Welcome to St. Michael Lutheran Church! For more than 150 years we have been spreading the Gospel throughout our Community. At one time this church was over 300 members and the entire community either came here or to the church next door on Sunday morning. It’s a different world we live in today, but while the numbers are decreasing throughout the nation, the need has grown by leaps and by bounds. The world today has deafened its ears and grown numb to their need for the gospel, but reality still hits whenever we have to deal with great tragedy or loss.
Still, the joyous message we continue to bring, is that even though we may have turned our back upon God, God will never turn His back on us. We are his children; you are His sons and His daughters! Like teenagers, our children often lash out in anger and blame the troubles of the world upon their parents, but that doesn’t cause us to love them any less. It may leave us heart broken, sure, but there is still nothing we wouldn’t do help and protect them. To make their lives a little bit easier.
You are God’s children! He loves you more than you will ever know. Our love for our children cannot even begin to compare with His love for us. If you ever have a need; the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, a divorce in the family, an aching conscience, you need not go it alone. You have a friend in the church! We may not know each other that well yet, but like a long lost sibling, we can grow on one another.
The Church isn’t perfect, and contrary to what you may have heard, we do not pretend to be. Sin has infected us, just as it has infected the rest of the world we live in. It infected Adam and Eve, it infected Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, it infected the judges, the kings, the prophets, the apostles, and all of the rest of God’s Children. Sin is a disease, more infectious then chicken pox’s, or the measles, more debilitating than a stroke, more deadly than cancer. Left unopposed it would exterminate mankind. The church is no exception, but sin has not been left unopposed. Jesus died upon the cross to extinguish it, God condemned His own Son. But three days later He rose from the dead that God may remain just, and yet we might be forgiven. Jesus paid the debt for our sin that we might be forgiven.
We are the church and the church isn’t perfect, but we are the Bride of Christ and we have been forgiven. We do not expect you to be perfect either; we merely strive to get a little bit better each and every day. Come and join on Sunday morning, let us worship our Father together, let us grow day by day, let us be all we can because God loves you and His children do, too! You will always have a friend at St. Michael’s.
Pastor Bruce Donley