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Upcoming Discipleship Workshop: May 1st

Join us for our next Discipleship Workshop on May 1st. Rev. Linda Anderson -Little will be leading the workshop and will be focusing on the following topics:

Deepening our relationship with God

Developing spirituality in everyday life

Embracing new spiritual practices

The workshop will be located in the Fellowship Room from 6:00 to 9:00pm on May 1st.  Dinner will be provided.  If would like to attend please contact Mandy Hilger (mhilger@livinglord.org) or sign up in the Welcoming Space.

About Rev. Linda Anderson- Little:

Linda Anderson-Little serves as the part-time Interim Associate Pastor and Director of Pastoral Care at Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Florissant, MO. Linda has been an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 1989 and she has served congregations in Detroit, Kansas City and St. Louis. Linda is working toward a Certificate of Spiritual Direction at Aquinas Institute of Theology, and is also in training to become a Prayer Companion for theSpiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of LoyolathroughThe Bridges Foundation in St. Louis. She serves on the Board of The Prosperity Shop, the business arm of The Blessing Basket Project, which works to end global poverty by paying artisans in Asian and Africa Prosperity Wages®; a model which creates the working capital artisans need to start their own business and transform their families and communities. Linda is married to the Rev. Dr. Dan Anderson-Little, a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA).  They have 3 young adult children.

In the fall of 2016, Linda published her first book, Motherhood Calling: Experiencing God in Everyday Family Life, which shares humor and insights about the sacredness of daily life, the spiritual wisdom of children, and the presence of the holy in the mundane, joyful and sometimes painful events of daily life (including her battle with breast cancer). She is passionate about helping people see all life as Sacramental by encouraging people to notice “God-sightings” and to recognize the presence of the holy hidden in the ordinariness of our everyday.

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#SouthSudanNow

More than 7 million people in South Sudan need humanitarian assistance as a result of drought and renewed violence.

The ELCA is working with others to deliver immediate famine relief. In addition to these efforts, our church continues its long-term commitment to cultivating sustainable food security and sustained ministry with the people of South Sudan to build resilient and empowered communities.

 

Read More on the ELCA Web Site HERE!

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Welcome Bishop Roger Gustafson to Living Lord!

 

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This weekend, March 18th and 19th, Bishop Roger Gustafson of the Central States Synod of the ELCA will be visiting us at Living Lord Lutheran Church.  He will be joining us in worship and preaching during worship.  In addition, he will be available for conversation from 9:45am to 10:45am during the Pastor's Forum which meets in the Adult Education classroom.  After worship Bishop Gustafson and Pastor Roy will even be popping in to meet with the Merge youth as they talk about Sharing Communion.

From the Central States Synod website:

 

In June 2013, the Synod Assembly of Central States Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) elected Roger R. Gustafson to serve as bishop. He was elected to a six-year term.

Before being elected synod bishop, he had served Advent Lutheran Church, Olathe, Kan., since being ordained a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1990.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota and his Master of Divinity degree with honors from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California, where he met his wife-to-be, Susan Langhauser. Roger’s first career was in print journalism, and he worked on a variety of newspapers in the Midwest and West.

Roger has served in several capacities in the Central States Synod of the ELCA. He was a member of the Pastor-to-Pastor pilot project; a member of the Bishop’s Pastoral Care Team; co-dean with Susan Langhauser of the Kansas City Area Ministry; co-chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the 1993 Churchwide Assembly in Kansas City; a voting member at the 2005 Churchwide Assembly in Orlando; and chair of the synod’s Evangelizing Strategy Task Force.  He has chaired the Church Planters missions team for the Kansas City metropolitan area. He is a contributing writer for “Lectionary Homiletics.”

In addition to serving as a pastor at Advent, he also has volunteered as a mediator at Johnson County Small-Claims Court, has served as a mediator in church leadership disputes and coached mediation classes at Johnson County Community College.  He also has worked as a consultant on clean-water initiatives with Children International, a non-profit corporation that offers sponsorships of children born into extreme poverty.

Roger and Susan are the parents of Andy, who works for Mariner Wealth Advisers, Kansas City.  Roger is a fan of rock and jazz music, motorcycles, and barbecue.

 

 

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Message from the Bishop of the Central States Synod

Late this morning Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States and officially begin his work. The campaign that led to this hour highlighted rather than helped to heal knotty challenges our nation continues to experience in race relations, equal economic opportunity, respect for the inherent dignity of all persons.

 

Some of us celebrated the outcome of this election, others of us lamented, still others were disappointed in the field of candidates and declined to participate in the process. However, now is the time for us – all of us – to move on, and I am encouraging us in the Central States Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to move on in two very particular ways.

 

First, I urge us to pray for our new president as he takes up the heavy mantle of leadership. Scripture calls us to pray “for all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in … dignity. This is right and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.” (1 Timothy 2:2–3) We can and should pray that President-elect Trump and the administration he gathers and leads will be willing instruments in God’s hands as God continues to shape creation to embody God’s values of mercy, justice, forgiveness, and grace.

 

A prayer in Occasional Services for the Assembly puts it well: “Almighty God, bless the public servants in the government of this country, that they may do their work in a spirit of wisdom, charity, and justice. Help them use their authority to serve faithfully and to promote our common life; through your son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

 

Second, I urge us to accompany our prayer for our leadership with action of our own. Republican, Democrat, liberal, conservative, progressive, or yet-to-be-named – whatever political label we bear takes a distant second place to our deeper and stronger identity: Christian. We are all members of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12) and as such are to be active in living the life of Jesus in the world.

 

As we pray for our leaders to act with wisdom, justice, a concern for the common good and a compassionate heart for the most vulnerable, we ourselves are to do precisely the same in our dealings with one another and as citizens of our nation. Regardless of your political leanings I urge you to find ways to be effective, to make a difference for the better because of Jesus and in the name of Jesus. There is much to be done to realize the petition, “Thy will be done, on earth … .” Let’s get to work, Church.

 

Roger Gustafson, Bishop rgustafson@css-elca.org

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Every good and perfect gift...

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

 

It is almost 2017. I know many would have to look back at 2016 and say it was a tough year. I would probably be one of those who agree.

 

This Fall we started homeschooling my daughter. This brought all kinds of challenges: wedging in 4-5 hours a day of a new activity five days a week, getting into a routine (still not there), butting heads with your student, separating being parent and teacher, and many more. It has been a year of frustrations and questions for me personally and in work. I have seen so many struggle this year with loss and hopelessness. Each week seemed to bring a new national or international crisis; not to mention a political season most would soon like to forget. But in those tough times, I think that some really cool and amazing revelations can come to light. Through the challenges of homeschooling I have learned a lot about myself and my daughter. I have seen her grow and realized more and more what she needs from us as parents and educators to help her be even more successful.

 

I have realized I need structure in my life (when my wife reads this she will probably faint). From my physical frustrations I am seeing a plan developing and a vision of how much better things could and should be. These things give me hope and confidence in 2017. God has blessed me with so many gifts and opportunities. He did not give to make life easy. He gave them to be used for something greater than myself. To be used in times of adversity and trial to sustain and help me grow. God is unflinching in His perseverance. His Will be done. I pray that your 2017 be filled with an awareness of God’s presence in your life and insight in how you can bring his Hope, Love and Light into this world that all too often is obscured in shadowy messes.

 

God Bless.

Chad Ryberg

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A little note from Mandy

A little note from me…Mandy Hilger, Director of Discipleship Ministries

 

 It is a New Year…Where did this past year go.  The older I get the faster the time flies. This year I have hope to delve deeper in prayer and ministry. I pray that God will set me on a right path to do His will.

 

I watched a movie recently about Mother Teresa, “The Letters”. In this story of Mother Teresa’s life and dedication to people of the lowest caste system in India, lepers, poorest of the poor, unwanted, unloved, outcast, sick and the dying, she writes letters, which are filled with darkness. “The darkness of the night of the Soul”. Could this doubt, this cloud of darkness that she experienced be from fear, or as it is written in 2 Corinthians 4:8 “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”? I believe she was living out Paul’s message to the Corinthians. She was a living example of love.

 

Does this doubt do something extraordinary by turning the doubt into a deep understanding of herself and the faith that God has planted inside of her? Does this doubt actually grow her faith but sending her to her knees so that she becomes engrossed in her prayer life and relationship with our God the Father?

 

Her humble life and life’s work truly exemplified the light of Christ in her. She was a woman who was determined to do the will of God and to show God’s mercy to the least of these.

 

I pray this New Year that God who dwells richly in each of us that He will guide us and show us how we too can become disciples of mercy and compassion to the least of these. Go and do His will and follow is great Command to love one another.

 

Blessings and Peace,

Mandy

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What is coming in early 2017 for the Pastor's Forum?

When Jesus turned and saw [two disciples of John the Baptist] following, He said to them,

“What are you looking for?”

John 1:37

What Keeps Us Going?

 

Happy New Year!  What kind of year will it be?  “What keeps us going as disciples?,” asks the retired Archbishop of Canterbury and scholar, Rowan Williams.  I am looking forward to exploring some of Williams’ wise and plain-spoken answers, along with other Living Lord disciples this January and February.  Here is the plan:

PASTOR’S FORUM (Sundays at 9:45 am)

EPIPHANY SEASON 2016

January 8 (Epiphany Sunday) a new year.  Gospel of Matthew.

Guest:  Pr. Rebecca Boardman, Lutheran Campus Ministry STL

6-week book study:

Rowan Williams Being Disciples:  Essentials of the Christian Life   (Eerdmans, 2016)

January 15 (Epiphany 2) Chapter 1 BEING DISCIPLES

January 22 (Epiphany 3) Chapter 2 FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE

January 29 (Epiphany 4) Chapter 3 FORGIVENESS

February 5 (Epiphany 5) Chapter 4 HOLINESS

February 12 (Epiphany 6) Chapter 5 FAITH IN SOCIETY

February 19 (Epiphany 7) Chapter 6 LIFE IN THE SPIRIT

          February 26 (Transfiguration Sunday) a pre-Lent topic TBD.

 

All are welcome.  Each week’s topic can stand alone—come as you are able.

The book will also be available for other individuals and small groups.

Shalom in the New Year,

Pastor Jim

Jesus said to [two of John the Baptist’s disciples], “Come and see.” …

Philip said to [Nathaniel], “Come and see.”

John 1:39, 46

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Senior Pastor Lines

As I read the Scripture, it is clear to me from beginning to end that God's intent is to walk alongside the children of creation. Even our sin and rebellion cannot dissuade God from this purpose again and again. The Old Testament tells the story of God's walk with Abraham and Sarah, their descendants, the kings and prophets. God is the ever present God. Immanuel is the name given to the prophet Isaiah. Then at the crossroad of time, the Lord God took on our flesh to be physically present with us for a time in order to reveal the very heart of God. Jesus said as He walked among us, "Love one another as I have loved you." "You will be My witnesses to the end of the earth." "Let your light so shine that people see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven."

 

I'd like to put a word over the next year of our life and ministry at Living Lord. It flows from the word used to describe the Holy Spirit, "Paraclete." It has been translated "counselor or advocate." It can be translated "one who walks beside." The word for the coming year is Accompaniment. My sister played the flute. Whenever she played a solo she usually had someone "accompany" her on piano. The person played alongside her, complementing and supporting her music.

 

Jesus sends us to go alongside people when they're in need, when they're in grief, when they're celebrating, when they're in transition we are sent to accompany them. People in our congregational family and people beyond this family system. We can grow up with others as they discover how God is with them. We can accompany them as they read and dwell in the Scriptures. We are called and sent to a ministry of Accompaniment, to work together for mercy and justice. So in the coming 12 months let's be aware of how we are graced and gifted and called and sent by God and a ministry of Accompaniment.

 

Pastor Roy

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Christmas Message from Bishop Eaton

Here is the recent video greeting from Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the ELCA:

 

 

 

 

 

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Taize St Louis 2017

 

 

Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel,

‘Let my people go, so that they may celebrate a pilgrim feast to me in the wilderness.’”

Exodus 5:1

Attention Young Adults:  a very Short Pilgrimage

Since I was a teenager and first heard of it, I have wanted to visit a certain village in France.  Next Memorial Day Weekend, the Taizé Community is coming here!  And thousands of young people from all over America will be gathering in St. Louis.

WHAT IS THE PILGRIMAGE OF TRUST?     (A SIGN OF HOPE!)

The Pilgrimage of Trust is an event that is meant to bring together people of various backgrounds, whether that be socio-economic, racial, faith, or more.  Each day will be focused on the Common Prayer in the style of the Taizé community (morning, afternoon and evening) and will offer workshops in between the prayers.

The brothers of Taizé have been invited to help heal many of the obvious divisions that exist across our St. Louis community.  The brothers of Taizé have a unique charism of ecumenism and reconciliation that promotes an authentic encounter of the other, especially those who are different. It is this charism which we hope to incorporate into the weekend pilgrimage and the preparation events leading up to it.

While all are welcome at the Common Prayer times, the workshops will be primarily for young adults. These workshops will be offered on a variety of topics that can help foster a deeper understanding of one another and the core issues which often divide us. Workshops will also be offered focusing on areas that unite us, such as scripture, the search for beauty through art and music, service and more.

WHO IS IT FOR?

All are welcome at the Common Prayer times, however the workshops and breakout sessions will be primarily for young adults (those between the ages of 18-35).

These workshops will be offered on a variety of topics that can help foster a deeper understanding of one another and the core issues which often divide us. Workshops will also be offered focusing on areas that unite us, such as scripture, the search for beauty through art and music, service and more.

WHEN AND WHERE IS THE PILGRIMAGE OF TRUST?

The St. Louis Pilgrimage of Trust will be held Memorial Day weekend 2017. It will begin with Evening Prayer on Friday May 26th and conclude with afternoon prayer on Monday May 29th.  The primary events will be held at St. Louis University.

No matter how old you are, you should check out the video on this website, to learn about this remarkable event and the history behind it:   http://pilgrimageoftruststl.com

The closest informational meeting to us is on October 6th, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
at All Saints Catholic Church, 7 McMenamy Road, St. Peters, MO 63376     636-397-1440

Peace and reconciliation,

Pastor Jim

Moses said, “We will go with our young and our old; we will go with our sons and daughters and with our flocks and herds, because we have the Lord’s pilgrim feast to celebrate.”

Exodus 10:9

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"Our" Church

A little note from me…Mandy Hilger, Director of Discipleship Ministries

 

We just had our Fall Kick-Off, Church-wide picnic. It was a great day, food, fun, fellowship at the work of many volunteers. To have such a successful event it takes the help of many people serving our church family.

 

So, how many of you provide volunteer hours to help “our” church family flourish and grow? You noticed I said “our church”. I think that many people do not recognize or identify with calling the church “our” church. The church is not a country club where others serve us but rather we as the body of Christ are here to serve each other. The Pastors cannot do it all….they need our hands to help serve.

 

The purpose of our staff at Living Lord is to coordinate ministries, help equip and train people and assist in the expansion of our work…so we need you. We need all of us working together. I heard people say, “Well I did my share” or “I did that before” or “Someone else can do it” or “Get the youth to do it” or “Get the young adults to do it”. 

 

Some folks feel they are too old to help in any significant way. But I say, you are never too old to pray…we have a prayer team…you are never too old to be a mentor to someone younger, you are never too old to help fold our newsletters and Son Times and bulletins, you are never too old to talk to someone who is hurting, Stephen Ministry. I guess this is my point; it takes all of us to help “our” church flourish and grow. Talk with Amy Lynn Hollis about how you can help with “our” Children and Family Ministry. Talk with Chad Ryberg about how you can help with “our” Youth and Family Ministry. Talk with Pastor Roy or Kris Ward about how you can help with “our” Caring Ministries. Talk with Pastor Jim and Lori Gerlt about “our” Worship and Music Ministries and talk with Nadine Schwaigert or me about how you might connect with “our” many ministries of Discipleship. We all need your help.

 

We have ministries that help to make us operational internally and we have ministries which go beyond our doors. All are important so that others may see the light of Christ dwelling richly in us.

 

Amy Lynn Hollis and I will be attending a workshop on “Mobilizing a New Breed of Volunteers”. It is our hope to gain new insight as to how we can better encourage folks to take responsibility for “our” church and how they can be a conduit to change and growth among people in and outside of “our” church.

 

Blessings and Peace ,

Mandy

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Bonus Words!

Some Bonus Words (In our 40 Words in 40 Days Emphasis)

 

STEWARDSHIP – We have been blessed and gifted. We have been showered with resources individually and as a congregation. Our response to God in the use and sharing of those resources is called STEWARDSHIP. Through October and November we will be inviting people to consider specifically and intentionally their financial response to God’s Faithfulness and Love. During the weekends of November 12/13 and 19/20 we will receive people’s statement of intention. Please prayerfully consider your stewardship response and challenge yourself to grow in your giving and sharing.   As God pours the blessings in we are called by that Grace to pass the blessings along.

 

INVITATION – Have you ever received an invitation to a party? Surely you have. As a more extroverted person, my heart starts beating faster when I receive an invitation to get together with others for a celebration. (Regardless of whether it is for a wedding, birthday or just a gathering of friends) Even if I can’t go I appreciate being thought of, remembered, valued and intentionally invited. There are people in your life; neighbors, friends, work partners, even acquaintances who need to know the love and grace of God is for them. Even if they cannot come. Even if they worship somewhere else. Even if they are not interested at this time. Please intentionally invite them to join to you in worship, in Christian fellowship, in study. Your invitation will say they are known by God, loved by God, valued by God. In these days that intentional invitation may be just what they need to hear at that moment. It may touch their hearts now or later.  God will use your invitation to do the work of grace.

 

SOLIDARITY – This is a great word. It has come to mean standing together, standing with, joining our strength (or weakness) with that of another. Living Lord Church is standing in SOLIDARITY with all the people of Bethany College and Lindsborg, Kansas. They have been the target of hateful racist messages and threats. We wrote messages, prayers and encouragements to this community (in worship on September 24 & 25). We promised to pray for them. I am asking everyone at Living Lord Church to stand in SOLIDARITY with those who work to include all people. Encourage people who give themselves for the uplift of others. Stand against hate and prejudice. Pray that God will give us eyes to see and a sense of responsibility to one another that all people may grow in the blessings of this world and this nation.

As the fall season changes the leaves of the trees into beautiful and diverse color, may our hearts and lives be changed and transformed by the amazing grace of God and the call to follow Jesus in all things.

Pastor Roy

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Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief


Hurricane Matthew – Disaster Relief


3 Ways Thrivent Members and Others can Help

Hurricane Matthew, the strongest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade, has left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean and United States. Haiti, the poorest country in Latin America, suffered significant damage: Hurricane Matthew destroyed tens of thousands of homes, and left more than 60,000 people staying in temporary shelters.

 

When tragic events like this occur, Thrivent Financial members and others want to know how they can help. As a membership organization of Christians committed to guiding members to be wise with money and live generously Thrivent is supporting your generosity in the following ways:

1. Thrivent will match $250,000 on personal donations
Thrivent will match up to $250,000 in personal donations made on Thrivent.com to certain disaster relief organizations responding in Haiti and other areas affected by Hurricane Matthew. The dollar-for-dollar match is open to members and others who want to give, and will lead to a total combined impact of up to $500,000. For details about the match, visit the Disaster Response page on Thrivent.com.

2. Start an Action Team for disaster relief efforts
Consider getting involved in your community to help raise funds for disaster relief by forming a Thrivent Action Team. Thrivent provides promotional materials, t-shirts, and a $250 Community Impact Card that can be used as seed money to purchase project supplies and create promotional materials. To apply or to learn more about Thrivent Action Teams, go to Thrivent.com/actionteam.

3. Direct Choice Dollars® at Thrivent.com
Thrivent Choice® allows eligible members to weigh in on where Thrivent distributes some of its charitable outreach funding. If you have Choice Dollars available to direct, visit Thrivent.com and select any nonprofit in the catalog of eligible organizations, including those who are helping in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

OCT2016

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40 Words in 40 Days

40 Words in 40 Days

We live with words. We are such verbal people. Words define our relationships with others. Words communicate our intentions and affections. Words can bring people close or push people away. Words can influence, encourage, comfort, anger and enrage. Words have power. The way we use our words is more important than most people consciously realize.

