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Midweek Advent Series: “Await God’s Future”

Advent is the time of the church year that concentrates on the future. God’s future, based on what God Himself has announced and promised, is our hope—not human-concocted utopian dreams or visions depending on technology, engineering and science. Isaiah announced God’s coming then and announces it now and he bids us to “Await God’s Future” in repentance, faith and hope.

Services are at 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM.

December 2: “Yahweh Will Save His Zion” Isaiah 36:1–5, 13–21; 37:1, 15–20

Pastor Nettleton’s message (mp3)

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December 9: “The Day of Yahweh Will Come” • Isaiah 13:9–13, 19; 14:1

Pastor Nettleton’s message (mp3)

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December 16: “Gentiles Will Belong to Ancient Israel’s God” • Isaiah 19:23–25

Pastor Funke’s message (mp3)

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Adapted from a series by Kevin S. Golden

First Sunday in Advent (Year B)

Isaiah, wondering how we who make ourselves God's enemies can be saved, asks God to “rend the heavens and come down” and bring justice to the world. Yet instead of punishing us in His anger, the Lord comes in meekness and humility to save us by His grace. We need not fear death or judgement, for we are secure in the knowledge that our cries of “Hosanna”—that is, “Lord, save us!”—are answered by Jesus, the promised Messiah. We are brought into His fellowship by grace, confirmed in His grace by the bestowing of the gifts of the Spirit and sent with His disciples to share this good news to all the world.

Pastor Nettleton's message (mp3)

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Thanksgiving Eve

On the eve of our National Day of Thanksgiving, the people of God rejoice and give thanks for the earth’s bountiful harvest, crops of wheat and grains, all beneath the canopy of God’s almighty care. But “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

The Church is the vessel through which the Word of God spreads Law and Gospel throughout the world. This divine Word proclaims Jesus as the sole source of life, health and wholeness. It is Jesus who heals lepers with His Word, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” Of the ten cleansed, only one expresses thanksgiving back to Jesus, one whose true gratitude proceeds from a heart sustained by faith. Jesus bids this one to “rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.

We also are sent from the Divine Service bolstered in our faith to be thankful in our circumstances of plenty and hunger, abundance and need.

Pastor Funke's message (mp3)

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Christ the King (Year A)

When the crucified and risen Lord Jesus comes to judge the living and the dead, “He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” On His right He will place those who were crucified and raised with Him through faith in His Gospel and the waters of Holy Baptism. They are those justified by His grace, made righteous in Him. To these He will grant the Kingdom of His Father. On His left will be those who trusted in themselves and despised their neighbor. They, Jesus tells us, will depart “into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Until that day, the Lord searches for His sheep “as a shepherd looks after his scattered flock.” Through the preaching of repentance He disciplines the proud and the strong. Through the preaching of forgiveness He rescues the lost, binds up the injured and strengthens the weak. By His cross and resurrection He destroys the power of death, so that “in Christ all will be made alive.

Pastor Nettleton's message (mp3)

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Proper 28 (Year A)

The Day of the Lord will be “a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation” for those “who are complacent” concerning His Word, “who fill their master’s house with violence and fraud.” But “God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” “The master of those servants” settles His accounts with them by the gracious reckoning of His Gospel. They who fear, love and trust in the Lord are “good and faithful” stewards of His property. They live by faith in His free gift of forgiveness, and they multiply His goods in the loving forgiveness of their neighbor.

Pastor Nettleton's message (mp3)

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