Oil For Your Lamp

Oil For Your Lamp - Message #4

Oil For Your Lamp

Doodle Notes From David H. Hatch, Sr. Pastor

“Communicant Members”

Our Saviour Lutheran Church - Green Bay, Wisconsin

https://oslc-gb.org/

Oil For Your Lamp - Message #4

Sent March 28, 4:10pm

Hello Pilgrims!

I am standing here in my at my computer, thinking about all of you. Thought I would jump into your inbox and say, “Hi!”

How are you passing your time? Movies, news, a book, knitting, walks, touring the world on the Internet? Maybe napping? Perhaps working from home?

Perhaps you are alone? With your family?

Just know we are thinking about you. It’s Saturday afternoon. Here, John Wayne is filling the space and time. 

Yesterday, when visiting a nursing home (They took my temperature and I had to have a good reason to get in), there was an elderly woman outside the locked door. She was hoping to visit her husband who is a resident in the facility. If denied, she would go to his widow and wave at him. Boy, this situation is so unfamiliar to us!

With the passing of our member, Chuck Arthur, the service may be at the graveside only. Others are doing the same. Another difficult thing for us. 

And pray for the family of Zachary John Salewski, the grandson of Jack and Bev. “Heroic Zack”,  passed to glory on March 23. You can read inspiring Zack's story here.

A young man from Milwaukee texted me last night and asked, “What do you think it will be like to be sinless in heaven?” My reply was this, “It will be like when we are in worship at church, that’s as close as we can get for now. Worship is an experience that is so Divine, we cannot tell if we are in Heaven or on Earth.”

I am sure looking forward to our gathering as a group, in person, again!

Well, you have a good rest. Don’t forget about worship in the morning. I double dog dare you to dress up!

Check this link out often, to see what’s up. Tomorrow, two Bible classes and worship. 

God bless your rest, each and every one of you!

Pastor Dave

  • Verse for The Day - “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” - Matthew 11:28

  • Prayer - In the Name of the Father, of the Son, of the Holy Spirit, Amen [+] Lord, we are asking for our leaders to make the right decisions, for You to bring healing to the sick, to protect the healthy as they serve, to bring calm amidst the storm as this too shall pass. In the Name of the Father, of the Son, of the Holy Spirit, Amen [+]

Humor for The Day - I heard that someone asked Albert Einstein why we had time. He is said to have replied, “If we did not have time, everything would happen all at once.”

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Oil For Your Lamp - Message #5

Oil For Your Lamp

Doodle Notes From David H. Hatch, Sr. Pastor

“Communicant Members”

Our Saviour Lutheran Church - Green Bay, Wisconsin

https://oslc-gb.org/

 

Oil For Your Lamp - Message #5

Sent March 28, 2020

There’s a sense in the air that people are growing weary of being indoors so long and out of their normal routine. Discouragement has been knocking.  I have some tips for you.

In the midst of all the things we cannot do at this time, there are a few wonderful things we can do.

Number one:

Guard your sense input. Watch out what we allow into our heart through our senses. That is, watch out what we look at, and what we hear. 

We are told to watch out what we touch, but nobody talks about watching out what we do with other senses. 

If we saw a board with a nail in it, we would go around it because it would injure us. But why don’t we stay away from the things that injure the mind and heart?

Consider fasting from the news, only turn it on once every hour, or perhaps twice a day to just catch up on things. Then turn it off.

In place of the news considered good wholesome movies, uplifting music or positive conversation with people we know and love.

 

Number two:

Be vigilant to guard our thoughts. If we catch ourselves thinking about disturbing things that worry us or bring on anxiety, steer your thoughts to holy things, to wonderful things. Yes, we actually have the ability to steer our thoughts.

 

Number three:

Pray. Prayer is where your power is. If you’re running a vacuum cleaner and unplug it, it won’t work. It’s disconnected from its power source. 

Your power source, your plug into God, is in your prayer life. Remember, what the devil wants you to do is stop praying. Now you’re on to one of his tricks! Now we’re learning to outsmart him. He’s a jerk!

 

Number four:

Practice silence. Not too much of it, but just enough that you can begin to hear your thoughts and your emotions. You can focus on them and sort them out. It is ”in silence” that you want to pray, not with the television on in the background.

