February 2022

The Transfiguration: A Defining Moment

Pastor Joel Leyrer - Transfiguration - Sunday, February 27, 2022

Text: Luke 9:28-36

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Dear Friends in Christ, We all know what a bridge is. In its simplest sense a bridge links one thing with another. Today the focus of our worship and contemplation is that occurrence in the life of Christ we refer to as the Transfiguration. One way to look at it is to consider it a bridge event. So, what does it link together?

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Undeserved Love

Pastor Kyle Bitter - The Seventh Sunday After the Epiphany - Sunday, February 20, 2022

Text: Luke 6:27-38

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One evening, two parents took their young son to see the opera. It was intended to be an evening of family relaxation and culture, but the evening didn’t go as planned. As the opera progressed, there were some darker, foreboding scenes and the young boy started to panic with flashbacks to some traumatic events he’d recently experienced. His parents realized what was happening, and the family decided to leave the show early. On their way to the car, they were attacked and mugged and in the ensuing scuffle, both parents were shot and killed, leaving the boy to fend for himself. Fortunately, the family had been very wealthy, and the boy was well provided for, but remained understandably scarred from this horrible experience. Years later, he used his family’s fortune to fund his own campaign of justice, hunting down those responsible and fighting his own personal war against crime and his enemies. I’m guessing some of you might recognize the back story behind the popular comic book character Batman.

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God's Ways Are Higher Than Our Ways

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Sixth Sunday After the Epiphany - Sunday, February 13, 2022

Text: Luke 6:17-26

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Dear Friends in Christ, Maybe you’ve heard the story about the man who was hiking a particularly treacherous stretch of mountain path. One side was bordered by a steep incline almost straight up; the other side was bordered by a steep drop-off several hundred yards almost straight down. Well, he slipped or tripped and down the cliff he went.

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A God-Lived Life: A Life of Hospitality

Pastor Eric Schroeder - The Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany - Sunday, February 6, 2022

Text: Matthew 9:9-13

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Here’s an idea for a conversation starter. It might be an interesting chat on the way home today, or it could work anytime, in a classroom or a workshop or wherever you might be. It goes like this. Finish the following statement with the first clear word that pops into your head.

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