Message from Vicar Heydt

From The Vicar: 

“As therefore you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so live in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught….”     Colossians 2:6

And so, we begin our journey through the year 2022, and we do so… the NAME OF JESUS.

Jesus, derived from the Hebrew name Yeshua/Y’shua, is based on the Semitic root y-š-ʕ (Hebrew: ישע‎), meaning “to deliver; to rescue.”  The name was not selected at random, but based on a heavenly command. Angels had told both Mary and Joseph that he was to be called Jesus. And so by the overflowing love of God we have not only a promise of redemption, but you and I have also an individual and personal guarantee of our salvation.

God tells us “I have called thee by name,” and by this pledge we know that the Savior was sent to deliver not only humanity as a whole, but each one of us in particular. With this faith we can take any passage of grace and read our name into its love, for it is Christ himself who unlined this assurance when he told his disciples, and still tells us, his followers, “Rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

Your names are in the Book of Life! And so it is that by the faithfulness of the Savior it’s my privilege to strengthen all who take Jesus into their hearts and lives as their Redeemer, with the promise that God knows His own individually, and that their name has been inscribed in heaven’s Book of Eternity….”fear not; for I have called you by name.”

You may be only a number in some public institution or in the necessary system of relief and security, but, if you are Christ’s, He calls you by name. you may have made your own name a reproach to yourself and others, but the Christ whose grace abounds the more where sin abounds, will never be ashamed to take your name upon His holy lips.

Can you measure on this New Year the blessing of knowing that, if you have Christ, your name is recorded in the Book of Life? If doubt threatens to overcome you; if temptations loom alluring, the grind of life disheartening, the daily disappointments overwhelming, the ease of life distracting, the demands of business and pleasure all-engrossing, then banish these fears as in the strength of your faith you hear Jesus, not simply calling, but Jesus designating you, promising  every one who loves His precious name, the redemption, peace, which “Jesus” signifies!

Oh that we may become new creatures each and every day, children of the new covenant, loving one another until we shall all finally be gathered unto you by your most Holy Name; Jesus. Our Savior. Jesus.


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