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May 2019

All In

AS WE GATHER in the Month of May, our theme is “ALL!”  Christianity is about commitment, because our God is about commitment.  Today we hear two parables about a man who sacrificed all to acquire a treasure.  Our God was “All In” when it comes to our salvation.  It is by His grace, displayed on a cross and announced from an open and empty tomb that we have new and eternal life.

April 2019

The God Who Goes Before Us

AS WE GATHER in the Lord’s House and pause in this place, we consider the truth that Jesus was always “on the go.”  There was an urgency in His mission.  There was  a pressing need for Jesus to reach the world with His message of grace and mercy.  But notice where Jesus would go.  He went to the outcast, to the broken, to the marginalized, to the sinners.”  In other words, He came to us.

March 2019

Given By God

AS WE GATHER in worship we are recipients of God’s grace that is poured out to us in Word and Sacrament.  Our faith is strengthened, our sins are forgiven, the Lord’s promise of eternal life is delivered.  All this is given to us only because God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son.

Jesus our Suffering Servant

AS WE GATHER to worship the Creator of all things and King of the universe, we recognize that He came into our world with one mission:  “to seek and save the lost.”  Imagine the love Jesus must have for us and the entire sinful world that He would leave the glory of heaven to come into our broken world and our hurting lives.

The Message

AS WE GATHER in worship each week we hear words of forgiveness that echo from the cross to our ears and hearts that long for grace.  Too often we take forgiveness for granted.  It’s always available. It’s easily accessible.  It’s given in abundant doses.  Today we pause to hear again that it is only by the love of God that we have access to the forgiveness that Jesus won for us on the cross and now gives us new and eternal life.

Being With Jesus

AS WE GATHER during these weekends in Lent, we engage in a new worship series entitled, “The Red Letter Challenge.”  Many Bibles print the words of Jesus recorded in the Gospel in red ink.  We will dig into these words of Jesus and see the life He offers to those who believe in Him and follow Him.  Today we begin with the word, “Being.”  Rather than starting by asking who we are, let us first look at who Jesus is.  As we are challenged to follow Jesus, it is important for us to know who He is.

When Happiness is Gone

AS WE GATHER:  There are times when there is no cause for celebration. There is nothing good. There is no hope or joy in life. Where do you turn for joy? Where can you look for hope? When it is too hard even to hold up your head in prayer, what do you do? Paul reminds us that there is never a situation in which we cannot rejoice. We can be content in all things, because the strength of God himself is sustaining us. We put our trust in the God who can do all things, and we rejoice, even when happiness is gone.

February 2019

When the End is Near

AS WE GATHER: When you know where you are going… it’s a lot easier to arrive at the destination.  Paul helps us look forward to the prize which Christ gives to all believers.  When you begin with Heaven in mind, it shapes your thinking, your values, and your attitude.  Our citizenship is in heaven, we look forward with hope and anticipation to our future home with Jesus.

When Life Doesn’t Go Your Way

AS WE GATHER: You don’t have to get too far into your average day before something doesn’t go your way. Bad traffic, missed meetings, sick kids, health issues: the list could go on and on. We want things to go our way, but this week we are reminded to embrace humility, which means putting others’ needs before our own. This doesn’t mean we neglect our needs, but we are willing to put them aside to meet the needs of others, just as Jesus demonstrated when he gave up his glory on high to come low and rescue us from the brokenness of our humanity. We follow Jesus in humility when life gets hard!

When in Crisis

AS WE GATHER When in a crisis we often become emotional, anxious, and only see things from one perspective.  When facing these turbulent times “let your manner be worthy of the gospel of Christ…”. Philippians 1:27.  Filter your crises through the lens of the Gospel (the good news of Jesus life, death, and resurrection) and look at things from an eternal perspective.  The Gospel comforts, the Gospel points to forgiveness and an Eternal future.  In a crisis walk with Jesus, and let his light shine through you!