Mar 15, 2015
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  • Mar 15, 2015March 15 Late Service kids Choir Members see Grace Members area!
    Mar 15, 2015
    March 15 Late Service kids Choir Members see Grace Members area!
  • Mar 11, 2015March 11 Lent Wednesday Service Sermon Breaking Down the Gates
    Mar 11, 2015
    March 11 Lent Wednesday Service Sermon Breaking Down the Gates
    Series: Lent
     Breaking Down the Gates

    “Jesus, refuge of the weary, Blest Redeemer, whom we love, Fountain in life’s desert dreary, Savior from the world above” (LSB 423:1). Judean exiles in Babylon were weary! They were stuck with sights and sounds that were so different. How they longed to be free! Enter Cyrus, a Persian king, whom God calls His “anointed one” (Isaiah 45:1). When we feel as though the devil has locked the gate and thrown away the key, God sends us Jesus, who is the Anointed One! During His earthly ministry, He opened eyes and ears and hearts—He even opened graves! At one point Jesus promised, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). And so we sing, “Jesus, may our hearts be burning With more fervent love for You; May our eyes be ever turning To behold Your cross anew” (LSB 423:3).

     Isaiah 45:1–8 1Thus says the Lord to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings, to open doors before him that gates may not be closed: 2“I will go before you and level the exalted places, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron, 3I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name. 4For the sake of My servant Jacob, and Israel My chosen, I call you by your name, I name you, though you do not know Me. 5I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides Me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know Me, 6that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides Me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. 7I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things. 8“Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit; let the earth cause them both to sprout; I the Lord have created it.”
  • Mar 8, 2015March 08 Late Service Sermon Church — A check list item or Worship and Praise?
    Mar 8, 2015
    March 08 Late Service Sermon Church — A check list item or Worship and Praise?
     Church -- A check list item or Worship and Praise?
    John 2:13–22
    Jesus cleanses the temple.   13The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” 17His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” 19Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
  • Mar 4, 2015March 4, 2015 Lent Wednesday Service Sermon Marked
    Mar 4, 2015
    March 4, 2015 Lent Wednesday Service Sermon Marked
    Series: Lent
    ““God’s own child, I gladly say it; I am baptized into Christ . . . I’m a child of paradise!” (LSB 594:1, 5) What a joy it is to sing this hymn! The prophet Isaiah also wants Judean exiles in Babylon to know the joy of belonging to God. The problem, though, was that these people weren’t interested in singing the song of salvation. Babylon seemed to offer so much more! Isaiah counters with some of the most magnificent promises in the Old Testament, all to the end that God’s people remember that they are His. On the day when you were baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, your pastor probably also spoke these words to you: “Receive the sign of the holy cross, both upon your forehead and upon your heart, to mark you as one redeemed by Christ the crucified.” We are marked, forever! “Baptism has the strength divine To make life immortal mine” (LSB 594:4).
    Isaiah 44:1–5 1“But now hear, O Jacob My servant, Israel whom I have chosen! 2Thus says the Lord who made you, who formed you from the womb and will help you:  Fear not, O Jacob My servant, Jeshurun whom I have chosen. 3For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit upon your offspring, and My blessing on your descendants.  4They shall spring up among the grass like willows by flowing streams.  5This one will say, ‘I am the Lord’s,’ another will call on the name of Jacob, and another will write on his hand, ‘The Lord’s,’ and name himself by the name of Israel.”
  • Mar 1, 2015March 01 Late Service Sermon Why do we have so much “STUFF”?
    Mar 1, 2015
    March 01 Late Service Sermon Why do we have so much “STUFF”?
    Mark 8:27–38
     Following Jesus comes at a cost.  Letting go the ways of the world, we live as people of God.
    27And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” 30And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him. 31And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” 34And he called to him the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? 37For what can a man give in return for his life? 38For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
  • Feb 25, 2015February 25, 2015 Wednesday Lent Service Sermon “He Only Has Eyes for You”
    Feb 25, 2015
    February 25, 2015 Wednesday Lent Service Sermon “He Only Has Eyes for You”
    Series: Lent
    “He Only Has Eyes for You”
    Isaiah 43:1–7 1But now thus says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine. 2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. 3For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you. 4Because you are precious in My eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. 5Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you. 6I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring My sons from afar and My daughters from the end of the earth, 7everyone who is called by My name, whom I created for My glory, whom I formed and made.”  
  • Feb 22, 2015February 22 Late Service Sermon Temptation – Where does it come from?
    Feb 22, 2015
    February 22 Late Service Sermon Temptation – Where does it come from?
    Genesis 22:1–18
      In this story, we see an ultimate tragedy follow an ultimate victory.  Abraham and Sarah had been barren and yet, miraculously, God gave them a child.  Sometime later, God asks for that child to be sacrificed to Him.  This becomes a perfect picture of God who was willing to sacrifice His Son for us.  Although Abraham did not need to go through with the act, God did.  And on a hill, thousands of years later, His Son died for us.   1After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” 2He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” 3So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. 5Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” 6And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. 7And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here am I, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together. 9When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” 12He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” 15And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, 18and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”
  • Feb 18, 2015February 18 Ash Wednesday Service Sermon “God Has a Word for That”
    Feb 18, 2015
    February 18 Ash Wednesday Service Sermon “God Has a Word for That”
    Series: Lent
    “God Has a Word for That”
    “Alas! And did my Savior bleed, And did my sov’reign die? Would He devote that sacred head For such a worm as I?” (LSB 437:1) These words of Isaac Watts set the tone for our Ash Wednesday worship. We begin our time in Isaiah 40–55 with a verse where God calls the exilic community in Babylon a worm (41:14). Their hopelessness is epitomized in Psalm 22:1, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” And then in Psalm 22:6 David says, “I am a worm and not a man.” Ash Wednesday is a time to acknowledge who we are in God’s sight and then receive His gracious absolution. Our Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, declares us loved and forgiven. And He goes one step further. In Jesus Christ, our God transforms worms into mountain movers (Isaiah 41:15). There is a word for that—grace!
     Isaiah 41:14–16 14Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel! I am the one who helps you, declares the Lord;  your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel. 15Behold, I make of you a threshing sledge, new, sharp, and having teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and crush them, and you shall make the hills like chaff; 16you shall winnow them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the tempest shall scatter them. And you shall rejoice in the Lord; in the Holy One of Israel you shall glory.
  • Feb 15, 2015February 15 Late Service Sermon L I S T E N !
    Feb 15, 2015
    February 15 Late Service Sermon L I S T E N !
      Mark 9:2–9
    What a sight to see!  Jesus is transfigured before His disciples and is joined by two prominent Old Testament people, Elijah and Moses.  And much like Jesus’ baptism, God the Father speaks out His words to encourage us to listen to all that Jesus would say.
    2And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. 4And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. 5And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 6For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” 8And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only. 9And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
  • Feb 15, 2015February 15 Late Service Kids Message L I S T E N!
    Feb 15, 2015
    February 15 Late Service Kids Message L I S T E N!
    Kids Message