Dear Hauge Lutheran Church Congregation,
“How lovely are Your dwelling places, O Lord of hosts! My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.” Psalm 84:1-2
Hauge Council met for a special meeting on June 2 and it was decided to reopen Hauge Lutheran Church. There are many that have been expectantly awaiting reopening as we have longed to gather together for many weeks. However, we recognize that some are at a higher risk of COVID-19 complications. PLEASE stay home if you are more susceptible, have underlying conditions, or are not comfortable meeting together in person. Pastor Gideon will continue to provide worship services in an online format. Please also be encouraged to gather in smaller groups in homes to watch service together as you feel comfortable.
Upon reopening, here is what you need to know. Hauge Lutheran will resume in person services on SATURDAY, JUNE 13 at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of moving to a Saturday night service for the immediate future is to provide a service that will be recorded, lightly edited, and posted for people to view Sunday morning. It also provides another option for those that may not be able to attend Sunday morning. We pray you understand the need for this service option as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 world we are living in and long to provide our congregation with worship service options that encourage attendance and participation. Please join us on Saturday, June 13, or as soon as you feel comfortable!
Again, please stay home if you or a member of your household has displayed signs and symptoms of COVID-19, has a confirmed case of COVID-19, or had contact within the last two weeks with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19. Signs and symptoms may include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Wear a face mask, if desired. If you do not have one, there are a few available.
Remember to maintain social distancing.
What to expect:
We are excited to be together and worship with you once again! Our Lord God is sovereign and we offer praise and thanksgiving for His guidance, protection, and grace. SEE YOU VERY SOON!
For Hauge Council,
Wayne Walker, Brenda Boyum, Heather Olson
Please check on Facebook for the Hauge Sunday School page for a link to the latest service on YouTube or it's below:
The link to the service for Sunday, July 12:
The Old Stone Church
The annual service at the Old Stone Church scheduled for June 28 will be a virtual service this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We will try to preserve as much of the Old Stone Church ambiance as we can by recording at the church and surrounding cemetery. It will be available by June 28. Financial contributions to the Old Stone Church are welcome and appreciated. They will be used for the maintenance of the church and cemetery. Please mail the contributions to Hauge Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 71, Kenyon, MN 55946. Please be sure to designate it is for the Old Stone Church.
Please look at FaceBook for Pastor Johnson's church services.
The Love and Faithfulness of the Lord
Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.
Over the last several weeks, as I’ve worked through my current Bible reading plan, I’ve been spending my time in First and Second Samuel. These are two important books for several reasons, a couple of which I’ll recount here. First of all, they are important because they tell of the history of Israel’s transition from being ruled by judges to being ruled by a king. Samuel was the last judge of Israel and, after the people demanded a king, was the one who anointed Saul as king. Later on, after Saul was rejected by God, Samuel anointed David as king, which is another important part of Israel history that is found in these books.
A second reason these books are important is because of the lessons we learn. For example, we find lessons about humility and devotion to the Lord (see the story of Hannah in I Samuel 1 and 2), we find lessons about the wages of sin (see the story about Eli and his sons, the story of Saul, and the story of David and Bathsheba), we also find lessons about the Lord’s love and faithfulness.
If you know anything about this time in Israel’s history, it was not a highpoint. The priesthood was not held in high regard (Eli, the High Priest, and his sons were not honorable men), the people demanded a king and rejected God in doing so, their enemy the Philistines were invading and not being pushed out, at one point the Ark of the Covenant was stolen, etc. Yet, the Lord showed His love and faithfulness to His people in spite of all these and many other things. For example, the Lord showed His love and faithfulness by revealing Himself to Samuel and appointing him as a prophet and priest. The Lord showed His love and faithfulness by raising up David to do battle against the Philistines and later to be king over Israel. The Lord showed His love and faithfulness by protecting David during his time of exile from Saul. The Lord also showed His love and faithfulness by rebuking David in his sin and calling him to repentance.
Now, that last example doesn’t typically strike us as a measure of God’s great love and faithfulness. After all, it doesn’t initially sound all that loving to be rebuked and disciplined. Yet, sometimes – as I’m sure most of us can attest to – that is the most loving thing a person can do. In Revelation 3:19, the Lord says, “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline.” Why? So that one might return to the Lord in repentance and with greater zeal and love for Him.
This was the Lord’s purpose in rebuking and disciplining David. He wanted David to repent and return to Him, and that’s what David did. And he was forgiven. Certainly, he still faced certain consequences for his sin, but forgiven by God, he was. Shown God’s love and faithfulness, he was.
Of course, for us, the greatest example of God’s love and faithfulness is Christ and the cross. There, as He continually did for David when fleeing from Saul, the Lord delivered us from our enemy’s hand; the enemy of sin, death, and the devil. Yet, the Lord’s love and faithfulness are also seen in other ways. For example, when the Spirit convicts you of sin, the Lord is showing His love and faithfulness to you. That is, He’s loving you by calling you to repentance and faith. After all, if the Lord didn’t love you, not only wouldn’t He have sent you a Savior, neither would He have shown you your sin and need for a savior.
So, remember the love and faithfulness of the Lord. Remember the love and faithfulness shown at the cross. Remember the love and faithfulness shown to you in those times of conviction and calls to repentance.
Be still, and know that I am God.
The needs for missionary families include dry soup mixes, kool aid, card games and small toys, chocolate and gummy bears, mac and cheese, and special occasion napkins. If you are interested in donating some of these items, please place your donations in the box in the kitchen.
Our knitting and crocheting group is not meeting due to the COVID 19 public health emergency. Please keep knitting and/or crocheting, as well as praying for those in need.
July 12: Youth Group 6-8 p.m. Hauge
July 16: High School Bible Study 7 p.m. Emmanuel
July 19-23 FLY Beyond and FLY Zone
July 26: Youth Group 6-8 p.m. Hauge
July 30: Fun Day 3-7 p.m. Emmanuel
July 30: High School Bible Study 7 p.m. at Emmanuel