December 2022

We Are the Visited Planet

Pastor Joel Leyrer - Christmas Day - Sunday, December 25, 2022

Text: John 1:1-14

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Dear Friends in our newborn King: Some years ago the Christian author J.B. Phillips wrote a delightful, insightful, and highly imaginative short story entitled “The Visited Planet.” If we had to give it a genre, we might call it “Christian fantasy.”

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Joseph's Christmas Journey

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Fourth Sunday in Advent - Sunday, December 18, 2022

Text: Matthew 1:18-25

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Dear Friends in Christ, Of the four Gospel writers, Mark and John assume we know the Christmas story. They begin their books by jumping right into Jesus’ public ministry thirty years later. That leaves Matthew and Luke to fill us in on the events surrounding and leading up to the birth of Jesus. Which they do. But in slightly different ways.

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What Did You Expect?

Pastor Eric Schroeder - The Third Sunday in Advent - Sunday, December 11, 2022

Text: Matthew 11:2-11

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One of life’s many challenges is learning to manage our expectations. Perhaps you can think of a time when you were so excited to see a movie that you made plans to see it on the day it came out. Maybe you loved the book, so you knew the story and couldn’t wait to see it on the big screen. It might be a movie that featured one or more of your favorite actors and the previews claimed it would be the biggest thriller of the year, or it could be a long-awaited sequel—the next episode in an epic series. Going in, you thought it had the potential to be the best movie ever made. What could possibly meet those expectations?! And what was your first thought when the credits rolled at the end? Was it everything you expected it to be? Or, did you come away at least a little bit disappointed?

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As We Watch and Wait

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Second Sunday in Advent - Sunday, December 4, 2022

Text: Matthew 3:1-12

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Dear Friends in Christ, In the world of professional baseball the player who pitches the second last inning of a close game their team is winning is sometimes referred to as a “set-up” man. Reason: his role is to keep the other team from scoring in order to “set up” the final pitcher, known as “the closer” – who then completes the game and secures the victory.

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