Saint Paul's Lutheran Church of Irvine

Tomorrow Sunday March 23rd, 2014 at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church of Irvine: “Justified!” (Romans 5)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

You’ve all heard the saying about “the best kept secrets.” It is as if the world, our flesh, and the evil one do not want you to have a clear and powerful understanding of one of the most important teachings in Holy Scripture called “justification.”
It is this teaching, however, that is the source of our confidence as people of God. It is not something from within, but when you know the gift given to you in Christ called justification it impacts our confidence, our joy and our peace. It is the reason we may live through this Lenten season — even while clearly seeing our sin — seeing also God’s answer to our shame and guilt: it is justification.
We will be blessed tomorrow and we will be given the opportunity to clearly grasp and clearly apply to ourselves (as the Lord will do exactly this through His Word) justification!
Invite a friend and come hungry and thirsty knowing the Word and the Sacrament of the Lord will strengthen your faith.
May the Lord bless you on this — today, Saturday, March 22nd — 16th day of Holy Lententide. May we walk faithfully knowing our adversary prowls around like a roaring lion seeking to devour (1st Peter 5:8), but resist him — since you belong to Jesus and daily call on His name — and the enemy will flee from you (1st Peter 5:9 and James 4:7).
In Jesus’ Love,
Pastor Espinosa
p.s. Remember forget about the past and forge ahead towards the goal (Philippians 3:13-14) of the upward call. Do not linger on your past worship attendance…what matters is tomorrow morning, this Divine Service is offered to you: God’s grace; God’s forgiveness; God’s love guaranteed through Word and Sacrament as you come confessing your great need.
Crean Lutheran High School, 12500 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine, CA
Worship Time: 9:30 am
Only sinners qualify for attendance.
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