SUBMIT YOURSELVES TO GOD (September 30, 2018)

Sermon Text: James 4:7-12 Pastor Steven Pagels   In the name of Christ Jesus, dear friends: A few years back the Marist Institute for Public Opinion (MIPO) published the results of a poll that asked Americans to identify what they believe to be the most annoying word or phrase in the English language.  Some of the more…

Spirit Wear Order!

We will be placing the order for shirts and sweatshirts soon. In order to receive your clothing order in October, you will need to place your order no later than Monday, September 24!  Check out the link below to see the four different shirt options! All orders should be placed online using the following link:  more…

Dedication Sunday: “Building on Solid Ground” (September 9, 2018)

“Building on the Past” Sermon Text:  Ephesians2:19 –20 Pastor Daniel Schmidt As we gather to celebrate today, we do so giving all thanks to the Lord of the Church that we are buidling on solid ground.  I am not talking about the firmness of the field on which our new chilcare center and school are built.  I am referring to the foundation that the Apostle Paul is led to write about in Ephesians, chapter 2. It is found on page 3 of your worship folder.  From God’s Word we read: Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. Today, on this “Dedication Sunday”, offering all praise and thanks to our Lord God, we raise our voices together to give thanks that we are building on solid ground.  And based on God’s Word before us, we are reminded that we are building on the blessings of the past.So, let’s go back. Let’s go way back in the past to the very beginning.  Our first parents, Adam and Eve, were given paradise as their home.  But, giving in to the temptations of the devil, believing his lies, they sinned against God.  Rather than carrying out the punishment that Adam and Eve so rightly deserved for their rebellion, the loving Lord made them a promise; a promise of a Savior.  In Genesis chapter 3, the Lord says to our enemy Satan: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” This promise of a Savior who would crush the head of the devil was repeated for 1,000s of years throughout the Old Testament period by the messagers of God’s Word, the prophets.  We think of prophets such as Isaiah who prophesized about the coming Messiah in chapter 7: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”  Then, later in chapter 53, the Lord’s prophet wrote this about the coming Savior, “Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”After the work of the prophets came to an end, the Apostle Paul, led by God the Holy Spirit, tells us in his letter to the Galatians “When the time more…

Shepherd’s Staff

Serving the Lord by helping others Shepherd’s Staff Sunday is January 21. The mission of Shepherd’s Staff is to provide encouragement and compassionate, loving care in meeting the physical, emotional or spiritual needs of the members of our congregation. Shepherd’s Staff is comprised of three committees: The Visitation Committee maintains a congregational presence with the more…