WELCOME TO CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH – “This is the day the Lord has made”. We join the Psalmist in acknowledging the goodness of our Lord our God, as we not only see His goodness in the beauty of His creation, but even more than that, we know of His goodness in the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus. Thank you for joining us as we receive His forgiveness and peace during this hour of worship.

AS WE GATHER: God takes us as we are; He forgives us, makes us His own, and uses us to care, to witness, and to bless. Our Lord called Paul from persecution to mission, and He called Peter from denial to proclamation, and He calls each of us to be His disciples and follow him.

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Going All In

	The apostle Paul says, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27). We are the body of Christ.  Do you think you are unimportant to the Jesus’ body?  Do you think your fingernails are unimportant?   I know a pastor that once sanded off (by accident) a good portion of a finger.  He’ll tell you just how important it is.  Second, in the body, you are unique.  There is no one with the exact same set of gifts as you.  The body of Christ needs you. And because you are part of a body, there is no need for jealousy inside of the church.  Because your gift is mine and mine is yours - we are part of one body.  When a pitcher throws a no hitter, the headline does not read, “Pitcher’s right arm won the game.” No, the whole body gets the credit.
	Jesus also says; “as long as it is day, we must do the works of Him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work” (John 9:4). Jesus says that the fact that our earthly lives don’t last forever means time is limited. So make the most of every opportunity in the time God has given you on earth. We are using this time to “get ready” and “get other people ready” for the paradise that is waiting for us. Managing our time as well as our body is something that gives God glory.
	Going “all in” means the Lord wants us to be managers of the body, the temple He has given to us. The apostle Paul says in 1st  Corinthians, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. That puts how I treat my body into perspective.   How do you treat temples and buildings?
	He says, “You are not your own; you were bought at a price.” We were once penniless and alone, destined for an eternity of suffering.  Then someone saw us, took pity on us, and  loved us.  It is as if Jesus went to the Father in heaven and said, “How much will it take to buy them?” And the Father said, “Only the most priceless offering will do.” So Jesus offered Himself on a cross. You were bought at price. That’s an understatement. What is the only thing we can think to do?  Honor God with the body He has given you - it brings Him glory.
	Going “all in” means to manage our earthly wealth in a godly way.  1st Corinthians 16:2, “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up.”  Let’s break down what this teaches us about how we want to give. “On the first day” - this is about priority.  What would you rather have, contentment or a billion dollars? 
	You can’t have real, lasting contentment unless our Lord is our top priority.    Do you get paid once per month?  Then regular can be once per month. As we are blessed, so we can give.  At one of my previous congregations, while looking at the records for the last 75 years, it looked like every October the church was woefully behind budget, but then came November, budget was always met.  Were they not regular in their offerings? They were, because they were farmers and farmers get paid when the crops come in.   
	Everyone who has received can give - even our kids.  This is remarkable training both for the child and you. When grandpa and grandma gives a child $5 for their birthday and you ask  how much they want to give to Jesus, do you know what they almost say at that age? “All of it.”  Why?  Because they know that mom and dad will be taking care of their needs that day.  We are in the same position - the Lord will also be taking care of us on that same day.
	The great church musician, Johann Sebastian Bach, inscribed many of his music manuscripts with the initials “INJ” (In nomine Jesu - In Jesus’ Name) and “SDG” (Soli Deo Gloria - To God Alone be the Glory).  Isn’t that a beautiful summary of our lives? 
	The apostle Paul says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship” (Rom. 12:1).  I pray we “go all in” as we live our entire life with friends, family, work, neighbors and our Lord.  Why?  The Lord is taking care of us - He always has - He always will.