September 2020

Freely Forgive!

Pastor Kyle Bitter - The Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, September 27, 2020

Text: Genesis 50:15-21

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Forgive and forget, the saying goes. I’m sure you’ve heard it before, and perhaps you’ve even said it. It sounds nice, and it comes out easily. Forgive and forget. But how well does that actually work? Maybe it’s not all that hard when you’re forgiving something small and petty that most everyone involved has forgotten about within a couple of days, but what when it’s something big and painful? How well does “forgive and forget” work then? Is it even possible to forgive and forget when a friend has betrayed your confidence and shared something you told them in secret? Is it possible to forgive and forget when a spouse has been unfaithful? What about when parents have made mistakes that have turned your life upside down? What about when the physical or psychological wounds of sins in the past still persist today? It’s easy to say the words “you’re forgiven,” but forgive and forget? Well that’s a bit harder.

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Our Role as Watchmen

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, September 20, 2020

Text: Ezekiel 33:7-11

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Dear Friends in Christ, They vary for each of us and they don’t come all at once, but throughout our lifetime we all fill multiple roles. Son, daughter, spouse, parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent, employee, employer – these are just some of them. All are important. All come with a certain amount of privileges. All also comes with a certain amount of responsibility.

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United in Praise

Pastor Eric Schroeder - Unity Sunday - Sunday, September 13, 2020

Text: Isaiah 42:8-13

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Our nation could use some unity right now. Even though we live in a country whose pledge of allegiance makes claims to be “one nation under God” and “indivisible,” perhaps you’ve thought especially lately that every day we stray farther from God, and America seems pretty divisible lately. It seems like no matter what you think about literally anything at all, you can find someone who disagrees wholeheartedly, and loudly, and angrily. Whenever we live through times like these, it’s easy to be divided especially about names, and I’ll mention two that we all have heard before. We still have Donald Trump and Joe Biden. At the same time, there are some new names: George Floyd, Joseph Mensah, Dr. Fauci, Jacob Blake, Kyle Rittenhouse... With every name, there are emotions that come to mind, and then there are reactions, and opinions, and arguments to be made about who’s right and who’s wrong. And so, there is division.

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The Importance of Remembering

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, September 6, 2020

Text: Joshua 4:1-9

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Dear Friends in Christ, From time to time all of us, young or old, find ourselves taking a trip down memory lane.

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