October 2022

The Gospel of Jesus Christ = Truth and Freedom

Pastor Joel Leyrer - Reformation - Sunday, October 30, 2022

Text: John 8:31-36

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Dear Friends in Christ, Today it is our privilege to gratefully acknowledge an individual we’ve never met personally, but who, nevertheless, has had a profound impact on our lives. In fact, we could say without overstatement that if he had not appeared on the historical scene our lives today would be much different. We can even go a step farther: So important is this individual to us and our church body that we gladly bear his name as his followers…

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I Lack Nothing!

Senior Vicar Christian Willick - The Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, October 23, 2022

Text: Luke 18:18-30

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Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Dear fellow children of God, “What is it that you need?” Some years ago I set out on a quest to ask this question to my close friends, to find out how to be a better friend to them and meet their needs. Perhaps what comes to mind first when you hear this question are the basic “needs” of life, like food, water, clothing, shelter. And while those answer the question I suppose, what I was getting at with my question for them was a bit deeper. “What is it that makes your life whole, that fills that missing piece?” As a result, the answers I got back were all quite deep too. One friend said satisfaction, the feeling that what he did mattered and made a difference to people. Another friend said her close relationships, the ability to share things about her life with certain people in a way she wouldn’t with just anybody. But there was one other friend, no matter how hard I pushed her, who kept coming back with this same answer: “I lack nothing.” She was in effect quoting the words of Psalm 23: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want,” that is, “I lack nothing.” I told her yes, I guess that’s true from a spiritual perspective, but what about physically, emotionally, interpersonally—there has to be something you need? But she would not change her answer.

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Persistent in Prayer

Pastor Eric Schroeder - The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, October 16, 2022

Text: Luke 18:1-8

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The strength of any relationship can often be measured by the communication within that relationship. We could be talking about children and their parents, brothers and sisters, a business partnership, a friendship, or a marriage, but wouldn’t you agree that it’s true that the strength of the relationship can be measured by the communication that is (or isn’t) taking place? If the conversations between two people are flowing on a regular basis, and the discussions that take place are healthy, and both parties generally leave with positive feelings, then that sounds like a strong relationship, doesn’t it? On the other hand, maybe the interactions are sporadic, and there is a lot of conflict, and one or both parties leave feeling defeated, then that relationship might need some work.

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Magnificent Mercy

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, October 9, 2022

Text: Luke 17:11-19

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Dear Friends in Christ, At the end of his Gospel, the Apostle John tells us what we have recorded in the Bible is really only a smattering of everything Jesus did while he walked among us, including his miracles. However, of the many miracles God has preserved for us in the Gospels, it is probably safe to assume the account of Jesus healing the ten lepers would rank among those best known.

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Details of Discipleship

Pastor Eric Schroeder - The Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, October 2, 2022

Text: Luke 17:1-10

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Sometimes we might assume that we know more about a situation than we actually do—at least until we have the details. For instance, maybe we observe someone in their occupation and conclude that we know what their job is all about. The classic example would be a teacher. The school day starts at 8 and ends at 3; weekends off, holidays off, June, July, and most of August off. Seems like a pretty sweet gig, especially if you don’t mind kids. But unless you’ve been a teacher, you might not understand or appreciate how much extra time goes into it, with all the planning, preparing lessons, correcting and meetings that it takes to do the job well.

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