August 7 Trust In the Lord Genesis 15:1–6
The Reading from Genesis singles out Abram believing God, for which God counted it to him as righteousness. Now we can look back, knowing that in one descendant of Abraham, Jesus, all God’s promises were kept. His calming words in the Gospel give us the assurance we need to rely on God’s care and concern when we don’t have all we think we need. “Seek [God’s] kingdom, and these things will be added to you,” He promises (Luke 12:31). Our faith-filled response echoes today’s Psalm: “Let Your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in You” (Psalm 33:22).
July 31, 2022 On His Path Numbers 14: 20-26
As the Israelites were in the wilderness, we should recall just who they were. These are people who have just recently experienced the power and provision of God unlike any other people in the world. Consider what they had witnessed and how they wandered and how we wander on His path.
July 24, 2022 Living Water From Rocks Numbers 20: 1- 13
Each time the Israelites saw a significant problem, it wasn’t their memory of how well God took care of them, but the memory of how good it used to be. Over and over they cried out, “It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” When people grow accustomed to the gifts that they receive, they often want more. We pray loudly when we’re in need, but we’re less willing to shout prayers of thanksgiving. The Israelites forgot the miracles… overlooked the blessings and allowed complaints to abound. Even with all this grumbling, God was with His people, every step of the way. God is with us.
July 17, 2022 Snakes Around Us Numbers 21: 1-9, John 3:16-21
Where do we look in this troubled world? Consider all the places, things and issues that cause us to lose our focus. The world tells us to look to ourselves or look to the world for salvation. Instead, focus on Jesus, the one who went to the cross for us and for our salvation. Look to Him instead of the snakes around us and do not look back.
July 10, 2022 Listen When God Speaks Numbers 22:21-31
As our gracious God gathers us together in His house today, we are blessed with another opportunity to be filled with His love. This love is the love that enables us to love. It all begins with God, who so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son. We need to listen to Him. This love is found in Jesus, who in great love offered His life upon the cross for us. This love is poured out upon us when we, by the power of the Holy Spirit, believe in Christ as our Lord and Savior. It knows no limits because this love is directed to us in Christ and then through us back to God in lives of worship. But our worship doesn’t stop when the service is over. Listen to God and we show His love when it is directed through us toward our neighbors in lives of humble service. The limitless love of God is ours to receive yet again today as we gather to give thanks to the Father above who has “transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins”. Listen to Him.
July 3, 2022 God’s Chosen People Numbers 1:1–19 , John 6: 22-40, Hebrews 8:8-13
As we again celebrate our nation’s independence, we will hear much about freedom. As citizens, we give thanks for the blessings we have and for the many who fought for and paid the price for our liberties. Yet as Christians, we do not need an annual holiday to recognize true freedom. Daily we hold fast to the wonderful news that the battle has been fought and the price has been paid by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that we may have freedom from sin, eternal death, and the devil. Today, we rededicate this body of Christ in Prescott Valley and renew our commitment to the Lord. Having been given fifty years of grace, we again proclaim for me and my house we will serve the Lord. We are God’s people who continue to receive guidance for lives lived in that freedom and the fruits freely given to us through the Holy Spirit.
June 26, 2022 Freedom is a Gift From God Gal 5:1, 13-25
It is the time of year, Memorial Day, D-Day, Independence Day, that we are reminded of the Freedoms we enjoy in this county. It is also very important to be reminded of True Freedom - freedom from the Slavery of our Sins - a Gift from God! Even when you may think or feel that you are alone, you are not! God’s presence and provision, which you will receive yet again today, reassure you of this! Jesus is with you! He loves you! And He sends His Spirit into your life to give you His purpose and direction, reminding you that you belong to Him!
June 19, 2022 Trinity Sunday
As we enter the long Church Year season of Pentecost, the liturgical color green is commonly used for the many weeks ahead. Like many things planted by a gardener or farmer in spring, green shows growth and maturation of that which was planted. In the same way, at this time of the Church Year, we are reminded that that green carries the symbolic importance of our continued need and privilege as God’s people to grow and mature as disciples of Christ through the Holy Spirit given. The Readings in this Pentecost season often remind us of the Early Church continuing to grow and spread to all people, which has continued to us here and now beginning in our Baptism and through all the days the Lord grants us..
