Principal’s Pen: I don’t deserve this

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Someone—feeling that life is unfair—may say or think these words. Christians could also utter them. However, by faith, they convey a completely different meaning.

Jesus and his disciples left Judea for Galilee. Unlike their countrymen, they traveled through Samaria. Eventually, they arrived at Sychar, the location of Jacob’s well. Jesus sent his disciples to town to buy food while he waited at the well.

A Samaritan woman came to draw water. Jesus asked her for a drink. Immediately, her defenses went up. “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (John 4:9). She knew that Jews did not associate with Samaritans or even share their cups. However, Jesus would not be dissuaded. He said, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water” (v. 10).

water4cThis woman did not realize that the long-awaited Messiah sat before her. After further conversation, Jesus revealed, “I am he” (v. 26). This woman did not deserve this. Jesus could have avoided Samaria. He could have said nothing when she approached the well. He could have ended the conversation after her rebuttal. Yet, by grace, he revealed himself to her as well as to “many of the Samaritans from that town [who] believed in him because of the woman’s testimony” (v. 39).

Those in Sychar did not deserve this. Neither do we.

We are “enemies of God” (Hebrews 10:27) through unbelief. We have “turned from following him and [have] no regard for any of his ways” (Job 34:27). This alone is grounds for God’s rejection.

Yet, by grace, he reveals Christ to us through his Word. Scripture provides the gospel’s “living water” (John 4:10) to identify Jesus as “that Messiah called Christ … [who] will explain everything” (v. 25).

“I don’t deserve this!” No. It should be, “I don’t deserve this”—“the incomparable riches of [God’s] grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus” (Eph 2:7).

Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran.
Reach him at 920.648.2321 or jgrasby@llhs.org

Warrior Band parades award home from Cherry Festival

The Lakeside Lutheran Warrior Band experienced another successful summer, marching in seven Wisconsin and three Michigan parades, and was awarded first place at the National Cherry Royale Parade.

The season culminated with a four-day trip July 3-6 to Traverse City, Michigan, home of the annual National Cherry Festival. While there, the band marched in the Boyne City, Mich., Fourth of July Festival Parade, described by Good Morning America and USA Today as “Top 10 Independence Day Celebrations in the Nation,” according to publicity materials. Later that evening they performed in the exhibition Junior Royale Parade in Traverse City. Saturday morning saw the band perform in the Cherry Royale Parade, in which the Warrior Band scored the highest among all bands, scoring 93/100 points, and took first place in its class. Band members enjoyed the rest of their tour in activities that included river tubing, hiking dunes, laser tag, crossing Lake Michigan on the S.S. Badger ferry and more.

The summer season also included June parades in Wisconsin cities including Brillion, Appleton, Mt. Horeb, Mukwonago, Oregon, Lake Mills and Sun Prairie. Photos from the parades can be viewed and downloaded at llhs.smugmug.com/School/Summer-Band-2019

The Lakeside Lutheran Warrior Band is classified as a “marching” or “parade” band, as opposed to a “show” band that would emphasize field displays. Marching bands such as Lakeside’s incorporate complex choreography performed right on the street during parades. This year’s parade songs included the well-known and challenging “Emperata Overture” by Claude T. Smith and an excerpt from “Chorale and Shaker Dance” by John Zdechlik.

The band is already preparing for its major trip next summer to participate in the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada. The two-week travel schedule historically centers around parades in the Mt. Rushmore area as well as multiple Stampede events, including the kick-off parade on July 3, 2020, where more than 250,000 people fill the 2.5-mile route in downtown Calgary, and also includes several opportunities for band members to experience sights such as the Badlands, Banff National Park and the Columbia Icefield Chalet and Glacier

For more information about the Lakeside Lutheran Warrior Band, contact Director Glen Pufahl at gpufahl@llhs.org or 920-648-2321. The band welcomes interest from serious musicians grades 8-12 from the community as well as from within its own school band program.