The Pastor’s View2019-05-13T14:47:28-05:00

The Pastor’s View

June 2019

You shall have no other gods! What does this mean? You shall love, fear and trust in God above all things.

 

Tear down the statues that offend! Don’t take away our abortion rights! My truth is just as good as your truth! Skullduggery in politics!

I have a couple of hours of windshield time every day that I come to Zion and to make use of the time, I listen to the news. I have found it very disheartening. I am reminded of the first commandment when I get discouraged by the news. It appears many have forgotten or failed to recognize the great gift that God has given us in this commandment.

When you ask someone, who complains about their plight in life, you will find that someone or something has deprived them of their god. In our weak condition, people often rely on themselves, what they do, how they behave or what they have, to be a substitute for reliance on God. In fact, some will make a god out of themselves. It only is right the they can help God with the troubles in this world. After all they have science or philosophy on their side or pundits that have the same ideology that they have. So, how could they be wrong?

My prayer for you is to be reminded often by the Spirit that God is the Potter and we are the clay. God has given us a great gift in the commandments. I fail to see how anyone can object to the Second Table of the Law. Think about how society would improve if we would follow what God has set out as the perfect society. No one would murder, commit adultery, steal, bear false witness (perhaps the politicians could benefit), covet their neighbor’s belongings or personal relationships. It surprises me that those who claim they are doing what is best for society have not latched onto this gift from God.

Brothers and sisters, you have a powerful gift to follow and to live by, but, even more you have a Savior who will guard and protect you along your faith filled journey. And better yet, One who will lift you up and forgive you fully when you trip along the way. Join us in worship, in the Word and at the Lord’s table as we “Glorify God, Serve Others, and Imitate our Savior!”

Have a joyful and fruit filled journey,

Pastor Daryl Tompkins

 

May 30th, 2019|

May 2019

Philippians 1:3  I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

 

As I was thinking about this last article to you as the Pastor of Zion, Atlantic, I was sorting and ran across graduation cards from one of my children’s graduation from High School. So many of the cards were from you members of Zion. It was a poignant reminder of being part of the Zion family these past 14 years. Thank you for welcoming me and my family into your church family. Thank you especially to all our volunteers who have shared in our ministry together. Thank you for your prayers, encouragement and support. This area will always be my HOME area, wherever I live. It was true before you called me to serve as your Pastor 14 years ago and is doubly true now. I will miss regularly seeing you. You will continue to be my friends in Christ Jesus.

 

If you are ever on I-65 between Indianapolis and Louisville, KY, please look me up. For the time being I will keep the same cell phone and email. The address of Emanuel, Dudleytown, seems to be the same for the parsonage that sits behind it: 2174 S. County Road 750 E, Seymour IN 47274-9227. Also, the phone rings at both the church and parsonage (812) 523-8234.

 

My prayers will be for you all during the upcoming vacancy. I’ll be praying that God sends you even a better Pastor than I am.

 

Entrusting you all to our Lord Jesus’ care,

April 30th, 2019|

April 2019

Thursday, April 11, at 6:30pm is the time of Zion’s Pre-Call Meeting with Iowa District West President Rev. Dr. Steve Turner and Adair Circuit Visitor Rev. Steve Wichtendahl. Please plan to attend this important meeting. This is where the “game plan” for Zion’s upcoming pastoral vacancy will be laid out.

For a Saturday night worship in February (Sunday was snowed out), I preached about the Old Testament Reading, Isaiah 6, which is the call of Isaiah to be a prophet for God. It starts out, “In the year that King Uzziah died.” We have difficulty grasping how significant this statement is. While Uzziah wasn’t the best king of Judah, he reigned for 52 years and the times were very dangerous as the vicious Assyrian Empire was seeking world domination — losing to them resulted in torturous, agonizing death or enslavement. About the only thing that close for our culture is the death of President Roosevelt after 12 years while World War 2 was still raging. What will happen with a new leader? The result could be very bad… so stress and worry levels are high.

But in the case of Isaiah, he sees God seated upon the heavenly throne — why fear… because God is in charge. That’s the message I wish for you all to remember. God is in charge. Whatever happens, God is in control and He will walk with us. No need to fear; instead, let’s gather to hear His promises and celebrate His redeeming love and guidance.

