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Ascension Sunday (Year ABC)

After He rose from the dead, Jesus presented Himself alive to the Apostles, appearing to them and continuing to teach them about the kingdom of God. These visits came over the course of forty days, until the time arrived for Him to ascend to the right hand of the Father. Though the Gospel of Luke ends with Christ’s ascension, the book of Acts, St. Luke’s continuing account to Theophilus, opens with it. The Ascension is not the end of the story! Just as He promised, Jesus would not leave His people as orphans, but would come to them in a greater way. Therefore, Jesus tells the disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit, who would clothe them with “power from on high.

A cloud took Him out of their sight,” but Jesus remains with His people through His Gospel and Sacraments. He comes to us in the Word, by the promise of His Father and the power of the Holy Spirit, whom He pours out upon “the church, which is His body.” We bless God and worship Christ with joy, for He blesses us with forgiveness, lifts us up in His hands, and seats us with Himself “in the heavenly realms.

Pastor Nettleton's message (mp3)

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Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year B)

Jesus was anointed by God with the Holy Spirit and power; He “went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil.” In turn, Jesus sent His apostles to preach and testify the good news. The Holy Spirit is bestowed on those who hear their witness and are baptized in the name of Jesus. The crucified and risen Lord Jesus thereby abides with His Church from age to age. But we are also witnesses, for in the Word and Sacrament Christ Jesus speaks to us, that His joy may be in us and that our “joy may be full.

Pastor Nettleton's message (mp3)

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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 Nettleton'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.

Guest Pastor Norm Schmoock’s message (mp3)

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