Sermons

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December 9, 2018, Second Sunday in Advent - Pastor Bartels
"A Voice in the Wilderness" - text soon or audio
Children's Sermon - audio 

Luke 3:1-6/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—while Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip was tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene— 2during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John, the son of Zechariah, in the wilderness. 3He went into the whole region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 4Just as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:

 

A voice of one calling in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord! Make his paths straight. 5Every valley will be filled, and every mountain and hill will be made low. The crooked will become straight, and the rough ways smooth. 6And everyone will see the salvation of God.”


December 2, 2018, First Sunday in Advent - Pastor Tweit

 "Behold, a Branch Is Growing" - text soon or audio

Children's Sermon - audio 

Jeremiah 33:14-16/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

14Listen, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill the good promises that I have spoken to the house of Israel and concerning the house of Judah.

15In those days and at that time, I will cause a righteous Branch to grow up from David’s line. He will establish justice and righteousness on earth. 16In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. This is what she (Jerusalem) will be called: The Lord Our Righteousness.

 

November 25, 2018, Last Sunday of the Church Year - Pastor Bartels
"The Alpha and The Omega" - text soon or audio
Children's Sermon - audio 

Revelation 1:4b-8/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

Grace to you and peace from him who is, who was, and who is coming, and from the seven spirits that are before his throne, 5and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his own blood 6and made us a kingdom and priests to God his Father—to him be the glory and the power forever. Amen.

7Look, he is coming with clouds, and every eye will see him, including those who pierced him. And all the nations of the earth will mourn because of him. Yes. Amen.

8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, the one who is, and who was, and who is coming, the Almighty.” 

 

November 18, 2018, Second-Last Sunday of the Church Year - Pastor Tweit

"Let Us Run with Perseverance" - text soon or audio
Children's Sermon - audio 
Hebrews 12:1-2/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

November 11, 2018, Third-Last Sunday of the Church Year - Pastor Bartels
"Judgment Day" - text soon or audio
Children's Sermon - audio

Matthew 25:31-46/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. 36I was lacking clothes and you clothed me. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.’

37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or lacking clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40“The King will answer them, ‘Amen I tell you: Just as you did it for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it for me.’

41“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire, which is prepared for the Devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you did not give me food to eat. I was thirsty and you did not give me anything to drink. 43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, lacking clothes and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not take care of me.’

44“Then they will also answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or lacking clothes or sick or in prison and did not serve you?’

45“At that time he will answer them, ‘Amen I tell you: Just as you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it for me.’ 46And they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

 

November 4, 2018, Festival of All Saints - Pastor Tweit
"All Will Come Out" - text soon or audio
Children's Sermon - audio

John 5:25-29/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

25“Amen, Amen, I tell you: A time is coming and is here now when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who listen will live. 26For just as the Father has life in himself, so also he has granted the Son to have life in himself. 27And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man.

28“Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29and will come out. Those who have done good will rise to live, but those who have practiced evil will rise to be condemned.”

 

October 28, 2018, Festival of Reformation - Pastor Bartels
"The Truth Shall Set You Free!" - text soon or audio
Children's Sermon - audio

John 8:31-36/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

31So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you remain in my word, you are really my disciples. 32You will also know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”   33“We are Abraham’s descendants,” they answered, “and we have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say, ‘You will be set free’?”  34Jesus answered, “Amen, Amen, I tell you: Everyone who keeps committing sin is a slave to sin. 35But a slave does not remain in the family forever. A son does remain forever. 36So if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.”

 

October 21, 2018, 22nd Sunday after Pentecost - Pastor Schultz
"Give Me An Undivided Heart" - text soon or audio 
Weekly Worship Guide  

Psalm 86:11/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

“Teach me your way, O LORD. I will walk in your truth. Give me wholehearted commitment to fear your name.”

 

October 14, 2018, Founder's Day and the 100th Anniversary of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod - Pastor Tweit

"Forward on the Old Paths!" - text soon or audio
Weekly Worship Guide 

Jeremiah 6:13-16/New King James Version

"Because from the least of them even to the greatest of them, Everyone is given to covetousness; And from the prophet even to the priest, Everyone deals falsely. They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, Saying, 'Peace, peace!' When there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed; Nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; At the time I punish them, They shall be cast down," says the LORD. Thus says the LORD: "Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls."