See you in Divine Service,

April 1st, 2019|

March 2019

After the February View was sent out, I received a call document in the mail from Emanuel Lutheran of Dudleytown,
Indiana. February 2 & 3, I read a letter in our Divine Service acknowledging this new divine call and that I would
have to deliberate between it and the divine call you extended to me 14 years ago. The following is the letter I read at
our Divine Services February 23 & 24:

After prayerful deliberation, I have been moved by the Holy Spirit to accept the divine call extended to me by your sister congregation,
Emanuel Lutheran of Dudleytown, Indiana
, to serve as her pastor .. ,. This has been a difficult letter to write,

Every divine call that I have accepted has had what Ive referred to as a pull and a push. Together here at Zion for 14 years we have
worked to share God
s Word, our handicap addition is mostly completed, our capital campaign continues successfully, and Ive begun to
wonder if this isn
t a good time for Zion to reassess her situation and allow the Holy Spirit to help determine the best direction forward.

Your sister congregation, Emanuel Dudleytown, rural Seymour, IN, has been vacant for about 18 months, Her previous Pastor had some
difficulty getting along with several members and the Pastors of the two circuits in that area. I
ve gotten the feeling that my skill set
matches well Emanuel
s needs and that this would be a ministry with a lot of visitation of members in their homes (something Ive greatly
desired to do more of here with y
ou at Zion),

Last Monday night [Feb, 18], the Elders and Chairs of our congregation visited with me about the transition if the Holy Spirit moved me to
accept the call from Emanuel. I will continue to serve as your Pastor through Easter which is April
21, My last weekend of leading Divine
Services as your Pa
stor will be April 27 and 28, I will continue to be a brother and friend in Christ and pray regularly for you. I trust our
Iowa District West President
, Steve Turner, our Adair Circuit Visitor, Steve Wichtendahl, our congregational leaders and whoever is your
Vacancy Pa
stor will continue to serve you until the Holy Spirit sends you your next Pastor. May our Lord bless your ministry together.

See you in Divine Service,

February 28th, 2019|

February 2019

Recently I ran across this thought: “Why do we think of a Church as a building instead of a group of people gathered around Word and Sacrament?” Also in my devotional readings, I read this thought about the same time: “In Leviticus 20, God places a high priority on relationships – those between Himself and His people and those between individuals among His people. This contrasts sharply with the laws of most pagan cultures of that day (and oftentimes our own), which placed first priority on property and possessions” (Today’s Light Bible, CPH 1999, p. 169).

So much emphasis in our culture is placed on getting the “right stuff” so you can be happy. And if the people around you don’t make you as happy as “you deserve” to be, then just dispose of them and replace them…. And yet God often uses the people around us (especially the difficult ones) to help us grow spiritually and mature as Jesus’ disciples. I also ran across an interesting quote from an unlikely source: “People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.” – Audrey Hepburn.

A building, like ours, can be important (especially if it promotes a vibrant, relational ministry with our Lord Jesus – which was a motivation for our Access for All process). Our Lenten Midweek series will focus on confessing and living our lives based on the centurion’s quote: “Truly, This Is the Son of God.” My prayer is that we at Zion grow stronger as a people gathered around and welcoming others to God’s Word and Sacrament Ministry.

See you in Divine Service,

January 28th, 2019|

January 2019

I ran across a New Year’s Eve prayer, the first petition is:

       Let us pray with thanksgiving to God for another year of grace. Almighty and everlasting God, maker and preserver of all things, we give You thanks for the manifold blessings that You have graciously bestowed upon us during this past year.  In the midst of hardships and troubles, Your guiding hand and fatherly providence have sustained us. Enlighten our hearts by Your Holy Spirit that we may continually be aware of Your grace and be strengthened in times of tribulation and temptation through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  C  Amen.

Even for those of us who faced great adversity or loss in 2018, God has indeed blessed us, most especially with a new life and an eternal HOPE through the Babe of Bethlehem, our Lord Jesus. The closing petition of the New Year’s Eve prayer reminds me that our Lord will be with us (Immanuel “God with us”) through out the challenges of this 2019 “New Year”:

And finally, let us pray that the Lord would abide with us in both life and in death. O Lord, lead us onward in life until our rest is won. And when our last hour does come, support us by Your power and receive us into Your heavenly kingdom which has no end, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  C  Amen.

May our Lord bless all of us and our ministry here at Zion in 2019. I would like to challenge us all to be more intentionally in God’s Word, Bible Study, and Divine Service throughout 2019.

See you in Divine Service,

December 28th, 2018|