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Saturday Evenings: 5:00PM

Sunday Mornings: 9:30AM

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St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church

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Dear St. Mark Members and Friends,

At the New year, we look back and a look ahead at the year that was and the year that is to come. And we say goodbye 2020! Hello 2021.

As we look back, we see a world of sin and despair and a struggle in our lives to do what is right, to love God and our neighbor especially during a pandemic that has reached every corner of the world. There have been millions of people who have been affected by this deadly virus. Some who we know and lives that have been changed forever. But we also see the grace of God in our lives and in the world, bringing comfort in the middle of the storms of life, and strength to press on when the going gets rough. We see God at work in our lives and the world to make things look more like they should, undoing the curse and bringing the Good News of Jesus to the ends of the earth. Looking back, we see God at work in a world that is desperate for redemption, forgiveness, and peace.

As we just celebrated Christmas, I pray that you did not let this year’s changes, restrictions, and longings for Christmas’ past encumber the true reason for the season. The gift of Jesus born in a manager in a simple way. A son of a teenage girl accompanied by her betrothed a carpenter many miles from their home. This Jesus came to save us from all our sins. So, we look ahead to the cross of Christ. Looking ahead.

Looking ahead, what do you see? The book of James is careful to warn us that we should be careful in estimating our ability to predict the future. Truth be told, we do not know what lies ahead for us in 2021. But does it matter? If what we believe about God is true, does it matter that the future remains a hazy mystery of possibilities and the fearful unknown? It does not. We know how it ends: Christ returns, raises the dead and gives everlasting life to those who are His. And we know that he has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit, so that we might walk in faith and not according to the flesh all the days of our pilgrimage as we wait for his return.

And so, we rejoice for another year of faith and praise God for his promised presence and forgiveness in the year to come! May 2021 bring us back together to gather in worship and fellowship by years end, when we are safe to gather once again.

Journeying with you,
Pr. Travis

Matthew 22:36-39
36 "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" 37 He said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"

 

St Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church is a congregation of
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. ELCA
in the Southeastern Iowa Synod (hotlink: seiasynod.org)

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