October 7, 2018, Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost - Pastor Bartels
"God's Gift of Marriage" - text soon or audio
Children's Sermon - audio
Weekly Worship Guide
Mark 10:2-16/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

2Some Pharisees came to test him and asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”

3He replied, “What did Moses command you?”

4They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.” 

5But Jesus told them, “He wrote this command for you because of your hard hearts. 6But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. 7For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. 9Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

10In the house his disciples asked him about this again. 11He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. 12If she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

13Some people began bringing little children to Jesus so that he would touch them. But the disciples rebuked them. 14When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said, “Let the little children come to me! Do not hinder them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15Amen I tell you: Whoever will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16And he took the little children in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. 

 

September 30, 2018, Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Pastor Tweit
"Submit Yourselves to God" - text or audio

James 4:7-12/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

 

7So, submit yourselves to God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. 8Come near to God, and he will come near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded people. 9Lament, mourn, and weep. Let your laughter be changed into mourning and your joy into gloom. 10Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will lift you up.

11Do not speak against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother is speaking against the law and judging the law. But if you judge the law, you are not one who does the law, but a judge. 12There is one lawgiver and judge. He is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?


 

September 23, 2018, Dedication Sunday - Pastor Bartels
"The Lord Builds the House" - text soon or audio

Psalm 127:1/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders build in vain.

September 16, 2018, Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost - Pastor Tweit
"Are You Justified By Faith, Or By Works?" - text or audio
Children's Sermon - audio

James 2:1-5, 8-10, 14-18/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

My brothers, have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ without showing favoritism. 2For example, suppose a man enters your worship assembly wearing gold rings and fine clothing, and a poor man also enters wearing filthy clothing. 3If you look with favor on the man wearing fine clothing and say, “Sit here in this good place,” but you tell the poor man, “Stand over there” or “Sit down here at my feet,” 4have you not made a distinction among yourselves and become judges with evil opinions? 5Listen, my dear brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom, which he promised to those who love him?

8However, if you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9But if you show favoritism, you are committing a sin, since you are convicted by this law as transgressors.

10In fact, whoever keeps the whole law but stumbles in one point has become guilty of breaking all of it.

14What good is it, my brothers, if someone says that he has faith but has no works? Such “faith” cannot save him, can it? 15If a brother or sister needs clothes and lacks daily food 16and one of you tells them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but does not give them what their body needs, what good is it? 17So also, such “faith,” if it is alone and has no works, is dead. 18But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

 

September 9, 2018, Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Pastor Bartels
"Be Hearers and Doers of the Word" - text or audio
Children's Sermon - audio

James 1:17-27/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

17Every good act of giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the lights, who does not change or shift like a shadow. 18Just as he planned, he gave us birth by the word of truth so that we would be a kind of firstfruits of his creations.

19Remember this, my dear brothers: Let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. 20Certainly, a man’s anger does not bring about what is right before God. 21So after getting rid of all moral filthiness and overflowing wickedness, receive with humility the word planted in you. It is able to save your souls.

22Be people who do what the word says, not people who only hear it. Such people are deceiving themselves. 23In fact, if anyone hears the word and does not do what it says, he is like a man who carefully looks at his own natural face in a mirror. 24Indeed, he carefully looks at himself; then, he goes away and immediately forgets what he looked like. 25But the one who looks carefully into the perfect law, the law of freedom, and continues to do so—since he does not hear and forget but actually does what it says—that person will be blessed in what he does.

26If anyone considers himself to be religious but deceives his own heart because he does not bridle his tongue, this person’s religion is worthless. 27Religion that is pure and undefiled in the sight of God the Father is this: to take care of orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

 

September 2, 2018, Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Pastor Tweit
"The Armor of God" - text or audio
Children's Sermon - audio

Ephesians 6:10-20/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

 

10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God, so that you can stand against the schemes of the Devil. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13For this reason, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to take a stand on the evil day and, after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand, then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness fastened in place, 15and with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace tied to your feet like sandals. 16At all times hold up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the Evil One. 17Also take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18At every opportunity, pray in the Spirit with every kind of prayer and petition. Stay alert for the same reason, always persevering in your intercession for all the saints. 19Pray for me also, that when I open my mouth a message will be given to me that boldly reveals the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may speak about it boldly, as it is necessary for me to speak.

 

August 26, 2018, Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Pastor Bartels
"The Unity of the Home" - text soon or audio
Children's Sermon - none this week

Ephesians 5:21-31/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

21 …and by submitting to one another in reverence for Christ.