The Healing Power of Jesus Luke 8:26–39 , Revelation 3
June 12, 2022 Trinity Sunday
Holy Trinity, a time we commemorate and celebrate, is different than any other recognized time in the Church Year. Unlike Christmas, Easter, or last week’s Pentecost, where we rejoice in and reflect upon an action of God for our salvation, Holy Trinity is a time to rejoice in and reflect upon a doctrine. We gather around our shared confession of God as we know Him to be in the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Even in the mystery of things we cannot fully understand or comprehend by our own reason, we trust God’s revelation through His Word made known to us of who He is and what He has done, that apart from Him there is no other.
This is most certainly true! The True God Truly Saves Acts 2: 22–36
June 5, 2022 Pentecost Sunday
Today’s Old Testament Reading explains the reason for so many languages: it was to stop the building of the Towel of Babel. But the confusion of tongues was no match for the Holy Spirit. On the Day of Pentecost, the crowd needed no translation, for their ears heard the Gospel in their native languages. The Holy Spirit would also change the disciples’ minds from forgetfulness to remembrance of all that our Lord had said. More than that, Jesus Himself was leaving His peace with them. That was important because no one can keep Christ’s word perfectly. But their weak faith and sinful condition (and our own) would soon be overcome by the forgiveness He won in His death and resurrection. No stone has been left unturned—including the one in front of our Lord’s tomb.
Pride Always Comes Before The fall Genesis 11:1–9
Confirmation Sunday, May 29, 2022
The Early Church realized that there should be twelve apostles, as they carried on the ministry our Lord gave them. So they replaced Judas with Matthias. Their names are even inscribed in the foundations of the perfect new Jerusalem in John’s vision in Revelation. There, Jesus identifies Himself as “the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end” (Revelation 22:13). There is no other; He is perfectly united with the Father. Because of our imperfect condition, however, our Lord prays for our oneness with Him, “so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them even as You loved Me” (John 17:23). Today, we ask God to help us display the oneness and love that we have received from Him, rejoicing with the psalmist, “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” (Psalm 133:1).
Our Belief Our Faith John 17:20–26
Sunday, May 22, 2022
Now we believe the end of the story. In John’s vision in the Epistle, heaven will be like an eternal wedding feast. All of us in the Church have been made presentable by Christ, the Bridegroom. Unlike the disciples, who in today’s Gospel still had to experience their Lord’s absence from Good Friday through Easter morning, we can be confident that no one can take our joy from us. Now we know that because He has paid the price on the cross, the Bridegroom will freely make all things new. In place of torrents of tears will be the spring of the water of life. When we receive His body and blood in the Sacrament, it is a foretaste of the feast to come, and we cannot wait to enjoy the rest of the eternal celebration!
“Forgiven” John 16:23–33 ~ Deacon Fred
Sunday, May 15, 2022
Now we know the end of the story. In John’s vision in the Epistle, heaven will be like an eternal wedding feast. All of us in the Church have been made presentable by Christ, the Bridegroom. Unlike the disciples, who in today’s Gospel still had to experience their Lord’s absence from Good Friday through Easter morning, we can be confident that no one can take our joy from us. Now we know that because He has paid the price on the cross, the Bridegroom will freely make all things new. In place of torrents of tears will be the spring of the water of life. When we receive His body and blood in the Sacrament, it is a foretaste of the feast to come, and we cannot wait to enjoy the rest of the eternal celebration!
God Revealed John 16:12–22, Revelation 21:1–7
Sunday, May 8, 2022
Today is the Sunday that we set aside in the church year to celebrate that Jesus is our Good Shepherd - and we are His sheep. How do we know we are His sheep? When I look at myself, I don’t eat grass. I don’t have white furry hair. I don’t lay down in pastures green. I don’t have four legs. I don’t “baa.” So how do I know I really am one of Jesus’ sheep? He asked the question, “Who are you?
Our Good Shepherd Whom We Follow John 10:22–30
Sunday, April 24, 2022
In light of Christ’s eternal victory, we should expect change in our daily living. We are vividly reminded that believers join together to praise God. You and I aren’t going to be sent off into exile. Instead, we enjoy the fellowship and company of one another as we gather together on the Lord’s Day and on special days to worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. We praise Him for our risen Lord’s eternal victory over sin and evil that changes us so that we echo their praises already here in time?
We Praise the Lord Together Revelation 5:1–14
Sunday, April 24, 2022
Thomas had missed out. He wasn’t there with the other disciples when the risen Jesus appeared that first Easter night to show them His hands and side. Thomas was absent when Jesus breathed on them with His Spirit and sent them out to proclaim His forgiveness. It’s no wonder then that when Thomas heard about this encounter, he wanted to see Jesus for himself. “Unless I see, . . . I will never believe,” he said (John 20:25). One week after Christ’s resurrection, Thomas had his opportunity. He saw. He touched. He believed. He confessed: “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28). Today is your opportunity—don’t miss out! Our risen Jesus is here with His Spirit and in His body and blood. We see. We touch. We believe. We confess. As we gather in His presence for worship today, may He fill us with great joy as we continue to celebrate His resurrection victory and confess Him as our Lord and God!
Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022
“He is risen!”—the Church shouts with confidence—“He is risen indeed!” The high point of our Christian life is celebrated this morning as we gather with all of God’s children to rejoice in the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. As today’s Gospel from Luke 24 will show us, confusion and fear give way to confident faith when the women who went to the tomb realize Jesus is alive and then share this good news with the other disciples. Through those disciples, this message has reached us also! Just as God had promised through His prophets of old, the Lord Himself will restore creation and bring harmony to all life—beginning with Jesus’ resurrection and continuing until the Last Day, when Jesus returns in glory, destroys death itself, and raises us up to new lives in His eternal kingdom. With confidence in God’s promises, we say: “I know that my Redeemer lives!” What comfort, what hope, what joy this sweet sentence gives!
Palm Sunday, April 10, 2022
The words of the prophet Zechariah echo throughout this special day: “Behold your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is He, humble and mounted on a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9). On this day, we remember how Jesus Christ, the King of all creation, came down the Mount of Olives riding “a colt, the foal of a donkey.” We know the time and the place of that coming down the hill and traveling in procession across the valley and up to the city of Jerusalem. Jesus rode down a real mountain in a definite time in history and at a place still very much there today. All this was for a most certain purpose. On this day of celebration and of sorrow, we have reason to rejoice in the salvation our humble King brought for us to and through Jerusalem and to the cross on Calvary’s hill. The people there called out Hosanna!—which means “save us now!” And Jesus fulfilled their—and our—heart-felt request.
The Day Has Come John 12:20-33 Jeremiah 31:31-34
Sunday, April 3, 2022
With the promise of mercy comes the warning of judgment. That is the message we have heard throughout this season of Lent. In the parable Jesus spoke, the mercy of God is lavish and entirely too generous to be reasonable. God is relentless in His pursuit of us, but those who reject His mercy are condemned to stand alone before the judgment seat. The promise and a warning go together and will always go together until the saving work of God is complete and we live in His presence on high forevermore.
Sunday, March 20 2022
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Sunday, March 28 2022
Why Me? Luke 13:1–9 ~ Pastor Alan
How then shall we live? What a profound question for Christians to consider midway through Lent! The Lord has shown His mercy to us, forgiven our sins, and delivered us from death. Then what? What is the focus of our lives? The call of the Readings for this Sunday points us to the repentance that bears the good fruit of God’s kingdom. Like trees that have failed to produce good fruit, the Lord has tended us with His Word, with the warning of the Law and the promise of the Gospel. But if the tree remains unfruitful, the tree will have to be cut down. It is a hard word to hear, but God remains merciful, and most of all, He seeks that we bear the good fruits of faith and repentance in our daily lives.
Sunday, March 13, 2022
The theme of Lent is repentance. Today, we are given a prophet’s story of warning against a people who refused His mercy. But it is not the only story. The Lord still invites us to find a refuge in the wings of His mercy and, to all who will receive Him and believe on His name, there is no limit to His grace. The Lord is determined to go to the cross for us and to bestow upon us all the treasures of His grace, but the path that leads to Christ is the way of repentance and faith. We pray that the Holy Spirit will work in our hearts so that we may not refuse the Lord’s invitation and may rejoice in the wings of His mercy forevermore.
We Are Citizens of God’s Kingdom Philippians 3:17—4:1
Sunday, March 6, 2022
The First Sunday in Lent begins with the temptation of Jesus. Alone in the wilderness, Jesus faces the temptations of the devil, who tries to use God’s own Word to entrap Jesus. The collect reminds us that we are also walking through the wilderness of this world, taunted and tempted by the devil, who still uses God’s Word to entrap us. Jesus does not simply show us how to resist but reveals that our strength lies in the same Word of God. In Christ, we stand strong against the wiles of the devil and, when and if we fall, we find refuge in Christ to be forgiven and restored. ~ Pastor Alan
Sunday, February 28, 2022
On the Mount of Transfiguration, Peter blurted out that it was good the disciples were there so they could build shelters for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah. Our being close to our Lord, though, is not good so that we might do something for Him; rather, it is good because we know He has done so much for us. Moses, the greatest prophet according to the reading from Deuteronomy, spoke God’s Word, but Jesus is the Word, effecting our forgiveness and salvation in His sacrifice for us. His “departure,” as Luke puts it in the Gospel, is literally His exodus, not from slavery in Egypt like Moses, but from sin and death through His sacrifice on the cross. Our Lord is the builder of His “house,” the Church. Only because we have been forgiven is it good for us to be here, for as the psalm reminds us, “the Lord our God is holy!” ~ Deacon Chris
Sunday, February 20, 2022
How Do We Measure Up?
