Oct 29, 2017
Grounded in Grace
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Today we welcome you to our celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  Our theme is “Grounded in Grace,” in which we are reminded that our faith is firm because we are saved by Christ. This service’s Bible readings, hymns, prayers, sermon and children’s message will assure us that we cannot be shaken by the troubles of this world because our Savior, who died and rose for us, is the rock solid foundation of our future.  We put our trust in Him Alone.  We are saved by Grace Alone
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  • Oct 29, 2017Grounded in Grace
    Oct 29, 2017
    Grounded in Grace
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    Today we welcome you to our celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  Our theme is “Grounded in Grace,” in which we are reminded that our faith is firm because we are saved by Christ. This service’s Bible readings, hymns, prayers, sermon and children’s message will assure us that we cannot be shaken by the troubles of this world because our Savior, who died and rose for us, is the rock solid foundation of our future.  We put our trust in Him Alone.  We are saved by Grace Alone
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  • Jul 2, 2017In Between
    Jul 2, 2017
    In Between
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    We live in a world where leadership is lifted up, yet we forget that leaders first learn to follow. Following is never easy, especially when the going gets tough. It can be hard enough to follow people we know, respect, and trust. It can be even harder to follow an unseen God who speaks to us through His eternal Word, strengthens us through bread and wine, and leads and guides us by His Spirit. Yet, that is our calling. In the midst of struggle, persecution, famine, joblessness, and conflict, we listen to the One we know, respect, and trust because He is our Creator, our Savior, and is always with us to the end of the age.
  • Jun 25, 2017What Must We Say
    Jun 25, 2017
    What Must We Say
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    There are many things that cause us to be afraid. We become afraid anytime we perceive our sense of security is threatened. This can be a perceived physical, financial, intellectual, relational, or spiritual threat. In these last days, these threats may only appear to be real or they may actually be real. No matter what it may be, our security and our strength lie in our God, who is our refuge and strength. In Him we put our trust.
  • May 28, 2017Those In-Between Times: Present or Absent?
    May 28, 2017
    Those In-Between Times: Present or Absent?
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    As the disciples saw Jesus become absent at the Ascension and were told to wait and pray and go to Jerusalem, so are we left within the “going” and the “coming” of the Lord.  Practicing His Presence is a matter of Faith and Spiritual Openness.  Our expectations are not disappointed but are met by gracious surprises.
  • May 7, 2017The Life of a Sheep Ain’t so Baaad
    May 7, 2017
    The Life of a Sheep Ain’t so Baaad
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    You’re in charge. Or not. God created us to be dependent, on Him. But it’s a challenge to believe that, for it requires a sense of humility and a sense of awe to understand how far reaching and how incredibly personal the love of God really is. In the Gospel, Jesus used the imagery of sheep and a shepherd to describe our relationship with him: He’s the shepherd, He’s in charge, and He holds our lives in his hands and provides for us more abundantly than we might ever provide for ourselves. And that’s something we can be thankful for.
  • Apr 23, 2017Here I Am
    Apr 23, 2017
    Here I Am
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    On Easter evening and again the following Sunday, because the disciples saw Jesus alive, they knew the resurrection was real, and they believed in Him. They were then able to witness to their faith in spite of opposition and persecution from the Jewish council. Though grieved by various traits, it was the “living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:3) that enabled the Early Church to rejoice. The reality of the resurrection becomes evident to people around us as we live out our faith, confessing Jesus as Lord and offering peace and forgiveness in His name. As they come to faith, they join us and “have life in His name” (John 20:31).
  • Feb 26, 2017The Fellowship of the Mat
    Feb 26, 2017
    The Fellowship of the Mat
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    "I was glad when they said to me, 'Let us go to the house of the LORD." Psalm 122:1 (ESV)  Today our hearts are filled with the joy of the LORD as we come close to God in adoring and intimate worship, knowing that God also comes close to us (James 4:8) to bless us with His presence, forgiveness, peace, comfort, and encouragement!