22Wives, submit to your own husbands as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife, just as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he himself is the Savior. 24Moreover, as the church submits to Christ, so also wives are to submit to their husbands in everything.

25Husbands, love your wives, in the same way as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, by cleansing her with the washing of water in connection with the Word. 27He did this so that he could present her to himself as a glorious church, having no stain or wrinkle or any such thing, but so that she would be holy and blameless. 28In the same way, husbands have an obligation to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29To be sure, no one has ever hated his own body, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30because we are members of his body, of his flesh and of his bones. 31“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will be one flesh.”

 

August 19, 2018, Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Pastor Tweit
"Walking Wisely" - text soon or audio
Children's Sermon - none this week

Ephesians 5:15-20/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

15Consider carefully, then, how you walk, not as unwise people, but as wise people. 16Make the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17For this reason, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18And do not get drunk on wine, which causes you to lose control. Instead, be filled with the Spirit 19by speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (singing and making music with your hearts to the Lord), 20by always giving thanks for everything to God the Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

August 12, 2018, Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost - Pastor Bartels
"Be Imitators of God" - text soon or audio
Children's Sermon - audio

Ephesians 4:30-5:2/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

30Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Get rid of every kind of bitterness, rage, anger, quarreling, and slander, along with every kind of malice. 32Instead, be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one other, just as God in Christ has forgiven us.

5:1Therefore, be imitators of God as his dearly loved children. 2And walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

 

August 5, 2018, Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost - Pastor Tweit
"Living as Children of Light" - text or audio
Children's Sermon - audio

Ephesians 4:17-24/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

17So I tell you this and testify to it in the Lord: Do not walk any longer as the Gentiles walk, in their futile way of thinking. 18They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, due to the hardness of their hearts. 19Because they have no sense of shame, they have given themselves over to sensuality, with an ever-increasing desire to practice every kind of impurity.

20But you did not learn Christ in that way, 21if indeed you have heard of him and were taught in him (since the truth is in Jesus). 22As far as your former way of life is concerned, you were taught to take off the old self, which is corrupted by its deceitful desires, 23and to be renewed continually in the spirit of your mind, 24and to put on the new self, which has been created to be like God in righteousness and true holiness.

 

July 29, 2018, Tenth Sunday after Pentecost - Pastor Bartels
"Called to Unity in Christ" - text or audio
Children's Sermon - audio

Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

As a prisoner in the Lord, therefore, I urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called. 2Live with all humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another in love.

3Make every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in the one hope of your calling. 5There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in us all.

7But to each one of us grace was given, according to the measure of the gift from Christ.

11He himself gave the apostles, as well as the prophets, as well as the evangelists, as well as the pastors and teachers, 12for the purpose of training the saints for the work of serving, in order to build up the body of Christ. 13This is to continue until we all reach unity in the faith and knowledge of the Son of God, resulting in a mature man with a stature reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ. 14The goal is that we would no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, when people use tricks and invent clever ways to lead us astray. 15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we would in all things grow up into Christ, who is the head. 16From him the whole body, being joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows in accordance with Christ’s activity when he measured out each individual part. He causes the growth of the body so that it builds itself up in love. 

 

July 22, 2018, Ninth Sunday after Pentecost - Pastor Tweit
"One in Christ" - text or audio
Children's Sermon - audio

Ephesians 2:13-22/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

13But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14For he himself is our peace. He made the two groups one by destroying the wall of hostility that divided them 15when he abolished the law of commandments and regulations in his flesh. He did this to create in himself one new person out of the two, in this way making peace. 16And he did this to reconcile both to God in one body through the cross by putting the hostility to death on it. 17He also came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

19So then, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of God’s household. 20You have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the Cornerstone. 21In him the whole building is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22In him you too are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

 

July 15, 2018, Eighth Sunday after Pentecost - Pastor Tweit
"Praise God for His Grace" - text or audio
Children's Sermon - audio

Ephesians 1:3-14/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.

4He did this when he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world, so that we would be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ. He did this in accordance with the good purpose of his will, 6and for the praise of his glorious grace, which he has graciously given us in the one he loves.

7In him we also have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in keeping with the riches of his grace, 8which he lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. 9He made known to us the mystery of his will in keeping with his good purpose, which he planned in Christ. 10This was to be carried out when the time had fully come, in order to bring all things together in Christ, things in heaven and things on earth.


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In him we have also obtained an inheritance, because we were predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in keeping with the purpose of his will. 12He did this so that his glory would be praised as a result of us, who were the first to hope in Christ.

