You are always welcome here! God promises to meet you where you are, whatever your circumstances and with whatever questions you have. You can also share your gifts here. You have experiences, knowledge, and talents to share. Here you can grow in your faith and help others to grow in their faith.
There is a place for you here at First English Lutheran Church.
401 W. Main Street Whitewater, WI 53190
Church Office: 262-473-5076
Parking Lot Services: 10:30am - November 15 , CANCELLED December 6th with Rev. Gerald Wendt, December 13th with Pr. Bruce Engebretson. Christmas Eve at 3:00 and 5:00pm with Rev. Gerald Wendt
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123 Church Street
Whitewater WI 53109
Call for your private Thrift Shoppe experience.
We have openings starting Wednesday October28,2020 and beyond.
Start calling Oct 21,2020 at 1pm-4pm for am appointment. Call dates are Wednesday, Friday 1pm-4pm
We look forward to seeing you!
Out of an abundance of caution,
the church office will be closed through November 27th.
Please call 262-473-5076 to request an appointment for any office needs.
All members of the Church and Visitors are expected to:
"Responding to God's Grace"
The landowner in Jesus' parable of the talents says to the first two servants, "Well done, good and faithful servant." We have often heard those words at funerals. And we hope to hear the Lord say those words to us after we die. But it does make me wonder, is this phrase really the best one to focus on when we think about the Christian life? After all, are we not saved by God's grace alone? Yes, we do teach that, and that is the heart of the Gospel. But I suspect that many people still think they have to be good. And they have a fear that they are not good enough for God. They worry that God intends to reward the good people for their good deeds, and that will leave them out in the cold.
The Gospel truth is the Good News that in Christ we are all saved by grace. When we trust in Christ, then what God will say to us in the end is not in question. God will look at us and see Christ. God's judgment of us will not be determined by what grade we get on the report card of life. We are saved by grace, for the sake of Christ. We are saved not by any of our actions, but by the self-giving action of God in Christ.
So what about the Christian life? Where does that come in? Perhaps the parable of the talents can provide an answer. Think about a river. The river is already flowing---you did not create the river or cause it to flow. But now you jump into the river with your innertube. Even if you get out of the river at some point, the river will keep flowing and will reach its destination. But you want to jump in, happily float on the current, and steer away from rocks or tree limbs. The Christian life is something like that. We are saved by God's grace, but we are also invited to jump into the always flowing river of grace. The river, and all that we have an opportunity to do while floating in it, are finally the work of our good and gracious God. Nothing we do would be possible without God. What a joy and blessing it is to be in the river of grace at all!
But if you are like the third servant, then you think there is no joy at all: you think the master is a harsh man who is to be feared, not loved, so even grace can't get in. But if you can see the joy of the grace that starts this all to begin with, it makes all the difference in how you respond. Though the third servant fails to see it, the giving of the talents is itself a huge act of grace. A "talent" in Jesus' day was a monetary unit worth more than $10,000. All three servants receive huge gifts. Everything good that happens subsequently is a direct result of grace. What you do in the middle of the river of grace is important. Every follower of Jesus who experiences something of God's grace and joy wants to participate in the happiness of the master.
We show that we understand this joy when we throw ourselves into wholehearted Christian living. We seek to love others responsibly, to care for the most vulnerable, to feed the hungry, to reach out to the lonely, to forgive one another, to give generously to the work of God, to behave in ways that protect the health and well-being of our neighbors. The motivation for doing good is not fear or guilt but the joy and grace with which God's gifts were given in the first place. It's a matter of participating in God's great work of restoring, reconciling, and promoting justice and love in the world, for all people.
In Christ's gracious love,