Friday, January 17, 2020

The earliest formal statement of Christian beliefs begins with the straightforward sentence, “I believe in God the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.” We associate that affirmation with God’s creation of the material universe and all life. But have you ever stopped to think of what it means to call the One who created you, “Father”?

We live a pretty cold world which judges people on how much they benefit those around them. If a person can produce something everyone wants, their value is high. But what about those who can’t do those things, the “common” people. What is their value? And then, what about those who have trouble just getting through the day, people who have medical or emotional issues and need help surviving? Is the value of human life based on a competitive barter system? The declaration, “I believe in God the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth,” blasts away such an idea.

The Bible describes God as the Father of Fathers, the One who knows us through and through and yet still loves us with a commitment that never wavers. There is a 3000 year old poem which describes our Father as a caring, protective shepherd who does whatever is necessary to do what is best for his sheep. As you prepare for the activities of the weekend, take a few moments to read Psalm 23 and then say a prayer beginning with these words, “Dear Father…”

Saturday evening worship: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Hawaii Lutheran Church (WELS)

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Honolulu, HI
Community Lutheran Church holds protestant chapel services in Honolulu, Hawaii near Pearl Harbor, HI. We are next to the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hickam Air Force Base, and Fort Shafter Hawaii. Look for us directly behind the Salt Lake, Hawaii, Target.