 

Number five:

Set up boundaries for yourself and keep them. Consider a routine that you set up every day and keep it. When we think about it, everything has boundaries and if we don’t practice boundaries we will be all over the place. Set some guidelines for yourself and keep them. In prayer, ask God to help you keep them.

 

Summary: 

Every one of the things above are all interrelated. Some can be done together. For example, pray in silence. Or go to a room and shut the door (that is a boundary), and pray in silence.

I learned these things from an old monk. Some of those guys know exactly what disturbs their tranquility and why. They also know how to bring about peace in the heart and soul by the things I’ve just shared with you. But these things take practice. What a better time to start practicing, then now!

See how God can make good out of bad? He’s so good at that!

Stand behind his Mighty  Shield and you will get along just fine!

 

You are loved!

P.astor David

  • Verse for The Day - Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. - Philippians 4:8

  • Prayer - In the Name of the Father, of the Son, of the Holy Spirit, Amen [+] Lord, we are so easily distracted from You. Our worries and anxieties can be a storm within us. We have trouble sorting out what we see and hear. Often we can be deeply frightened. Teach us to lean on You, to converse with You and it is there that we find peace within.  In the Name of the Father, of the Son, of the Holy Spirit, Amen [+]

  • Humor for The Day - In the foyer of a church, a young boy was looking at a plaque with the names of men and women who had died in various wars.  He asked the pastor, “Who are these people?” The pastor said, “Those are members from our church who died in the service.” The boy asked, “The 7:45, 9:15 or 10:45 service?”

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Oil For Your Lamp - Message #2

Oil For Your Lamp

Doodle Notes From David H. Hatch, Sr. Pastor

Our Saviour Lutheran Church - Green Bay, Wisconsin

https://oslc-gb.org/

 

Oil For Your Lamp - Message #2

March 26, 2020

 

Good afternoon, Pilgrims!

 

  • Oil For Your Lamp - We are seeking, “Best methods” to stay in touch with you. For the moment, I will be writing to you here, calling this, Oil For Your Lamp. I promise not to swamp your email in-box.

  • Worship - We had two live-stream worships on Wednesdays, and one this last Sunday. All went well. You can watch some of the past sermons here - https://oslc-gb.org/ 

  • The Carport - On Sunday, we had, “Communion At The Carport”. Ninety two folks received the Lord’s Supper as they came through in their automobiles. It was a moving experience. 

  • Staying Safe - With the State’s, “Safer at Home” order, and so to protect you, we are not going to offer, “Communion At The Carport” (Drive-thru) again until further notice. Why not? If the tornado sirens were going off asking us to take shelter, we would not offer the Lord’s Supper under the carport. We would want you to stay home and stay safe. This is similar.

  • Prayer at the Door - We will come to your door and have a prayer - Just call 468-4065 and ask. We will come as time and scheduling allow. It will be a joy!

  • The Lord’s Supper Goes Mobile - Should you feel a strong desire for the Lord’s Supper, we will deliver that to you, at your door. Just call 920-468-4065.

  • Need a Shoulder - Should you feel lonely, anxious and need an ear, just call and we will spend time with you on the telephone. Call the office and we will get back to you - 920-468-4065.

  • Giving - Please turn to the website to sign-up for on-line giving. https://oslc-gb.org/ (Top of the page)

  • Photos - So that you can see the background stories to events we speak of, we will include photos here. See some below.

  • Changes - To get the latest information about OSLC’s goings on, check the website. Things may change from one day to the next. https://oslc-gb.org

  • How to Stay Up - How do you stay “emotionally and spiritually up” when you can’t go out? Besides the walking and such, besides the movies and TV, what do you do? Personally, I find the news to zap the joy right out of me. It empties me, it does not fill me with any goodness. For myself, what I find the most energizing is music. I like folk music. But I like some faith-based music more. How about you? When you feel yourself collapsing, going dry, switch out your sense-input to something holy. Also, get out of your own thoughts, perhaps by calling someone.

  • Be a Good Neighbor - It’s time to Get Out Of The House (GOOTH) by contacting others. Visit your friends while staying at home. They need you! Discouragement and Loneliness, like unwelcome visitors, are knocking on everyone’s door. You can shoo them away by your phone calls and contacts.

  • You Are Loved - You are loved so very much, by God, and by us here at OSLC. 

 

More soon,

 

Sincerely,

 

Pastor David

 

Photos

 

This is what last Sunday morning looked like at OSLC

 

 

 

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