Sunday Worship Service
Sin­gle ser­vice at 9:00 AM
Holy (Maundy) Thursday
Thurs­day, April 13, 11:00 AM & 6:30 PM
Midweek Lenten Series
Wednes­days, March 8 – April 5, 11:00 AM/6:30 PM
Sunday Worship Service
Sin­gle ser­vice at 9:00 AM
Palm Sunday
Sun­day, April 9, 9:00 AM
Easter Day
Sun­day, April 16, 6:30 AM & 9:00 AM
Good Friday
Fri­day, April 14, 7:00 PM
Sun­day Wor­ship Service
Holy (Maundy) Thursday
Mid­week Lenten Series
Sun­day Wor­ship Service
Palm Sun­day
Easter Day
Good Fri­day
Open Arms Chris­t­ian Preschool
Spring Congregation Meeting
Sun­day, April 30, 10:30 AM
Easter Breakfast
Sun­day, April 16, 7:30 AM
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New Life Festival
Sat­ur­day, April 15, 10:00 AM
First Sunday Eat and Greet
Sun­day, April 2nd, 11:30AM
Spring Con­gre­ga­tion Meeting
Easter Break­fast
The Eagle
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New Life Festival
First Sun­day Eat and Greet

Mid­week Lenten Series: “Singing with the Exiles”

In the midst of hope­less­ness and despair, the Lord speaks words of com­fort and hope to Judean exiles. A Ser­vant of the Lord will come and bring His peo­ple home! God’s rich and last­ing promises in Isa­iah 4055 speak com­fort and hope to our own strug­gles, ques­tions, wor­ries and doubts. Join us on Wednes­days as we learn from Isa­iah to walk the Lenten way to the cross and to the empty tomb, singing with the exiles the sal­va­tion of our God!

Ser­vices are at 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM. Join us after the early ser­vice for lunch (at Noon) or for din­ner, at 5:45 PM, before the evening service.

March 1: Ash Wednes­day

On Ash Wednes­day, we come down from the moun­tain with Jesus and set our face with His toward the cross in Jerusalem. We make our pil­grim­age with Him by the way of repen­tance, and thus return to the dying and ris­ing of Holy Bap­tism. For Christ Jesus, who knew no sin, became our sin, so that by His death we are released from sin, and in His res­ur­rec­tion we “become the right­eous­ness of God.” Since God has thereby rec­on­ciled the world to Him­self in Christ, “now is the favor­able time; behold, now is the day of sal­va­tion.” He sum­mons you to return to Him with all your heart because He is “gra­cious and mer­ci­ful, slow to anger, and abound­ing in stead­fast love.” Do so in faith and con­fi­dence before Him, and pray to Him as your Father. Give to the needy from a heart of love, and fast for the sake of repentance.

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March 8: “He Only Has Eyes for You” (Isa­iah 43:17)

God is faith­ful; God will never Break His covenant of blood, Signed when our Redeemer died, Sealed when He was glo­ri­fied” (LSB 435:4). These price­less promises come from the well-​known hymn “Come to Calvary’s Holy Moun­tain.” It sum­ma­rizes the gist of Isa­iah 43:17. 25 times in these verses the prophet employs the word “you.” You are redeemed. You belong to God. You are hon­ored. You are valu­able. God loves you! Judean exiles were pris­on­ers and cogs in Babylon’s vast and ever-​growing polit­i­cal machine. But the empire will never have the last word! On a hill called Cal­vary, Jesus paid the price for us. We belong to Him! So why wait? “Come to Calvary’s holy moun­tain, Sin­ners, ruined by the fall; Here a pure and heal­ing foun­tain Flows for you, for me, for all” (LSB 435:1).

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March 15: “Marked” (Isa­iah 44:15)

The prophet Isa­iah wanted Judean exiles in Baby­lon to know the joy of belong­ing to God. The prob­lem, though, was that these peo­ple weren’t inter­ested in singing the song of sal­va­tion. Baby­lon seemed to offer so much more! Isa­iah coun­ters with some of the most mag­nif­i­cent promises in the Old Tes­ta­ment, all to the end that God’s peo­ple remem­ber that they are His. On the day when you were bap­tized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, your pas­tor prob­a­bly also spoke these words to you: “Receive the sign of the holy cross, both upon your fore­head and upon your heart, to mark you as one redeemed by Christ the cru­ci­fied.” We are marked, for­ever! This is why we sing, “Bap­tismal waters cover me; Christ’s wounded hand has set me free. Held in my Father’s strong embrace, With joy I praise Him for His grace” (LSB 616:5).

