April 2013

The Good Shepherd and the Boston marathon bombing




130414 Get Off Your High Horse

We see the appearances of the risen Christ continue in today’s Scripture passages. In the readings from Acts Jesus literally opens the eyes of Saul to see how he will be of great service to our Lord. When Peter meets Jesus, though our Lord reminds him of his denials on Maundy Thursday, His gracious invitation is to follow Him in faith-filled service. In heaven, it is revealed to John, Christ reigns with eternal and temporal power, receiving endless adoration. As we hear the Word today, Christ confronts our fears and failures, offering complete forgiveness, opportunity to respond in joyful service, and eternal life itself.




130407 I Just Can’t Put My Finger on It!

In the continued glow of the empty Easter tomb, we join with Thomas the disciple, who struggled to believe Jesus had risen from the grave. Like Thomas, we at times, demand signs of Jesus' love and power. But the truth remains Jesus is the Victory because He has risen indeed!




March 2013

130331 It’s Folly-Easter Sunday-Pastor Raasch

We celebrate the Good News of Christ's Resurrection! The stone has been rolled away and the grave is empty. Christ is risen! Our Savior has overcome sin, death, the devil and hell. Ours is now the sure and certain hope that only Jesus can bring into hearts and homes. New Life is ours! We pray that the Living Lord grants you a joy-filled day with your family, your fellow Christians, and your friends. May each new day, lived in the victory of Jesus, be yours! We invite you to join us each week to celebrate His Resurrection.




130331 Sunrise Service-Hey God Thanks for Nothing-Pastor Raasch

This Sunrise Service is designed to be contemplative. As the women made their way to the tomb they wondered how they would remove the stone. When the women saw the stone had been rolled away they worried as to who had tampered with the tomb. When they were told by angels that the Lord had risen indeed they contemplated the joy and then shared it with others. In this service we contemplate the joy of the resurrection victory in our lives.




130329 Tenebrae Service Good Friday

To impress on the minds and the hearts of believers the awful consequences of sin and also the magnitude of the Savior's sacrifice, the ancient church held a special service the last days of Holy Week called “Tenebrae.” The meaning of the word “Tenebrae” is darkness. The ancient Tenebrae service began in silence and ended in almost total darkness, the lights having been gradually extinguished as the service proceeded. The extinguishing of the candles is to remind u




130328 Maundy Thursday-Pastor Raasch

We approach the Lord's Table with humble, repentant hearts, receiving the true Body and the true Blood of Jesus with the bread and the wine.  As we partake in this Sacrament we thank the Lord who imparts to us the forgiveness of sins, a strengthening of faith and the promise of life eternal.




130324 The Irony of Proclamation-Pastor Raasch

Irony is defined as, “Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs.” Irony is found in the Gospels as God uses the actions of imperfect people to accomplish His perfect will. Today we are confronted with the “The Irony of Proclamation.” It is ironic that the Jewish, who have been waiting to welcome the Messiah, now reject Him as He comes into the Holy City.




130313 A Departure Interrupted-Pastor Raasch

We journey with Jesus as He heads toward Jerusalem with one mission in mind:  saving the human race from sin, death and hell. But while Jesus makes His way to the Holy City He is continuously interrupted. However, Jesus considers each interruption to be a ministry opportunity. We find Jesus leaving Jericho, but His departure is interrupted by two blind men who seek His help.




130310 The Irony of Pardon-Pastor Raasch

Irony is defined as, “Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs.” Irony is found in the Gospels as God uses the actions of imperfect people to accomplish His perfect will. Today we are confronted with the “The Irony of Pardon.” It is ironic that the criminal, Barabbas, whose name means, “son of the father,” is set free, while Jesus, the true Son of the Father, is crucified.