 

 

 

 

13In him, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and in him, when you also believed, you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. 14He is the down payment of our inheritance until the redemption of God’s own possession, so that his glory would be praised.

 

July 8, 2018, Seventh Sunday after Pentecost - Pastor Bartels
"What is this Wisdom?" - text or audio
Children's Sermon - audio

Mark 6:1-6/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

Jesus left there and went to his hometown. His disciples followed him. 2When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue. Many who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Where did this man learn these things? What is this wisdom that has been given to this man? How is it that miracles such as these are performed by his hands? 3Isn’t this the carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.

4Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own house.” 5He could not do any miracles there except to lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6He was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went around the villages teaching.

 

July 1, 2018, Sixth Sunday after Pentecost - Pastor Tweit
"The Lord's Compassion Never Fails" - text soon or audio
Children's Sermon - audio

Lamentations 3:22-33 (Evangelical Heritage Version)

22By the mercies of the LORD we are not consumed, for his compassions do not fail.

23They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness.

24My soul says, “The LORD is my portion. Therefore, I will hope in him.”

25The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.

26It is good to hope quietly for the salvation of the LORD.

27It is good for a man that he bears a yoke early in his life.

28Let him sit alone and be silent, because the LORD has laid this upon him.

29Let him stick his face in the dust. Perhaps there still is hope.

30Let him turn his cheek toward the one who strikes him. Let him be filled with disgrace.

31For the Lord will not push us away forever.

32Even though he brings grief, he will show compassion on the basis of his great mercy.

33Certainly, it is not what his heart desires when he causes affliction,

when he brings grief to the children of men.

 

June 24, 2018, Fifth Sunday after Pentecost - Pastor Bartels
"Brace Yourself for Some Questions from God" - text soon or audio soon
Children's Sermon - audio soon

Job 38:1-11/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

Then the Lord responded to Job out of a violent storm. He said:

2Who is this who spreads darkness over my plans with his ignorant words?

3Get ready for action like a man!

Then I will ask you questions,

and you will inform me.

4Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?

Tell me, if you understand anything about it.

5Who determined its dimensions?

I am sure you know.

Who stretched out the surveying line over it?

6What supports its foundation?

Who set its cornerstone in place,

                7when the morning stars sang loud songs together,

            and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

8Who locked up the sea behind doors

            when it burst out of the womb?

9When I clothed the sea with clouds,

when I wrapped it with thick darkness as its swaddling cloths,

10when I broke its power with my decree,

when I locked it up behind barred, double doors,

11I said, “You may come this far, but no farther.

Here is the barrier for your proud waves.”


June 17, 2018, Fourth Sunday after Pentecost - Pastor Tweit
"What is Your Permanent Address?" - text soon or audio
Children's Sermon - audio

2 Corinthians 5:1-10/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

Now we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal home in heaven, which is not made by human hands. 2In fact, the reason we groan is that we long to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven. 3If we do indeed put it on, we will certainly not be found naked. 4To be sure, while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed, but to be clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5Now the one who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave us the Spirit as the down payment.

6Therefore we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body, we are away from the Lord, 7for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8But we are confident and would much prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9And for this reason we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home or away. 10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he did while in the body, whether good or bad.


June 10, 2018, Third Sunday after Pentecost - Pastor Bartels

"The Best Curse Ever" - text or audio
Children's Sermon - audio

Genesis 3:8-15/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

8They heard the voice of the Lord God, who was walking around in the garden during the cooler part of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

9The Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”

10The man said, “I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid myself.”

11God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree from which I commanded you not to eat?”

12The man said, “The woman you gave to be with me—she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

13The Lord God said to the woman, “What have you done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14The Lord God said to the serpent:

Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all the livestock,

and more than every wild animal.

You shall crawl on your belly, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life.

15I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her

seed. He will crush your head, and you will crush his heel.

 

June 3, 2018, Second Sunday after Pentecost - Pastor Tweit
"Observe the Sabbath Day" - text or audio
Children's Sermon - audio

Deuteronomy 5:12-15/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

 

12Observe the Sabbath day by setting it apart as holy, just as the Lord your God commanded you. 13Six days you are to serve and perform all of your regular work, 14but the seventh day is a sabbath rest to the Lord your God. You are not to do any regular work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock or the alien who resides inside your gates, in order that your male servant and your female servant may rest like you. 15Remember that you were slaves in the land of Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out from there with a strong hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the day of rest.

