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Water at Work in the Word and the World
by Pastor David Voss Deborah was a judge over a “high” court, settling disputes which proved too difficult for local judges to resolve. A prophetess held in high-esteem, she seemed to have gone off the deep end. She commanded Barak, the Israelite commander-in-chief to fight an undefeatable army. It was a suicide mission. The Chariots of Sisera’s mighty army could not be defeated. His chariots were the fighter jets of the day—you could only run for cover. Barak, believing in his heart that Deborah was sending him off to his death said to her, "If you go with me, I will go; but if you don't go with me, I won't go." "Very well," Deborah said, "I will go with you. But because of the way you are going about this, the honor will not be yours, for the LORD will hand Sisera over to a woman." Barak and Deborah headed toward the field of battle. It was there where they saw the mighty chariots of Sisera’s arriving in full force. There looked to be no possible way to avert death but Deborah was confident the LORD would protect them. God promised Deborah to protect her as He does you and I. We are often like Barak in this story, questioning God when things look bleak. Wondering how in the world He can protect us when it appears there is no victory at hand. Listen to the words that Moses once shared with Joshua, “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." I imagine these are the same words that Deborah shared with Barak as he nervously watched the powerful chariots arriving to crush his army. God did not forsake them. He poured down water from heaven and filled the valley with righteous water. The once powerful chariots became stuck in the mud and the great army of Sisera fell to Barak’s army. On the day you were Baptized, the power of death became “stuck on the mud” through the Water and the Word. It was at that moment that Christ proclaimed that you were victorious! There is no need to fret today because we have already inherited the Kingdom of Heaven through the victory over death of Jesus Christ. Celebrate His victory for you! Share the story of Deborah with someone. Turn to Judges Chapter 4 and 5 and relive this amazing story of God’s Grace and the fulfillment of His promises. It’s a story that ultimately points to the waters of Baptism and the victory of Jesus Christ for us.

1711 Grant Street Hopewell, VA 23860 September 2010 TO GOD BE THE GLORY

Inside this issue: Hooray for Hopewell A New Bible Study Music in Worship, II 2 4 5

Dr. Maier Seminar


Pastor’s Corner


The Hometown News is a publication of Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church. Member of the Lutheran Church— Missouri Synod.

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Happy Birthday!
September 1 September 4 September 5 Raymond Rayner Michael McKinzie Benny Soltez

Hooray for Hopewell
Hosted by Nazareth’s Outreach and Mission Board On Sunday, September 19th, from Noon until 5:00 p.m. Nazareth will be sponsoring a booth at Hooray for Hopewell. We are looking for volunteers to help stuff give-away bags on Friday, September 17th, and volunteer time to host at the booth on the 19th. In addition, we are asking for volunteers to bake cookies or small treats that can also be provided in our bags for the event. A sign up sheet for all of the above will be placed in the Narthex beginning on Sunday, August 29th. Your assistance in making this event a success is greatly needed. We are hoping that this is an opportunity to connect with the community of Hopewell and let them know that Nazareth is still here sharing the “Good News of Jesus” and “All He has done for us as Christians.”

September 11 Luke Sodat September 12 Lou Harvey September 13 Gene Fistler September 15 Charlene Logan September 16 Clarke Canada September 17 Lillian Lockton September 25 Jim Keiser September 25 Martha Ailstock September 25 Juli Ann Layne September 30 Lannita Carroll

