September

Sept – 1 Cub Scouts 6:30om

                NA 7pm

Sept 2 – TOPS 9:30am

                AA 5:30pm

                Bell Choir 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

                Women’s Na 8pm

Sept 3 – Bible Study 8am

                Al-anon 9:30am

                Choir 6:30pm

                W&M 7:30pm

Sept 4 – Boy Scouts 6:30pm

                GriefShare 6:30pm

                Property 7pm

Sept 5 – Needlers 7pm

Sept 6 –

Sept 7 – Worship 8:30& 11am

                Sunday School 9:45am

                Gods Work Our Hands

Sept 8 – Cub Scouts 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

                NA 7pm

                Finance 7pm

Sept 9 – TOPS 9:30am

                AA 5:30pm

                Bell Choir 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

                Women’s NA 8pm

Sept 10 – Bible Study 8am

                Al-anon 9:30am

                Hope Circle 1pm

                Choir 6:30pm

Sept 11 – Boy Scouts 6:30pm

                GriefShare 6:30pm

Sept 12 –

Sept 13 –

Sept 14 – Worship 78:30 & 11am

                Sunday School 9:45am

                Church Picnic 12pm

Sept 15 – Cub Scouts 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

                NA 7pm

Sept 16 – Food Pantry (must pre register)

                TOPS 9:30am

                AA 5:30pm

                Bell Choir 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

                Esther Circle 7:30pm

                Women’s NA 8pm

Sept 17 – Bible Study 8am

                Al-anon 9:30am

                Rebecca Circle 1:30pm

                Choir 6:30pm

Sept 18 – Boy Scouts 6:30pm

                GriefShare 6:30pm

Sept 19 – Social Hall 3-9-pm

                Needlers 7pm

Sept 20- Social Hall

Sept 21 – Worship 8:30am & 11am

                Sunday School 9:45am

Sept 22 – Cub Scouts 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

                NA 7pm

Sept 23 – TOPS 9:30am

                AA 5:30pm

                Bell Choir 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

                Women’s NA 8pm

Sept 24 – Al-anon 9:30am

                Choir 6:30pm

Sept 25 – Boy Scouts 6:30pm

                GriefShare 6:30pm

Sept 26 –

Sept 27 –

Sept 28 – Worship 8:30 & 11am

                Sunday School 9:45am

                New Member Classes 9:45am

                Social Hall 12-5pm

Sept 29 – Cub Scouts 6:30pom

                Confirmation 7pm

                NA 7pm

Sept 30- TOPS 9:30am

                AA 5:30pm

                Bell Choir 6:30pm

                Confirmation 7pm

                Women’s NA 8pm

WELCOME TO AUGUSTANA HOBART

     Welcome to Augustana Lutheran Church, Hobart, Indiana. We are a worshiping community of baptized members of the Church of Christ, reponding in faith to the call of the Holy Spirit through the Gospel, preaching the Word, adminsitering the sacraments, and carrying out God's mission.

           We encourage you to look over our site. In our Home section you can find a devotional message we hope you find benficial. In the About Us section you will find information about our congregations history, and about the major ministries of the congregation. Check out or Frequetly Asked Questions, or FAQ, to find some of the answers we frequently get about us, such as worship times. Special Events are listed in our Services section, as some information about our worship life. The Contact Us section includes information about how to contact us, as well as a way for you to have us contact you. Finaly, the Gallery has some photos of our life here at Augustana.

          We hope you find our web site helpful and informative. Feel free to join us for worship. In the end we hope you find a measure of God's grace with us.

Augustana Lutheran Church will now have the option of Gluten Free Communion Bread at both services for those who have food allergies to Gluten.

MISSION STATEMENT

We, the people of Augustana, as a community of faith called by Christ to the fullness
of life in God commit ourselves to:

Worship God through word and sacrament

Teach the Gospel message Grace

Promote renewal and outreach

Share the blessings of God’s love

Support and equip one another in our calling

Celebrate and affirm our gifts

Serve our lording the church, society and world

In grateful & faithful response to God’s grace we dedicate ourselves to fulfilling these through word and by action in obedience to the command of Christ.

Amen
Last week's sermon

Pentecost 14, 14 September 2014

Matthew 18:21-35                          INI

When you first read it, this story is ridiculous. A guy with a multi-billion dollar debt? I mean, we’ve all gone a little crazy with the credit card, but how do you even get a debt of several billion dollars? And just after he gets forgiven that bizarre debt he turns around and puts a choke hold on a friend for a few grand? Come on.

