2021 Sermons

 

 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.

 

 7/25 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

MARK 6:45-56; Jesus Walks on Water

 

Pastor Simpson reminded us that the reason for us to be afraid is over. Jesus has power over creation because he created us.

 

 7/18 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

MARK 6:30-44; Jesus feeds the Five Thousand 

 

Pastor Hollar reminded us to stop focusing on what we lack. Be satisfied with  what we have. What is the key to being satisfied? I know that my Lord is with me.

 7/11 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

MARK 6:14-29; John the Baptist Beheaded

 

All three of this morning’s lessons illustrate consequences – only one of which is a happy one. But it overpowers either of the other two examples of consequences. That same good, overpowering consequence is mightier than any consequence we may face. It is the reason for joy in the time of sorrow, strength when we feel weak, confidence when confronted by turmoil.

 7/4 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

MARK 6:1-13; Jesus sends out the Twelve

 

Pastor Hollar talked being Free at last.

We are cursed by sin and the truth will set you free.

 6/27 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

A Dead Girl and a Sick Woman; MARK 5:21-43

Come to Him, He will give you rest.

Come, confess what is on your mind.

Come in confidence that you are forgiven.

Permanent eternal healing will follow.

 6/20 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Jesus calms the storm; MARK 4:26-34


In our epistle lesson today, the apostle Paul raises the specter of spending an exorbitant length of time in a deteriorating tent; and he compares that to living in a heavenly dwelling built by God. But Paul is not talking about a canvass or nylon shelter.

 6/13 Third Sunday after Pentecost

Jesus calms the storm; MARK 4:35-41

 

Pastor Hollar asked us all if we know what it feels like to be afraid? If peace in our lives is a hopeless dream. If God is always in control, and we have faith, why should  we be afraid? 

 6/06 Second Sunday after Pentecost

Jesus and Beelzebub; MARK 3:20-35

 

Our first Sunday back to normal worship!

What is a social media influencer?

Have you verified their credability?

Does it make sense to follow the one who created you? The choice is yours!

 5/30 The Holy Trinity

Jesus teaches Nicodemus; JOHN 3:1-27

 

We’re going to bore into the
Athanasian Creed. We worship one God, in Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This must be believed for our Salvation.  

 5/23 The Day of Pentecost

The Work of the Holy Spirit; JOHN 15:26; 16:4b-15

 

When the counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. 

 5/16 Seventh S. of Easter

Jesus prays for His Disciples; JOHN 17:11-19

 

I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you.

 5/2 Fifth S. of Easter

The vine and the branches; JOHN 15:1-8

 

We are called to open our mouths, to share the comfort of our faith with others.

 

 4/25 Fourth S. of Easter

The Shepard and His Flock; JOHN 10:11-18


I am the good shepard. Pastor Grant talked about the value of sheep to the shepherd. Our value does not change if we belong to the good shepherd.

Cross with Sunrise

 4/18 Third S. of Easter

Jesus appears to the Disciples; LUKE 24:36-49

 

The great transformation. Pastor Hollar talked about how to change your life from being fearful to being faithful.

 4/11 Second S. of Easter

Jesus appears to His Disciples; JOHN 20:19-31

 

The Bible's Bow Tie. The entire message of scripture can be described with the icon of the Bow Tie. Two triangles with a cross in the middle. All scripture points to Jesus.

 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.

 4/2 Good Friday

The death of Jesus; JOHN 19:31-42

 

 

 

 4/1 Maundy Thursday

Jesus before Pilate; MARK 14:12-26

 

It was back to Worship in the Santuary for the 1st time since last march. The communion vessels are reverently removed from the altar, the altar is stripped, and the chancel is cleared in preparation for the solemn services of Good Friday.

 

 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.

 

3/24 Midweek Lent service

A reason to boast.

 

We have violated every commandment, but our JOY on earth is but a foretaste of things to come.  

