Scarville Synod celebrates centennial
Members and friends of Scarville Synod Lutheran Church gathered on Sunday morning, July 1, to celebrate the church’s centennial (1918-2018). A Festival Service began the day at 10:30 a.m. Sons of the congregation who serve as pastors in the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, as well as former pastors of the congregation, joined Pastor Rank in leading the special service. Pastor Daniel Faugstad preached the sermon. A noon meal followed, and the day closed with a centennial program in the early afternoon led by Pastor Rank.
Pastor Rank noted in his afternoon comments: “Those few families that built this church building and began holding regular church services were dedicated to what the prophet Jeremiah called ‘the old ways.’ The ‘old ways’ are the promises of God found throughout the Old Testament, promises of a Savior, first given to Adam and Eve, and reiterated with further details over the course of the next thousands of years. To stay with those ‘old ways’ is to stay with God’s Word, to stay with His unchanging truth. Jesus described those ‘old ways’ with the phrase ‘Moses and the prophets,’ that is, Holy Scripture. Jesus made clear exactly who those ‘old ways’ were about: Him, the Son of God and Son of Mary, born in the fullness of time to be our Savior.”
Pastor Rank concluded: “Small rural congregations are an endangered species in many ways, and for many reasons. The fact that God allows our congregation to continue to bear witness to the gospel in our communities is one which we pray we will never take for granted. It is marvelous to us that God so blessed us with His Word of salvation, the truth of our Lord Jesus crucified for us, these past 10 decades.”