2022 Sermons

 

 5/15  Fifth S of Easter

Are we wedding crashers? Do we deserve to be in Heaven? Jesus came to save even the dogs of the world. We are very lucky dogs.

 

 5/8  Fourth S of Easter

In the book of Revelation, John tries to describe the indescribable – the beauty and glory of heaven. Won’t it be wonderful when we finally
get to enjoy it? What if we already could, virtually, even while living on earth? Could it be
that we can, even now, experience the security and joy to come?

 5/1  Third S of Easter

How many Lutherans does it take to change a light bulb? Do we like to change? Has Jesus's death, resurrection and ascension changed your life?

Cross with Sunrise

 4/17  Second S of Easter

What's it like to sit in the left field bleachers at Pelicans stadium? Theres no shade.

When God's shadow appears, His presence is there. In the shadow of the cross we stand corrected.  

 4/17  Easter Sunday  

Are you afraid, confused, in need of a miracle?

Peace be with you. Jesus is Risen!

 4/10  Palm Sunday  

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, the week that saw Jesus go from celebrated king entering Jerusalem with crowds shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” to his trial with crowds shouting, “Crucify him!” The week concluded with Jesus’ death on the cross and burial.

 4/03  Fifth S in Lent  

In this morning’s Old Testament lesson, God first reminds Israel of how he rescued them from Egypt. Then he immediately says, “Remember not the former things.” Why the about face? The answer comes in the next verses. Can you see what God is doing? More to the point, can you hear God’s message for you, today?

 3/27  Fourth S in Lent  

One of the most familiar parables of Jesus is The Prodigal Son. Have you ever noticed that Jesus left this parable unfinished? Why do you
suppose he did that? How would you finish the story?

 3/20  Third S in Lent  

Would you rather have it God's way or your way?

What is your spiritual condiition?

Is it time to turn to Jesus?

 3/13  Second S in Lent  

We should be careful not to turn our backs on God's instructions. A crisis can be averted when we believe and stand firm in the Lord. Jesus is our joy and treasure. 

 3/6 First S in Lent  

Why the season of Lent?

We celebrate Jesus's victory and are reminded of His grace. 

 2/27 The Transfiguration of our Lord  

Suffering needs to come before glory.

Our fear can be overcome as soon as it began. The glory of God's radiance can overcome our times of darkness.  

 2/20 Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany 

What was the point of Joseph's life? It was designed beyond our comprehenison. God will get us through every difficulty in life in His own way. We have to trust His wisdom and way.

 2/13 Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany 

Cursed is the man who trusts in man.

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord. LUKE 6  

 2/06 Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany 

 

Christ gave His life for us. For this we give Him thanks. Do not be afraid. 

 1/30 Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany 

 

Jesus did whatever was necesary to meet peoples needs.

The purpose of the church is to serve and to preach.

 1/23 Sanctity of Human Life Sunday 

 

Before Jeremiah was conceived, God know all about Jeremiahs life.

Before Jesus was born, God had a plan for Him. Before we were born, God knew how He would make us His child.

 1/16 Second Sunday after the Epiphany

 

We are created for good works.

What has Jesus been telling you to do?

How are you responding to the gifts that God has given you?

 1/09 First Sunday after the Epiphany

 

So what is sin? It is every occasion in which our life misses the mark. 

In place of our sins, God has given us the righteousness of Christ.

 1/02 Second Sunday after Christmas

What was Jesus's family business? LOVE

They were in the business of the 10 Commandments.

Precious gifts like life, health, material blessings, relationships and JESUS as our Savior!  to bring
– that is, peace between us and our Creator.

2021 Sermons

 

 12/26 First Sunday after Christmas

 12/24 Christmas Eve

 12/19 Fourth S in Advent

LUKE 1:39-45 Mary Visits Elizabeth

 

At this time of year, we see and hear the phrase “Peace on Earth” everywhere. The peace Jesus brings is evident in our dealings with other humans only after we experience the peace he truly came to bring
– that is, peace between us and our Creator.

 12/12 Third S in Advent

LUKE 7:18-28 Jesus and John the Baptist

 

Employers focus on finding the ‘one’ right employee candidate. Young people are searching for the ‘one’ who will complete them as a spouse. A chef might seek out the ‘one’ recipe that will put their restaurant on the map. Regardless of what we are seeking, we always seem to be looking for the ONE. John sent his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” A strange question coming from the prophet who introduced Jesus as ‘the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” But we can easily relate to John’s question, once we understand the context of his question.
In fact, we might be even more emphatic in our wording.

 

 12/5 Second S in Advent

LUKE 3:1-4 John the Baptist Prepares the Way

 

“What shall we do?”

We must change our behavior in ways that honor God. Remove sinful actions and behavior that offend Him.

Provide for the less fortunate.  

 12/1 Christmas Cantata

A Cantata for Christmas by Joseph Martin

 

A musical service of illumination that gradually fills the sanctuary  with music and light. With Scripture, narration, carols and candles, this compelling cantata tells the treasured story of Christ's birth. From the hushed whisper of the “Candlelight Processional” to the festive arrangements of some of our most beloved carols, this work has something for everyone.

