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November 2016

Let Us Walk in the Light of the Lord - November 27, 2016

Pastor Leyrer

Sermon text: Isaiah 2:1-5

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Dear Friends in Christ, So it begins.  Our festively decorated church is the annual signal that today we embark upon a new Church Year.  Specifically, it is the season of Advent – that period of watching and waiting as we anticipate the coming of our Savior.  It’s not that we haven’t been here before.  We have.  In the words of that American sage Yogi Berra, “it’s like déjà vu all over again.”  But it never gets old.



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The Real Reason for Thanksgiving - November 24, 2016

Pastor Bitter

Sermon text: Deuteronomy 8:10-18

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What are you thankful for this year?  When I was a kid that was a family dinner time tradition some years – going around the table and listing the top thing you were thankful for.  In some ways it would be pretty funny to see a list of all the things that were suggested – to note the differences from little kids to older kids to young adults to parents and grandparents.  Maybe you have participated in a similar tradition at one time or another – so think about if for a minute.  What are you thankful for this year? 



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Life Under Our Benevolent King - November 20, 2016

Pastor Leyrer

Sermon text: Luke 23:35-43

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Dear Friends in Christ, Of all the forms of government that have existed throughout the history of the world (and there are a lot of them), the one often suggested as being the best when it comes to showing care and compassion to the people under it is called a “benevolent dictatorship.”  In practice this means a single person, usually a king or queen, answers to no else but themselves, yet rules in a way completely devoted to the best interests of their subjects. 



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Relationships and Resurrection - November 13, 2016

Pastor Schroeder

Sermon text: Luke 20:27-38

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What is heaven like?  If anyone has ever asked you that question, how have you answered?  Or maybe you have been the one asking what heaven is like.  Sometimes the questions are general and open-ended; other times they are quite specific:



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How Will You Be Judged? - November 6, 2016

Pastor Bitter

Sermon text; Luke 19:11-27

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Don’t judge me, but…how long has it been since you heard that phrase?  Don’t judge me, but I’m going to have an extra helping of dessert.  Don’t judge me, but I’m going to take a sick day tomorrow.  Don’t judge me, but I’m going to vote for this or that candidate next Tuesday.  Don’t judge me but…you fill in the blank.  In what contexts do we hear this phrase used?  In what contexts might you have used it yourself?  Usually it’s when announcing something you are about to do or have done that you suspect others will scrutinize, and perhaps even look down upon. 



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