Look Both Ways
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2
Lent is late this year so we won’t observe Ash Wednesday until March 1st. That means we can devote the month of February to “looking both ways.” Now usually that phrase means we want to make sure we can safely cross a street, but it’s also a great term to describe what we ought to do as we celebrate a birthday or anniversary. Since Victory will celebrate its 40th anniversary in April and Lutheranism will celebrate its 500th anniversary in October, we have lots of reasons to focus on both our past and our future.
While we’re planning a congregational anniversary party on Sunday, April 9th (the actual anniversary is April 3rd) we’re going to spend the next two months intentionally thinking about both our past and our future. During February we are going to use our worship experiences to both remember and celebrate our past. Each weekend we will look at our history in ten year increments. That means the first weekend we will focus on Victory’s first ten years. Each succeeding week we will turn the clock forward another ten years. In addition to our normal worship experiences and Biblical reminders of the importance of remembering our past, we also want to recognize the people who became a part of the Victory family during each of these seasons. Then during March, we’ll use a similar process to envision the legacy we’d like to leave for the people who will celebrate Victory’s 80th anniversary.
I hope these next few months are filled with fond memories, grand visions and lots of fun. Just think, we are worshiping on land and in a building purchased and built by people who had a dream 40 years ago. None of our charter members from those early years are still living but we’re enjoying the fruit of their efforts. So we want to both celebrate and give thanks for the past and hopefully also pass along a similar legacy to the people who will be here long after we’re gone.
But the more I think about our anniversary year, the more I’m drawn to believe that God would want us to have dreams and visions that last far longer than 40 years. We’re not only celebrating a 40th anniversary, we’re also celebrating a 500th anniversary. Hopefully we also use this year to devote considerable time and energy reflecting on things that Martin Luther and the early reformers did so we can do our best to leave a legacy that will last far longer than 40 years.
I hope you’ll join us for weekly worship this month as we celebrate Victory’s first 40 years. I also hope you’ll join in some of the other special opportunities we will offer to celebrate these anniversaries and plan for an exciting future. One of those celebration events will take place on February 19th when we you can literally meet Martin and Katie Luther. Okay maybe it’s not really Martin and Katie but you’ll learn a lot, have a lot of fun and it’s a great way to start reflecting on a 500 year heritage.
It should be a great year a great start to Victory’s next 40 years!!
Pastor Larry Kassebaum
Sunday Movie Matinee
When a group of best friends decide to go to a MARRIAGE RETREAT in the mountains for no deeper reasons than to relax and have a little fun, they discover the true state of their marriages and how far apart they have drifted. They soon discover it’s not what they are missing in their relationships but who. This heartfelt film will make you laugh, cry and cheer these couples on to finding their way back to the ONE they love.
DID YOU KNOW?
If you have missed any of the previous movies shown, you may check them out from the front office to view. Some of titles include: The Christmas Candle, God’s Not Dead, Brother White, Soul Surfer, Seasons of Gray, Do You Believe?, Finding Normal, War Room, Woodlawn, Where Hope Grows, Mom’s Night Out, Faith of Our Fathers, The Encounter, Little Boy, Luther, and Miracles from Heaven.