On Sunday 27 September 2020, District Apostle Michael Ehrich conducted a Festive Divine Service via live stream at Sindelfingen congregation, Southern Germany.
The District Apostle read a text word from Psalm 16:8.
"I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved."
In his message, the District Apostle started the divine service by extending his greetings to the physical and connected congregation all over the globe. He thanked God for keeping His children even in this difficult times of the pandemic and admonished members no to forsake physical fellowship in the congregation since things are already easing up because this cannot be compared with the virtual divine services and electronic communication. He told all congregants to make the very best of the times we are in.
He expressed his happiness for being able to celebrate the divine service.
He went on to say that the sixteenth chapter of Psalms where the bible verse was taken speaks about gratitude. When we come into the house of God we must come with an appreciative heart. We should be thankful to God despite our sorrows and challenges. We should focus on the goal of our faith, the coming of the Lord.
To fellowship with God we must look unto Him and connect ourselves with Him. We will have God before our eyes.
God is omnipresent
God is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. He is in the past and in the future. His care for Mankind made Him send His Son Jesus Christ. We can recognize God through Jesus Christ. In the past Jesus asked: What do people say about me? Some said He is a prophet but when He asked His Apostles same question, Peter replied that Jesus is the Son of God. He replied him and said that flesh and blood did not reveal this but the Holy Spirit Has revealed it to Peter. Today, who is Jesus Christ to us? He is the true son of God.
We see God through Jesus Christ
He who sees Jesus sees the Father. Through Jesus Christ, God comes close to Mankind. Jesus Christ gave a total picture of God.
The characteristics of Jesus Christ
Who do we see when we look at Jesus Christ?
Firstly, when we look unto Jesus, we see one who loves. We think of His humbleness and exemplary life when He washed the feet of His disciples. The Lord serves us through His words and forgives us our of sins.
This makes us to grow more and more into the nature of Christ. Looking unto Jesus helps us to live in truth and wait patiently for His return. We always say the truth and stand for it.
Secondly, when we look at Jesus Christ, we see someone who is comforting us. The Lord comforts us. So many are in grief and burden. The Lord want to comfort us. He is with us every day and every moment of our lives.
Thirdly, Jesus Christ is focusing on that which is important. Jesus told His Apostles to be Joyful because their names are written in heaven. Jesus Christ focusses on the core things, on that which is actually important. He always directed everything to God. Let's do likewise.
Concluding the sermon, He encouraged the congregation to stand with the Lord and keep their vows to God and He will always be with us.
Apostle Martin Rheinberger and Bishop Jurgen Grundemann assisted in the divine service and evangelist Arne Herrmann was assigned to the Bishop office for the Heilbronn/Nuremberg working area.