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Faith in action for April 27

April 27, 2012
By the Rev. Kelly J. Wasberg , Marshall Independent

Living Word Lutheran Church

Every decade brings change. The city of Marshall and surrounding area has seen no small measure of transformation over the years. The story of God's people is no different. Just as society progresses through a series of moves, continually pressing to the edge of the next horizon, God goads and beckons us: "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind..." wrote Paul in Romans 12:2.

Faithful Christians in this part of God's creation have placed brick upon brick, nails to wood, singing praises to God in both elaborate sanctuaries and tidy wood-frame country churches for as long as this land has been settled. Lutheran Christians have constructed at least six such spaces (within the city limits) for worship over the years.

The rich soil and favorable growing conditions in this part of God's creation, combined with ample sweat equity, answered prayers and applied talent has fashioned this part of Minnesota into one of the best places to live in the country.

Living Word Lutheran Church, LCMC (Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ) will move from our current leased facility to our new home - the former Schwan's University - this Sunday. There will be a procession beginning at 9:30 a.m. from Tiger Office Park, south down Main Street, commencing with a celebration worship service at 10:30. The rugged cross will precede the Christian, U.S. and Minnesota flags, followed by bread and wine for communion and children waving colorful banners.

Countless volunteer hours combined with fervent prayers and extraordinary generosity will allow us to praise God and minister to the community out of a building originally constructed to house food product companies: Marshall Foods and Schwan's University.

Our new congregation has been given an immense gift with a daunting yet exhilarating challenge: to reach the lost for Jesus Christ; as our mission statement puts it: Joyfully proclaiming Jesus Christ, rooted in scripture, growing through worship, prayer, study, fellowship and service. We've inherited the task of creating place for both seekers and seasoned soldiers to initiate and grow in their person relationship with Jesus Christ, opening the inerrant and infallible Word of God to transform the world itself one heart at a time. I wish to extend my deepest appreciation to those who have made this move possible.

I encourage you to worship this Sunday, to find a church home if you have not yet done so; but even more?I would rejoice to see you commit to a renewed or altogether new relationship with my Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.



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