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Trunk or Treat - Friday, October 25th, 5:30-7:30 PM

Friday, October 25th
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Our Shepherd Lutheran Church
2225 E. 14 Mile Road, Birmingham MI  

You’re invited to our third annual Trunk or Treat Event! Join us for Trunk or Treating, petting zoo, pony rides, and Silly Me the Clown! Food will be available for purchase. Bring family, friends, and neighbors.

Adults and High School students. Shifts available from 4-8 PM. Lutheran Northwest students will receive JOY hours too! Please register at bit.ly/OSLTrunkorTreatVolunteers





Posted by Steve Woodfin

St. Michael and All Angels

September 29 on the church calendar is a day to honor St. Michael and All Angels.

The readings for Michaelmas are Daniel 10:10-14; 12:1-3, Psalm 91, Revelation 12:7-12, and Luke 10:17-20. The liturgical color for this festival is white.

Michael, according to Revelation 12, led the heavenly army against Lucifer before the creation of the world. This festival has its origins in the fifth century when a church, six miles from Rome, was dedicated to him. The day became popular in Europe and England because it marked the beginning of the last cycle of the Pentecost season. The importance of this festival was not only liturgical but also related to its civil context. In England, Michaelmas marks the beginning of the fall term in the law courts and fall academic terms at Oxford and Cambridge. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael are commemorated together on this day. A history magazine from the United Kingdom has an online article describing some of the civil observations that take place on Michaelmas.

The day falls near the equinox, the day associated with the beginning of autumn and the shortening of days. The festival has served as a reminder to people that in the darker and colder days of life we are encouraged to find protection in God and His holy messengers. It was believed by some that this protection was especially needed during the days that had less sunlight because negative forces were stronger during the darkness. Nonetheless we have confidence in both the power and grace of our Lord God to keep and guard our bodies and souls. Romans 8:31ff remind us that nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.

The practice of annual commemoration of local martyrs began early in the church during the middle of the second century. The celebrations were often at the place of burial. The liturgical calendar of the church over the years became overloaded with festivals and commemorations. Lutheran reformers tried to reduce the overloaded calendar. They retained feasts of our Lord, the days of the apostles and evangelists, St. Stephen the first martyr, Holy Innocents, St. John the Baptist,  St. Michael the Archangel, and All Saints.  Two of these feast days remained widely celebrated during the Reformation because they enjoyed the status of serving as civil holidays as well: The Nativity of St. John the Baptist (June 24) and St. Michael and All Angels (September 29). Among Lutheran preachers, St. Michael's Day has provided an occasion to preach on the doctrine of angels and to give thanks for their ministry.

Preach the Word

When I step up into the pulpit on a Sunday morning and preach God's Word, I undertake this task with a humble attitude. Here are some basic truths about the Bible that give us the confidence that God's Word delivers us into the promises of God.

Authority - The Bible is the inspired Word of God written to deliver us sinners to the good news of our savior Jesus Christ. God stands behind every statement, doctrine, and promise of the Bible. To this authority, we humble ourselves. To ignore the Bible is rebellion against God's authority. The confidence that God stands by the Word places a demand on me that I work through the passages that are not easily accepted by my intellectual categories, my personal experiences, or my social interactions. 

Efficacy - The Holy Spirit is at work in the Word of God calling us to faith. I rejoice in the power of God's Word to produce faith. Faith is not produced by the emotional strings I am able to manipulate. Nor is faith produced by how awesome I am in my preaching. I rejoice in the freedom from having to be the savior for people, and instead I get to share God's Word. I trust in the power of the Spirit to be at work in the Word of God (Romans 10). The effect of the passage is produced by the content.

Sufficiency - The Bible contains everything that is necessary for the ends and aims of the Holy Scriptures. Paul wrote to Timothy that the Bible is sufficient to "make us wise unto salvation" (2 Timothy 3:15). There are no problems in the Bible that require modern developments of doctrine or a new vision by a modern prophet. 

Perspicuity - The Bible is given in words that we can understand. The fountain of God's promises flow clear for people without the necessity of some great auror of the mysteries to interpret the Bible. We can confidently place the Bible into the hands of all without having to place fences around who is authorized to read the Bible.