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Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage

On Friday, June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) handed down a landmark decision in several cases, the result of which is the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex unions.
 
While this decision becomes the law of the land, it does not change the true estate of marriage as instituted by God in the garden of Eden and upheld throughout scripture, by the very words of Jesus, and the natural law of creation seen throughout the world.
 
The implications for this ruling for organizations, in particular churches like St. Paul, are yet unknown. Whatever challenges we may face in the future as we stand firmly upon God’s Word, we will face them with the certain and unwavering confidence that God is the Lord of Heaven and Earth and we shall obey God rather than man (Acts 5:29).
 
Even as we stand firmly upon the Word of God, we will reach out in care and compassion to all who are impacted by same-sex attraction. There are individuals whose faith clings to God’s Word even as they wrestle with the temptations of being attracted to their same sex. There are members of our families, congregations, and communities who are searching for how best to love our neighbors who are homosexuals. We serve all people best by extending to them the same holy words of God’s Law and Gospel by which we ourselves are convicted of our sins and by which we are comforted by the full and free forgiveness from God. 
 
We will engage a Bible Study series later this summer in which we will explore God’s Word on marriage and how we can respond in faith to the changing landscape of marriage in our country.
Sundays, 8:00am – 9:00am
July 19
August 2, 16, 23, 30
(the schedule is a little chopped up based on summer travel, but do mark your calendars)
 
Included here are several links to statements made in the wake of the SCOTUS decision, including from The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod president, Matthew Harrision; the two seminaries of the LCMS; a resolution passed by our LCMS Ohio District; and from Doxology, an organization helping pastors and congregations extend spiritual care to all people in all situations. I pray you will find them helpful and enlightening.
 
 
 

LCMS Synod President response to SCOTUS marriage ruling 

 
 
 
 

 



Prayers for Sherepita Family

Saints of St. Paul,

God’s grace and peace be with you in these and all your days.

With a heavy heart and eyes of faith turned only to our Heavenly Father for peace, I sadly say that on Sunday evening, Ed Sherepita died.

Please keep Marci, Nevin, Andrew, and their extended family in your constant prayers.

We are indeed blessed at St. Paul to have close ties to one another, through family, friendships, and our unity in the Body of Christ. Because of our closeness with Marci and the boys, all of us are affected by the suddenness of Ed’s death in some way. Many of you worked with Ed as an usher, as recently as Sunday morning. Later this week we will gather around God’s Word, the familiar hymns of the Church, and in prayer and song, comfort one another by looking to the cross and resurrection of Jesus for hope and peace.

The Body of Christ at St. Paul is truly at its best when extending the hand of compassion and aid during such trying times. We have set in motion the teams responsible for the various tasks surrounding Ed’s funeral. As you are able to help and play a part in this work, we are truly thankful to you.
 

Visitation:
Friday, June 26, 4pm-8pm
Waite & Sons Funeral Home – Brunswick
3300 Center Rd
Brunswick OH 44212-3831

Funeral:
Saturday, June 27, 3:00pm (1hr. viewing before service)
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Valley City, Ohio

A luncheon will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be directed to St. Paul Lutheran Church.


Peace to you, in Christ,

Pastor Zielinski

We pray:
Merciful Father, how mysterious are Your judgments and Your will beyond understanding. We are troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; dejected, but not destroyed. Your grace in Christ is all we need, for Your power is greatest when we are weak. In these dark hours strengthen us by Your Word and Sacrament, and grant us Your abiding presence in the midst of what we cannot understand. Take into Your care Marci, Nevin, Andrew, and all those whose hearts are heavy with sorrow and grief, and lead them to look to You for confidence and strength as they face the future. Sustain them with Your comforting love, and finally receive them and us into glory; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
 


Swiss Steak Dinner: Saturday, May 2, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

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Menu:

Served Family-style:
 
Swiss Steak
All the trimmings
&
Homemade Desserts

Tickets at the Door

Adults: $11

Children: $5 (6-10) 

0-5, free

 
 
1377 Lester Rd.
Valley City, OH 44280
 
330-483-3883
 
 
 



 
 
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