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    Would it be wrong of me to say that spring seems to be a bit like the second coming? Slow in arriving, at least in our human sense of time. Thankfully, we have the assurance that both our Lord and spring will arrive when the Lord determines they should...
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May 2022 "The Mountain Top Messenger" Newsletter
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Would it be wrong of me to say that spring seems to be a bit like the second coming? Slow in arriving, at least in our human sense of time. Thankfully, we have the assurance that both our Lord and spring will arrive when the Lord determines they should. We simply need to have faith and practice patience. Those are two things that can be a challenge to we humans, faith and patience. As we continue to celebrate the Easter season we been having some readings from the book of Revelation. Revelation can be a challenging read for people, one of the biggest issues is because we fail to take into account that Revelation is a symbolic book. It is not meant to be read literally, not like the Gospels or the Epistles. It is intended to be read as multiple descriptions of Jesus and of His church. It speaks of His church in both the world now, the temporal, as well as the church in judgement on the Last Day. So, whenever we read it, we always have to take it in context with other scripture, and look at the life and the words of Jesus. We also have to look into the Old Testament as well as the life of the church. Perhaps, sometime down the road we will endeavor to have a Bible study on Revelation and see if we can help answer some of those questions that always seem to arise, particularly when we lean toward that literal interpretation. As for now, as we read it in our weekly readings during the Easter season, I will do my best to make it a clear as possible and as I always stress, if you ever have any questions or fail to understand what I have said, please let me know. Reading and preaching scripture is a never-ending learning process. Every time I look in depth as scripture, I see new ways that God's word interacts in our faith and lives.

With that being said, starting the 15th of May we are going to finally be starting our Bible Study on spiritual gifts. We are going to be looking at questions like; what are spiritual gifts? Do I have any? (spoiler alert; yes you do) How do I recognize my spiritual gifts, and what happens if I don't recognize them or use them? I think it will be a very informative and uplifting Bible study and I hope to see you all there.

As we shoot into summer, hopefully, I encourage you to keep in mind if you are out of town, camping, vacationing, or otherwise occupied on Sunday and can't make worship we will be continuing our Wednesday evening service all summer long and we will be having communion every Wednesday evening as well. If you can't make Sunday or Wednesday, remember you can always catch us online; Facebook at Zion Lutheran Ashland — LCMS, YouTube at Zion Lutheran Church, Website at zionashland.org, and if you have a smart phone you can download the Zion Lutheran Church at either Google Play (Zion Lutheran Church Ashland) or the same name in the Apple Store. Just a reminder Facebook and the Smartphone App allow you to watch live, YouTube and the website are posted later following the service. Wow, that's a lot of info, thanks for reading through it. And on that note, we are looking for anyone who might be interested in helping out with our production weekly services, we would like to find one or more people to assist with the production of our services and the posting of those services online. If think you might have an interest in helping out please contact me or leave a note in the office with Lynn. Perhaps a hidden Spiritual Gift?

Thank you for your time, have a safe and enjoyable Summer and God Bless.

Now may Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, may the Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.

In His Service, Pastor Rick