November 11th, 2018

Read: JOHN 3:1-17 & PSALM 49


Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." (JOHN 3:16)


On this day, we honor and thank those who have served in the armed forces to defend our nation and the freedoms we hold so dead. Sometimes "thank you" seems inadequate to properly convey the deep appreciation we have for their service.

When we abuse our rights, take them for granted, or attempt to rob others of them, we do a dishonor to our veterans. When we show disrespect for people, we contradict what the brave soldiers have fought to protect - and we dishonor the Lord who gives life to all.

Jesus gives meaning and purpose to our life. His time in His mother's womb blesses our time in our mother's womb. Jesus' humanity makes all humanity valuable in His sight, no matter people's size or age or color or nationality. Jesus' sacrifice on Calvary wins salvation for all, the price of one life for many. It is the highest price, but God was willing to pay it so that we might have life with Him.

"Heavenly Father, "For this bright day, For this fair land - Gifts of Your hand - Our thanks we pay." (LBS 966:2Amen!

Highland Park Lutheran Church (LCMC)

147 East Euclid Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50313-4577

Office Phone: 515-244-6517

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