We are gathered by the Holy Spirit to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the means of the Spirit—Preaching, Baptism, Absolution, and the Lord’s Supper. Our mission is to respond with activities that strengthen the Christian faith, including liturgy, prayer, catechesis, spiritual songs, witness, charity, and love for one another.
Renewal of life.
We gather in person for Divine Service each Sunday at 9:00 am and Wednesday at 6:30 pm. We also stream services, daily prayer, and Bible studies live.
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Recent Sermons and Catechesis
- “Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath?” Trinity 17 – October 1, 2023In today’s Gospel, we see that intelligent, clever, and wise people will use God’s Law to misinform consciences and move far astray as to despise God’s word. Since in the Old Testament, the law was neither understood nor moderated according to love, God gave the people prophets who should explain the law not according to its strictness but according to charity. When you serve your neighbor and help him, you have kept the Sabbath right and well, even though you have done work on it, because you did a divine work. First, hear God’s Word in faith, and then His Spirit will work love in you for your neighbor.
- “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit”All that Jesus purchased and won by His suffering and death is Kelsie’s by promise and divine right. As He died once and for all to forgive sins, Kelsie’s trespasses and transgressions against God’s Holy Word are forgiven. As He abolished death by His death, Kelsie has not died but is sleeping in the Lord’s safekeeping. And as Christ rose from the dead, Kelsie lives with Christ, and we will see her again in the resurrection of all flesh. This is the glorious promise put into Kelsie’s ears when she was baptized and repeated to her with Confirmation blessing. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” Her hope and trust are in Christ and Him alone. Apart from Him, she could do nothing. But grafted onto the vine, a holy branch of God’s making and redeeming, Kelsie was given to bear much fruit.
- Bible Study: Resilience in the ParishResilience is a trait rooted in thoughts, choices, and behaviors. Spiritually speaking, the means for resilient people and congregations are already yours. The Spirit is at work daily to return you to Jesus, to listen to His Word, and to guide your words and deeds. Immediately after Pentecost, the Spirit-gathered Church was given the gifts that make for resilient people—people who would be persecuted, slandered, attacked, and even killed. All but one of the Apostles died a martyr’s death, yet remained faithful unto death. “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers… And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:42-27).
- “Because Jesus lives, all those who are in Jesus will never die but shall live” Trinity 16 2023Death is interrupted in Jesus. He comes up to our coffins and says, “No more! Son or daughter, I say to you, arise!” And with the cry of the archangels and the sound of trumpets, all the dead are raised, now by faith and then by sight. Because Jesus lives, all those who are in Jesus will never die but shall live. Yes, it is hard to live in that paradoxical tension between the now and the not yet, just as it is to believe that we are sinners deserving nothing but death and punishment but at the same time believing that we are forgiven children of God, who thus also have salvation and eternal life. Indeed, this can only be believed by the working of the Holy Spirit through the Word.
- “We ask for what we believe God the Father, Son, and Spirit alone can give” Trinity 15 2023You’ll note that the things that cause us the most worry, anxiety, and fear are those that God promises to give and protect. He gives them in the Creed and the Prayer and protects them with the Ten Commandments. In the Creed, God the Father and Maker promises everything you need for your life. God the Son gives you everything needed for salvation through His suffering and death. God the Holy Spirit gives you faith in His Church to keep you with the Father and the Son. So, why do you worry? Why are you anxious? What are you afraid of?