Amherst Lutheran Church
5125 Main Street just east of Exit 7B I-290 in Williamsville, New York   716-632-4185

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From the Pastor….                                        

I have had a conversation about this idea with the Elders and Council, who have helped me in clarifying the idea that is now presented to you in this newsletter.

Beginning in late October, at your invitation to 8-10 of your family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, churched or un-churched, I would like you to host what we will call an “Ask the Pastor” night/day. By hosting, I simply mean sending, in some form, an invitation that will be common worded for all who host, opening your home for about an hour of conversation and a half hour of a simple refreshment that you would provide to your guests.

I will be present to field any questions your guests may have to raise about the faith and the church, hopefully questions I can answer, but if not, the value is still in the conversation. And I will be present if you succeed in just getting one RSVP.  I am looking to handle no more one event per week, day or night.

 

This accomplishes one thing for certain in my mind. It gives our congregation an open door to help people know more about Jesus in a setting outside of the church building. It may also turn out to have an evangelism effect on our guests. Should it seem good to continue our conversation, I might ask you, the host, for another opportunity to gather in your home.

 

I am asking for no commitment at this time from the congregation. I simply ask for your questions about the evening or daytime event to help me clarify how we handle this and to hear from you what I may not be thinking about.

 

I will begin seeking a definite commitment from you in early October. In the meantime, as I said above, talk to me about your questions concerning this endeavor so that we might define a clear and common purpose as this develops. 


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A piece of my own experience with an amazing God What a privilege it is to be the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus invites Himself into our hearts so that we might embrace the love of the heavenly Father. The Lord Jesus gifts His church with the presence of the Holy Spirit so that we might be effective in sharing the good news of God's love for the world. And what a privilege it is to be a pastor within the church. I am not aware of a time when I have lived as an outsider to the love of God. In fact, I have been a life long Christian. It was in high school when this faith took its important turn in my life. A high school counselor asked me the question, "David, what do you want to do with your life?" A short time later, I found myself sitting in my pastor's office, rather sheepishly saying, "I think I want to be a pastor."

Some 40 years have gone by since those days of question and conversation, and I have never regretted where those days led me. This is what I believe, teach and preach as a pastor in the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. God loves the world in this way. He gave His son over to death on a cross, so that we might not perish from the presence of God, but enjoy everlasting life with Him. This is what I believe, teach and preach. The fullness of God's intentions toward us have been revealed in the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. And the news is good. God is at work making all things new. In the ministry of Jesus- each time the outcast is welcomed, the sick are healed, the dead are raised, we catch a glimpse of what God is up to in His creation. He is restoring life to its original innocence and beauty. And one day that work will be finished. This is what I believe, teach and preach. The church-saints and sinners that we are at one and the same time- is the body of the living Christ bringing His presence of love and forgiveness, hope and a meaningful and purposeful life to the world. This is what I believe, teach and preach as a pastor in the church.

The Holy Scripture is the only source of authority and guidance for the church. Join with me in the great awesome privilege of being the church. Something to think about... The Apostles' Creed: The Condensed Bible  One of the oldest recited statements of faith, the Apostles' Creed originated in the third century and was recited at baptisms in the churches of Rome. It slowly spread to all Latin-speaking congregations and later was translated into other languages. Unlike the eastern Orthodox churches, where the Nicene Creed is used exclusively, the Western church has retained two creeds, using the Apostle's Creed at baptisms and during the regular worship seasons of the church while using the Nicene Creed at the festival seasons of Christmas and Easter. Both speak the core elements of the faith as taught in the scripture- grand summaries of the heart of what we believe as handed down through the generations from ones like Peter and Paul.  Almighty God, whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul glorified you by their martyrdom: Grant that your Church, instructed by their teaching and example, and knit together in unity by your Spirit, may ever stand firm upon the one foundation, which is Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen                                                                                                                                                            
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