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Good Morning December 20

Only five more shopping days left till Christmas! Our local paper has three times the volume of advertising copy as news and community information. We are kept apprised on the radio that Walmart is 0.8% ahead of last years sales pace, and that the average family spends X number of dollars per person on Christmas. The season give us a stark look at how we have become a consumer society without which the economy would collapse. And yet in the midst of it all our Lord seeks to say “I am giving to you the most valuable gift you could ever possibly receive. It is a gift that changes your life now and for eternity. It is a gift that will never grow old or wear out. And it is absolutely free of all cost to you. I have paid the price in full.” Forget all the slogans about keeping Christ in Christmas. He can never be removed in any event. Go buy your gifts. Try not to go into debt, or spend more than you can afford. But above all focus your heart on the only gift that really matters, The gift you have received that was wrapped in a straw filled Bethlehem manger. 

Good Morning March 31

We are a consumer society. Our economy depends on people shopping. This has carried over to the church in a number of ways. People shop for a church the way they shop for commodities. They use the internet to compare one church to another. They look for the services a church provides for youth, in music, type of worship, outreach to the community, and so forth. The denominational or doctrinal brand has less meaning. Some larger churches accept offerings by credit card, or automatic withdrawal. Some even have a coffee kiosk or other services near the entrance. I’m not saying all of this is bad, it just is, today. It does however, make it necessary to provide some education concerning the true purpose of church. Jesus message to His disciples was to take up their cross and follow. The Church that Jesus founded is about faith in the Living God, about the willingness to serve and give one’s self for the good of others, about growing in understanding God’s Word and being fed by the Holy Sacrament, and about supporting one another in a Christian fellowship. If these become central, then the consumer aspects of church become less important.