Throughout the season of Epiphany, we experience a sense of brightening. As we grow nearer to springtime, there is more daylight with each passing day. The world becomes brighter and brighter. Everyone belongs to the kingdom of God. In Jesus’ teachings, he says that all people are welcomed into the kingdom but as he said to the rich young ruler, to the Pharisees, and to those who had a high value of themselves, it might be more difficult for them to enter the kingdom of God, because they valued themselves more than they did Jesus, and his kingdom. ~ Pastor Alan
Sunday, February 13, 2022
Throughout the season of Epiphany, we experience a sense of brightening. As we grow nearer to springtime, there is more daylight with each passing day. The world becomes brighter and brighter. As the weeks of this Epiphany season continue, we see our Lord Jesus more clearly, and we hear His words that speak to our hearts and lives. The well-loved hymn “Beautiful Savior” has the classic line “Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer Than all the angels in the sky” (LSB 537:3). God grant that brighter light shine forth in our lives as we reflect the wondrous light that is Christ, the Light of the world. ~ Pastor Alan
Sunday, February 6, 2022
The word Epiphany means “a showing forth” or “a revelation.” When Jesus began His ministry, He realized He was not going to do this work by Himself; instead, He called His disciples to service. The church began to start then, at least the New Testament Church where they looked to the promise of God instead of the law of God. We find part of God’s glory in His Son, Jesus. We find part of God’s glory because Jesus, by the power of His word, changed men’s hearts. He encouraged them to search deep. In the season of Epiphany, we see the brightness of God in the face of our Lord, and we are called to follow Him just as the original disciples were called centuries ago. For all who follow the Lord in humble faith, the future is bright! ~ Pastor Alan
Sunday, January 30, 2022
Today you are special. You may not feel special, but every day you as believers are very special. In fact, if you look at what Scripture tells us, you come to realize you are very, very special. You are not just another person, another number in the millions of the humanity, of mankind. Instead, the Lord reminds us today, as he speaks to Jeremiah and as he speaks to us, that we are special because he knows us. ~ Pastor Alan
Sunday, January 23, 2022
Each one of us comes into God’s house individually, from different backgrounds, families, situations, experiences, challenges, and joys. But here, in God’s house, something happens that makes us not just a collection of individuals but joined together as one person, one Body. This unity happens because we have been gathered by one Baptism in one faith in one Lord, our God whose greatness has been shown in our hearts and to the world in His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Here our Lord speaks, and we listen. And in the listening, we are moved to repentance and faith, true repentance of heart over our sins and true faith that knows that the Scriptures, the Word of God, are fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ. May true joy motivate our praise of God here and all our days as God’s people scattered throughout the world. ~ Deacon Dan Giblin
Sunday, January 16, 2022
On the second Sunday of each Epiphany season, the manifestation of Jesus as the Christ sent by God is grounded in the Gospel of John, who gives us the deepest insight into the goal of our Lord’s entire earthly ministry. Diamonds are all around us are the opportunities for us to reach out a helping hand to others. We have acres of opportunity of service all round us. We have acres of diamonds, acres of service in our back yards, in our neighborhoods, in our churches, town and communities. For when a person helps another it is like lightening up a diamond in their lives. Our touch, our kindness lights up a life just as sparkling as a diamond light up a hand or necklace. Through Baptism we are made the Church, the Bride of Christ. In Holy Communion, wine bears the blood of Christ’s cross to us, the price of our forgiveness and deliverance. Now the same Spirit who empowered Jesus all along the way of the cross empowers us. ~ Pastor Alan
Sunday, January 9, 2022
From humble beginnings, Trinity grew in grace, faith and numbers. As we enter our 50th anniversary of grace in Prescott Valley today, remember whose children we are. Grace is a wonderful gift, one that should be appreciated and one that should be honored. We honor God when we seek to live according to His Will and his plan. We honor God when we shout out “NO!” to ungodliness and worldly passions and “YES” to Christ. We also honor God’s Grace when we seek to correct our errors. - Pastor Alan
Sunday, January 2, 2022
