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10/18/2020

The Church honors governing authorities.

Wisdom from God helps us to see the relationship between the Church and the government and the respect we owe to all who govern.

Prayer:

O Lord, our God, govern the nations on earth and direct the affairs of this world so that your Church may worship you in peace and joy; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

10/16/2020

God gives us government as a gift and as his servant.  Even when we can’t see it so clearly, God is working his plans and purposes for us and for all people through government.  Church and state have different tools, different roles, and different goals.  We would do well to keep these differences in mind. When we expect the government to accomplish what the Church has been called to do or vice versa, we will be left disappointed.  Whether we have a government that is good, fair and equitable to us or not, we can rejoice that God is in control.  Christ is King of both kingdoms and nothing can take from him his throne in either realm.  Join us for a discussion on chapters 3-4 or Civil Government.   

10/11/2020

The Church is composed of those who believe the Gospel.

The Church is not made up of the good and the great, but only of those who
put their faith in Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

Prayer:

Almighty God, you invite us to trust in you for our salvation. Deal with us not in the severity of your judgment but by the greatness of your mercy; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

01/05/2020

The Son of God Shows Us the Father

Do you want to know what God is like? Of course! Why else would you gather with fellow Christians for worship? It is our life’s goal to know and understand our God better so that we can appreciate his love for us all the more. To know God, who he is and what he has done for us, look no farther than his Son. The Son reveals the Father to us.

Sermon on Ephesians 1:3-18 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Brian Hackmann.

Prayer:  Almighty God, you have filled us with the new light of the Word who became flesh and lived among us. Let the light of our faith shine in all that we do; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.  

12/31/2019

God’s grace in Christ, the Word made flesh to save the world. They also recall his encouragement to plan their lives carefully and wisely for his glory. 

Sermon on Psalm 90 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Phil Huebner.

Prayer:

Eternal Father, before whom all generations rise and fall, teach us to think earnestly on the brevity of our lives and on the immensity of your goodness. Help us to enter the new year trusting in the name of your Son and walking in the way of his peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

12/29/2019

The Lord Preserved His Son to Redeem His People

The promise had been fulfilled! The Savior is born! But Satan was going to do everything possible to derail God's plan and rob us of the gift of God's love. Oh, the depths of the love of the heavenly Father that he countered the devil's wiles and will by preserving his Son to redeem us.

Sermon on Matthew 2:13-23 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Aaron Strong.

12/24/2019

Christ the Savior is Born!

Sermon on Titus 2:11-14 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Aaron Strong.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ, eternal Word of the Father, when you became flesh and made your home among us, the heavens were glad and the earth rejoiced. In hope and love we await your return. Help us to proclaim your glory to those who do not know you, until the whole earth sings a new song to you and the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

12/22/2019

The King Is Coming: Recognize Who He Is

He asked his followers, “Who do people say I am?” Peter had it right, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” There is no better way to prepare for Christmas in this Advent season that to sharpen our focus on the reason for the season—who the Messiah is and what he came to do.

Sermon on Matthew 1:18-25 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Phil Huebner.

Prayer:

Stir up your power, O Lord, and come. Take away the burden of our sins and make us ready for the celebration of your birth, that we may receive you in joy and serve you always; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

12/08/2019

The King Is Coming: Repent

John the Baptist urges believers to repent: to turn from sin with tears and to trust God’s promises with joy.

Sermon on Isaiah 11:1-10 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Brian Hackmann.

Prayer:

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the way for your only Son. By his coming give us strength in our conflicts and shed light on our path through the darkness of this world; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

12/01/2019

The King Is Coming: Rejoice

The First Sunday in Advent marks the beginning of a new church year. As the crowds on Palm Sunday welcomed Jesus as their King and glorified God for sending peace to earth, we welcome the King who came to us at his Incarnation, comes to us in Word and Sacraments, and will come again at his return at the end of time.

Sermon on Matthew 21:1-11 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Jim Huebner.

Prayer: Stir up your power, O Lord, and come. Protect us by your strength and save us from the threatening dangers of our sins; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

11/24/2019

Trust That the Lord Is Bringing Final Deliverance

This universe will one day end. What is our attitude toward the coming of The End? Knowing that we will be face to face with God and our eternal destiny, what attitude fills our hearts—fear? dread? anxiety? How about faith! Our worship today focuses on trust that he builds in our hearts as we look to his final deliverance.

Sermon on Revelation 22:6-13 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Daniel Bondow.

Prayer:

Almighty God and Savior, you have set the final day and hour when we shall be delivered from this world of sin and death. Keep us ever watchful for the coming of your Son that we may sit with him and all your holy ones at the marriage feast in heaven; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

11/17/2019

Brace Yourself for the Dreadful Days of the End of Time 

Jesus warns us that the days that precede the end of time will not be easy for believers. Our faith in Christ readies us for these difficult days and gives us confident joy as we look forward to our Savior’s return.

Sermon on Luke 21:5-19 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Aaron Strong.

Prayer:

Lord God Almighty, so rule and govern our hearts and minds by your Holy Spirit that we may always look forward to the end of this present evil age and to the day of your righteous judgment. Keep us steadfast in true and living faith and present us at last holy and blameless before you; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen.

11/10/2019

Look Forward to the Best Which is Yet to Come

Faith cares little about the details of life in heaven with God but simply looks forward to the day when all believers will be with the Lord forever.

Sermon on Isaiah 65:17-25 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Brian Hackmann.

Prayer:

Living God, your almighty power is made known chiefly in showing mercy and pity. Grant
us the fullness of your grace to lay hold of your promises and live forever in your presence; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.