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Category: Pentecost

A Cautionary Tale

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, October 24, 2021

Text: 2 Chronicles 26:16-23

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Dear Friends in Christ, By definition, a “cautionary tale” is a story or the remembrance of a real-life event that serves as a warning. We find them throughout the literature and folklore of every age and every culture and, in one form or another, parents today still use them when giving guidance to their children.



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The Road to Contentment

Pastor Kyle Bitter - The Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, October 17, 2021

Text: 2 Kings 5:14-27

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What would you wish for if you were given three wishes for whatever you want? That’s the premise of a number of movies – most notably Disney’s Aladdin. What would you wish for if granted three wishes for whatever you want? Maybe thinking as a kid you’d want a fun family trip, or that pet you’ve always wanted, or a new toy. Later on in life, maybe your list would include more athletic talent, smoother social skills, or the respect of your peers. Maybe it would be things with a more lasting impact on life. A better salary package. Greater satisfaction and fulfillment from your career. More time with family and friends. Relief from physical or mental health struggles. And of course, no matter what you use the first two wishes on, everyone knows that the third one should be for more wishes so you can keep on going!



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God-Lived Life: A Life of Discipleship

Pastor Kyle Bitter - The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, October 3, 2021

Text: 1 Peter 1:22-2:3

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What’s your favorite season of the year? We won’t take a show of hands today, but if we did, I would suspect that there’d be at least some hands raised for each of the four options. Summer would probably be a popular option. The weather is usually beautiful, the schedule tends to be a little more flexible across society with schools not in session. Family vacations, trips up north, time with friends – it’s a good time! But, for as much fun as that is, I would also guess there might be some votes for spring. There’s just something beautiful about seeing the world come to life again after winter, getting outdoors again, and enjoying the increase in activity that accompanies warmer weather! It seems likely that the numbers would be the smallest for winter, but even there I think we’d get a few. For many, Christmas and all that surrounds it is a great time of year, and on top of that there’s something incredibly beautiful about a fresh snowfall. And then we come to the season I’d raise my hand for: fall. It’s the best weather of the year in my opinion. The mornings are cool and crisp, but the days are still very warm. The restart of school brings with it all kinds of fun activity across society, and it’s hard to beat the beauty of fall colors! No matter which one you like the best, the variety of the changing of the seasons is one of perks of living in this part of the world!



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A View from a Pit

Pastor Eric Schroeder - The Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, September 19, 2021

Text: Jeremiah 38:1-13

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Do you sometimes feel like these are dark days that we’re living in? Jeremiah would certainly understand. If we do a quick comparison of our situation and his, we’d find that his days were probably darker than ours (not that it is a competition anyone wants to win); there is a good reason why Jeremiah is often called “the weeping prophet.” When God first called Jeremiah, God warned the young man that his ministry would be characterized by the daunting task of calling God’s people to repentance for abandoning God…and not just his fellow countrymen, but the people in power: kings, officials, priests—in other words, the kind of people who could make life extremely difficult for a young man like Jeremiah.



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Jesus Sheds Light on Some Cloudy Thinking

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, September 5, 2021

Text: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

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Dear Friends in Christ, In the early 1930’s a husband-and-wife team of historians named Will and Ariel Durant took up the rather ambitious project of writing a history of the world. Forty years later the end result was a monumental eleven-volume set of books entitled, “The Story of Civilization.” Each of the volumes had their own separate title corresponding to a period of time, many of which used the same formula: “The Age of…” (Faith, Reason, Napoleon, etc.).



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Songs of Scripture: Abundance

Pastor Eric Schroeder - The Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, August 8, 2021

Text: Psalm 145

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I know it’s August, but do you remember what Thanksgiving looks like? Of course, you do. If you have been to church on Thanksgiving Eve or Thanksgiving Day before, you can almost picture the decorations up front. In our part of the world, Thanksgiving generally coincides with the harvest season, and so there might be corn and pumpkins and squash, and maybe other fruits and vegetables on display as a reminder of God’s glorious provision of all that we need and all that we have. Some churches even have a wicker cornucopia, a horn of plenty, and it’s usually overflowing as a symbol of abundance. Today, we don’t have any of those decorations up front. But we do have Psalm 145 as a reminder of how today and every day is a good day to practice thanksgiving and praise to God.



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Songs of Scripture: God's Presence

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Tenth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, August 1, 2021

Text: Psalm 84

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Dear Friends in Christ, we sometimes hear people talk about escaping bad news or a stressful situation by saying they are going to their “happy place.”  It’s usually said in a lighthearted yet wistful manner. Maybe you’ve used this cliché yourself. What does it mean, and where is it?



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Songs of Scripture: Rest

Pastor Kyle Bitter - The Ninth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, July 25, 2021

Text: Psalm 23

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A long time ago, there was a young man who spent years on the run.  The authorities of his homeland were after him.  They were ready even to take his life if needed.  He fled into the wilderness, accompanied by just a few of his closest friends.  He didn’t know where his next meal would come from. He didn’t know if one of his friends would betray him, bought out by the bottomless royal treasury. He slept with a weapon at his side, always wondering if this would be his last night.  One can imagine he didn’t sleep very well. Restless nights, unsure of what the future would hold. 



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Songs of Scripture: Faithfulness

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Eighth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, July 18, 2021

Text: Psalm 78

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Dear Friends in Christ, if you have never walked into a room and come to a dead stop because you can’t remember the reason you went there in the first place; if you have never searched the corners of your mind for a word or name you know you know but can’t come up with; if you have never wandered aimlessly around a parking lot, or worse yet, a multi-story parking ramp, because you thought you made a mental note of where you parked, only to discover your mental note had an extremely limited shelf life… two words come to mind…Just wait.



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Songs of Scripture: Deliverance

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Seventh Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, July 11, 2021

Text: Psalm 143

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Dear Friends in Christ, maybe you’ve heard someone say to a parent about their child or to someone older who has had a longtime or close working relationship with someone younger, “You know, I can see a lot of you in him (or her).” Unless they’re specifically referring to a physical resemblance, what they mean is that some of the same kinds of emotional traits or approaches to life they see in you seem to have been passed down or somehow incorporated into that other person.



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