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Sermons

March 3, 2019

Don't just do something, sit there - by Pastor Steve (Sunday 8 and 10 am)

We do well time and time again to sit in the shining light of Jesus, because the Lord is our shepherd. It is his voice that guides us along right pathways for his namesake as we travel through the world and its various commercials and advertisements and other voices. It is the light of Jesus which anoints our heads with oil embracing us as children of God, calling us holy and precious in God's sight. It is the shining light of Jesus that is our abundance, our hope, our way and our peace .

February 24, 2019

Forgive - by Pastor Steve (Sunday 8 and 10 am)

Gracious God your son called on you to forgive his enemies while he was suffering shame and death. Lead our enemies and us from prejudice to truth and by your holy spirit guide us to be able to forgive our enemies.

February 23, 2019

By our actions - by Deacon John (Saturday 4:30 PM )

It is always by our actions and not by our words that we spread the Gospel Good News. By our actions people are seeing a reflection of what God is offering today. The best part is we benefit from that miracle that is happening in our heart.

February 17, 2019

Blessed - by Pastor Steve (Sunday 8 and 10 am)

May Christ dwell in our hearts through faith as we are being rooted and grounded in love. Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish far more than all we can ask or imagine. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. And so how are you this morning? Blessed!

February 16, 2019

Jesus reminds us here that there is always another side to what we experience - by Deacon Diane (Saturday 4:30 PM)

When we are full, we can be sure that we will one day be empty again, and that the only true fullness that endures is from God. When we are weeping, we can be sure that we will one day laugh and rejoice, and that our joy is from God. For every part of life, there is another angle that God holds before us, ensuring that we do not forget God's presence and power infused in everything we do and through everything we live.

February 10, 2019

Holy, Holy, Holy the whole earth is full of God's glory - by Pastor Steve (Sunday 8 and 10 am)

Realize that we are in the presence of the Lord because we see the unveiled majesty of God not on this side but on the other. Here we see the instances of grace, instances of hope, instances of peace. Then we know that the Lord is in that place, but I suppose recognizing that we are in the presence of the Lord is even simpler than that. We remind ourselves every week through the song before communion "Holy, Holy, Holy, the whole earth is full of God's glory.

February 9, 2019

Where did you see God this week? - by Deacon John (Saturday 4:30 PM )

In our normal everyday life God is with us. He is there but we have to see it, we have to feel it. If so we will certainly encounter it. You see that God is not only with us in worship but in u every day lives. So maybe at the end of this week when it comes ask, "Where did I see God this week? Where did I see God in my comings and goings this week?"

February 3, 2019

Following Jesus is challenging - by Pastor Steve (Sunday 8 and 10 am)

Following Jesus is challenge. But, we embrace the challenge because we don't face the challenge alone. It is not all up to us. God guides and sustains us in our life of discipleship through holy word, holy sacraments, and holy gathered community. We move through the challenge with God and each other and so we often do pretty well at succeeding at the challenge of following Jesus.

February 2, 2019

The Super Bowl of all Good News - by Deacon John (Saturday 4:30 PM )

Jesus has already accomplished everything you need for this life and for the next. Focus on the cross. Focus on the empty tomb. Focus on God's love for us that he sent his only son to die for us and for our sins. And he comes off the cross for us, for our sins and he holds us in his arms, and he loves us. That's why God sent his son for us. That is the good news, that is the Super Bowl of all Good News – that Jesus comes off the cross for us.

January 27, 2019

I will hold your people in my heart - by Pastor Steve ((Sunday 8 and 10 am)

God asks, "Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send?" Enable us to answer those questions by singing, "I will go lord. Filled with the power of your spirit, I will hold your people in my heart."

January 26, 2019

Believe or not believe? - by Deacon Diane (Saturday 4:30 PM)

The people listening to Jesus in Luke got so upset because Jesus dared to identify himself as the person that Isaiah was talking about. The people present to hear Jesus strongly disagreed. For them Jesus just did not fit the mold of a Messiah.

January 20, 2019

The hills are flowing with wine - by Pastor Steve (Sunday 8 and 10 am)

All the love of God was sent in Jesus and that it was sent for us. The hills flow with wine.

January 19, 2019

Am I open to participating with Jesus? - by Deacon Diane (Saturday 4:30 PM)

It's not a question of being worthy, because no one is worthy, but love sees beyond worthiness and seeks to work together. Am I willing to be used by God?

January 13, 2019

Why be baptized? - by Pastor Steve ((Sunday 8 and 10 am)

"I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit! You have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever." When you hear these words you will see eyes that hold tears and peace and joy. That is why one should be baptized - grace and grace and grace upon grace!

 

January 12, 2019

God does not change His mind - by Deacon John (Saturday 4:30 PM )

When we were little infants and we were baptized, God said to us, "you are my child." God does not change His mind and now that we are adults, we are still God's child. We should thank God for instituting baptism because it means something to us and what a joy to know that God says to us, "I have called you by name. You are mine. You are my child forever.

January 6, 2019

We join the Magi - by Pastor Steve (Sunday 8 and 10 am)

We are here today because we cannot do what is necessary alone. Her is where God graciously guides us and nourishes us in our life of releasing and embracing. He nourishes us through word, sacrament, service and holy community. We are here because today we join the Magi in reveling Christ's glory to the nations as we fall to our knees in praise of the king of kings.

January 5, 2019

Times of grace - by Deacon Diane (Saturday 4:30 PM )

But there are times of grace when we break through from the weight of the world and all its distractions to see salvation through Christ and our redemption from sin. We truly see the light, rather than hiding from it or observing it from oblique angles. Those are the times when we most become like the magi at the feet of Christ, experiencing not just our own epiphanies but His Epiphany.

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