St. Matthew Lutheran School

From the Principal,


December 11, 2014

So Much Room!

"My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you."      John 14:2

"Mom, they are telling me that I don't have a seat on the plane!"

For years, my daughter's dream was to go to college in New York.  However, once she arrived, she quickly learned the reality that New York is a very long distance from Walled Lake.  For months, the booked flight home for Thanksgiving had served as a source of encouragement, knowing that on November 25th, she was going to be able to return to all the things she missed most.  When homesickness would strike, she was able to count the days to being reunited with family and friends.  A week prior to her departure, I started coaching her regarding how to travel on the busiest day of the year.  She left for the airport three hours before her flight just to ensure that she would arrive on time.  However, it wasn't until she checked her bag that she noticed that her ticket said, "See agent at the gate."

As she arrived at the gate and approached the official looking "agent"  behind the counter, his disposition immediately indicated that it had been already a very long day for him.  Focusing on the computer screen ahead of him, he nonchalantly informed her that, "Yeah, this flight is overbooked, and you currently don't have a seat. We'll see if someone will give up their seat, but don't get your hopes up."

Frantically, she called me.  I immediately pulled up the confirmation email for her Thanksgiving flight.  Not only did the confirmation remind me of the inflated price that we paid for holiday travel, but is also indicated that indeed, she had a reserved seat. Yet, for some reason, the airline had selected her to be bumped from the flight.  Despite her tears and her age, no one gave up their seat, and she watched the doors close and the plane depart to Detroit without her.

"No room!"  Two little words that have the potential to ignite strong emotions such as hurt, rejection, and pain.  So many times in life, we experience situations when we hear that there is not enough room. "We only have so many seats in the car"; "The doctor is not accepting new patients"; "The hall only seats so many"; "We have no available beds".   Joseph himself was told there was no room in the inn when he arrived with his wife who was soon to bear a child.

This Advent season, may you find great joy in knowing that Jesus came to save all men from their sins, and there is PLENTY of room in heaven.

"My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you."     John 14:2

In fact, there is so much room that we are all encouraged to invite as many people as possible to join us!

This Christmas season, we have numerous upcoming opportunities to which you can invite someone to hear about God's amazing plan of salvation that is for EVERYONE!  Our worship opportunities begin this Friday, December 12th as our Preschool and Kindergarten profess the true meaning of Christmas during their 6:30 p.m. Christmas program, which will be held in the gym.

Wednesday, December 17th

  • St. Matthew Lutheran School will be hosting "Special Guest Day", to which all students are encouraged to invite a Special Guest to come to school that morning.  The itinerary for Special Guest Day includes:
    • 8:30 - 9:20  Brunch held in the honor of all Special Guests in the gym, featuring homemade cinnamon rolls!
    • 9:30 - 10:30  All guests invited to attend our Grade 1 - 4 Worship service
    • 10:30 - 11:00  All special guests encouraged to visit classrooms
    • 11:00 a.m.  Conclusion of Special Guest Day and school resumes to normal schedule
  • To help us in our preparations for Special Guest Day, please register your guest's RSVP to Mrs. Papez in the school office by Monday, December 15th.  You may click here.
  • Also, at 7:00 p.m., students in grades 1 - 4 will lead parents and the congregation in worship as well.

St. Matthew will host the following worship services:

Sunday, December 21

  • Wixom Campus:  Christmas Family Celebration with "The S.O.L.E. musical at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Christmas Eve, December 24

  • Wixom Campus Candlelight and Communion Worship 7 pm.

Christmas Eve, December 24

  • Walled Lake Prayer and Praise Family Service:  Experience the first Christmas at the Bethlehem marketplace as a modern day reporters cover the birth of the King in "Bethlehem Live!"  1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • Walled Lake Candlelight Services:  3:30, 5:30, 7:30, and 10:30 p.m. 

So many opportunities and so much room!  We look forward to worshipping the New Born King!

O' Come Let Us Adore Him!

Mrs. Palka

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