January 2020

Holy Living

We hear how precious life is because our precious Savior ransomed us for something better in life. How easy it is for us to get caught up in the things of the world, allowing them to define who we are and how we look at others. Jesus frees us from such small thinking and births us into a fuller view of life.

Seeing 20/20 – What’s Your North Star?

We are asked, “How do we navigate this life?”  We need to examine what is our motivation for living and what is our goal in life.  For what do we live? We are enticed by the things of the world. But the things of the world change, fade away and leave us lost and lonely.  It is Christ alone who gives life meaning and purpose. It is only through Jesus that we can find peace and contentment in this world and the promise

December 2019

Rise and Shine

AS WE GATHER In the waters of the Jordan River, John baptized Jesus. Jesus didn’t need what baptism gives, but we do. Baptism is one of the ways God gives us forgiveness of sins. In this Sunday after Christmas we give thanks that our King Jesus was born into the world, and did everything we couldn’t, so that we could have everything we shouldn’t. Thank you Jesus!

Waiting With God

AS WE GATHER we know that so much of Christmas is about waiting—waiting for a break from school and work; waiting to gather with loved ones; waiting to open presents.  2,000 years ago, people waited for the Savior.  Together, we wait with God and we look to the example of Joseph, a man who waited for God’s Son to be born.  Waiting with God requires patience and peace, but His presents and His presence are worth it.

Winning With God

AS WE GATHER What are your favorite teams? Often we love our teams so much we feel as if we are part of the team. Their victories are our victories; their losses, our losses. As we continue our series on God with us, we are reminded that we rejoice and celebrate the victory we have with Jesus.

God Weeping With Us

AS WE GATHER we recall the many tears we’ve cried, and the ones yet to come. Much of life is sadness. How do we make sense of it? Does sadness mean we are unloved by God? No. God is with us, even in the weeping. Come again to look at the manger, to see God with us, in every situation. Especially in times of suffering and sadness. Even if you feel like weeping today, Jesus is WITH us.

Worshipping With Others

AS WE GATHER during these weeks of Advent, our theme is “WITH.”  The prophet promised that the Messiah who was to come would be Immanuel—“God with Us.”  The truth that God is always with us is a miracle that provides us comfort and peace, hope and life.  Today in worship we understand that God meets us here as He promises to be with us in His Word and Sacrament.  We gather here with the Lord and each other, week after week, because we need what God offers, namely faith and forgiveness, life and salvation.

November 2019

Truth on Trial

AS WE GATHER we put truth on trial. Can Jesus stand up to the pressures and assaults and questions of the world? Jesus submitted himself to a trial with Pilate, and Pilate famously asked, “What is truth?” Jesus showed him and the world that truth is able to withstand anything the world can throw at it. And when we live under the True King, so can we.

TRUTH: The Grave Truth

AS WE GATHER we hear Jesus announce that He is “the way, and the truth, and the life,” and that no one comes to the Father except through Him.  On a road map we can find many different roads that lead to the same place, except on certain islands. There is only one bridge and one way to get a vehicle onto the island. Jesus teaches this truth, “I am the way… no one comes to the Father except through me.” Heaven is opened for those who live and believe in Jesus. The grave truth is that there are not many ways…only one. This truth of God needs to be shared. Although there is only way, everyone is invited to join in the journey.

TRUTH: Relatively Speaking

AS WE GATHER we consider the place of truth in our lives, we are confronted by a culture of “relative” truths. It seems our culture encourages us to decide what is true for ourselves. Having a personal truth sounds comfortable and convenient, but what happens when our personal truths collide with God’s truth?