May 27, 2018, Trinity Sunday & Confirmation Sunday - Pastor Bartels
"Faith at Home" - text or audio
Children's Sermon - audio

Deuteronomy 6:4-9/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.


May 20, 2018, The Festival of Pentecost - Pastor Bartels
"The Work of the Holy Spirit" - text soon or audio
Children's Sermon - audio 

Acts 2:1-21/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

On Pentecost, Peter preaches Christ crucified and risen 
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2Suddenly a sound like the rushing of a violent wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3They saw divided tongues that were like fire resting on each one of them. 4They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, since the Spirit was giving them the ability to speak fluently. 5Now there were godly Jewish men from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6When this sound was heard, a crowd came together and was confused, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7They were completely baffled and said to each other, “Look, are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? 8Then how is it that each of us hears them speaking in his own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, and of Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the parts of Libya around Cyrene; visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes; 11Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring in our own languages the wonderful works of God.” 12They were all amazed and perplexed. They kept saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13But others mocked them and said, “They are full of new wine.” 14Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and spoke loudly and clearly to them: “Men of Judea, and all you residents of Jerusalem, understand this, and listen closely to my words. 15These men are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only the third hour of the day. 16On the contrary, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17This is what God says will happen in the last days: I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions. Your old men will dream dreams. 18Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 19I will show wonders in the sky above,and signs on the earth below,  blood and fire and a rising cloud of smoke. 20The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. 21And this will happen: Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

May 13, 2018, Seventh Sunday of Easter - Pastor Tweit
"A Share in this Ministry" - text or audio
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Acts 1:15-26/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

A Share in this Ministry

15In those days, when the group there numbered about 120 people, Peter stood up among the brothers and said, 16“Gentlemen, brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David about Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17Judas was counted as one of us and was given a share in this ministry.

 

18“Now this man acquired a field with what he was paid for his wicked act. When he fell headfirst, his middle burst open, and all his intestines spilled out. 19This became known to all the residents of Jerusalem, and so in their own language that field was called Akeldema, which means Field of Blood. 20Indeed, it is written in the book of Psalms: May his residence be deserted. Let there be no one dwelling in it. And, let someone else take his position.

21“Therefore it is necessary that one of the men who accompanied us during the entire time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22beginning from his baptism by John until the day Jesus was taken up from us, become a witness with us of his resurrection.”

23They proposed two: Joseph called Barsabbas (who was also called Justus) and Matthias. 24Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25to take the place in this apostolic ministry from which Judas turned away to go to his own place.”

26Then they assigned lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias. So he was counted with the eleven apostles.


May 6, 2018, Sixth Sunday of Easter - Pastor Tweit
"How Something Bad Turned into Something Good" - text or audio
Children's Sermon - audio

Acts 11:19-26/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

19Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that took place at the time of Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. 20But there were some men from Cyprus and Cyrene who came to Antioch and also began to speak to the Greeks, preaching the good news about the Lord Jesus. 21The Lord’s hand was with them, and a large number of people believed and turned to the Lord.

22A report about this reached the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to go on to Antioch. 23When he arrived and saw God’s grace, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with devoted hearts. 24He was a good man who was full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a large number of people were added to the Lord.

25Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul. 26When he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year they met with the church and taught a large number of people. It was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians.

April 29, 2018, Fifth Sunday of Easter - Pastor Bartels
"One Man Saved" - text soon or audio
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Acts 8:26-40/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

26Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is an isolated area.) 27So he got up and went. And there was a man, an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, Queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship. 28He was on his way home, sitting in his chariot and reading the prophet Isaiah.

29The Spirit told Philip, “Go over there and stay close to that chariot.” 30Philip ran up to it and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet.

Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

31The man replied, “How can I unless someone explains it to me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.


32
Now the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading was this: He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he does not open his mouth.  33In his humiliation justice was denied him.  Who will talk about his generation?  For his life is taken from the earth.

 

34The eunuch said to Philip, “I ask you, who is the prophet talking about—himself or someone else?” 35Then Philip began to speak. Starting with that very passage of Scripture, he told him the good news about Jesus. 36As they were traveling along the road, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What is there to prevent me from being baptized?”

38He ordered the chariot to stop. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. 39When they stepped up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away. The eunuch did not see him anymore, but went on his way rejoicing.

40Philip, however, found himself at Azotus. And as he went from place to place, he preached the gospel in all the towns until he came to Caesarea.