Have you realized that God, in His Wisdom chose You? Even before the world was created and you were conceived in the womb, you were chosen to be His sons and daughters. God continues to reveal His wisdom to us through the Bible. What is your plan for connecting with God and His wisdom this year? ~ Pastor Alan
Sunday, December 26
Are you prepared for heaven? Admittedly, this is an odd question when we are celebrating Jesus’ birth. Yet, Jesus was born to die to save His people from their sins. As Simeon held the Christ Child, he couldn’t help but say, “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word,” while also telling Mary, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed.” That opposition eventually brought about His death on a cross. Yet, Jesus was born to die and rise to life again so that all who believe in Him might live! That is the best Christmas gift ever. ~ Pastor Alan
Sunday, December 19
Our world is filled with turmoil, strife, contention. Every time it seems that our nation or even our own lives are at peace, again something disrupts it. Peace is as elusive as a slippery eel. Today’s Readings point us to the truth that the peace we seek cannot come from the powers of the world, nor can it come from anything in our own hearts or our spiritual potential. Real peace comes from what seems like the least promising place: a little town, through the young Virgin. Peace comes from Bethlehem, from where God comes to us. From God’s Word. From the Bread of Life in Holy Communion. Real peace comes to us, often beyond our understanding, through the babe of Bethlehem, Jesus Christ, through whom God made peace with us by a cross. ~ Pastor Alan
Sunday, December 12
Some Advent wreaths have a pink candle for this Third Sunday in Advent. The festive, joyful pink candle reflects today’s Readings, which begin to anticipate the unbridled joy that Jesus’ birth brings. We do many joyful things during Advent. We sing Christmas carols, bake cookies, decorate our homes inside and out, and travel far and wide to visit those we love. Yet all these joyful things point to an even greater joy—the joy that comes by the Creator of the universe, the Lord almighty, who loves you, forgives you in Jesus, and cares about you beyond human measure! “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” ~ Pastor Alan
Sunday, December 5
Preparing for Christmas, we buy presents, attend social gatherings, decorate, make plans to gather with family, and some will brace for the pain of grief that can be so difficult this time of year. In the middle of all our preparing, today the voice of John the Baptist rings out, “Prepare the way of the Lord.” Undergirding all the preparing we are doing is preparing for the Lord. John calls us to “bear fruits in keeping with repentance.” In worship, we do just that. We repent. We turn again to God, seeking His mercy, receiving His forgiveness, partaking of His grace. This leads to bearing the fruit of the Spirit. John highlights the fruit of generosity and contentment. What fruit is God calling you to bear as you prepare for Christmas? ~ Pastor Alan
Sunday, November 28
Advent is a season for us to grow in hope. We gather amid a world that in many ways seems hopeless. Extremists on both ends of the political spectrum seem to control almost everything we hear, read, and see. Deep divisions over race, politics, and economics loom over us like a dark storm cloud. How can the Church possibly make a difference in all of this? Today’s Readings acknowledge the distress and fear that the world’s foundations are being shaken. And right in the middle of it all, there is hope. Jesus says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away” (Luke 21:33). The prophet Jeremiah declares God’s promise to restore His people and all creation. If we were left to ourselves, there would be little room for such hope. But God does not leave us alone. By His Word and Sacraments, God establishes our hearts and prepares us for Jesus’ coming final restoration. Until that day, we wait, we pray, we hope.
~ Deacon Dan Giblin ~
Sunday, November 21
The Last Sunday of the Church Year is here as we prepare to celebrate the return of Christ our King. When will it be? How will we know so that we are ready? There are the signs in nature, the sight of the Son of Man, and the angels. For these things, we keep an eye on the sky while we watch and wait, living our lives under God’s grace as His righteousness draws near.
~ Pastor Alan ~
Sunday, November 14
Like the disciples of old, we look around us and presume that our accomplishments will endure. But even now, they are falling, brick upon brick. There is no repairing a world that must be replaced by a new heaven and a new earth. The urgent need is not to predict when these things will happen, but to endure when they do come. The world is in labor until God delivers His eternal kingdom, but you are not of the world. You belong to the Lord. Through your witness, the elect of many nations will be called by the Spirit through the preaching of the Word. The world will reject you, but you belong to God. He who endures in this faith to the end will be saved.
