Thank you, Jesus - by Pastor Dave (Sunday 8 & 10 am)
We receive wholeness of who we are when we give thanks with an attitude of gratitude. Giving thanks and praise as we do each week before this altar, as we do each time we hear the absolution, as we do each time we get to worship and praise him here, we say thank you God and it brings us wholeness and life.
What kind of action is Jesus looking for from you? - by Deacon Diane (Saturday 4:30 PM)
Is there a potent lesson for us on this Thanksgiving week? You cannot wait until the problems are over to start walking in faith. You cannot put conditions on holy God. You cannot say "Lord, as soon as there's enough money, I follow your instructions." You cannot pray, "Lord, if you'll just solve this issue in my family, I'll start to go to church. " You cannot put conditions on God! Instead, God places a demand for faith on us, before anything at all has changed.
God's gift of talents - by Pastor Dave (Sunday 8 & 10 am)
God does not want his gift of talents to be idle. God freely gives us so much. Although we all have different gifts and different talents, God gives us all of these talents so each of us has a purpose; each is a part of His mission. He invites us to be the good and faithful servants who share.
Wake up; Be ready - by Pastor Dave (Sunday 8 & 10 am)
We never know when God's going to present us with an opportunity to be his child, his representative to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ; to share the love, to be a child of God to somebody who really needs it. Be ready, for the Lord is coming and the day will surely come and we do not have to fear that for we are blessed in Him.
Keep your lamp with plenty of oil - by Deacon Diane (Saturday 4:30 PM)
The important point to realize is that Christ comes to us, moves among us, blesses us, yes, parties with us as often as we would have it so. Christ, the Bridegroom, comes. The party is about to begin. Let us be very much prepared. Let us be more than ready. Let us expect Christ to be present among us.
All the Saints - by Pastor Dave (Sunday 8 & 10 am)
We celebrate all of those saints who came before us and the work of God in their midst and we think about the days of promise when all will be together in the kingdom of God and in the here and now we walk in Christ as today's saints, letting his light shine through us as we make known our identity as brothers and sisters in Christ.
Unbound, to do, to be God's children. And in the very next sentence Luther says in his treatises on Freedom of a Christian, "we are perfectly bound then to worship and praise God and to care for our neighbor." We are set free to be what God intends us to be and that is our great celebration.
Freedom and the next chapter - by Deacon Diane (Saturday 4:30 PM)
It's a power of love and grace that will hold us for all of our life. It's a power that will guide and strengthen us in our faith, no matter where our lives take us. It's a power which will inspire and nurture us as a congregation as we move ahead into the next chapter of ministry together.
Even though we get into all kinds of campaigns and issues in our worldly lives and make it ultimate, the wonderful thing is it's really penultimate, because the bottom line is God in His grace and love is the one who is behind it all and in whose hands the kingdom will finally come. The good news is that when we can place our devotion and love in the right place the answers become more clear, the direction more certain; and for us we can walk in truth and grace and love.
Give to God the things that are Gods - by Deacon John (Saturday 4:30 PM)
Let us with the gift of God's Holy Spirit win the struggle of giving to God the things that are God's and to giving to the government our earthly allegiances that belong to them for after all it's all God's.