April 22, 2018, Fourth Sunday of Easter - Pastor Tweit

"Jesus, the Good Shepherd" - text soon or audio
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John 10:11-18/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

I am the Good Shepherd

11“I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12The hired man, who is not a shepherd, does not own the sheep. He sees the wolf coming, leaves the sheep, and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. 13Because he works for money, he does not care about the sheep.

14“I am the Good Shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me 15(just as the Father knows me and I know the Father). And I lay down my life for the sheep. 16I also have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. Then there will be one flock and one shepherd. 17This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life so that I may take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it up again. This is the commission I received from my Father.”


April 15, 2018, Third Sunday of Easter - Pastor Bartels
"No Other Name Under Heaven" - text or audio
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Acts 4:8-12/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

 

Salvation is found only in Jesus.

8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel, 9if we are being questioned today for a kind act that was done for the lame man, as to how this man has been healed, 10let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that it was by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead! By him this man stands before you healed. 11This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you builders, which has become the cornerstone.

12“There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved.”

 

April 8, 2018, Second Sunday of Easter - Pastor Tweit
"God Raised Jesus from the Dead" - text or audio
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John 20:19-31/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

The Risen Lord Appears to His Disciples

19On the evening of that first day of the week, the disciples were together behind locked doors because of their fear of the Jews. Jesus came, stood among them, and said to them, “Peace be with you!” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. So the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you! Just as the Father has sent me, I am also sending you.” 22After saying this, he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23Whenever you forgive people’s sins, they are forgiven. Whenever you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

24But Thomas, one of the Twelve, the one called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples kept telling him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands, and put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

26After eight days, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at my hands. Take your hand and put it into my side. Do not continue to doubt, but believe.”

28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

29Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

30Jesus, in the presence of his disciples, did many other miraculous signs that are not written in this book. 31But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

 

April 1, 2018, Easter Sunday - Pastor Bartels
"The Resurrection of Our Lord" - text or audio
Children's Sermon - audio

John 20:1-18/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

 

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2So she left and ran to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved. “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,” she told them, “and we don’t know where they put him!”  3So Peter and the other disciple went out, heading for the tomb. 4The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and got to the tomb first. 5 Bending over, he saw the linen cloths lying there, yet he did not go in.  6Then Simon Peter, who was following him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there. 7The cloth that had been on Jesus’ head was not lying with the linen cloths, but was folded up in a separate place by itself. 8Then the other disciple, who arrived at the tomb first, also entered. He saw and believed. 9(They still did not yet understand the Scripture that he must rise from the dead.)  10Then the disciples went back to their homes.  11But Mary stood outside facing the tomb, weeping. As she wept, she bent over, looking into the tomb. 12She saw two angels in white clothes sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and one at the feet. 13They asked her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”  She told them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they have  laid him.”  14After she said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, though she did not know it was Jesus.  15Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?”  Supposing he was the gardener, she replied, “Sir, if you carried him off, tell me where you laid him, and I will get him.” 16Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned and replied in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means, “Teacher”).  17Jesus told her, “Do not continue to cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father.  But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father—to my God and your God.’”  18Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!” She also told them the things he said to her.


 

March 25, 2018, Palm Sunday - Pastor Tweit
"The Humiliation and Exaltation of Christ" - text or audio
Children's Sermon - audio

Mark 11:1-10/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

 

As they approached Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, on the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples 2and told them, “Go into the village ahead of you. As soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here. 3If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it, and he will send it back here without delay.’”

4They left and found a colt on the street, tied at a door; and they untied it. 5Some who were standing there asked them, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 6The disciples answered them just as Jesus had instructed them, and the men let them go.

7They brought the colt to Jesus, threw their garments on it, and Jesus sat on it. 8Many people spread their garments on the road. Others spread branches that they had cut from the fields. 9Those who went in front and those who followed were crying out,

Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!

 

 



March 18, 2018, The Fifth Sunday in Lent - Pastor Bartels
"We Want to See Jesus!" - text or audio
Children's Sermon - audio

John 12:20-33/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

20Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Festival. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we want to see Jesus.” 22Philip went to tell Andrew. Andrew came with Philip and told Jesus.

23Jesus answered them, “The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Amen, Amen, I tell you: Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it continues to be one kernel. But if it dies, it produces much grain. 25Anyone who loves his life destroys it. And the one who hates his life in this world will hold on to it for eternal life. 26If anyone serves me, let him follow me. And where I am, there my servant will be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

27“Now my soul is troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, this is the reason I came to this hour. 28Father, glorify your name!”  A voice came from heaven: “I have glorified my name, and I will glorify it again.”  29The crowd standing there heard it and said it thundered. Others said an angel talked to him. 30Jesus answered, “This voice was not for my sake but for yours.  

