Deer Park, Wisconsin
Church office phone: (715) 269-5126 (leave message)
Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m.
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Pastor’s Page - June 2014 “TAKE THIS
Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work at it with
all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you
will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.”
Back in the last century, country music star Johnny Paycheck had a hit song
entitled “Take This Job And Shove It!” Coming from a steel mill worker
background, Paycheck voiced the sentiment of every working class American who
works a job they hate, doing work they despise.
Christians, especially when they have unbelieving employers, (and most do),
have felt this despair voiced by Paycheck. Long hours, too hard of work, no
respect, no recognition for a job well done, year after year, has the tendency
to produce burned out people bitter with everything around them and with life
in general. Many of us grew up watching our fathers and mothers doing work that
never got done, for too little pay, that made them old before their time. And
then one morning, we woke up, looked at ourselves in the mirror and realized we
had become our parents--old and tired.
And yet, Paul passes over all such considerations, and asks Christians to
work as if they were working for the Lord and not for people. The Apostle is
asking us to do two things. The first, is to change how we look at our
job--”whatever you do,” as if Christ, Himself, hired you to do that job. It
doesn’t matter if you’re a factory worker, farmer, administrative
assistant, accountant, or if you mow lawns, change diapers, wash dishes, cook
food for other people to eat, or are retired (that’s work, too!)
The second thing Pauls asks of us, is to do that work as if we were working
to please the Lord--
With all your heart.” The reward of such Apostolic encouragement is
immediately stated. “…since you know that you will receive an inheritance
from the Lord as a reward.” Christians who look at nothing else than the
labor done, and the pay received for their work, are groveling in earthly
things, are working for that which is sensuous and base. They receive from
their work exactly what they are looking for, earthly rewards of varying
amounts. And when they have received that, they have nothing further to
Rather, Paul is asking us to look away from the things of this world and
focus on the heavenly. The Lord’s inheritance is a thousand fold. Peace of
mind. Peace of heart. Satisfaction with what we have. Not chasing after the
things we don’t have. Sleep unencumbered with worries and fretting. And in
the next life, a Master who tells us, “Well done, Good and faithful
servant.” Just think how our Christian walk would change if we had a bumper
sticker that reflected our attitude--”Take This Job And Love It!” -- or --
“Praise the Lord--It’s Off To Work I Go!”
Rev. John Wilman
BIBLE STUDY for St. Paul Lutheran Church will resume in September on Tuesday
mornings at 10 AM. There is always coffee and goodies as well as learning.
USHERS for the month of June are Gary and Cheryl Kemling. Ushers also fill
the communion trays on Communion Sundays for that month. The ushers for the
balance of the year are:
July-Roger & Marion Gust; Aug-Bruce Johnson family; Sept-Dan &
Jennifer Young; Oct-Dave & Carolyn Mertz; Nov-Jeff Heiden family; Dec-Doug
& Terri Peterson.
A YOUTH GROUP for high school aged students is being planned to start in the
fall. If you are interested in joining or helping with the project, please
contact Julie Heiden at 715-268-7730 or talk to her after church services.
VACATION for Pastor Wilman will be from June 15th to June 21st. The Elders
will lead the worship service on June 15. Pastor Wilman can be reached at:
715-263-2723 or 715-790-1558.
Pastor John Wilman, of St. Paul Lutheran Church, speaks at
Deer Park's Memorial Day 2012 observance at Calvary Cemetery. The video is 7
minutes 40 seconds long and includes the entire message.