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St. Philip's Lutheran School is closed indefinitely. 
We do not yet have a return date for school.

St. Philip's Lutheran Church services and bible classes are canceled until further notice.  


Pastor Kimbrough’s Weekly Devotion:

Weekly Devotion: Ezekiel 37:1-2, 4-7, 10
 
“There is HOPE for a bunch of Dry Bones”
 
The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry….  Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying,…they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
 
            Our St. Philip’s Family of Believers.  Grace and peace to you from our gracious and merciful God, who is revealing His love for us, even in the midst of this pandemic.  I am convinced of that.  At this time of unprecedented global stress and hopelessness, at this time of uncertainty and fear, at this time when many of the citizens of our country and world are experiencing some degree of an absence of “normality”, we need HOPE.  We need something that we can trust in, something secure, something that we know will never cease or be taken away from us.  The “great news” for all of us is that we have such a “HOPE”.  His name is Jesus Christ.
 
            In the midst of this season of “pandemic”, we are reminded that we are also in the season of Lent.  During this season of the church year, we travel in spirit with our Lord, Jesus Christ, as He makes His way to Jerusalem to be rejected, beaten and crucified.  Why did He do that?  He did that so that you and I might have HOPE.  He did that so that you and I might have something secure to trust in, something that we know will never cease or be taken away from us.  He did that so that you and I might have forgiveness and salvation. 

            This is the message that God had given to His people in the Old Testament through the prophet Ezekiel.  The Israelites were experiencing their own version of a “pandemic”.  In the 6th century BC, the people of Judea had been exiled as slaves to the country of Babylon. The exile was more than just a crisis of physical suffering.  It also brought about a crisis of faith and identity. Their city with its temple, its people, and the Davidic monarchy had been destroyed.  The people wondered if the Lord was truly lord and truly faithful.  They cried out in hopelessness, Ezekiel 37:11b, “our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.”  It is in the midst of this hopelessness that God, working through the prophet Ezekiel, announces a very graphic message of HOPE:  “Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’” So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying,…they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.”

            Brothers and Sisters, my St. Philip’s Family, do you see it?  Do you see that, in this very graphic vision, the HOPE that God gave to the Israelites in the 6th century BC, is the same HOPE that He gives to us?  We may feel like a bunch of “dried up bones” as we navigate our way through this pandemic, but God through His healing Word has the cure we need.  At the end of this season of Lent we can see the empty tomb.  We can hear the angel say, “He is not here!  He has risen!”  We can be certain that by grace, through faith in our resurrected Savior, our “dry bones” now have life.  That’s our certain HOPE.  Amen. 

Pastor Raymond Kimbrough
414-254-6093 or 414-263-7614
rkimbro500@aol.com
 




Continuing Our Mission and Ministry
Our church still has ongoing ministry to conduct. We assume you will want to continue giving your offerings to the Lord. You may drop your offerings off at the school office, or send it in the mail (3012 N Holton Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212).
Online giving is available from our website or click this link:  
https://members.myeoffering.com/#/landing.









OUR MISSION - Our mission here at St. Philip’s Lutheran is outlined for us in Matthew 28:19: ‘Go and make disciples of all nations, teaching them and baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.’ Making disciples includes proclaiming God’s Word in its truth and purity, strengthening the faith of those under our care, and reaching out to the people of our community, (including our unchurched friends and relatives). Let us pray for and work together toward this goal.

OUR SYNOD - St. Philip’s Lutheran is a member of the Wisconsin Lutheran Synod.  As a member of the WELS, we support with our time, talents, offerings and prayers the mission of our Synod.
 
As men, women, and children united in faith and worship by the Word of God, the Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod exists to make disciples throughout the world for time and for eternity, using the Gospel in Word and Sacrament to win the lost for Christ and to nurture believers for lives of Christian service, all to the glory of God.

 For more information about the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, please visit the WELS web site:  www.wels.net

 
OUR BELIEFS -We believe and confess that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and the only source of all Christian doctrine and teaching.  We believe that the only true God is the Triune God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  We believe that we are saved not by anything we have done, but through faith in Jesus Christ alone, who gave His life for our sins.  We believe that faith is a gift from God, which the Holy Spirit creates, sustains and strengthens through the Gospel in Word and Sacrament.