 11/28 First S in Advent

LUKE 19:28-40 The Triumphal Entry

 

We hear promises all the time. We are never quite sure whether to trust that the promise will be kept. A common response to a promise of which we are skeptical is to mutter, “Promises, Promises!” Such skepticism is not at all appropriate when it comes to God’s promises.

 

 11/21 Last S of the Church Year

MARK 13:24-37 Signs of the End of the Age

 

How would you describe a king? Your answer would likely go in one of two directions – very positive or very negative. But I suspect in either case the descriptions would include absolute control over his subjects, an unrelenting insistence on obedience,
and a refusal to concede authority to anybody else. All of these would have been ensured by force.

 

 11/14 Twenty Fifth S a Pentecost

MARK 13:1-13 Signs of the End of the Age

 

What time is it?

God's promises are without end.

They are etarnal.

 11/7 All Saints Day

MATTHEW 5:1-12 The Beatitudes

 

We also remember all our loved ones, not named here, who are among the faithful departed and called to their eternal rest. Hear us, O, Lord, as we name them within our hearts....

 10/31 Reformation Day

JOHN 8:31-36 The Children of Abraham

 

Martin Luther’s struggle to find comfort in the Bible led him to discover the beautiful truth that salvation comes by faith alone, not by our own works. He designed his seal to express his theology and his
faith.

 10/24 Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

MARK 10:46-52 Blind Bartimaeus Receives his Sight

 

Pastor Panning returns from vacation.

 10/17 Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

MARK 10:23-31; The Rich Young Man

 

We welcome Rev. Steve Vogt as he leads us in worship. All Things are possible with God. Wealth is a blessing from God, but we can't buy our way into Heaven.

 10/10 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

MARK 10:17-22; The Rich Young Man

 

It seems that we are always looking for something. 

What are you looking for? Happiness, love, a good time, escape?

Are you looking for life in all the wrong places? Jesus has the answer!

 10/3 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

MARK 10:2-16; Divorce

 

Nobody looks forward to just retribution – appropriate punishment for one’s wrongdoing. But in our Epistle lesson from Hebrews this morning, the writer suggests that escape is possible. In fact, he encourages it! He even explains the rationale behind it.

 9/26 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

MARK 9:38-50; Whoever is Not Against us is for us

 

Sin and salt seem an unlikely combination for a sermon title. But Jesus joins these two components in this morning’s Gospel reading. He raises some hypothetical (but obviously incorrect) causes of sin,
only to suggest an inappropriate cure. The cure comes from a source that may seem surprising until we remember His words of Mark 7:17-23, “For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil
thoughts” (Mark 7:21a).

 9/19 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

MARK 9:30-37; Who is the Greatest?

 

Todays sermon is about WAR AND PEACE. The story of every christians life. Satans weapons (jealosy and ambition} are working against us. God's weapons (faith, blessings and the forgiveness of our sins) are available to us.. 

 9/12 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

MARK 9:14-29; The Healing of a Boy With an Evil Spirit  

 

All things are possible for one who believes. Learn how God can be glorified in the midst of our suffering.  Each of us has an imperfect faith. But God has us in his hands and will never let go. 

 9/05 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

MARK 7:24-30; The Faith of a Syrophoenician Woman  

 

Faith cannot exist without good works.

Good works should be given to those who need it the most.

 8/29 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

MARK 7:14-23;  Clean and Unclean

 

Use the armor of God to resist the schemes of the devil. Belt of truth, Breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the Gospel of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit. 

 8/22 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

MARK 7:1-13;  Jesus goes to the feast of the Tabernacles

 

St. Paul tells us to submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. We are called to be willing to give ourselves up for others. 

 8/15 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

JOHN 6:51-69; Many Disciples Desert Jesus


There is no doubt about our future of eternal salvation because we have received the very body and blood of the sacrificed lamb. There is no one else who offers this.

 8/08 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

JOHN 6:35-51; Jesus The Bread of Life

 

Pastor Panning returned from his vacation.    Todays lesson is about the old phrase "STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK MY BONES......."
All 3 lessons today include references to hurtful words. The references include correcting the misstatements, admonitions against using such
words, and what a fearful, then faithful response to hurtful words looks like.

 

 4/4 Easter Sunday

The Resurrection; MARK 16:1-8

 

Death has a sting. We will feel a sting when we die. But it will be a brief pain. Because we know that we will have a front row seat in heaven. The best is yet to come.

 3/28 Palm Sunday

Jesus before Pilate; MARK 15:1-47

 

It was 80 and cloudy for our 22nd outdoor Worship service. Our 3 Confirmands, Annie, Justin and Devyn, publicly proclaimed the faith into which they were baptized.

 

2020 Sermons

 

12/27 First Sunday a. Christmas

Jesus Presented in the Temple; Luke 2:22-40

 

It was 33 and sunny for our 16th outdoor Worship service. “God’s timing is perfect.” Someday it will all make sense. The birth of Jesus would not have made much sense during the time of the internet. 

 

10/25 Reformation Day 

The Children of Abraham; John 8:31-36

 

Pastor Hollar leads us in worship on Reformation sunday.