St. Paul's Evangelical
Lutheran
 Church 

330 Highland Drive
Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411

Church Office: 708-754-4493

We go forward in Witness, Mercy, Life Together.


 
 
Sunday Worship Service
10:00 a.m.
(Both in-church and drive-in
opportunities will be
available EVERY Sunday)
 
Communion 1st and 3rd
Sundays of the month
 
Sunday School & Youth Bible Study
9:00am - 9:45am
 

 

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 Christian Resources For You!

http://www.lhm.org

http://www.lutheranchurchcharities.org

http://issuesetc.org/

http://higherthings.org/


 

Pastor Matt Pix-17MESSAGE FROM PASTOR MATT

OCTOBER 2021

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

 

Philippians 4: 4-7 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

If you’ve been here at St. Paul’s these past few months, you may have noticed that at the end of every sermon I preach, I finish with the words of Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” But, why do I end all my sermons this way? Well, St. Paul is reminding us in Philippians chapter 4 that at the end of the day it is not our own brains that provide us with salvation. It is not our knowledge or understanding that keeps us faithful. In the end it is only through the Will of God that you and I have FAITH. It is God’s job, not ours, to provide faith in His Son Jesus.

 

The good news with that is that no matter what else in your life relies on you… the bills, your busy schedule, picking up the kids from school, making sure you bought the groceries, did the laundry, and remembering that special event coming up next week, or was it this week?!? No matter what else is on your mind, on your to-do list, and “up to you” the gifts of God don’t need any help from us. They are freely given!

 

So, as you come to church, remember that it’s not another job to be done or a task to be completed. Worshiping here at St. Paul’s is an opportunity for God to give to you! You come here to receive His love, mercy, forgiveness, and hope… and even if you’re SO tired from your busy week and hectic schedule that it’s hard to pay attention to the sermon, don’t panic. The grace of God is sufficient for you even if it all goes in one ear and out the other.

 

God isn’t asking us to DO WORK when we come to worship. In fact, all He asks of you is one thing: that you give your requests to Him. And He will provide for you. He is doing the work of looking out for you, guiding you, and protecting you. Praise the Lord, that those things are on God’s “to-do” list, for each and every of you.

 

Blessings on your October!

Pastor Matt