Messiah Lutheran Church 6201 W Patterson Av
Chicago IL 60634

September 2013

Mary's Little Lamb Follows God's Children Wherever They Go

The Nursery Rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb" is based upon an actual incident that took place in Sterling, Massachusetts in 1815. A student by the name of Mary Sawyer took her pet lamb to school one day at the suggestion of her brother, and a commotion naturally followed.

The entire poem reads as follows:

Mary had a little lamb, whose fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go.
It followed her to school one day which was against the rule.
It made the children laugh and play, to see a lamb at school.
And so the teacher turned it out, but still it lingered near,
And waited patiently about, till Mary did appear.
"Why does the lamb love Mary so?" the eager children cry.
"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know." the teacher did reply.

Even though this poem is based upon Mary Sawyer and her pet lamb, the following Christian applications have been made of this poem as well:

Jesus is the Lamb of God, and Mary was his Mother. White represents His purity and innocence. Jesus "followed Mary to School" means He preached in the Temple. It was against the rules - the Pharisees and Sadducees had Him persecuted because Jesus (the Lamb) was preaching against them. Still, "It made the children laugh and play." The people were happy because Jesus brought them salvation.

As we begin a new school year, we pray that all of our students will be accompanied by the Lamb of God throughout the day. We give thanks for the gift of the Lutheran Unity School Association and Luther North College Preparatory High School, where our students will be pointed to the Lamb of God throughout this school year!

We also keep in mind our students and teachers in our public schools that they also will be accompanied by the Lamb of God in their teaching and learning throughout the day. We pray that they would be used by God in pointing others to the Lamb of God throughout this school year!

Mary had a little lamb, His fleece was as white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went, The Lamb was sure to go.
He followed her to school each day, ‘Twasn’t even in the rule.
It made the children laugh and play, To have a Lamb at school.
And then the rules all changed one day, Illegal it became;
To bring the Lamb of God to school, Or even speak His Name.
Every day got worse and worse, And days turned into years.
Instead of hearing children laugh, We heard gunshots and tears.
What must we do to stop the crime, That’s in our schools today?
Let’s let the Lamb come back to school, And teach our kids to pray!

A case can be made that as long as there are tests, there will always be prayer in school. In addition, as Christians we cannot agree with the practice of prayer together with non-Christians to "an unknown God." Regardless, this updated version of "Mary had a Little Lamb" has a point. For the current day in which we live in is often counterculture to Biblical Christianity and the message of the Lamb of God.

What a gift our Lutheran Schools are in the current culture we live in! At the same time, how important it is for our Christian teachers and students to let their light shine in our public schools, as well! May all our teachers and students be assured of the accompaniment of the Lamb of God this school year!

Above all, may all the members of Messiah be assured that the Lamb of God is with them wherever they go and in whatever situation they find themselves. As He Promises in Matthew 28:20, "... And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

The Peace of Knowing that the Lord is with you always be with you!

Pastor Wendt

Sunday Morning Bible Study

This summer, we've been studying the meaning of some of the signs and symbols in the Book of Revelation. Using this as a guide, we will begin to study a more in-depth study of this challenging but rewarding book. As Martin Luther once wrote: "We can profit by this book and make good use of it. First, for our comfort! We can rest assured that neither force, nor lies, neither wisdom nor holiness, neither tribulation nor suffering shall suppress Christendon, but it will gain the victory and conquer at last." One of the primary ways we can grow in our understanding of our Lord and His Ways as well as grow closer to one another in the Body of Christ is through regular Bible Study Attendance! Why not make an excuse to attend Bible Study rather than making excuses why not to attend Bible study?

Pastor Haney's Generosity Story-board Presentation — September 19th

On Thursday, September 19th, starting at 7:00 pm, Rev. Keith Haney will begin his Generosity Story-Board Presentation at Messiah. This is a Biblically-based Stewardship program that is based upon the Gospel and a holistic approach to stewardship in all areas of life, rather than the most common law-based stewardship approaches that tend to only emphasize finances. Messiah is proud to be the first congregation to go through this Presentation!

Mark Your Calendars for October 6th and 13th

We will have special guests from our District with us during the first two weeks of October. Sue Green will be giving a presentation on Lutheran Church Extension Fund, October 6, and Teri Rice will be giving a presentation on the District's focus of New Starts-New Believers/Missions on October 13. Both presentations will take place after our regular Sunday Worship Services. We thank God for the District's interest and support of Messiah!!

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