Fall Festival and Yard Sale
Organized by Nazareth Lutherans’ Outreach and Mission Committee Start putting away things that can be sold at the Yard Sale on Saturday, October 23rd, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Tables will be available at $10 per space and can be sponsors by groups or individuals. Due to a lack of space here at the church, we are asking that you bring your items the morning of the event and help with set-up and pricing. If you wish to contribute, and are unable to bring the items yourself, please contact Kara at (804) 265-8846 or (804) 920-4670. She will work to make arrangements to have the items picked up and stored in advance. We will need assistance with setting up tables and tents (Hint Hint men folk). All funds earned will be donated to a local charity, we have not determined who this will be at this time, but should know before the event. Any suggestions are welcomed. You may keep your earnings or donate them toward the charity selected. In addition to this, there will be a Fall Festival, which will go on during the Yard Sale. We are currently looking for volunteers and event ideas. We would like to have Food items like Hotdogs and possibly a stew and definitely baked goods. Is anyone in the church a “Stew Master” or do you know someone that could donate some time to help? I am hoping that our Quilters have some quilts they would like to display and sale. For the children there will be crafts and other fun activities. We are looking forward to this event and hope many of you will participate.

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The Shepherd’s Place
Located in downtown Hopewell, the Shepherd’s Place has been in business as a non-profit thrift store for 31 years. The store has the objectives of providing free emergency clothing to residents within an 11 mile radius of Hopewell and making low cost clothing and household items available to the community. Free clothing is provided upon referral from churches, social services, schools, the American Red Cross, and the Salvation Army. Funds received from the sale of donated clothing and household items are contributed monthly to the Salvation Army to be used for individual utility bills and rent requests, as well as to the Hopewell Food Pantry. The Foster Care Enrichment Christmas Program is also supported by an annual gift. The Shepherd’s Place is sponsored by the Hopewell Ministerial Association and run by volunteers from area churches. Many ladies from Nazareth support the Shepherd’s Place regularly and have done so for years. Visit us at our new location the end of August: 201 Broadway, in Hopewell Hours will be Monday-Friday 10:00am – 2:00pm Phone number is 458-0227 Directions from Colonial Heights and Fort Lee: Take Route 36 past Cavalier Square Shopping Center. Go left on Sixth St., then right on Broadway. Directions from Chester: Take Route 10 past John Randolph Medical Center to Broadway. Go left on Broadway.

A Man called Kimani
Since school is starting, this is a good time for this special story (Sue) Jesus says we must become like little children when we come to Him. Here is a story of a gentleman who indeed became like a child. His name is Kimani Maruge; you may have heard of him. He was in the news a lot a few years ago, as the world’s oldest student. This information comes from the September issue of Guideposts: A young reporter, Kate Snow, describes how she met Kimani and who he was. He was raised in Kenya, the oldest of seven children in a poor country. He helped his father in the fields so his younger siblings could go to school. As Kimani grew, his heart’s desire was to get an elementary school education so he could read the Bible. In 2003 Kenya made primary school free for everyone. At age 84 Kimani saw children streaming into the school, including his grandchildren, and he was determined to go, too. The headmistress shooed him away five times, since she didn’t understand. Finally Kimani convinced her he wanted to learn. He was enrolled, and before long, he rose to the top of his class, mastering math, English, reading and Swahili. Kimani died at age 89, but all is well. The joy on his face during these last years spoke volumes - he had achieved his dream of reading the Bible, by himself.

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A Bible Study on Grief
On Wednesdays we have begun a day time mid-week Bible study designed to help and support us as we deal with events that occur in our earthly lives. The study guide is titled “Living with Grief” and consists of six lessons - Grief: Facing Your Loss; Grief: The Cry of Pain; Grief: The Cry of Longing; Grief: The Cry for Supportive Love; Grief: The Cry for Understanding and Grief: The Cry for Significance. Lunch will be served after Bible study to provide opportunity for fellowship. This Bible study will be a wonderful opportunity to invite friends and neighbors to attend with you. If you would like to take part in this Bible study, please contact Al Schneider so he can give you the remaining dates and meeting time of the study. Al Schneider will lead this study.♦

General Notes
NURSERY HELP We surely do need helpers in our nursery! There are some times when we are almost overrun with children. However, we have to abide by the Standards of Operation for the nursery, which state that helpers must be 13 years old, in the 8th grade, and be enrolled in confirmation or else have made arrangements to be enrolled. This may rule out a few eager young people, but it does not rule out adult members. Please contact Sue Skalleberg at 731-6959 if your are willing to help out. Thanks.