The strange thing about this story, though, is how close to life it is. Can you really get a debt that big? Well, imagine this. You are camping out west, and it’s not clear whether you missed the memo about no camp fires or just decided to ignore it because, doggone it, you know how to manage a fire. At any rate, when your little s’mores maker finally goes out it has become a wildfire that burnt out 40,000 acres, destroyed 5 towns and killed 13 people. You didn’t mean to do all that. It just resulted from one almost innocent thing you did.

Now take this back into daily life. Over the years I’ve heard hundreds of stories about how folks have been badly hurt and their lives damaged. There have been a few stories about real evil. But for the most part, the people who did the damage were not bad people. They did not intend to do harm – in fact, they usually cared about those they hurt. And though they did do unwise and careless things, the harm they did was not due to clearly bad conduct. A rash promise that was not kept. An assumption that was not checked. An unkindness that grew out of ways they them-selves had been hurt. Nothing really big. But permanent damage results.

And what was the value of those lives they damaged? God considers them priceless. He is willing to ransom even the lowliest human life at

the price of his Son’s death. So if human lives are so tremendously precious, and so easily, so routinely damaged, it is not so hard to build up a huge debt over the course of a lifetime. Even if you don’t mean to. Even if you don’t notice. When I reflect on how people have hurt me over the years, I often wonder just how much damage I have done over the course of my lifetime. Someday I will find out.

And there is the harm we are part of because people like us profit from the unjust suffering of others less fortunate than we are. When I eat a can of pineapple, I wonder whether it was grown on land the fruit company stole from native people who had lived on those lands from the dawn of time. Our faith teaches us that we are not responsible just for the wrong we do as individuals. We are responsible for the wrong that is done by others in our name and for our advantage – especially if we have done nothing to prevent it. So a billion dollar debt is not so hard to imagine.

So what about the other bit, where the guy goes right out and demands immediate repayment? Well, I’ve studied forgiveness for almost 20 years. I’ve picked up some interesting facts from psychological research about how we deal with wrongs we do and wrongs done to us. For one thing, we tend to remember serious injuries more vividly than we do nice things, because such memories may help us avoid danger next time.

But here’s another interesting thing. When I do wrong, I am inclined to minimize it – Aw, it was nothing. You’re just making a mountain out of a molehill. And I’m less likely to think I really did it on purpose. It isn’t the sort of thing a nice guy like me normally does. But when someone hurts me, I am more inclined to see it as serious, deliberate and the sort of thing you would do, you dirty creep. This is how we are wired.

So he walks out the door, still a little frightened, ashamed and angry,

still not quite convinced that he really owed that much, and he meets a guy whose ‘debt’ of a few thousand is very plain, very concrete, and very annoying. I have no trouble believing that he did what he did.

But let’s turn now to the master and ask a fresh question: what does it mean to forgive? What does forgiveness look like, feel like? We may imagine that the master felt a moment’s pang of anger and loss as he had to write off a few billion dollars. Forgiveness does have in it an element of suffering as we sacrifice something we do in fact have a right to, whether this be the loss we have sustained or the proper anger it stirs.

But we see something else. We see that he was deeply moved with pity. He saw clearly how badly this poor servant had ruined his life. He could feel the man’s pain. This servant had become a real human being for the master, not just an employee with a bad record. He could see the family behind him and sense the danger hanging over them. And because he saw the great value of his life, he decided that he would exercise the great power he had to protect this man from his own folly. Forgiveness is truly an act of power and freedom, a freely-chosen act of restoring life and freedom to one who has hurt us. And in the process he too was freed – from his rage, and from obsession with how he’d been cheated.

In other words, this master looked at his servant with love and, because he did, he saw what was really there. I believe that this is one of the deepest truths of our faith. We say love is blind, whatever that means. But I think that we cannot see reality, we cannot make sense of what is around us, unless we learn to see it in the light of God’s love for the world. We may see many facts. But without love we cannot see reality. And when we look upon each other in love, we see the deeply flawed   

and valuable creatures that have so much in common with us.

But now, one last thing. The master sees how badly the servant treats his friend and promptly flings the wretch in jail. And this right after Jesus had told Peter that there really is no end to forgiving. Isn’t that a little inconsistent? Shouldn’t the master have forgiven him for being such a jerk? I don’t think so. See, the real question is this: what rules do you choose to play by? If you think it over, and decide that you are going to reject the rule of God’s mercy and play by the rules of strict justice instead, God in the end will say – all right. That’s how you want it, you can live with your choice. If that’s what you want.

WORSHIP TIMES:

       8:30 and 11:00am

SUNDAY SCHOOL:

     9:45 to10:45 (Sept- May)

 

 

 

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Augustana Hobart
207 Kelly Street
Hobart, IN 46342
Phone: 219 -942-3574
Email: augustanahobart@gmail.com

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