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Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year B)

God is love.” So John tells us in his first epistle, explaining that God has manifested love—Himself—to us by sending His Son into the world as a sacrifice for our sins. This divine love is further exemplified in Philip’s preaching of the good news to the Ethiopian eunuch. The eunuch was baptized and thereby grafted into the Vine, Jesus Christ, just as each of us were in our baptism. Thereby Jesus abides in the body and soul of every Christian, where He leads us to “bear much fruit.

Pastor Nettleton's message (mp3)

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Good Shepherd Sunday (Year B)

Our Lord Jesus is the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for the sheep—willingly, out of love for His people. His sacrifice makes us the sheep of God’s pasture. He continues to love and serve as the Good Shepherd, leading us by the voice of the Gospel and calling all people into the fold. His voice echoes through the words and deeds of His apostles of all ages, who proclaim that “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

Pastor Funke's message (mp3)

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Third Sunday of Easter (Year B)

The risen Lord Jesus taught His disciples that they would preach repentance and forgiveness of sins in His name to all nations. In the lesson from Acts, St. Peter is doing just that. He proclaims that Jesus fulfilled all that God had foretold through prophets. He calls the people to repent, “that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” God shows His love for us by forgiving us, that we become His children and “be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

Pastor Nettleton’s message (mp3)

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Second Sunday of Easter (Year B)

On that first Easter Sunday, the crucified and risen Lord Jesus appeared to His disciples. He stood among them, granted them His peace and, in John's Gospel, breathed on them the gift of the Holy Spirit. He called them out of their locked hiding place to proclaim the word of life that they saw, heard and touched. We have not seen Jesus’ face or felt His wounds, but through their witness we believe! The Church is united by their testimony, and all who believe this word are “one in heart and mind.

Pastor Nettleton's message (mp3)

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Easter Day (Year B)

Today, we once again hear the story of Christ’s victory over death. We believe the glorious news that “He has risen! He is not here.” The women at Jesus’ tomb and the disciples heard this and were afraid and confused. It’s no wonder: Isaiah tells us that the entire fallen world is veiled in a shroud—as for a funeral—“spread over all nations” and “cast over all peoples.

But Christ’s crucified and risen body and blood are given and poured out for all people as “a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine”—a feast we enter through Holy Baptism. In this sacrament we were buried with Jesus and raised up with Him dressed in a white robe of His perfect righteousness. The Lord of hosts, the incarnate Son, Jesus Christ, has defeated death, removing its terrible pall and swallowing it up forever. Now He wipes away the tears from our faces, and He invites us to “be glad and rejoice in His salvation.” “So we preach,” writes Paul, “and so you believed.” On this good news we stand, and by this gospel we are saved!

Pastor Nettleton's message (mp3)

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