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Proper 27 (Year C)

Our God “is not God of the dead, but of the living.” The Lord—Yahweh, who was, who is and who is to come—has come to deliver His people. Those who deny the Resurrection know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God, but the baptized faithful know that the dead are raised! We are comforted by the coming of the Lord Jesus, who slays the antichrist—the lawless pretender who preaches and practices the activity of Satan. Standing firm in Christ, we hear, receive and believe God’s promise of love, comfort and good hope.

Pastor Funke'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.

Jesus tells us that “wisdom is justified by her deeds.” Though He was accused of being a glutton and drunkard and of keeping poor company, Jesus came to rescue everyone—even the tax collectors and sinners He befriended—by His grace from the slavery of sin and death. The true Wisdom of God, Christ Jesus, the incarnate Son, has justified us by His deeds. He prepared the way by preaching of repentance, but suffered the violence of the Law and handed Himself over to be crucified that we, too, might eat and drink with Him in His Kingdom and “remain in the house forever.

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 C)

Jacob wrestled through the night with the Lord. Even when his hip was knocked out of joint, he would not let go until God blessed him. At times we, too, strive with God; He strives with us and blesses us by grace. Jesus teaches us “always to pray and not lose heart,” telling the story of an unrighteous judge who still gives a just sentence because of the persistence of a widow who kept calling on him. So we should not lose heart: how much more will our righteous Lord give “justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night”?

Pastor Nettleton's message (mp3)

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LWML Sunday

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, the LWML has affirmed each woman’s identity as a child of God and her relationship with Jesus Christ. Lutheran Women in Mission are encouraged and equipped to live out their lives in active mission ministries and to support missions around the world through their sacrificial gifts of Mite Box offerings and tireless service.

Pastor Nettleton’s message (mp3)

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