Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
35 West Fairmount Avenue Lakewood NY  14750

(716) 763-8979 or 665-2102 [email protected]

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Pastor Hoyer's Weekly Message

Calendar
   20 Mar Wed 12 PM Pastor preaches at First Lutheran Community Lent Service
   Pastor brings Jesus' mercy to shutins Wed and Thurs afternoons
   21 Mar Thu 6 PM GD Soup and Sandwich
                      7 PM GD choir
   24 Mar Sun Lent 3
      8.15 AM GD PANCAKE BREAKFAST!
      8.30 AM GD choir
      9 AM GD church
     10 AM B Sunday School
     10.15 AM B choir
     10.45 AM B church
   26 Mar Tue B 5.30 PM Dinner and Devos

Good News
   We rate people.  This person is taller.  This person is nicer.
   People came to Jesus to tell him of a tragedy of people being killed.  Jesus wondered if they told him that news because they thought the people who were killed were worse sinners than others.  He figured that they were rating people.
   Jesus does not rate people.  He does something worse, but more honest.  He says there is no such thing as being a worse sinner.  Instead, everybody is in the same boat.  Everybody is a sinner--someone who does not trust God's judgment.  
   Everybody lives as if they were not worse others.  Everybody lives as if they were nice people most of the time.  So Jesus rates all people to be people who need his resurrection.  It's not that some need it and some don't, or some need it more than others.  No, Jesus simply tells us, "Unless you repent, you will all perish as they did."  In other words, "Unless you turn and trust me, you have no life in God's mercy--now or ever."
   That is how Jesus invites us to get ready for Easter.  He is telling us that any news we hear of a tragedy, it is not a story to blame others, but a story that invites us to trust Jesus so that his resurrection becomes our resurrection.
   Let's get ready for Easter.  
   Peace,
   Pastor Hoyer