Monona Ev. Lutheran Church  4411 Monona Dr., Madison, WI 53716

 

                              Welcome to Monona!                                                  Wishing everyone a Blessed Summer - 2017

Serving God

 

Dear fellow redeemed. Through faith, we live to serve God rather than ourselves. We acknowledge that God has created and redeemed us and that He is in control. Our joy and peace come from worshiping and serving Him. We understand that our purpose in life is to serve our heavenly Father. In contrast, people of the world live to serve themselves. Unfortunately, we live in a “me” era. Our society promotes a selfish and egotistical attitude. Our culture tells us to make every effort “to look out for number one” at any cost. “Have it your way” is a phrase that captures the philosophy of life in America. Money, selfish ambition, power, and success are the important things in life to most people.

 

In our faithful service for others, we are serving the Lord. Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of My brothers, you did it to Me” (Matthew 25:40). When we help others and extend God’s kingdom, we become channels through which He works. We are His hands, feet, and mouth.

We become faithful and dependable workers because “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and goodness...” (2 Peter 1:3). God has equipped us to do His will. Paul wrote, “I can do everything through Him Who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Indeed, God has made us for the purpose of doing good and serving others.

 

Peyton Conway March writes, “There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in lifehappiness, freedom, and peace of mindare always attained by giving them to someone else.” In his book Give to Live Dr. Douglas M. Lawson writes, “But there is one kind of experience that delivers emotional and psychic satisfaction time after time, day after day: helping other people. Volunteer efforts, charitable acts, generosity of spirit, and gestures of compassion all enrich and sustain our lives.”

 

Pray that we are as the Spirit reveals what marvelous gifts we have each been given to sustain us both in our faith, and as our activities increase. I pray your summer was an enjoyable one, and that you enjoy what's left of it. May our Lord bless your leisure and your work, especially your work done for Him, as we each seek to use our gifts to further the Gospel in this place and at this time.

 

Therefore, let us take the opportunity to do such things here at Monona in one of four ways: Join a TLC group and bring a friend, become part of RGTP and help us reach out to our neighbors with the Gospel, once a year pick out a family member or friend and befriend them until they become a member at Monona, or reach out to a delinquent member, invite them back to Monona and follow up on them. Through all these ways we can do what our Lord instructs above. Lastly, come and let us dream together again of what Monona should and can be with increased use of the Word and the Sacraments and a faith that naturally asks, “Lord, what do You want me to do for You today?” As the Lord reminds us Where there is no vision the people perish (Proverbs 29:18).

 

Working the harvest with you,

Pastor Nowak 

 

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To all who are weary and need rest,

To all who are lonely and need sheltering love,

To all who sin and need a Savior, and

To whomever will come, our church opens its doors in the name of Jesus Christ.

Member congregation of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod