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Radiancy of Glory and Bliss Beyond Compare

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Sixth Sunday of Easter - Sunday, May 22, 2022

Text: Revelation 21:21-27

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Dear Friends in Christ, This is now the third time in the last four Sundays that our readings from the Book of Revelation deal directly with the subject of heaven. Since our sermons for the Easter season are based on these readings, that means we’re on heaven sermon #3. But that’s okay. I am confident none of us will develop a case of heaven fatigue. Just the opposite, actually. For Christians this is a topic that never gets old or that we can ever talk about too much.



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The Lamb Effect

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Fourth Sunday of Easter - Sunday, May 8, 2022

Text: Revelation 7:9-17

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Dear Friends in Christ, Of all the images we associate with Jesus Christ, possibly none is more endearing or more comforting – or more popular – than the one serving as the focal point of our worship today: Jesus, the Good Shepherd.



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Worthy Is the Lamb

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Third Sunday of Easter - Sunday, May 1, 2022

Text: Revelation 5:11-14

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Dear Friends in the Risen Christ, Allow me to begin by underscoring something pointed out in our service folder notes. For the six Sundays that follow the great Festival of Easter and collectively make up the Easter season, this year all but one of our second Scripture readings come from the Book of Revelation.



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Easter Sunrise Message

Pastor Joel Leyrer - Easter Sunday - Sunday, April 17, 2022

Text: Luke 24:1-8

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Dear Friends in Christ, The words just read transport us in spirit back to that very first Easter dawn and allow us to consider the glorious Easter message through the eyes and emotions of those who first lived it. Must have been quite a morning, don’t you think?



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A Most Magnificent Meal

Pastor Joel Leyrer - Maundy Thursday - Thursday, April 14, 2022

Text: Luke 22:7-20

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Dear Friends in Christ, A good meal can make quite a difference.



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Ode to the Greatness of God

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Fifth Sunday in Lent - Sunday, April 3, 2022

Text: Isaiah 43:16-21

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Dear Friends in Christ, If you have spent any time in the Old Testament Book of Isaiah, you know that reading it is like holding a multi-faceted diamond under a light – it shines and sparkles in different ways depending upon the angle.



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They Bound Him

Pastor Joel Leyrer - Midweek Lent 3 - Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Text: John 18:12

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Dear Friends in Christ, Tonight’s short text takes us to the Garden of Gethsemane. It was a place familiar to Jesus and his disciples. Judas, the former disciple recently turned betrayer, knew that, and anticipated that our Lord would be there. He brought with him a detachment of soldiers and Jewish leaders just in case he needed back-up to carry out what he had been contracted to do – deliver Jesus into the hands of his enemies. The entourage came prepared for resistance. John tells us “They were carrying torches, lanterns, and weapons.”



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Jeremiah: Example and Prototype

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Second Sunday in Lent - Sunday, March 13, 2022

Text: Jeremiah 26:8-15

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Dear Friends in Christ, One of the figures the great Renaissance master Michelangelo painted on the ceiling of the Sistine chapel in Rome is a powerful looking man with his head buried in his hand, obviously in grief. He’s been called “the Weeping Prophet” because the judgments God asked him to pronounce upon his people brought him no satisfaction, only personal and emotional pain.



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The Transfiguration: A Defining Moment

Pastor Joel Leyrer - Transfiguration - Sunday, February 27, 2022

Text: Luke 9:28-36

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Dear Friends in Christ, We all know what a bridge is. In its simplest sense a bridge links one thing with another. Today the focus of our worship and contemplation is that occurrence in the life of Christ we refer to as the Transfiguration. One way to look at it is to consider it a bridge event. So, what does it link together?



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God's Ways Are Higher Than Our Ways

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Sixth Sunday After the Epiphany - Sunday, February 13, 2022

Text: Luke 6:17-26

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Dear Friends in Christ, Maybe you’ve heard the story about the man who was hiking a particularly treacherous stretch of mountain path. One side was bordered by a steep incline almost straight up; the other side was bordered by a steep drop-off several hundred yards almost straight down. Well, he slipped or tripped and down the cliff he went.



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