What do you think of when you think of angels? Some of us think of guardian angels that God has appointed to watch over us and keep us safe. (Matthew 18:10) Some of us think of the Christmas story in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 2, and how the sky was filled with a host of angels singing praises to God and how the shepherds received the Good News of a Savior who was born in Bethlehem. Some of us may have other images of angels.
The main job description of an angel is to be a messenger. Think of Gabriel telling Mary that she was to be the mother of the Savior of the world or telling Joseph to not be afraid to marry Mary even though she was already pregnant.
But sometimes the message is more serious. Sunday, September 29th, is the festival of St. Michael and All Angels. St. Michael is a warrior angel sent to fight Satan and the powers of evil. The book of Revelation tells the story of a war breaking out in heaven and Michael is the leader of the angels in this cosmic battle. (Rev. 12) Of course, through the power of God and the sacrifice of Jesus, Satan is ultimately defeated and God’s people are saved.
It is good to remember that all angels are created by God just as we are. They have their tasks to do just like we do. Their power comes from God just like our power does. Angels are not to be worshiped, but they can be celebrated for their faithfulness in fulfilling the tasks God has given them to do.
Since September 29th is the festival of St. Michael and All Angels, we are encouraging everyone who has figurines of angels to bring them to Immanuel by Saturday, the 28th. Please put your name on your pieces so that you can claim them after worship on the 29th. All angels will be used to decorate the sanctuary and chancel for that Sunday. Angels remind us of God’s love and protection, God’s glorious good news, and God’s power in the defeat of evil. Come and celebrate the angels among us.
See you in worship.