As I was walking in my neighborhood this week, I came across a familiar sight. There was a man outside on his front yard with a bunch of screws, bolts, pipes, tubes, glass frames, etc… attempting to assemble something – some kind of outdoor furniture piece. I’m sure you can picture the scene. There he is standing over all the pieces, scratching his head and wondering how they are supposed to be put together. We’ve all been there at some point in time – whether it’s furniture, a grill, a toy, we’ve all had some kind of similar experience.
As I continued, I heard him say, “Ok, third time is a charm. Maybe now I’ll try using the instructions.” It made me smile. From the sounds of it, he already tried to put it together twice and had to undo it. A little farther down the street, I saw a dad outside teaching his son how to hit a ball off the tee with a bat. The first few swings the boy just swung away, not even looking at the ball, and he missed with a big WHIFF! He got a little frustrated, but his dad calmed him down and again, patiently, showed him how to keep his head on the ball. The next time he hit the ball. He was so happy. Both of these situations made me think … it is so much easier when we follow the directions. Yes, we might be able to assemble that table or chair or whatever, but it saves time, energy, stress, and we are sure to do it properly, when we follow the instructions.
God is the Master Teacher. He gave us an instruction manual for life – it’s the Bible. In His Word, He lovingly gives us the guidelines and the instructions to live by. And when we don’t follow them, we get ourselves into situations that cause us frustration, stress, and/or just make things harder than they have to be. Follow the instructions. We have our life manual. It doesn’t mean things will be easy – sometimes it’s still hard to assemble that furniture or hit that ball – but if you follow the directions you know you will do it correctly with the least amount of detours. If you do go off and not pay attention to the directions, God will lead you back. He will rejoice that you have learned to follow His instructions. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him.” (Psalm 32:8-10)
Here’s what’s happening:
TONIGHT, there will be a home Bible Study group at John and Rosana Reade’s house (183 N. Washington Ave., Centereach, NY 11720) at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome! The Bible Study group at Chris and Rosann Ciccarelli’s house will resume next week on July 18.
This Friday night, July 13, there will be a YOUTH GROUP BBQ at Vinnie and Dawn Alotta’s house (8 Broad Street in Lake Grove) from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Everyone going into 8th grade and older are welcome to attend.
Saturday, July 14 – There will be an Elder’s meeting at 7:00 a.m., Men’s Bible Study and Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and Women’s Bible Study and Breakfast at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome.
There will be Prayer Walk around the land at 11:00 a.m. (after Women’s Bible Study) for all those who would like to join us in prayer as we walk the land.
Saturday, July 14 – Come and join us at 7:00 p.m. for a special movie, “Mama Heidi,” the story of a missionary woman and her husband to Africa. Desserts will follow. This is a Sunday School sponsored event to help fundraise for Gary’s trip to Africa and to help build a well for water. All are welcome! To view a trailer of the movie visit: https://vimeo.com/164732458
Sunday, July 15, we will follow our regular Sunday morning schedule with worship services at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. and Bible Study and Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. Come join us! If you are traveling or just want to tune in, you can hear the “Voice of Our Savior” on 1100 AM, 1370 AM and www.WHLI.com at 8:30 a.m. every Sunday.
Vacation Bible School is quickly approaching! All are welcome to participate in VBS – either as a student or a helper! All help is welcome for as much time as you choose. Donations of any of the following would be greatly appreciated: cookies (no peanuts), pretzels, goldfish, potato chips, ice tea mix, and lemonade mix (yellow only – no pink lemonade.) Thank you! Click here for a VBS FLYER, REGISTRATION FORM, and VOLUNTEER FORM.
Basketball Camp will resume this Monday, July 16. Click here for more information and a registration form. BASKETBALL CAMP FLYER and REGISTRATION FORM.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK TO:
July 11 – Addriene Door
July 13 – Dolores Fernandez
July 14 – Grace Rowan
July 15 – Jaden Allen
Have a great week!
8 & 10:30 AM: Worship Service
• Childcare Provided
"The Voice of Our Savior Radio Show"
Broadcast on 1100 am and 1370 am
• Children's Sunday School
(Pre K to 6th Grade)
• Confirmation Program
(7th & 8th Grade)
• Adult Bible Study
• High School Bible Study
Communion Service Every Sunday
Pastor: Rev. Ronald W. Stelzer
Assistant to the Pastor: Gary D’Aquino, LCMS Deacon
Director of Parish Music: Ray Knehnetski
Secretary: Robin Reade