Pastor Jim sent to acknowledge receipt of the call:
To the members of Victory of the Lamb;
Greetings to you my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ! I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that I have received the Divine Call from you, Victory of the Lamb. I was notified by phone by president Jeff Guenther on April 29th that the Call had been extended to me to serve as associate pastor with special emphasis on discipleship, assimilation and volunteerism. Receiving a Call is always a humbling experience. I have received the emailed Call packet. I look forward to studying the information and talking to many of you. I look forward to wrestling in study and prayer to see God’s plan for me, my family, and our service to His Kingdom.
God is presently using the Lighthouse Youth Center to reach out with the Gospel of Jesus Christ to unchurched youth in an urban setting. The question that I need to answer is under which of these Calls are my gifts best used for the advancement of God’s Kingdom. This will be a very difficult decision because both Calls are unique. I pray that the Lord will lead me to a decision which will best serve His Kingdom. I am confident that once a decision has been reached we will be able to say, “God’s will be done.” I ask that you would continue to keep me and my family in your daily prayers as I deliberate.
In Christ’s Service,
Pastor James G. Buske
Tuition Assistance Program – The Tuition Assistance Program provides assistance to those youth of our congregation pursuing a Lutheran-based education. In addition, the program provides an opportunity for our congregation to show their encouragement and support for a Lutheran-based education. If you are interested in donating to the Tuition Assistance Program, there are many methods for giving. You can give online, mail in your donation, or leave it in the offering plate on Sundays with “Tuition Assistance” in the memo.