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Proper 27 (Year B)

God’s favor cannot be purchased with money, but the poor widow who Jesus observed giving two small coins despite her poverty was entrusting herself and her life to the mercy of God. Such faith is not disappointed, for the Lord is faithful; He provides for His people by His grace. “By the sacrifice of Himself,” by the giving of His body and life and all that He had, Jesus entered “into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.

Pastor Nettleton's message (mp3)

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All Saints Day (Year ABC)

In worship we add our voices to those of the “great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages,” crying out, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne.” Faith-filled saints from every time and place unite their voices to magnify the Lamb of God. As His beloved children, we “shall see Him as He is.” Joined with the throng of angels and myriad of saints, we will “serve Him day and night in His temple.

In our earthly tension between saint and sinner, faith and doubt, sacred and profane, we earnestly seek Jesus to calm our fears, comfort our spirits and forgive our sins. The Holy Spirit, through faith in Christ, propels us toward our heavenly home while fortifying us in Word and Sacrament for the joys and trials of our earthly home. In the midst of our constant struggle as believers, we need to be blessed. And so we are. The poor in spirit, the meek, the hungry, the thirsty, the merciful, the pure and the persecuted are all part of the throng that will most certainly inherit the kingdom of heaven.

Pastor Nettleton's message (mp3)

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Reformation Sunday (Year ABC)

On October 31, 1517, an Augustinian monk posted ninety-five statements for discussion on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Dr. Martin Luther hoped that posting his theses would bring about an academic debate regarding repentance, the sale of indulgences and other matters of concern within the Roman Catholic Church. However, Rome eventually excommunicated Luther, judging him to be a heretic. Luther’s reforms, centered on the teaching that a believer is justified by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, sparked religious reforms not only in the German states but also in many European countries.

The message of the Reformation was and is salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, on account of Christ alone. Because “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” and since “no human being” can or will be justified by “works of the law,” God revealed a righteousness apart from the law, “the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.” This is the truth that sets us free! For “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”!

Pastor Nettleton's message (mp3)

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Proper 24 (Year B)

Nothing of this earth will last forever, nor can any of it grant eternal life. Those who trust in God have joyful hearts and sleep peacefully, whatever their circumstances. Too often, though, we place our trust in worldly wealth instead of in God. Jesus said, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” Yet “all things are possible with God.” Jesus made Himself poor to enter the kingdom of God on our behalf, that we may enter His Sabbath rest by faith in His forgiveness.

Pastor Nettleton's message (mp3)

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Proper 23 (Year B)

The Lord is the Author and Giver of Life as well as a consuming fire of judgment. We seek the Lord and life, therefore, by hating what is evil, loving what is good and doing what is just and right, according to His Word. That said, we understand that “No one is good except God alone.” The life each of us is called to live is found not in works or wealth, but only in Christ Jesus: hearing and heeding His call, clinging to His Word and encouraging one another daily.”

Guest Pastor Ken Funke's message (mp3)

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