March 2017

I AM the Bread of Life

As we gather in these weekends in Lent our worship theme is, “Jesus, the Great I AM.”  We will examine the seven “I AM” statements of Jesus, as He explains who He is and defines His mission for us and for our salvation.  We open this series today with Jesus saying, “I AM the Bread of Life.”  When we look for sustenance in this world we often look to the wrong things.  Jesus defines Himself as the true Giver of real life. 

 




Turn Around! God’s Gift of Repentance

AS WE GATHER: Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent.  In ancient times, ashes and dust were associated with repentance and with the recognition of our own mortality.  Today we repent, recognizing that sin infects and affects us every single day.  But even as we repent, we know and believe that Jesus suffered and died to pay the price for our sins!  So as you receive the imposition of ashes today, remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return…but that Jesus died to bring you forgiveness and life!




February 2017

The Transfiguration of Jesus

As we gather:  The Transfiguration of Jesus gave Peter, James and John a glimpse of His glory.  But it didn’t last.  Jesus’ mission of suffering and dying for the sins of the world was coming soon.  We too would love to see Jesus in all his glory, wouldn’t we?  And we will, when He comes again.  Until then, we know that He’s with us every step of the way!




The Foolishness of the Cross

As we gather in worship we conclude our current sermon series, Reformation Celebration.  Today we will consider the “glory of the cross,” understanding that Christianity doesn’t promise a plush life in this world, but points us to the love and work of Jesus that does promise perfect life in heaven.




The Priesthood of All Believers

As we gather: For a time in the Church, it was thought that to truly serve God you had to become a priest, or a monk or a nun.  Martin Luther reminded the Church that as baptized believers we are all priests!  This teaching – called the Priesthood of All Believers  – does not mean that all Christians are pastors of a church, but it does mean that we all have been gifted to serve in the Church in meaningful ways, according to the gifts that God has given us.




Lord’s Supper

As we gather: The Lord’s Supper is a unique and special means that God uses to bring us forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.  As we reflect on this incredible gift of grace, we cannot help but marvel at the goodness of our God. 



January 2017

Baptism

Our senses help us understand the world around us.  Through sight, touch, smell, taste, and listening we experience the world!   In Baptism God is doing something, and He wants us to know it is happening.  We hear the trickle of the water, we see the clear liquid flow, and feel the wetness. Jesus told us to baptize all nations.  Through connecting this divine command, with the Word of God, and the tangible water being used… we have a Sacrament.  A mystery of God.  A very real and tangible way that gives His grace and forgiveness to us.  Today we ponder the gift of baptism, one of the ways God gives us His good gifts!



Law and Gospel

As we gather today we are confronted with bad new and good news.  We would rather simply hear the good news.  The truth is, the Good News that the Lord gives us cannot truly be understood nor appreciated unless we are confronted with the bad news.




Word vs. Tradition

As we gather: How do you boil water, fold your clothes, or discipline a child?  We all have been shaped by traditions of our parents, grandparents, teachers and coaches.  Traditions can be a powerful motivator both consciously and subconsciously.  In the Church of 1517, traditions had been established regarding the doctrine of salvation and the life of the church, but as Martin Luther studied the Bible he began to see that the church elevated tradition above the Word of God.  I can create a tradition; you can create a tradition… but God’s Word is truth.  When it comes to the things of God, the Bible is THE authority!




What must we do?

As we gather in worship today, we praise and thank God for the blessings of faithful pastors and teachers in the Church.  2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, and for the next seven weeks we’ll be looking at some of the core teachings of the Scriptures that Martin Luther and others taught.