31“Now is the judgment of this world. Now the ruler of this world will be thrown out. 32And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33He said this to indicate what kind of death he was going to die.

 


March 11, 2018, The Fourth Sunday in Lent - Pastor Tweit
"Keep Looking Up" - text or audio
Children's Sermon - audio

Numbers 21:4-9/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

 

4They set out from Mount Hor along the road to the Red Sea to go around the land of Edom, but the people became very impatient along the way. 5The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? Look, there is no food! There is no water! And we are disgusted by this worthless food!”

6The Lord sent venomous snakes among the people, and the snakes bit the people. As a result many people from Israel died. 7The people went to Moses and said, “We have sinned, because we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord to take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed on behalf of the people.

8The Lord said to Moses, “Make a venomous snake and put it on a pole. If anyone who is bitten looks at it, he will live.” 9Moses made a bronze snake and put it on the pole. If a snake had bitten anyone, if that person looked at the bronze snake, he lived.

 

March 4, 2018, The Third Sunday in Lent - Pastor Tweit
"The Zeal of Jesus" - text or audio
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John 2:13-22/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

13The Jewish Passover was near, so Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

14In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and money changers sitting at tables. 15He made a whip of cords and drove everyone out of the temple courts, along with the sheep and oxen. He scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16To those selling doves he said, “Get these things out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a place of business!”

17His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

18So the Jews responded, “What sign are you going to show us to prove you can do these things?”

19Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up again.”

20The Jews said, “It took forty-six years to build this temple! And you are going to raise it in three days?” 21But Jesus was speaking about the temple of his body. 22When Jesus was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this. Then they believed the Scripture and what Jesus had said.

 

February 25, 2018, The Second Sunday in Lent - Pastor Bartels
"The Blessing of Lent are Amazing!" - text soon or audio
Children's Sermon - audio

Romans 5:1-11/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

  

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Through him we also have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand. And we rejoice confidently on the basis of our hope for the glory of God.

3Not only this, but we also rejoice confidently in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces patient endurance, 4and patient endurance produces tested character, and tested character produces hope. 5And hope will not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who was given to us.

6For at the appointed time, while we were still helpless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7It is rare indeed that someone will die for a righteous person. Perhaps someone might actually go so far as to die for a person who has been good to him. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

9Therefore, since we have now been justified by his blood, it is even more certain that we will be saved from God’s wrath through him. 10For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, it is even more certain that, since we have been reconciled, we will be saved by his life. 11And not only is this so, but we also go on rejoicing confidently in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received this reconciliation. 

 


February 18, 2018, The First Sunday in Lent - Pastor Bartels
"The Temptation of Christ" - text or audio
Children's Sermon - audio
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Mark 1:12-15/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

 

12The Spirit immediately sent Jesus out into the wilderness. 13He was in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels were serving him.

14After John was put in prison, Jesus went to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God. 15“The time is fulfilled,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near! Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

 

February 11, 2018, The Transfiguration of Our Lord - Pastor Tweit
"Elijah's Departure and Ours" - text or audio
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2 Kings 2:1-12a/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah was traveling with Elisha from Gilgal. 2Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the Lord has sent me to Bethel.”

But Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.

3The sons of the prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord is taking your master away from you?”

Then he said, “Yes, I know. Be quiet.”


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Then Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here because the Lord has sent me to Jericho.”

 

But he said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” So they went to Jericho.

5Then the sons of the prophets who were in Jericho approached Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord is taking your master away from you?”

He said, “Yes, I know. Be quiet.”

6Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here because the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.”

But he said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on.

7Then fifty men from the sons of the prophets came and stood and watched them from a distance, while the two of them were standing at the Jordan. 8Elijah took his cloak, folded it together, and struck the water. The water divided to the right and to the left. Then the two of them crossed on dry land.

9When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask me for whatever I can do for you before I am taken from you.”

Then Elisha said, “Let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.”

10He said, “You have asked for a difficult thing. If you see me being taken from you, it will surely be yours. But if not, then it will not.”

11While they were walking and talking, suddenly a chariot of fire, and horses of fire came and separated them. So Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. 12Elisha was watching and crying out, “My father! My father! Israel’s chariot and its charioteers!” Then he did not see him anymore.