Coming this Advent Season….

Come Sing with Us!
Choir practice will begin on September 9th. Cindy Reierson has graciously agreed to be our choir director. So…come sing with us!

September 24-26, 2010
Mid-Week Services of Prayer and Contemplation Special Activities for Children A Book of Daily Devotions (Available November 7th)

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Music in Worship, Part II
This article is the second in a series on music in Worship. This article will focus on the Biblical background for music in worship and what types of instruments were used. The final segment, coming out next month, will build upon this article and discuss what type of music is appropriate for worship. The following article comes from Dr. Richard C. Leonard. Dr. Leonard was Scripture Editor for The Complete Library of Christian Worship (Hendrickson, 1993), contributing heavily to Volume I, The Biblical Foundations of Christian Worship. This article discusses the role of music in the worship of Israel and of the early church, by way of establishing a biblical foundation for music in the Christian worship of today. Music in Israelite Worship Israelite prophets were musicians. During the exodus Miriam the prophetess, taking her tambourine, led the women in song and dance, celebrating the Lord's triumph over the Egyptians (Exod. 15:20-21). Saul encountered a band of sanctuary prophets who prophesied accompanied by instruments (1 Sam. 10:5). Isaiah composed songs, including one celebrating the Lord's deliverance of those who trust in him (Isa. 26:16). The public regarded Ezekiel as "one who has a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument" (33:32). David, a musician as well as a warrior, established the place of music in the worship of the Lord. Even before the sacrifices had been moved to Jerusalem, he instructed the Levitical musicians to celebrate the ark's journey to Zion (1 Chron. 15:16-24), and appointed Asaph as chief musician in charge of continual thanksgiving and praise (1 Chron. 16:1-7). The description of this activity (1 Chron. 25:1-7) suggests that these musicians led in a spontaneous and overwhelming outpouring of worship, especially at high moments like the dedication of Solomon's temple (2 Chron 5:11-14). This may be the "new song" to which the Psalms refer (33:3, 40:3, 96:1, 144:9, 149:1). Many Psalms perhaps originated in this pretemple Davidic worship centering around the ark of the covenant. In the temple, music functioned as a "sacrifice of praise," an offering of song to accompany the offering of sacrifice. Under the Judean rulers, the performance of music became regulated and standardized. The titles of 55 Psalms refer to the music director, with instructions for performance on various instruments or using certain tunes. This psalmody remained a feature of Israelite and Jewish worship. After the exile, Ezra recruited more than 200 Levites for service in the sanctuary (Ezra 8:18-20). First-century Jewish sources indicate that the choir of Herod's temple consisted of at least twelve adult male singers, with no upper limit. Singers served between the ages of thirty and fifty, after a five-year training period. The sources also describe the instruments in use at that time. After the Babylonian exile, most Jews lived in the Dispersion (areas outside of Palestine) and could not participate in temple worship. Therefore the synagogue arose for prayer and the study of the Scriptures. The Psalms continued to be sung, and other portions of the Scriptures as well as prayers were chanted according to a developing system of "modes." Such Jewish music influenced the worship of the early church. Israelite worship music was both vocal and instrumental; the sanctuary orchestra contributed to the celebration of Israel's covenant with the Lord. Its instruments fall into the same general classes with which we are familiar — percussion, winds (pipes) and strings. Horns, trumpets, cymbals, harps and lyres were used when the ark was brought to Mount Zion, and their continued use is reflected in their mention in the Psalms. The sanctuary instruments were not solo instruments, but sounded simultaneously to call the assembly to worship (Psa. 98:6). Strings and pipes, if used, probably played the modalities (tune elements) in the psalm being sung, with perhaps distinctive patterns of ornamentation. Horns, trumpets and cymbals added to the festive joy by creating a larger sound. The selah of the Psalms may have been an instrumental interlude, or a "lifting up" of sound by both singers and instrumentalists. Tambourines, usually played by women, are mentioned in connection with dancing at Israelite festivals (Psa. 68:25), but were not used in the sanctuary where only men served as priests and musicians. (continued)

