Meet Our Pastor 

Pastor Gerhard Mau has 33 years of pastoral experience.  He served rural and small town congregations in Grey Eagle and Upsala, Minnesota, Algonac, Michigan, and North Plato, Illinois.  He took retirement in 2017 and moved to Farmington Hills where he helped care for his mother until the Lord called her home last Thanksgiving.  He just completed a nine month vacancy working among God’s people of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Farmington Hills where he is a member.

Pastor Mau was born in Pontiac and lived in Rochester, MI during his childhood years graduating from Rochester Senior High. He was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Rochester. After graduating from Walsh College on Accountancy in Troy, he worked in public accounting before attending Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne. He graduated with a Master of Divinity in 1983.

Pastor Mau is married to Devonne. Together they have two adult daughters, Maryruth living in Las Vegas and Alyssa living at home in Farmington Hills.  He will be serving Hosanna-Tabor Lutheran Church on a part time basis during the pastoral vacancy.  He is available for a listening ear, counsel, for hospital and home care visits, and to bring Holy Communion to those unable to worship because of mobility or corona-virus concerns.

Pastor’s Notes
January 2021

 

                     A NEW YEAR TO RESET LIFE by Pastor Gerhard Mau

“Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).

What a year!  We had inklings a year ago that 2020 would be different.  How little did we understand how much fear and isolation would be unleashed.  This year we have the hope of a vaccine and an end to the pandemic.  Yet we wonder at how our world, nation, community, congregation, and family will reset.  And so we pray “Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”

January Scripture Gospels reset life.  January 3 we’ll hear of the Magi’s arrival.  They fall before the Christ Child, worship Him, offer Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  Who knew that would set in motion the need for Joseph to pack his wife Mary and their Son Jesus and flee to Egypt.  There they live the lives of refugees.  Wisely, Joseph listens to God’s instructions and does his part within the spiritual battle for the heart of humanity.  It wasn’t what he thought he had signed up for when he had betrothed Mary.  But the Christ Child resets lives.  Faithful people reset their lives in accordance with God’s instruction and wisdom.

January 10 we’ll hear of Jesus’ appearing to be baptized in the Jordan.  The Holy Spirit tears out from heaven and descends inside Jesus (Mark 1:10).  Our Lord is Spirit-filled for His ministry.  But who foresaw this entering of the Holy Spirit as the spiritual battle “against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12).  No wonder Jesus takes up “the whole armor of God” (Eph. 6:13).  A few verses later we hear of Jesus’ battle against the forces of Satan (Mark 1:23-26).  And not long after that, Jesus is in an isolated place deep in prayer seeking guidance and determination for the work of God’s kingdom (Mark 1:35).  Are you taking up the full armor of God (Eph. 6:10-20)?

And who doesn’t like a good fishing story.  Each January we delight to hear of Jesus’ calling the fishermen Peter and Andrew and James and John to become fishers of men (Mark 1:17,20 on January 17).  Many people throughout the world will be caught in their Gospel net gathered for eternal life with God.  Yet how well do we understand that unleashing the Gospel also unleashes God’s judgment on those who do not repent!  Christ’s Gospel resets lives in one way or another. 

And so we pray “Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”  There is going to be a reset in the American culture.  And there is going to be a reset in American Christianity.  2021 is a year to keep our hope in Christ Jesus.  2021 is a year for us to pray we be instructed by His wisdom.   

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