All Saints Lutheran Church
5501 148th Ave NE Bellevue Wa 98007
Main office (425) 881-2925
Services at 8:00am and 10:45am
Sunday School 9:15am-10:30am
Youth Bible Study Adult Bible Study 9:15am-10:30am
Message for November:
Reverend Dr. Roger H. Dallman
The Potter and the Clay
The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, 2 “Go down to the potter’s shop, and I will speak to you there.” 3 So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. 4 But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over.
5 Then the Lord gave me this message: 6 “O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the pot-ter’s hand, so are you in my hand.
First of all, God gives visions. God gives vi-sions to His designated servants, like Jeremi-ah and other prophets. There are times when it is necessary for God to work in a special way in and through His prophets. For exam-ple, Samuel was a child of God. And Samuel was dedicated to God as a toddler by his mother. God calls the young Samuel at night and gives Samuel a prophecy regarding the continuation of the priestly office in the Tem-ple at Shiloh.
What Samuel was told is what happened. And then Samuel became the High Priest who was also a great prophet for God’s People. After all, Samuel was the one who anointed David, the youngest child of Jesse, and the obscure shepherd to be Israel’s second and greatest king.
God gave Jeremiah this vision.
Jeremiah was sent to the potter’s shop.
See in your mind’s eye a lot of brown and water. A wheel turns as the potter’s foot ped-als the wheel. As it turns he forms a jar. But the potter does not like what is being formed. He crushes the clay. He presses the clay again. He starts over.
The word of God is like this: Can I not do what the potter did? Israel is formed like clay in my hand, if I do not like it I can crush it!
Then it is re-formed in accord with God’s de-sign.
In this application of the word re-form, this application is direct and cleat about what the Re-Formation was all about.
That clay must be re-formed, made better, made into a form that works better.
That’s a picture of what a re-formation would be.
Re-formation can be a continual process.
We can re-form ourselves in our relationship with God by confessing our sins.
We are re-formed by God's grace, God's gift of forgiveness, God's love poured out upon us etc.
We can re-form our ways by living in line with our following of our Savior.
We can re-form our spouses and our children by actually striving to live as well as we can by God's guidance by the Holy Spirit.
RE-form is good.
Of course exercise re-forms our shapes too!
Peace and Joy in the Lord,
Pastor Roger Dallman
Help victims of Typhoon Haiyan
Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on the morning of November 8 as one of the world’s most powerful storms on record to make landfall. The Category 5 typhoon made landfall near Leyte Province in Eastern Visayas Region causing massive destruction and loss of life. The storm hit with wind gusts up to 235 mph, nearly 16 inches of rainfall and waves up to 45 feet in some areas.
LWR's Philippines staff report they are safe and are now coordinating with our partners to assess the needs of those affected by the typhoon and plan out a response. LWR has mobilized an initial emergency fund of $50,000 for typhoon response activities and is seeking $2,500,000 to help communities recover from the devastating impact of Super Typhoon Haiyan.
LWR’s response will likely include:
•Distribution of drinking water
•Distribution of non-food items such as shelter repair kits, Personal Care Kits, Baby Care Kits and Mission Quilts
•Cash-for-work program that helps get cash into the hands of those who need it and aids in the clean-up of storm debris from places like schools, roads and other public space.