2022 Sermons

 

 8/07  Ninth S. a. Pentecost

Pastor Vogt was our guest Pastor today.

When studying the Bible, we always come back to Abraham. He is the living monument to faith. He was considered righteous because he believed and trusted in God.

 7/31  Eighth S. a. Pentecost

What comes to your mind when you think of an inheritance? Is it a specific item you
treasure that will go to a child; something you hope to receive; a quantity of money
that will relieve your stress or the stress of someone who will receive your money?

What could be a greater inheritance then an eternity in heaven?

 7/24  Seventh S. a. Pentecost

God stands above all earthly authority. Do not follow the cultural wisdom of the day. Follow wisdom found in scripture.

 7/17  Sixth S. a. Pentecost

Our Gospel lesson is the very familiar story of Mary and Martha as they host Jesus at their
house. Martha takes on the tasks of preparing food for the crowd and is annoyed that
Mary is not helping. If we already know that much, we probably think that Jesus compares
Mary’s behavior to Martha’s, and that Mary comes out looking better. But that is not the
comparison Jesus makes.

 7/10  Fifth S. a. Pentecost

Pastor Stephen Vogt is the guest Pastor today.

Prayer is not giving God our grocery list.   

Prayer is A Heart to Heart conversation with God

 

Using the word ACTS as an acronym

 

A - Adoration (and praise)

C - Confession - take a good look at ourselves

T - Thanksgiving

S - Supplecatiions - supplies that we need

 7/03  Fourth S. a. Pentecost

Jesus instructed his disciples to proclaim, “The kingdom of God has come near". What does that mean to you?

11 new members of Holy Lamb were installed today.

 6/26  Third S. a. Pentecost

Pastor Steven Vogt conducted services outside on the lawn. In todays Gospel, Jesus says there is an urgency to the Gospel. There is no guarantee of a home, or a family, only the welcoming arms of Jesus. 

 6/19  Second S. a. Pentecost

David and Goliath had a conflict. By all accounts is was a mismatch. As it turned out, Goliath was outmatched, not David.

 6/12  The Holy Trinity

While the term ‘Trinity’ never appears in the Bible, it is the best way to explain the relationship between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – the three persons of the Godhead. On Holy Trinity Sunday, we read the Athanasian Creed.

 6/5  The Day of Pentecost

In Jerusalem on Pentecost, 50 days after Jesus’ resurrection, people from all over the world had gathered. The disciples were not conversant in the variety of languages present. The Holy Spirit
specifically gifted the disciples with what they needed in order to share the Gospel with those particular people. Most of us are rarely in a
circumstance where speaking another language would make a difference in our ability to share. We face other challenges. What would it look like if the Holy Spirit was as adept at overcoming the challenges we face as he was on Pentecost in Jerusalem?

Cross with Sunrise

 5/29  Seventh S of Easter

Today we celebrate Christ's ascension. If you open your mouth in faith the Holy Spirit will empower you to be a witness to Christ.

 5/22  Sixth S of Easter

Satan’s impact in the world is obvious. It permeates every aspect of our culture and every culture in the world. It is often easy to look at
his power and influence and conclude that all is lost, that there is no hope. And the closer the tribulation strikes, the more we are inclined
we are to give up.
But in our Gospel reading this morning, Jesus tells us to expect this. And then he offers an absolute assurance, “Take heart, I have overcome the world.”

 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.

 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.