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June 1st, 2020

Chapel – 6/1/20

Today, we have a special guest for chapel. Mr. Julian Petzold would be welcome to speak at chapel because he is a faithful Christian, a long-time Lutheran educator and a Valley Lutheran alum. However, he won’t be a guest for long, as Mr. Petzold will be our Executive Director beginning August 1. This is his first of many chapel messages to come.

As we would say in the gym – “Let’s welcome Mr. Petzold.”

“Sitting in the back of a cop car!”

Hello VLHS Family!  It is an honor to be able to share God’s word with you today through this chapel message.

Faculty and students, I sure hope you haven’t spent any time in the back of a cop car.  I actually have been sitting in the back of a cop car before.  Faculty members might be thinking, “Uh oh, what have we gotten into here.”  Some students might be concerned too, but other students might be thinking, “Cool!  Wonder what he did??”

Normally, getting placed into the back of a cop car indicates that you are being arrested for doing something illegal.  An arrested person is being removed from society, their normal environment, and their freedom as an American citizen.  I guess that is kind of how dealing with Covid-19 may have felt.  We’ve all been removed from much interaction with society in our normal environments with significantly less freedom.  The loss of freedom reminds me of what sin has done to humanity.  Sin causes us to face certain death, and death is the ultimate bondage.

Being restrained from life for the past few months has been difficult and frustrating for me, and my guess is that it has been difficult and frustrating for you as well.  Our daily sinfulness restrains us from fully living for Jesus with freedom.  Freedom, not to do what we want, but a freedom to love, serve, obey, enjoy, thank, praise, and honor God with our life.  In many ways, we have all been arrested, or held captive by our sin, and we know that our sin leads to death (Romans 6:23). However, death was arrested once and for all by Jesus at His resurrection.  He has held death captive, so we can be free.  Free today, and free forever!!  “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” Galatians 5:1

I pray you will put some earbuds in or run this song through a good set of speakers, and turn it up — especially in the middle when the music gets soft!!!  I went to the Orange Conference in Atlanta, GA a few years ago, and I got to see it performed live.

Oh yeah, that time I was sitting in the back of a cop car…I could keep you guessing, but I will share.  I was teaching Kindergarten at the time, and I had the police come talk to my class about bike safety and stranger danger.  Part of the experience was that my class got to climb through the back seat of a police car.  I got to go first to set an example for my Kindergartners…sorry to disappoint some of you.  🙂


Contributed by: Mr. Julian Petzold

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