Music in Worship, Part II cont.
Worship Music in the New Testament The worship of the emerging Christian movement did not produce new forms of music, but shared the characteristics described above, many of which are still found in the music of historic liturgies. Clearly, the worship life of the early church included psalms and other forms of song. The New Testament mentions worship music in several places. The gospel story begins with a hymn of praise on the lips of the heavenly host, "Glory to God in the highest" (Luke 2:14). Reading the lesson from Isaiah in the synagogue of Nazareth (Luke 4:16-20), Jesus probably intoned it according to the custom of the time. The Gospels record that Jesus and his disciples sang a hymn after the Last Supper (Matt. 26:30; Mark 14:26), probably the "Great Hallel" (Psalms 113-118) of the Passover tradition. Luke records that Paul and Silas were singing hymns in prison at Philippi when an earthquake occurred (Acts 16:25). Paul urges the Christians of Ephesus and Colossae to give thanks to God in "psalms and hymns and spiritual songs" (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16). Describing the assembly of the church of Corinth, he remarks that "everyone has a psalm" (1 Cor. 14:26) which must blend with the contributions of other worshipers in an orderly service. Perhaps "psalms" were the biblical psalms, while "hymns" could have been Christian music in praise of Christ and "spiritual songs" more spontaneous worship expressions. Luke quotes several hymns in the beginning chapters of his Gospel. In addition to the Gloria in Excelsis mentioned above, he includes the Magnificat or Song of Mary (1:4655), the Benedictus or Song of Zechariah (1:67-79) and the Nunc Dimittis or Song of Simeon (2:29-32). Although spoken by several figures in the story of Jesus' birth, these hymns came to be used in Christian worship at an early period. Paul quotes what may have been another song, "Awake, O sleeper," in Eph. 5:14. Scholars have suggested that other passages in Paul's letters are based on primitive Christian hymns in praise of Christ, such as Philippians 2:6-11, Colossians 1:15-20 and 1 Timothy 3:16. Such hymns may have been composed to reinforce Christian teaching about the nature of Jesus' Messiahship. The Hosanna hymn of the crowds at Jesus' entry into Jerusalem (Mark 11:9, based on Psa. 118:26) became part of the historic Christian eucharistic celebration. Musical expression of Christian worship reaches its New Testament climax in the hymns of the Revelation to John. In John's vision, acts of praise before God's throne accompany the dramatic unfolding of events on earth. These hymns glorify the Creator (4:11), proclaim the worth of the Lamb (5:9-10; 5:12), extol both the Father and the Son (5:13; 7:10; 7:12), celebrate God's triumph over the enemies of his people (11:16; 11:17-18; 12:10-12; 19:1-3; 19:6-8), and proclaim his justice (15:3-4; 16:5-7). Additional songs celebrate the defeat of the unfaithful city, persecutor of the saints (chapter 18). This pageant of praise is initiated by four living creatures drawn from the vision of Ezekiel, singing words derived from Isaiah's vision in the temple (Rev. 4:8). It expands to include the elders of the covenant people, the hosts of heaven, and eventually every creature. Perhaps these hymns reflect the actual worship practice of the church near the end of the first century. If so, the Revelation offers a window not only into the judgments of God in the earth but also into the development of Christian liturgy and hymnody. The New Testament does not supply enough detail to reconstruct the exact musical content of developing Christian worship. We should avoid the temptation to project the practices of later centuries back into Bible times. One question is the degree to which Israelite musical practices, including the use of instruments, offer a clue to what was thought appropriate in the New Testament church. Since the Hebrew Scriptures were still the authority for teaching and practice (1 Tim. 3:16-17), their broad principles regarding music must have remained the norm. The young church was a community under persecution, and could not apply the full resources of biblical celebration to its worship assemblies. Nevertheless, the evidence shows that music played a vital role in the worship of the emerging Christian community. (continued)

