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proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ.

Many people think family only applies when we are related by blood. Here at Grace Lutheran Church of South Range, we are related by blood; the blood of Jesus, who lived and loved, suffered and died, and rose again so we would be reconciled to God. As beloved children of God, we are all related.

So…whether you’re a family of one or dozens, you are family to us. Our worship, faith formation activities, community service and witness are grounded in key tenets of the Lutheran Church.

  • If you participate in worship, using written resources to guide your involvement, please join us.
  • If you are a grateful forgiven sinner, please join us.
  • If you long to rely on the presence of God and the prayers of your community, please join us.
  • If you believe that God the Father, Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit are one God, please join us.
  • If you want to know how God’s love works, please join us.
  • If you would like to know more about God’s grace, please join us.

There is always room in God’s family for you!

Pastor Sally Wilke

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Of Course It’s Okay to Talk in Church!

A funny thing happened in the middle of my sermon on Sunday, March 1. Someone disagreed with what I said and shared that thought with another. To her shock and my surprise, we all heard the comment. And I loved the moment. It got even better. Before I could move on, another person spoke out loud. And I loved that moment too.

Like any other preacher in the church, I sometimes wonder if people are listening. Do they hear me? Do they hear God speaking to them? “Just what is going on with them right now,” I sometimes wonder. No need to wonder this Sunday – a couple people told me just what they were thinking. And I celebrate that.

Some of our most amazing moments in worship come when someone in the assembly has something to say, outside of our regular announcement time. Not that I want to begin a regular debate time when we gather to worship our great God, but there is something very meaningful that happens when people are willing to share just how God is talking to them right in the moment.

I am thinking of three “testimonials” I have witnessed in the last two years. Inspired by the Spirit, I am sure, on three separate occasions, someone has stood, saying, “I just need to tell this story,” or “Something amazing happened to me, and I want to share it.” Is that appropriate in worship? It sure is. Without meaning to, we can get caught up in the details of worship and miss the incredible opportunities God provides to share our witness with one another. Those are beautiful moments of worship that give us a window into just how God is working in our midst.

Anybody wonder what was behind the original interruption? The disagreement with what I was saying came because the person looked over the congregation as I spoke and thought (didn’t say this part out loud until we talked after the service), “These are beautiful people, they all walk with God every day, all day.” Isn’t it lovely to know that others in our faith community are so certain we love God?

Of course it’s okay to talk in church! Please, every one of you, if God puts something on your heart, if you are moved to share your story, even if you disagree with what I am saying, consider talking in church.

Love,

Pastor Sally