September Thoughts

Here we are in September. The summer is behind us. The fall is in front of us. September is that time of expectation and change. We expect a good season of fall. We expect that there will be plenty of apples on the trees for us to pick. We expect that we are going to have a good month. There are also changes that are coming. The weather changes from hot to warm to cool and back to warm and finally the heat/humidity of the summer becomes a thing of the past. Instead of highs in the 90’s we find that the highs are in the 80’s and then the 70’s. Soon we will have to change out our wardrobes for the fall clothes.

The one thing that doesn’t change is the Lord. He remains the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He never changes. His love is always with us, always constant, never-changing. The expectation of the Law is placed upon His Son and Jesus Christ fulfills the expectation of the Law in our place. He carries our sins and the penalty of those sins. That is the Good News of the Gospel. That is what we proclaim here at St. Paul’s. We still follow the Law in order to live the Christian life, but we don’t face the Law in order to try to save ourselves.

Changes & expectations – they are a part of September. Changes – the Lord doesn’t change. Expectations – the Father looks to His Son to fulfill the expectations in our place. May your September be filled with joy, with season changes, with great expectations and the presence of the unchanging Lord.

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About Pastor Mitch

I am pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, having been installed on February 15, 2009. I have been a pastor since June 1987. I am married to Penny Schuessler. We were married on June 23, 1984 in Decatur, IL. We have two adult children: Rachael Beckemeyer (married to Brandon Beckemeyer) and Matthew Schuessler I grew up in Decatur, IL, attended school at the Lutheran School Association through 8th grade, graduated from Eisenhower High School and received my Bachelor of Arts from Millikin University, Decatur in 1983. I received my Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. MO in 1987.