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ABLAZE! Faith Sharing Stories from Real People
Ever wondered how others share their faith in Jesus with their neighbors? Our synod has made it remarkably easy for you to find out. Visit online. There are lots of true examples, but we have printed two of them here, in case you are not yet friends with the internet. Community Service Project Opens Doors for Faith-Sharing in Colorado

Members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Loveland, Colo., used a service project to meet children in an apartment complex and invite them to VBS.
07/20/2010 As a congregation, we were able to partner with our local public school over the past two years with KidsHopeUSA, a wonderful mentoring program. Through that connection and further conversation with the school's principal, we found out a specific need and project being done in one of the most troubled areas of our community, which is in our neighborhood. The project was building a playground for a particularly troubled apartment complex. We had about 30 volunteers from Immanuel who worked alongside about 200 other volunteers from the community at-large, and in one day an entire playground was built. We have gained inroads to invite the children of that complex to our vacation Bible school, and are exploring more opportunities to provide resources for parents, families, and children, and to continue to open doors for our neighbors to meet Jesus

Sharing God's Peace During a Crisis in Denver, Colorado Ted Martin, of St. John's Lutheran Church in Waterbury, Conn., comforted troubled passengers at an airport after an emergency landing. 07/23/2010 I was on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Chicago when a fire broke out on board. We landed at 3:00 a.m. at Denver in an empty airport across from the chapel. When fellow passengers asked why I was calm during the crisis, I commented on my faith in Christ. While waiting for another plane to carry us to our destination, I conducted a prayer session in the chapel with nearly half of the people from the flight.

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Pray for One Another
For our brothers and sisters in Christ in nursing homes Velma Fleming, HHCC (227) For our brothers and sisters in Christ who are home-bound Mary Petik For our members and friends serving our country in the military Bruce Layne Danny Petik Chris & Jenny Graham Dustin Petik James Eckenrode David Petik Jeff & Stacey Crosson Jeff Head Mike McKinzie Steve & Bonnie Foxx Brandon Edwards For our members and friends away at college – Landry Doane Casey Davis For our members who are sick, hospitalized, in need of spiritual care or recuperating— Evelyn Rayner Rowena Carter Tina Doane Annette Dry Jordan Layne Kathy Beahm Jenny Graham Marilyn Antunes For our friends who are sick, hospitalized or recuperating Jonathan Weston Rita Joyner Joann Miller Jeff Walter Phyllis Kane Suzie Hilton Dorothy Kunkel Freddie Gonzalez Kay Slade Bernard Carter Garland Moss Joseph Hilton Austin VanWorth Jerry Va n Worth Connie Williamson Pamela Heithaus & Heithaus Family Trace & Charlie Banditt For the families of the Saints departed

Bible Study and Adult/Youth Confirmation
Whether you are young or old, visitor or pillar, we have a Bible Study for you! SUNDAYS 9:30 AM Meet in the “Old Church” Room at 9:30 AM for a Bible Study on Hebrews led by Al Schneider. Starting September 12, Arnie Slimmen leads an eight week adult confirmation class in the church basement meeting room. If you are new to the Lutheran faith and/or would like to join our church, please contact Arnie to join in. Keep an eye out for another Sunday morning Bible study at 9:30 AM. WEDNESDAYS 7:00 PM Steve Foxx leads a Bible Study on the Book of Revelation in the Old Church Room. Join us at 6PM on Wednesdays for a meal and fellowship!

YOUTH CONFIRMATION The youth confirmation schedule will be released within the next week. If you know of someone who is in 7th -11th grade and has not received Youth Confirmation instruction, please contact Pastor Voss.


