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Built on the Rock the Church Shall Stand!

Posted March 17, 2021
Built on the Rock the Church Shall Stand!

Last Sunday we said goodbye to our church building at 1111 Van Street. Our Good Shepherd family had been worshipping there since 1952. It was a bittersweet yet joyful celebration of God’s goodness and mercy. Pastor Balzer faithfully shared God’s Word as he read Psalm 23 and we were reminded how Jesus is The Good Shepherd who continues to walk with us and shares His “goodness and mercy with us all the days of our lives!”  Pastor Pollock shared his message entitled, “The church has left the building” where pastor reminded us that The Church is NOT a building! THE CHURCH is wherever God’s Word is faithfully proclaimed and the Means of Grace are shared with God’s faithful people! By God’s grace we continue to be the church as we are called to share the love of Jesus!

As we deconsecrated the building for Great Commission Ministry, we were reminded that the Great Commission of THE Church of Jesus Christ continues. Our ministry at Good Shepherd Lutheran to share the love of Jesus continues. It is humbling to be reminded of the temporal nature of all things made by man. Just as we said goodbye to Van Street, there will be a day when the church building at 195 Nesler will crumble and fall…but do not fear! Do not be sad! The Church of Jesus Christ remains! As we sang, “We are God’s house of living stones, built for His own habitation!” “The Church’s one Foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord! 

We thank God for His faithfulness. We gave thanks to God for the many blessings that He shared with our Good Shepherd family at our 1111 Van Street church building. We thank God that THE Church is built on THE Cornerstone of our Good Shepherd Jesus Christ and it lives in the hearts of God's faithful children. We give thanks to God for the faithful generations who went before us and we pray that by the power of the Holy Spirit we too would be found faithful to share the Love of Jesus in our Elgin Community. 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Pastor Steve Maske

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