 

The idea behind our theme, 40 Words in 40 Days, is there are some pretty familiar “Christian” words that we may use often or hear frequently, but when asked, “What does that word mean?” we may stumble to give it a full expression. So our list includes Grace, Mercy, Vocation, Ransom, God’s Will, Christ, Mediator, Sanctification, Righteousness, Confession, Discipleship, Faith, Humility, Lamentation, and more... Each day we will consider a Word used in the Bible and see what it means to us.

 

I hope our reflection on these words will help to ground our lives in the promises of God.  Because after all, when God spoke the words, “Let there be...” in the book of Genesis, the creation of all things sprang forth. When God spoke Love into the world Jesus became human.

 

These words of God are definitive and formative for our lives.

 

See what these words mean to you and then, let’s talk about them (using our best words).

           

Pastor Roy Christell

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Hands on the wall

Is youth ministry important?  Seems like a strange question for the youth person to be posing but let’s go with it.  The obvious answer for me is yes, of course it is important. I can relate all kinds of reasons why it is important and even cite research to back it up.

 

It equips youth to minister to others now.

It gives them a support structure they need now.

It helps keep youth involved in the church when they become older.

It shows them the church is more than just coming on for worship.

And on and on.  Lots of reasons.

 

But last week I was reminded of the best reason: it reminds us that we are the Body of Christ. Last Sunday was our Messy Event behind the church.  Usually we roll middle school and high school youth groups into this one event for the day.  But some of the high schoolers hinted they would show up at 5:30 so being me, we had high school youth after the Messy Event.

 

And it was awesome.  We had two more graduates put their hands on the wall.  We sat around and told stories from over the past few years.  We shared laughter.  We shared a few tears.  It was clear that this group of teens were more than just friends.  They are connected.

 

As we sat there talking, Tom and I shared the stories and lives of the youth and adults whose hands came before them:

               Evan Leacox is now in Senegal with the peace Corps.

               Allie Fletcher is a teacher and has a daughter who just turned 1.

               Mandy Zoelzer just got married and her brother Mitch who is a school administrator out West.

               Ken Carrothers is a pastor now.

And on and on.  Each has impacted our lives.  Each a part of the Church.

 

Too often we get bogged down in our daily struggles. We see life as a personal struggle and too often the same is true of our faith.  We need community.  We need to gather with others who share our belief in a Risen Savior and a Just and Merciful God.  We have to be with those we can share our laughter and tears.  This is why I think youth ministry is so important.  It is a place to experience and share God with others and be reminded WE ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST.  Now.

Amen.

 

Chad Ryberg

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Easter


For my eyes have seen Your salvation,
which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to Your people Israel.
Luke 2:30-32
Easter Visions: You Say You Want a Revelation
Our worship scripture and the sermons for the Easter Season will be focused on six portions of the Book of Revelation, along with six stories from the Gospel of John.
The risen Christ we celebrate is our life, our light, and our hope. The visions of John on the isle of Patmos continue the story of a God who loves us and comes to live with us.
Second Easter Visions – Jesus, the Firstborn of the Dead
April 2-3 Revelation 1:4-8 John 20:19-31

Third Easter Visions – Jesus, Worthy is the Lamb Who Was Slain
April 9-10 Revelation 5:11-14 John 21:1-19

Fourth Easter Visions – Jesus, the Lamb Who is Our Shepherd
April 16-17 Revelation 7:9-17 John 10:22-30

Fifth Easter Visions – The Home of God (with indoor plumbing)
April 23-24 Revelation 21:1-6 John 13:31-35

Sixth Easter Visions – The Home of God (with custom lighting)
April 30 – May 1 Revelation 21:10, 22–22:5 John 14:23-29

Seventh Easter Visions – Washed Robes and Living Tree
May 7-8 Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 John 17:20-26
These passages of Revelation just overflow with abundant images: myriads, thousands, blessing, honor, glory, multitudes, nations, and more and more.
City of God, Easter forever, / golden Jerusalem, Jesus the Lamb
river of life, saints and archangels, / sing with creation to God the I AM!
Jesus is risen and we shall arise. / Give God the glory! Alleluia!
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #377, Text: Herbert F. Brokering (1926-2009)


Peace, Pastor Jim


Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ,
according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed.
Romans 16:25-26a

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