From the Pastor’s Study . . . May 2014

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Dear Friends, Today is Holy Monday, and in a few days we will observe the whirlwind of Jesus’ final meal with his disciples, his death, and his Resurrection. As we gather to hear God’s Word on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, … Continue reading

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Sermon – Matthew 21:1-17 (Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014)

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Sermon – Matthew 7:13-29 (Fifth Sunday of Lent, April 6, 2014)

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Sermon – Matthew 7:7-12 (Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 30, 2014)

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Sermon – Matthew 7:1-6 (Third Sunday in Lent, March 23, 2014)

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From the Pastor’s Study . . . April 2014

Dear Friends,

Christ is Risen, He is Risen, Indeed! Alleluia!

With these words, we will proclaim the Easter promises on the weekend of April 19 and 20. Each of our services that weekend: Saturday at 5:00 pm, and Sunday at 6:30 am and 9:00 am will be Easter services. While the Church, throughout its history, has often held a vigil service on Holy Saturday – rather than an Easter service – our congregation is perhaps better served by a divine service for Easter that Saturday evening. Many of our members attend Saturday evening services because of health limitations that prevent them from attending on Sunday mornings. It is therefore quite important for these members to have the opportunity to hear the Easter Scriptures and sing the Easter hymns. While the Easter Vigil dates back to the early Church, Easter vigil services among Lutherans in America are a relatively recent innovation. I have a great appreciation for the recovery of lost traditions, but I believe that it is very important for us to give all of our members the opportunity to celebrate the wonderful mystery of our Lord’s Resurrection.

During the Sundays of Easter, we will have a sermon series from the book of 1 Peter. The series is entitled “The Source of Hope.”

We will be studying the following passages:

Apr 26/27 – 1 Peter 1:3–9, Born Again to a Living Hope

May 03/04 – 1 Peter 1:17–25, We have been bought with the precious blood of Christ

May 10/11 – 1 Peter 2:19–25, Christ suffered for us that we might persevere in our suffering

May 17/18 – 1 Peter 2:2–10, In Christ Jesus, God has made us living stones

May 24/25 – 1 Peter 3:13–22, Gently presenting the reason for the hope that is in us

May 31/June 1 – 1 Peter 5:6–11, Humble yourself before the Lord, for only in Him can we resist the devil

In this important letter, Peter was writing to Christians in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithyni. Like many other Christian congregations at the time, these Christians were facing opposition to their ministry and life, which Peter evidently felt rose to the level of “persecution.” When one considers the obstacles to the early church, and imagines what the congregations reading Peter’s letter might have been enduring, it is inspiring to notice just how prominently the theme of hope figures in Peter’s letter. The life and attitudes that Peter exhorts these Christians to are grounded in the promises of what God in Christ has already done for them. To congregations who very likely felt isolated and hopeless, Peter announces that they now belong to Christ Jesus and that the source of their self-identity and future is Christ Jesus alone. If there is to be any hope, security, or consolation for these struggling congregations, it is that which is bound up in Christ’s death, resurrection, and return.

It is fitting for us to study these passages during the Easter season, because the Resurrection of Christ Jesus is not simply a far-off historical event, but is also a deeply personal reality. As Paul tells us in Romans 6 and Colossians 3, we have been joined to Christ’s death and resurrection in our baptisms – and so the life we now live is bound up in Jesus’ never-ending life. In our Lord’s Resurrection, the promise of eternal life with him is extended to all who trust in his death for the forgiveness of sins.

In Christ Jesus,

Pastor

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Sermon – Matthew 6:25-34 (Second Sunday in Lent, March 16, 2014)

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