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Pastor’s message – May 2018

A SPRINGTIME MESSAGE FROM YOUR PASTOR Following what has seemed like a lengthy Winter, it is with enthusiasm that we embrace the season of Spring. The many signs of Spring include chirping birds, green grass and budding plants.  The dormancy of Winter is followed by new beginnings.  The first article of the Apostles’ Creed reads as follows: “I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.”  In a sermon on the catechism, Martin Luther makes the following comments regarding this first article: The first article of the Apostles’ Creed teaches that God is the Father, the creator of[Continue Reading]

Pastor’s message – April 2018

“PREPARING FOR EASTER” “And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples”  Isaiah 25:7 The Easter season is about seeing:  Christ risen, Christ present among us in the breaking of the bread, Christ’s Spirit poured out on the church.  In Lent we have turned inward, acknowledging the brokenness of the world and our own participation in systems that oppress.  We have walked the wilderness journey of temptation and doubt.  Like a groaning desert, our whole lives have cried out for baptismal waters to refresh us and set before us the promise of a new[Continue Reading]

Pastor’s letter – March 2018

HOLY WEEK PREPARING FOR THE THREE DAYS  Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, March 25th and concludes with the celebration of Easter April 1st. A significant event during Holy Week is the three days Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil.  “Sometimes it causes me to tremble…”  Perhaps the best way to begin preparing for the Three Days is to notice what these stories and rituals actually do to us:  our bodies, our emotions, our life together as a community of faith. The readings on these days are central to our identity as Christian people.  The events they commemorate are[Continue Reading]

PASTOR’S MESSAGE PREPARING FOR LENT – Feb. 2018

  “A SEASON OF RESTRAINED CELEBRATION”  What comes to mind for people when we think of Lent?  It might be repentance or giving things up or a focus on the cross.  For some it brings to mind a heavy handed season of inward focus that feels dark.  For others it has been experienced as a time for excessive guilt.  It is not uncommon for Lent to be a six week meditation on the crucifixion, as if Holy Week and especially Good Friday weren’t enough for the church’s deep contemplation on Jesus’ death.  Not everyone loves Lent because of how it[Continue Reading]

Pastor’s Message – December 2017

Pastor's Message - December 2017

“PREPARING FOR ADVENT” Advent is both a wonderful and a challenging liturgical season.  We begin a new church year while the world is busy finishing a calendar year—and the month is filled with shopping, pageants, and parties beyond what our energy and time can handle.  But while society urges us to hurry and spend, scripture and tradition beckon us to slow down and wait. The Advent wreath is the season’s most powerful symbol.  The wreath can be traced to the Romans’ ancient rite of waiting in the darkness for the return of the sun, and for the Feast of the[Continue Reading]

Pastor’s November 2017 Message

PREPARING FOR NOVEMBER A MESSAGE FROM  YOUR PASTOR We catch a glimpse of what the month of November might be about, liturgically, seasonally and spiritually by looking at the gospel readings which come to us in these weeks.  On November 5th, All Saints Sunday, the gospel comes in eight “Beatitudes” or eight statements that proclaim commanding-no holds barred-what life in the kingdom of God is and is to be like.  “Blessed are…,” we hear: the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, those who[Continue Reading]

Pastor’s letter – October 2017

500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFORMATION LUTHER  NAILED IT ON OCTOBER 31, 1517  Martin Luther is being discussed in churches large and small throughout our country and all across the world.  It was on October 31, 1517 that Luther’s beliefs and actions resulted in major theological shifts in the 1500’s.  Luther’s impact extended beyond religion.  Many other major changes can be attributed either directly or indirectly to Luther. As a German Catholic monk and biblical scholar, Luther pondered this core question—Am I good enough?  This led him to the scriptures and conclude that every believer was indeed good enough.  This was[Continue Reading]

Pastor’s Message – September 2017

“PREPARING FOR FALL” A MESSAGE FROM YOUR PASTOR   Neither the Fall season nor Reformation is a liturgical season but the months of September and October include a variety of emphases that highlight these calendar considerations.  Without a particular liturgical season, color, and its symbol, what links these weeks together is the centrality of worship in the life of our assembly and its role in forming us, as a people, of gratitude, generosity and service. During the month of October and with great intensity, on Sunday, October 29th, emphasis is on the observance of the Reformation.  Rather than merely marking[Continue Reading]

Pastor’s Message August 2017

ANOTHER SUMMERTIME MESSAGE FROM PASTOR CHET  At the end of October Lutheran Christians all across the world will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  It was on October 31, 1517 that the monk and priest Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the church door at Wittenberg Germany.  This momentous event has helped shape and define western civilization these last 500 years.  In addition to Luther’s rediscovery of the means of salvation, he was a prolific author and hymn writer.  One of his best known hymns is “A Mighty Fortress.”  Martin Luther was also instrumental in the translation of[Continue Reading]

Pastor’s letter – July 2017

Shelley Wauters, Bill and Mary Schemmel along with other volunteers will be serving hot dogs,hamburgers, potato salad and beverages on Sunday, July 9th following the 10:30 a.m. service.  A free will offering will go toward the Seminary Scholarship Fund.  The latter will be for the benefitof Britany Thorpe upon her enrollment at Seminary. THANKS – Many thanks for the many cards, phone calls and well wishes following my recent hospitalization.  Currently I am unable to drive until my return visit to the neurologist on July 27th.  Meantime I appreciate all the many persons who have been providing rides to my various[Continue Reading]