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Christian Education Sunday

The Lord instructed Israel to teach His Word diligently to their children (Deuteronomy 6:7–12) so that one generation might declare to another the mighty works of God. Today, the Church is the flock of sheep hearing the Lord’s voice and His disciples are those who abide in His Word and thus know the truth that sets them free. Disciples need to continually meditate on and learn God’s Word in Christ, for it is the only Word that gives and sustains life now and forever.

Pastor Nettleton's message (mp3)

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Proper 18 (Year A)

True greatness is not in strength, but in humility, like that of a little child. Child-like faith receives all good things as gracious gifts from our Father in heaven, and whoever is humbled like a little child will be “the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Though in our sin we deserve to be “drowned in the depth of the sea,” we have instead been drowned—“buried”—with Christ in Baptism and then raised to the new, humble life of a child of God.

Pastor Nettleton's message (mp3)

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Proper 17 (Year A)

After St. Peter confessed that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the living God,” our Lord told His disciples that He must “be killed, and on the third day be raised.” The glory of God is revealed in the Passion and cross of His incarnate Son. By His cross Jesus has redeemed the world, and in His resurrection He has vindicated all who trust in Him. Since Christ Jesus has reconciled us to God, we may “live peaceably with all.” By the certainty of His cross and resurrection, we “rejoice in hope,” and we are “patient in tribulation” and “constant in prayer.

Pastor Funke’s message (mp3)

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Proper 16 (Year A)

The question Jesus asked His disciples, “But who do you say that I am?” is also put to us. By the ministry of the Gospel, the Father reveals His Son to us on earth. Thus we believe and confess that He is “the Christ, the Son of the living God.” As He died for our transgressions and was raised for our justification, He frees us from all our sins and preserves our life within His Church, against which even “the gates of hell shall not prevail.” Through Him we also offer ourselves “as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God.

Pastor Nettleton's message (mp3)

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Proper 15 (Year A)

By her persistent prayer that Jesus would have mercy and help her, and even in the face of His initial silence and apparent rejection, the Canaanite woman boldly confessed her faith in Him. Her beautiful example encourages us to cling to the words and promises of the Gospel. “The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable”: the Law “has consigned all to disobedience, that He may have mercy on all.” On the altar of His cross, Jesus hears our prayers and accepts our sacrifice of praise.

Pastor Nettleton’s message (mp3)

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