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Consecration Sunday—November 14th
Now is the time to prayerfully consider your giving to the Lord’s ministry through our vibrant and growing church! Thank you for all you have given in 2010! The Lord has truly blessed us this year!

Newsletter Going Bi-Monthly
Starting November 1st, the newsletter will be printed and mailed out every other month. ISSUES: NOV/DEC, JAN/FEB, MAR/APR, MAY/JUN, JUL/AUG, SEP/OCT

An Anglo-Saxon Hymn Writer: The Venerable Bede By Contributing Writer Jan Graham
Bede was born around 673 in Northumbria (England) and was sent to a monastery to live at the age seven. Ordained a deacon at 19 then ordained a priest when he was around 30, he spent the remainder of his life at the monasteries of Jarrow and Wearmouth, He summarized his life this way: "I have devoted my energies to a study of the Scriptures, observing monastic discipline, and singing the daily services in church; study, teaching, and writing have always been my delight." Although many of his works were in Latin, Bede was the first person to write scholarly works in the (Old) English language, although only fragments of these writings have survived. He translated the Gospel of John into Anglo-Saxon (Old English), completing it on his death-bed. He also authored Biblical commentaries, poems, primers, and a few hymns. His best-known work (written in Latin) is the Ecclesiastical History of the English People. Bede provides his view of the history of Britain up to 729, discussing Celts who converted to Christianity during the first three centuries of the Christian era, the invasion of the Anglo-Saxon pagans in the fifth and sixth centuries, and their subsequent conversion by Celtic missionaries from the north and west of England and Roman missionaries from the south and east. This work was considered a main source for the history of the Britain during this period, although recent scholarship has found some of the history inaccurate. His emphasis was on the history of Christianity in England so political history was not discussed in detail. Bede was the first writer to date events Anno Domini (A.D.), and the earliest known person to state that the solar year is not exactly 365 and a quarter days long. Having lived a quiet, scholarly life with a reputation of kindness and goodness, his successor monks promoted his good works and writings and the word “venerable” was attributed to him by the 9th century. He has been known as the “Venerable Bede” ever since. The Lutheran Book of Worship includes one of his hymns: “A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing!” (493 in our LSB hymnal).

We are currently investigating the possibility of making a Child Development Center our Long-Term mission planning goal. In the meantime we will plan our short (1 year) and medium (2-3 year) goals. Mission Planning Meeting V—Final Meeting of 2010 Short and Medium Range Planning Saturday, October 16, 9AM—Noon I will be attending: SED LCMS Professional Church Worker Conference Date: October 19-21, 2010 (Tuesday – Thursday) Location: Ramada Plaza West Hotel, Richmond, Virginia Theme: “Holistic Redemption: The Mission of Jesus and His Church Today” PALS Retreat (Pastoral Support Retreat) Date: November 12-13 (Friday—Saturday) Farmville, VA Gospel Contacts Anytime you share the Good News that Jesus Christ is Lord with someone, please add a paper fish to our fish net in the sanctuary. Simply write your first name, the date, and if you want, the first name of the person you shared the Gospel with.

PASTOR HOSTS A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES Friday, October 22, 7-9:30PM, Fellowship Hall

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a young German theologian who offered one of the first clear voices of resistance to Adolf Hitler.
Join Pastor Voss and family for popcorn, drinks, a great documentary movie, and discussion. A children’s movie will also be played for those 12 and under that evening. Childcare will be provided. Bring your favorite movie drink or snack of you don’t want popcorn and lemonade or ice tea.
THE HOMETOWN NEWS EDITOR: Susan Skalleberg ASSISTANT EDITOR: Pastor David Voss PRODUCTION EDITOR: Karen Van Worth Thank you to all who submitted articles and information to this newsletter. SUBMISSIONS We encourage you to submit your articles and ideas electronically to: or call 731-6959 Newsletter information is due in by the 23rd of the month.

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