Welcome to St. Ansgar Lutheran Church …
We, the people of St. Ansgar, are a worshipping, learning, witnessing and serving community of baptized persons among whom the Word is proclaimed and the Sacraments are administered according to the Gospel.
We invite you to join us for any of the following worship services:
10:00 a.m. Service of Holy Communion (July and August)
10:30 a.m. Service of Holy Communion (September through June)
10:30 a.m. Sunday School Sept. – May
FROM PASTOR DAVID’S DESK
JULY – AUGUST 2016
But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be visible in our bodies. (2 Corinthians 4: 7-10 NRSV)
Take a moment to reflect on the amazing treasure held in this frame of ours called our body. Then imagine that a stranger walks beside us on the street, and after tapping us on the shoulder to get our attention, the stranger extends his hand. We hesitantly reach out, and in our palm this stranger places a perfectly formed diamond. We are unsure of its origin, skeptical of its worth, but when it is tested, it proves to be real. It turns out this is a priceless gift, given freely, into our humble hands.
We walk around with such a treasure in our possession, today and every day. Within our bodies, these fragile “jars of clay,” is the Spirit of God, and life eternal, given freely to us through faith in Jesus Christ. We can never be too careful in cultivating that Spirit, listening for its voice and pointing our life toward its promptings. We have been given an extraordinary gift in these surprisingly ordinary bodies.
Since we have been so richly blessed, it is only natural to ask, “What does God want from us?” Our amazing bodies are a gift and our salvation is a gift. These extraordinary gifts truly come from God. But when we seriously consider the magnitude of these gifts, we want to do something in return. This is who we are as Christians. When one has been loved, it is natural to want to love in return. When one has been so richly blessed,
it is a natural response to want to be a blessing to others. It is so very important to remember that God’s extraordinary gifts precede, or come before, our responses and are not dependent upon our responses. Let us freely and joyfully be Christ’s body in the world and let our love for others be genuine, not because we have to, but because we want to, in sincere gratitude for God’s extraordinary gifts to us.