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Pastor's Blog - A Ring or a Cross?

A Ring or a Cross?

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

The man gets down on one knee... the moment the young woman has been waiting for finally arrives. He opens up the beautiful little jewelry store box, and there is the _______ she has been hoping for.

Fill in the Blank

Many of us at St. Paul's enjoy filling in the blanks on the message outline on the back of the worship folder. What should go in that blank?

  • A ring? ... Of course! The ring is a symbol of eternal love. There is no beginning or ending to a ring. 
  • A cross? ... Not so likely, but much more realistic.

The Promise of the Cross

If a man gave his beloved a cross... how meaningful that would be! He is called by God to "love his wife as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her" (Ephesians 5:25). It could be his promise to sacrifice himself for his wife just as Jesus showed his love toward the Church. 

It would be a fitting gift for the wife to give as well. She is called by God to "submit herself to her husband" (Ephesians 5:22), to put his needs before her own. She too has the call to sacrifice herself just Jesus sacrificed himself for the the Church. 

The Warning of the Cross

The cross is a fitting gift in another way... it is a warning. You are marrying an imperfect human being. By uniting yourself to him or her in marriage, you are inviting crosses into your life... The sacrifices each is called to make will often be painful, and that pain will often be caused by the sin of the other spouse. 

The Cross = Love

This weekend, we continue our "Love" message series. This week Jesus is calling us to follow his lead ... follow his love... by denying ourselves and taking up the cross. Prepare for the message by reading Mark 8:31-38 and John 19:28-29. 

Love to Our Children - Easter for Kids

Easter for Kids is March 24, 9 to 11:45 am. Register here

If you are willing to help out during the event, check the box on the form. or email Dr. Joel Nelson at . Children are to bring at least one non-perishable food item for the Muskego Food Pantry as their “ticket” to get in. 

Wednesday Lenten Services

Join us on Wednesdays for our Lenten series "Lured" at our 3:30 and 7:00 services. Soup supper between the services. 

Worship in Person

When we gather in worship, we  experience together the joy of Christ, the reception of the Lord's Supper, and encourage each other. Join us in worship:

Traditional Communion Services: Sat @ 5 pm; Sun @ 7:15 & 9:15 am
Contemporary Communion Service: Sun @ 10:45 am
The Bridge: Sun @ 10:15 am (A confession/communion service is held weekly at 9:45 am)

Childcare is available at all Sunday services except 7:45 am.

Kids Club/Boost and Adult Bible study are at 9:15 am. 

Worship Online

If you can't join us in person, join us online. The Bridge is live streamed at 10:15 am here. Our traditional service messages are available here. 

This week's News and Notes is attached with news about Bible studies that are available for all, groups like DivorceCare and Mommy and Me, and our Mexican Mission Partner. 

God bless your weekend!

Pastor Pete


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