  • Jan 22, 2017Who Turned Off the Lights
    Jan 22, 2017
    Who Turned Off the Lights
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    The journey of a disciple of Jesus may take many directions. As one of the first men called to discipleship by the Lord, Peter found that his world was turned around and changed forever. And yet, in following the Lord, he found a peace that passed all understanding. In the final words of his second epistle, he wrote to his Christian flock, “Therefore, beloved . . . be . . . at peace” (2 Peter 3:14). The people of God are peaceable people through whom the Spirit works, fashioning them as peacemakers and peace-bringers to a world in need of the peace that is in Christ alone.
     
  • Jan 1, 2017Faith vs. Fear
    Jan 1, 2017
    Faith vs. Fear
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    …let us  put aside our self-centered fears and paranoia and embrace the fear of the Lord.  We face the reality of a new year, an unknown future with faith, accompanied by our Lord, Savior and brother. He does not abandon us. The shadows of life are illuminated by the Light—Immanuel, God with us!
  • Dec 25, 2016What Was Seen at Bethlehem
    Dec 25, 2016
    What Was Seen at Bethlehem
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    Jesus is God, Creator, Lord of the universe, and yet also man. What a mystery, and what a testimony! Imagine being there in Bethlehem, and seeing the infant Jesus with your own eyes. What would you have seen? And how would you testify to others about what you had seen? The Apostle Luke says that the angels testified that the Savior had been born (Luke 2:11). The Apostle John testifies that the Christ was full of grace and truth (John 1:14). We receive the testimony, and by the Holy Spirit we are able to believe it. May our lives be transformed by this Truth – the Son of God has come to us!
  • Dec 24, 2016God’s Christmas Gift to You
    Dec 24, 2016
    God’s Christmas Gift to You
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    Welcome!  We’re glad you’re here.  May peace from the Prince of Peace be yours.  The first Christmas Eve was a time of new beginnings for the world, so much so that our calendar (B.C. and A.D.) is based on the event we celebrate tonight!  The created world, once new and perfect, had fallen into darkness and sin after Adam and Eve disobeyed God.  At the birth of Jesus – perfect man and perfect God – a bright light began to shine in that world that had been darkened by sin.  In His light we have life, peace and joy.  Truly, the Christ Child is God’s greatest gift to the world!
  • Nov 14, 2016God at Work in Faithful Warriors
    Nov 14, 2016
    God at Work in Faithful Warriors
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    Even in battle, God goes with and before his people.  He gives audacious courage to a young shepherd boy facing a war-hardened giant.  He gives unequaled faith to a humble centurion.  And God guides America's greatest generation to victory in an epic struggle between good and evil.
  • Aug 21, 2016In Christ Alone
    Aug 21, 2016
    In Christ Alone
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    We gather weekly to celebrate  and grow more deeply in our understanding of what Christ has done for us and how He continues to care for us. Through our baptism, we are marked as a child of God, secured by Jesus in His forgiveness and grace. We stand together in Christ, a community of faith, as we daily, humbly speak and share His love with others.
  • Aug 14, 2016Jesus Sees Us All – Inside Out
    Aug 14, 2016
    Jesus Sees Us All – Inside Out
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    Less than a month before His crucifixion Jesus spoke this parable about two people:  A Tax collector and a Pharisee!   One enters the Kingdom of God humbly and is exalted the other comes exalted and is humbled.   As we look at these two men who do we identify with?  If you are like me, we might see a little bit of both of the attitudes displayed by these two men within ourselves.  Sometimes we feel pretty satisfied with how we live our lives and then there are times when we feel depressed and dissatisfied with our behavior and actions.  This parable gives us a glimpse into all of our hearts, hearts that only Jesus truly and fully knows and understands.  We can pour out our heart to Him!
  • Jun 26, 2016Raising Spirit Awareness
    Jun 26, 2016
    Raising Spirit Awareness
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    As Lutheran Christians, we confess a Trinitarian belief in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  This means that we believe that while we have only one God, that same God has revealed Himself to us in three persons.  The ancient creeds of the Church express this understanding as best as can be done in human words.  While the Holy Spirit is always spoken of "last" in those creeds, He is by no means less  Godly.  In fact, we recognize the Holy Spirit's enduring and powerful work among us today even in our Catechism: “The Holy Spirit has called me through the Gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.”  (Martin Luther).  How can we move from viewing the Holy Spirit as a mysterious "blur" and "ghostly presence hovering in the background" (Gordon Fee), to seeing Him as the powerful and active person of the Godhead that He is?