October 2020

This is Nothing New

Pastor Kyle Bitter - Reformation Sunday - Sunday, October 25, 2020

Text: Daniel 6:10-12, 16-23

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Do you think Luther ever wondered if it was all worth it? It’s easy to look back and the events of the Lutheran Reformation 500 years ago and see God’s hand at work, but in the thick of things. Do you think Luther ever wondered if it was all worth it? If you’re familiar with any of his life, maybe you remember him on trial at the Diet of Worms, called to account for his writings and beliefs, seemingly with the whole world allied against him. Former friends were now enemies. Powerful people in both the church and the state wanted him silenced or dead. There had been threats on his life. Was sticking to the truth of God’s word worth it?

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"This Will Kill That"

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, October 18, 2020

Text: 2 Chronicles 33:1-13

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Dear Friends in Christ, “This Will Kill That” is the catchy title of a chapter in Victor Hugo’s famous novel, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” The book has been made into several movie versions over the years, so even if you are not familiar with the storyline, you’re probably familiar with the name. The story takes place in Paris around the year 1480.

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Which Son Are You?

Pastor Rich Gurgel - The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, October 11, 2020

Text: Matthew 21:28-32

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This Sunday’s gospel takes us to the most tragic context surrounding a set of Jesus’ parables. If we don’t understand what went wrong in the hearts of those listening then, we are in grave danger of repeating that same tragedy. If we repeat what happened here, we will forfeit our place in the kingdom of God. That’s why Jesus’ parable before us today begs to ask each one of us: “Which son are you?”

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God Knows Better

Pastor Eric Schroeder - The Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, October 4, 2020

Text: Jonah 4:5-11

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My wife and I met in New Ulm; she spent a couple semesters at Martin Luther College before moving back home to Michigan to finish nursing school.  I hope that she would say the best thing about her time in Minnesota was meeting me; I do know for sure what she’d say the worst part was—she was not a fan of the Minnesota winters.  When Bethany and I got married, we had no idea where we were going to end up. I had three years left of seminary, and then came call day, when I would be assigned to serve somewhere.  Looking ahead to call day, the possibilities are on everyone’s mind. But if you asked Bethany back then where she would have liked to wind up, I know her answer, because it became a familiar refrain over those three years: “Anywhere but Minnesota.” 

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