Sunday, November 7
We are justified - and await the day when God’s judgment will find us justified because of Christ. He IS our Super Hero who did it all! For Us! Our young members assisted today! ~ Pastor Alan
Sunday, October 31 Reformation Sunday
Luther, over 500 years ago discovered no matter how hard he tired, he could not save himself. Then he discovered Jesus gives us our Amazing Grace that is freely given to everyone. He calls us to abide in His Word and to share with others. To abide means to dwell or be at home. Are you at home in Jesus’ Word? Is it the place where you long to be? Jesus’ Word is the only place in all the world where we can find the absolute guarantee of sins forgiven, hope restored, and new life granted as children of God the Father. Today, Jesus mercifully calls us to come to Him, confess our sins, and be filled with His pardon and peace. He will renew us by His Word, strengthen us at His Table, and send us forth with His blessing to proclaim to all creation: “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). Share this gift with others. ~ Pastor Alan
Sunday, October 24
Is it really all about you? Today Jesus tells us that religion, church, really, our relationship with God, is not all about us. Today Jesus turns the arrow away from self, and points the arrow to service. It's not about me, it's about magnifying God and serving. It's not about taking; it's about making disciples. Today as we humbly consider stewardship, the use of our time and talents and treasures, let's listen to the words of Jesus, as he teaches us that stewardship calls for a commitment to service. ~ Pastor Alan
Sunday, October 17
“Love One Another from Pure Hearts” 1 Peter 1:22 LWML Sunday
Sunday, October 10
God’s people are called to live each hour of the day following the example set by Jesus. Many Christian people find opportunity for personal devotion at the beginning of the day or as the day draws to its close. Yet all day long there are occasions for praying, praising, and giving thanks. In the formal worship sequence observed in structured Christian communities such as monasteries, a noontime service called Sext, named for noon—the sixth hour of the day, provided a midpoint for a day filled with devotion. The psalmist affirms that every hour is a good hour to bless the Lord, writing: “My tongue shall tell of Your righteousness and of Your praise all the day long” (Psalm 35:28). ~ Deacon Fred
Sunday, October 3
We explore what it means for us as individuals and God’s congregation to be encouragers, equippers and trainers of children, youth and families…These are gifts to nourished and encouraged. Bring the children to me. ~ Pastor Alan
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Today, we examine who we are. Just who are you anyway? Either you are a child of God or a child of the world but your identity with Christ should be the real you. ~ Deacon Mike
Sunday, September 19, 2021
As Jeremiah does in the Old Testament Reading we sometime cry out "Woe is me". He remained faithful, humble and obedient with a heart of a servant. Our Lord is the humblest and therefore greatest Servant, and by His death and resurrection He has proclaimed that God remains in charge. ~ Pastor Alan
Sunday, September 12, 2021
In today’s Readings, Jesus encounters another person possessed by an unclean spirit. The young man’s father is distraught and desperate. The father utters these words: “I believe; help my unbelief!” Jesus does help the man’s unbelief by healing his son. Jesus helps our unbelief as well in all that He does. In His miracles and teaching, suffering and death, resurrection and ascension, Jesus calls us to faith. And He calls us to be His witnesses.. ~ Pastor Alan
Sunday, September 5, 2021
Today we see the importance of God’s Word in our lives. We should not be afraid of what lies ahead of us. God’s Word is what kept the Israelites as they entered the Promised Land. God’s Word is the sword of the Spirit, a portion of the armor of God we are given and told to put on. God’s Word leads us, protects us, and helps us fight against the evil one. ~ Pastor Alan
Sunday, August 29, 2021 Unity Service
Today we see the importance of God’s Word in our lives. God’s Word is what kept the Israelites as they entered the Promised Land. God’s Word is the sword of the Spirit, a portion of the armor of God we are given and told to put on. God’s Word leads us, protects us, and helps us fight against the evil one. Pastor Alan
Sunday, August 22, 2021
In this world we’re encouraged to take everything we can for ourselves. But what does God Say? Jesus encourages us to look at the blessing of companionship and relationships, to serve each other just as He served us ~ Pastor Alan
Sunday, August 15, 2021
Today we consider why we follow Jesus. In the Gospel, we see many people stop following Jesus because His words offend them. When Jesus asks the disciples if they want to stop following Him as well, Peter answers, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” Not only does Jesus have the words of eternal life, but He also gives us the food of eternal life—His body and blood. As we gather for worship, we gather around God’s Word and God’s Meal—the Lord’s Supper. ~ Pastor Alan
Sunday, August 8, 2021
When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we speak in the Fourth Petition, “Give us this day our daily bread.” We are reminded that “daily bread” includes everything we need for this body and life as we pray and give thanks for all the Lord provides regarding our well-being in this mortal life. Yet, we are never left to just be satisfied with earthly things, as we will be taken from worldly provisions to His greater eternal gifts, which always last. It is why He sent His Son into this world, and why Jesus spoke to the people then and still to us today, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst” (John 6:35). ~Deacon Fred