February 4, 2018, Fifth Sunday in  Epiphany - Pastor Bartels
"A Helping Hand!" - text or audio
Children's Sermon - no audio
Weekly Worship Guide

Mark 1:29-36/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

29They left the synagogue and went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30Simon’s mother-in-law was lying in bed, sick with a fever. Without delay they told Jesus about her. 31He went to her, took her by the hand, and raised her up. The fever left her, and she began to serve them. 32That evening, when the sun had set, the people kept bringing to him all who were sick and demon-possessed. 33The whole town gathered at the door. 34He healed many people who were sick with various diseases and drove out many demons. But he did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew who he was.

35Jesus got up early in the morning, while it was still dark, and went out. He withdrew to a solitary place and was praying there. 36Simon and his companions searched for him, 37and, when they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is looking for you!”

38He told them, “Let’s go somewhere else, to the neighboring villages, so that I can preach there too. In fact, that is why I have come.” 39Then he went throughout the whole region of Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons. 

 

 

January 28, 2018, Fourth Sunday in  Epiphany - Pastor Tweit
"I Know Who You Are!" - text or audio
Children's Sermon - audio
Weekly Worship Guide

Mark 1:21-28/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

21Then they went into Capernaum. On the next Sabbath day, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22They were amazed at his teaching, because he was teaching them as one who has authority and not as the experts in the law. 23Just then there was a man with an unclean spirit in their synagogue. It cried out, 24“What do we have to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

25Jesus rebuked the spirit, saying, “Be quiet! Come out of him!”

26The unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions, and after crying out with a loud voice, it came out of him. 27Everyone was so amazed that they began to discuss this with each other. They said, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He even commands the unclean spirits, and they obey him!” 28News about him spread quickly through all the region of Galilee. 


January 21, 2018, Third Sunday in  Epiphany - Pastor Bartels

"Life is Precious!" - text or audio
Children's Sermon - audio
Jonah 3:1-5, 10/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: 2“Get up, go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.”

3So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh just as the word of the Lord had commanded. Now Nineveh was a great city to God. It required a three-day walk. 4Jonah walked through the city for a day, and he called out, “Forty more days and Nineveh is going to be overthrown!”

5The men of Nineveh believed God. They proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least.

10When God saw their actions, that they had turned from their evil way, God relented from the disaster which he said he would bring on them, and he did not carry it out.


January 14, 2018, Second Sunday in  Epiphany - Pastor Tweit
"Make Me A Servant" - text soon or audio
Children's Sermon - audio
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1 Samuel 3:1-10/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)
1 The boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord in the presence of Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days. Prophetic vision was not common. 2 Now it happened that Eli's eyes had begun to grow dim, so that he could not see. Once when Eli was lying down in his place 3 and God's lamp had not yet gone out, Samuel was lying down in the Lord's temple, where God's ark was. 4 The Lord called Samuel, and Samuel said, "I am here." 5 He ran to Eli, and said, "I am here, since you called me." Eli said, "I did not call. Lie down again." So he went and lay down. 6 Then the Lord called once more, "Samuel!" So Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, "I am here, since you called me." He answered, "I did not call, my son. Lie down again." 7 Now Samuel had not yet experienced the Lord's presence, that is, the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 8 The Lord called Samuel for the third time. So he got up and went to Eli and said, "I am here, since you called me." Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the young man. 9 So Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down, and if he calls you, say, 'Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.'" So Samuel went and once again lay down in his place. 10 The Lord came and stood there and called as he had the other time, "Samuel! Samuel! Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening."

January 7, 2018, The Epiphany of our Lord - Pastor Bartels

"The Gentiles Christmas" - text or audio
Children's Sermon - audio
Weekly Worship Guide
Matthew 2:1-12/EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version)

2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, when Herod was king, Wise Men from the east came to Jerusalem. They asked, 2 "Where is he who has been born King of the Jew? We was his star when it rose and have come to worship him." 3 When Kind Herod heard this, he was alarmed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 He gathered together all the people's chief priests and experts in the law. he asked them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, because this was written through the prophet: 6 You, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are certainly not least among the rulers of Judah: because out of you will come a ruler, who will shepherd my people, Israel." 7 Then Herod secretly summoned the Wise Men and found out from them exactly when the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search carefully for the child. When you find him, report to me, so that I may also go and worship him." 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. Then the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them, until it stood still over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with overwhelming joy. 11 After they went into the house and saw the child with Mary, his mother, they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 Since they had been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back to their own country by another route.



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