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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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Your King Comes to You

Pastor Eric Schroeder - The First Sunday in Advent - Sunday, November 27, 2022

Text: Matthew 21:1-11

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Christian worship is all about freedom. But “worship” and “freedom” haven’t always gone together. You may well know that in Old Testament times, at least from the time of Moses on, God’s people were instructed to keep the calendar that he had given them on Mount Sinai. What did that look like? Their worship life was tied to Sabbath Days; every Saturday was a day where regular work was set aside to leave room for the study of God’s Word, singing God’s praises, and making sacrifices. Every new moon marked a new month, and there were more sacrifices. In the springtime and in the fall, there were major festivals to thank God for the grain harvest and the fruit harvest, and each festival came with its own celebrations and rituals—and, you guessed it, additional sacrifices. The people of Israel had no choice in the matter; God laid out the calendar exactly the way he wanted it to be observed. There was purpose behind it. Each one of those calendar events, in its own way, pointed ahead to the Savior that would one day come, so sticking to the schedule was one of the primary ways that his faithful people showed their love for God and their trust in the Savior that he promised.



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The Basis for Our Thanksgiving

Pastor Joel Leyrer - Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 24, 2022

Text: Psalm 100

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Dear Friends in Christ, Some of the Psalms tell us who wrote them. Psalm 100 does not, but it does tell us why it was written. It’s a single word in the original Hebrew language, but the inscription we find in one English Bible says this is a psalm “for giving thanks.” Another translates it “for giving grateful praise.” Either way, this makes it a most appropriate Word of God for us to contemplate today.



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What to Expect from this King

Pastor Robert Fleischmann - Christ the King Sunday - Sunday, November 20, 2022

Text: Luke 23:35-43

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The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”



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Knowing What to Expect

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, November 13, 2022

Text: Luke 21:5-19

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Dear Friends in Christ, “Well, I didn’t see that coming.” We’ve all heard someone say that or said it ourselves.



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What Is and What Will Be

Pastor Eric Schroeder - All Saints' Day - Sunday, November 6, 2022

Text: Luke 6:20-23

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20 Looking at his disciples, he said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 22 Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. 23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.



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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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