In those days, John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” – Matthew 3:1-2 We gather this weekend to reflect upon wilderness moments and seasons in our lives and where a change of heart might help us to more profoundly sense Christ’s presence in our midst.
“Praise and thanksgiving, God we would offer for all things living, you have made good: harvest of sown fields, fruits of the orchard, hay from the mown fields, blossom and wood.” – Albert F. Bayly, ELW # 689 We gather this weekend to cast our anxieties and worries on Almighty God and to give thanks […]
“All that I needed thy hand hath provided; great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me” This old hymn of the faith (which we are singing on Sunday) reminds us that by God’s grace, we have enough. We have what we need. Somedays that is hard to believe. And sometimes God’s economy doesn’t seem fair […]
“Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven.”” – Luke 6:23 We gather this weekend to give thanks for God’s faithful people who have touched our hearts, blessed our lives, and completed their earthly journey by God’s grace. We also pray for one another as we […]
“For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law.” – Romans 3:28 We gather this weekend to celebrate the Festival of the Reformation giving thanks for Martin Luther and other reformers who refocused the church’s attention on the promises of Christ and praying for the Spirit’s guidance as we serve […]
“For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.” This weekend in worship, our Gospel lesson holds up a mirror to us that we would consider the dangers of pride, false humility and the ways that we regard our neighbors.
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” – Matthew 19:14 This weekend in worship, we give thanks for the ways that our Nursery School has blessed children of this community for 50 years. We […]
Then Jesus said, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.” – Luke 17:19 This weekend in worship, we gather together giving thanks for the gift of faith and seeking healing in our lives. Also, be sure to remind family and friends of our Blessing of the Animals taking […]
“For this reason, I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you.” – 1 Timothy 1:6 This weekend in worship, we gather around word and sacrament. prayer and song, giving thanks for the gift of faith that sustains and strengthens us all along life’s journey. (Please note: This was recorded earlier […]
“Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called.” – 1 Timothy 6:12 This weekend in worship, we embrace powerful but difficult scripture readings that challenge us to think about the ways we value both money and relationships. Remind family and friends that we have returned to […]