Christ Lutheran Church
7801 Indiana Avenue, Lubbock, Texas 79423-1805
Phone:  806-799-0162; Fax:  806-799-2273


"For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have eternal life."  John 3:16

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November is an exciting time of the year. It is not quite as exciting as it was some years ago, when Thanksgiving Day always brought with it the rivalry between Texas A&M and the University of Texas. Many family disagreements came up on Thanksgiving, some good-natured, and some not so good-natured. My daughter and I both went to Texas A&M, my son and daughter-in-law to the school in Austin.

But that is not what we really think about in November. We plan for family visits, we plan for the opportunity to get together to celebrate the National Day of Thanksgiving. For many of us it is a time when we begin to get started on the Holiday eating schedule, which we try to reverse on January 1 of the following year.

It is a time when we, as the Redeemed by Christ, can come together to worship and give thanks for all the blessings which we have received during the past year.

LSB Hymn 892 is a well-known and loved hymn:

Come, ye thankful people come;
Raise the song of harvest home.
All be safely gathered in
Ere the winter storms begin:
God, our maker, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied.
Come to God's own temple come;
Raise the song of harvest home.

In travels between Big Spring and Lubbock, the cotton has not all been gathered as yet. The milo is still in the field. And yet, we still give thanks to God for the abundance which He continues to give us in our Nation and in our area.

But November also marks the end of the Church year, and it is appropriate that we think of that as well. The Gospel lesson for the last Sunday of the Church year is Matthew 25:31-46 in which Jesus speaks of the judgement and the separation like sheep from goats.

Verse 3 of Hymn 892 is definitely appropriate:

For the Lord, our God, shall come 
And shall take His harvest home,
From His field shall in that day
All offenses purge away.
Give His angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast,
But the fruitful ears to store
In His garner evermore.

We have so much for which to be thankful, but especially that we as the called people of God are given all good things, but especially the assurance that we have received the gift of salvation from God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Blessings to all of you.

Pastor Abel


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