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Sunday, August 1, 2021
There are people who take some very important messages and come to the wrong conclusions. The Lord is trying to speak to them with some very clear demonstrations of his love, and might, and grace. But the people often focus on the wrong things. In our message this Sunday, Jesus gives them something important to think about, in order to get their thinking changed around. He says to them, “Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. - John 6:22-35; Exodus 16:2-15 ~ Pastor Alan
Sunday, July 25, 2021
When we look around at this world, what do we see? While the world pushes us to see the storms, anger, hate and things to be afraid of, they are trying to hide Jesus from us. Jesus is our port in the storm. HE is our shining light of hope. HE is our Savior. The GREAT I AM! Come into HIS harbor! Do we see HIM? Keep our focus. ~ Pastor Alan
Sunday, July 18 2021
An old Jewish prayer begins, “Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe.” To call God “King” is to acknowledge Him as the highest ruler over all. Earthly kings never created the subjects of their rule out of nothing as has the one Creator God. So much higher and more exalted than any earthly sovereign king is God. In the Old Testament, God gave His people kings for their nation. But unlike the rulers of other nations, Israel’s kings were to rule in God’s name and after His heart and will and word. They were to rule God’s people like shepherds tending sheep, like David of old. Few, however, were faithful to their calling. Through a king named Zedekiah, God both condemned the former faithless kings and promised the future righteous Branch of the great King David. In today’s Gospel, we see Jesus, God’s Son, having compassion on people as a shepherd has compassion on the sheep. Because of Jesus’ blood and righteousness, you have a King that cannot fail. He cares for you and will deliver you safely to your eternal home. ~ Pastor Alan
Sunday, July 11, 2021
In today’s Gospel, it looks like the end of the story when John the Baptist is executed. But he was but the forerunner for Jesus, the promised Messiah. Appearances were certainly deceiving! That was the case with Amos, a herdsman and dresser of sycamore figs when the Lord called him. He did not look like a prophet, but he stood up to Amaziah and Jeroboam in a long line of faithful prophets. Sometimes Satan uses appearances to deceive us, but the Epistle reminds us that God had predestined us to be with Him forever—even before He began creation! Although others might not recognize it, the Holy Spirit is the guarantee of our inheritance. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! ~ Deacon Mike
Sunday, July 4, 2021
Today, our nation celebrates its place as the land of the free and the home of the brave. At times, this reality causes us to thump our chest to let the world know how great we are. The apostle Paul, too, could claim his place among the greats. Paul was “circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness, under the law blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ” (Philippians 3:5–7). Yet, he was not mightier than the thorn. As Paul followed Jesus, he was plagued by a thorn in the flesh to keep him from becoming conceited. He asked God to take it away, and God said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). So, too, God’s grace is sufficient for us no matter where this life takes us, because when we are weak, then we are strong. ~ Pastor Alan
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Do you forget to pray now and then? This is fallen human nature. God never forgets to listen. The Lord’s steadfast love never ceases. When Jesus walked this earth, this was evident as He raised Jairus’s daughter, who had died between the request and Jesus’ arrival at his home. And He cured a hemorrhaging woman whose only prayer was touching His robe. But God does more than restore us to physical life and health. Jesus left the riches of heaven, becoming a poor and despised human being so that we might become rich with everlasting life. How can we ever thank Him? Paul encourages us to share generously and joyfully whatever God has so graciously given us. ~ Deacon Chris
Sunday, June 20, 2021
In today’s Gospel, Jesus commands the wind and the sea to become calm, which understandably stuns the disciples. “Who is this?” they wonder. The other Readings today reaffirm that we know that Jesus is one person of the Holy Trinity. The Creator puts creature Job in his place. We also ought to remember with whom we are dealing when we request or complain. Paul encourages his readers, then and now, to put their circumstances into the context of the whole Church. Our situations do not define us! Sure of God’s care and emboldened by the strength He provides, we are called to live out our faith confidently. We know who this is: He is Jesus, our Savior.~ Pastor Alan
Our message tonight is: The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ from John 18 & 19. Open your Bible and see and read for yourself. Jesus did it all for us!
What happened to that blessed cup, we do not know. But we do know that Jesus said, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood” (Luke 22:20). By His grace, that pouring out continues among us this day as we receive His blood shed for the forgiveness of our sins.
