Rev. Norman Sulaica, Jr. grew up in San Antonio, Texas. He attended Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, TX and Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, OH.
Pastor Norm, his wife, Laura, and their four children joined the Our Savior Family in 2003.
Grace and peace be unto you from our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus the Christ. Amen
“looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” --- Hebrews 12:2.
“Norm, keep an eye on the ball,” my coach would yell from the dugout. Being focused on the baseball is key to any baseball game. Catcher, outfielder, and third basemen must be attentive to the ball. Importantly, you do not want to get hit upside by the baseball when the batter hits it. So, you watch and get in the ready position. When the ball is hit and it comes to you, you are prepared to react. Batters also watch the ball anticipating fastballs, curve balls, and sliders to be thrown over the plate. Watching and in the appropriate batter’s stance, the batter waits ready to swing the bat. Baseball is about watching and being ready!
The Christian life also is about being ready and being attentive! We prepare ourselves by growing our faith relationship with the Lord. Daily scripture reading, meditation, and prayer enable us to anchor our soul in our Savior Jesus Christ. Hanging out with people of God in Bible Study, Women’s gatherings, Youth outing, and fellowship assist us in nurturing our faith life. Gathering monthly with pastors strengthens my walk of faith with Jesus. We worship, fellowship, study scripture, and do the work of our Mission District. Spending this time together enables us to lift up and be lifted up in the faith walk.
Traveling serves as a special time for me in my relationship with God. Radio talk shows and music gets repetitive and boring. I usually find a sermon, bible study, or a theology class on YouTube or Podcast and pipe it through the car’s sound system. Miles pass and my soul gets in tune with God.
Preparing our ourselves and deepening our relationship with the God of the Old and New Testament should be primary for us. Lent begins February 26. We gather at 6 pm for a Soup Dinner and fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. At 7 pm, we journey into the sanctuary to put ourselves into God’s presence and worship our Him. We look to and engage in this special relationship with “the founder and perfecter of our faith”.
Join us as we look to our Lenten theme of prayer, and how it is God’s tool given to us to be used in our walk of faith.
God Bless You,
OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH
Pastor Norms' Thoughts