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March 22: “Break­ing Down the Gates” (Isa­iah 45:18)

Jesus, refuge of the weary, Blest Redeemer, whom we love, Foun­tain in life’s desert dreary, Sav­ior from the world above” (LSB 423:1). Judean exiles in Baby­lon were weary! They were stuck with sights and sounds that were so dif­fer­ent. How they longed to be free! Enter Cyrus, a Per­sian king, whom God calls His “anointed one” (Isa­iah 45:1). When we feel as though the devil has locked the gate and thrown away the key, God sends us Jesus, who is the Anointed One! Dur­ing His earthly min­istry, He opened eyes and ears and hearts — He even opened graves! At one point Jesus promised, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). And so we sing, “Jesus, may our hearts be burn­ing With more fer­vent love for You; May our eyes be ever turn­ing To behold Your cross anew” (LSB 423:3).

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March 29: “Get Out!” (Isa­iah 48:1722)

Not all the blood of beasts On Jew­ish altars slain Could give the guilty con­science peace Or wash away the stain” (LSB 431:1). We can only be saved through Christ’s blood. Con­sider these words, penned by Isa­iah and promised by God, “I, I am He who blots out your trans­gres­sions for My own sake, and I will not remem­ber your sins” (Isa­iah 43:25). “I have blot­ted out your trans­gres­sions like a cloud, and your sins like mist” (Isa­iah 44:22). Jesus cleanses us from sin through His blood. Blood was all He had. His dis­ci­ples had deserted Him. His gar­ments had been gam­bled away. Even His Father had turned His back. Blood was all He had, but the blood of Jesus is all we need. “Believ­ing, we rejoice To see the curse remove; We bless the Lamb with cheer­ful voice And sing His bleed­ing love” (LSB 431:5).

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April 5: “One Lit­tle Word Can Fell Him” (Isa­iah 49:16)

The Bible employs numer­ous images to depict the power and beauty of God’s Word. It is likened to seed sown upon the ground (Matthew 13:19), a lamp shin­ing in the dark­ness (Psalm 119:105), pre­cious gold and sweet honey (Psalm 19:10) and a sharp sword (Isa­iah 49:2 and Hebrews 4:12). When God speaks, things hap­pen. In fact, some­times Jesus only needed to say one word and it changed every­thing. Once, a Roman cen­tu­rion cried out to Him, “Lord, just say the word, and we will be healed” (Matthew 8:8). God is still speak­ing! Isa­iah reminds the exiles and us that God’s Word stands for­ever (Isa­iah 40:8)! The Word made flesh stands and is alive for­ever! “He’s by our side upon the plain With His good gifts and Spirit. And take they our life, Goods, fame, child and wife, Though these all be gone, Our vic­tory has been won; The King­dom ours remaineth” (LSB 656:4).

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Adapted from a series from Con­cor­dia Pub­lish­ing House.

Fourth Sun­day in Lent (Year A)

The Lord is grieved by the spir­i­tual blind­ness of His peo­ple, yet in mercy He keeps His peace until He opens their ears and eyes to hear and see Him. Jesus turns the dark­ness into light because He is the light of the world. By the wash­ing of water with His Word, He opens the eyes of the blind and grants rest to the weary. There­fore, though you were once in dark­ness, now “you are light in the Lord.” We live in the eter­nal day of His res­ur­rec­tion, ever heed­ing the Gospel call: “awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.

Pas­tor Nettleton’s mes­sage (mp3)

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Third Sun­day in Lent (Year A)

Though the Lord had brought them out of Egypt, the peo­ple began grum­bling against God because they were hun­gry and thirsty. Despite their com­plain­ing, the Lord gra­ciously pro­vided for them. Instead of strik­ing them for their sin, God instructed Moses to strike a rock to bring forth water. In the same way, liv­ing water flows from the pierced side of Christ when He is lifted up on the cross for the sins of the world. He is the well from which the Holy Spirit is poured out and becomes in His peo­ple “a spring of water welling up to eter­nal life.

Pas­tor Nettleton’s mes­sage (mp3)

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Sec­ond Sun­day in Lent (Year A)

The Lord called Abram to leave his home and go to a land that God would show him, where God promised to make of him “a great nation.” Abram believed God, and “it was counted to him as right­eous­ness.” God’s grace is man­i­fested through faith in His promises. He removes all of our sins and law­less deeds through Jesus Christ, the off­spring of that promise to Abra­ham. This for­give­ness of sins gives us life and faith to behold Christ Jesus, “that who­ever believes in Him may have eter­nal life.

Pas­tor Nettleton’s mes­sage (mp3)

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First Sun­day in Lent (Year A)

Fol­low­ing His Bap­tism, Jesus is led by the Spirit into the wilder­ness. There He takes on the curse of sin and our enemy, the tempter. But where we fail, He trusts His Father’s voice and waits upon His Father’s hand for all things. His right­eous obe­di­ence “leads to jus­ti­fi­ca­tion and life for all men.” Our naked­ness is cov­ered by His right­eous­ness. Though we all live in bondage to death with Adam, by Jesus’s obe­di­ence “the many will be made right­eous.

Pas­tor Nettleton’s mes­sage (mp3)

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