 

3/24 Fifth S. in Lent

Jesus again predicts His death; MARK 10:32-45

 

The need for a Savior is man's biggest need. Jesus led by serving others. As we follow Jesus, may His example of serving others be our model.

 

3/17 Midweek Lent service

Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted.

 

Pastor Hollar talked about what God did to Jesus so that we would be healed from our guilt from sin. 

 

3/14 Fourth S. in Lent

Jesus teaches Nicodemus; JOHN 3:14-21

 

It was 65 and sunny for our 21st outdoor worship service. Pastor Kuppler talked about What is behind the Cross? God so loved the world that Jesus laid down his life for others. Focus on the cross!

3/10 Midweek Lent service

Hear our cry!

 

Lord have mercy on us. Jesus heard their plea. Jesus healed them.

 

3/7 Third S. in Lent

Jesus clears the Temple; JOHN 2:13-22


It was 51 and sunny and windy for our 20th outdoor worship service. When Christians point out sinful behavior in the world, the world likes to condemn us as hypocritical by saying Jesus was all about love. This morning’s Gospel includes a clear example of Jesus condemning sin. Only when people acknowledge and confess their sin can they receive the forgiveness offered and the salvation it brings.

3/3 Midweek Lent service

What's in your heart?

 

Pastor Hollar talked about what the cross has to do with us. It reminds us that Christ was crucified for us.

 

2/28 Second S. in Lent

Peter's Confession of Christ; MARK 8:27-38

 

It was 70 and sunny for our 19th outdoor worship service.  “Who is Jesus?” may seem like a nonsensical question. But many people would respond with an answer far different than you might imagine. The full identity of Jesus includes all that one needs to know to understand the Bible, come to faith, and be saved.

2/24 Midweek Lent service

Balm and Healing

 

You can be confident of the perfect healing that will come in our resurrection.

 

2/21 First S. in Lent

The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus ; Mark 1:9-15

 

The Lord will provide. If you adhere to self serving behavior, God will not support you. Where God guides, God provides.

 

2/17 Ash Wednesday

Giving to the Needy and Fasting; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21


2/14 The Transfiguration of our Lord

The Transfiguration; Mark 9:2-9

 

Despite our circumstances, the blessings of God far outweigh our problems. It is good Lord to be here!

 

2/07 Fifth S. a the Epiphany

Jesus Heals Mary; Mark 1:29-39

 

If the Gospel is not heard, does it still save? Jesus came to preach and to proclaim the Gospel. Jesus came to bring comfort and peace to you.

1/31 Fourth S. a the Epiphany

Jesus Drives out an Evil Spirit; Mark 1:21-28

 

What are some of the ways you have identified yourself over the years? By occupation, family affiliation, race, gender, geographical origin or current residence? All three of this morning’s lessons can be seen in terms of identity issues. We also have the opportunity to identify ourselves in alignment with, or in opposition to, these identities.

1/24 Third S. a the Epiphany

Jesus Calling of the first Disciples; Mark 1:14-20

 

Despite whatever conditions we find ourselves in, whether good or bad, it seems that we are being told to ignore those conditions and live as though they did not exist. Today we learned to live as though the best is yet to come.

1/17 Second S. a the Epiphany

Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael; John 1:43-51


It was 45 sunny and windy for our 18th outdoor Worship service. In this mornings Epistle lesson, St. Paul tells each of us that our "body is a temple of the spirit". What does he mean by that?

1/10 The Baptism of our Lord

The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus; Mark 1:4-11

 

It was 40 and sunny for our 17th outdoor worship service. Today we learned how a pneumatic nail gun is powered by air, and how a Holy Spirit breathed, God powered life loves without restriction, gives without condition, and forgives without reservation. 

1/3 Second Sunday a. Christmas

The Boy Jesus at the Temple; Luke 2:40-52

 

This morning we look at how God's wisdom was manifested in Solomon and Jesus.

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.

 

06/07           The Holy Trinity

 The Great Commission; Matt.28:16-20

 

The weather was cloudy for our 1st outdoor service of the year.

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