Are you the type of person who has a plan for the day, the week, and the foreseeable future? Goals are made, tasks are determined, and time is set aside, all so things go “according to plan.” But what happens when things don’t go as we anticipate? What happens when a wrench is thrown in—when we realize the plans will not come to fruition? When Joseph was a young boy, we do not know what his plans were for his life ahead. We can be confident they did not include being sold into slavery by his brothers, his father believing him dead, spending time in an Egyptian prison after being falsely accused of a crime, being Pharaoh’s right-hand man over the land of Egypt, and saving the area lands from famine with food stored from a dream the Lord gave Pharoah. But they were part of the Lord’s plans in and through him. Though we will not follow the same plan as Joseph in our lives, whether our minor or major things go according to our plans, we take heart that God still has a plan for our lives. That plan begins, ends, and is found through Christ alone and in His cross to which we follow in this Lenten time and each day.
Living With Guilt Genesis 42:21-24
A guilty, heavy conscience can wreak havoc on a person and on a soul. As King David was inspired to write in a psalm, hearkening back to his time of sinful indiscretions bottled up inside, he says, “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long” (Psalm 32:3). It is what a guilty, unclean conscience can do. One can only imagine the state of most of Joseph’s brothers, who for nearly twenty years kept to themselves the treatment of their brother and the secrets and lies kept from their father, Jacob. Through this Genesis account and throughout Scripture, we are reminded again what can cleanse a conscience and give peace to a soul. Through repentance, confession, forgiveness, and the grace of God, we are affirmed through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, and a clean conscience and new life is had.
“Good things come to those who wait.” We may have heard this old adage before and maybe even tried to convince ourselves it rings true for our lives. Whether or not “good things” actually came to be in whatever situation of waiting, we are drawn today in light of Joseph to bring that phrase in the context of the Lord. Joseph was made to wait. He waited in prison while being falsely accused and seemingly forgotten. It seemed like no “good things” would come out of the situation. Yet he did not just wait in idleness and despair; he waited in faith and with hope and trust in the Lord. Good things, greater eternal things, come to us as well when the foundation of our faithful waiting is found in Jesus.
If It Hadn’t Been For God Genesis 39:1–21
“And lead us not into temptation.” We pray this petition every time we pray the prayer our Lord taught us. Temptation around us is real, constant, and a continual danger to our lives on earth and our lives of faith. Joseph, already treated unfairly and residing in a distant land among the Egyptians, was not exempt to facing temptation. His reward for standing faithful and firm? More unfair treatment. Yet even amid imprisonment, he would remain faithful to the Lord, as his hope was kept in Him. As we face temptation each day, we also pray for the same steadfastness, knowing through it all that Jesus is the perfect fulfillment of faithfulness taking on, and perfectly resisting, every temptation for us.
It is difficult to stay silent when injustice is taking place around us. It is even more difficult to stay silent when injustice is being done to us. As we continue in our “Lenten Journey with Joseph,” we witness injustice done to Joseph himself. Sold into slavery, sent away, staged death—there is little he could have said to change the will of his brothers. What does the Lord have to say, though? Would He remain silent while injustice took place? We learn more through this week’s account, and through it all, we continue to learn of the One who, even in perceived silence, continues His resounding response of redemption. ~ Pastor Alan
A Wounded Savior for a Wounded People Joel 2:12–19
Throughout the Bible, ashes have been associated with humility, repentance, and mortality. In Genesis, we read of the great patriarch: “Abraham answered and said, ‘Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes’ ” (Genesis 18:27). In Job, we read that the long-suffering Job said of his life: “I have become like dust and ashes” (Job 30:19b). Daniel the prophet states: “Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking Him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes” (Daniel 9:3). Ash Wednesday brings us the opportunity to follow the pattern set by our spiritual ancestors and to begin the observance of “a holy Lent” as we come before the Lord in ashes. ~ Pastor Alan
Throughout history, our gracious God has made outlandish promises. His spokesmen, the writers of biblical books, said that a descendant of David would come to sit on an eternal royal throne. More than that, His titles would include some reserved for God in heaven. He was and is a Wonderful Counselor, revealing God’s love in His own life and death; the Mighty God, though hidden within fragile flesh and blood; the Everlasting Father, though trapped in time and space; and the Prince of Peace, ruling not by enforcement of divine law but by forgiving all who call to Him for grace and mercy. Today, we celebrate His birth among us in time, as promised long ago and in our hearts each day. ~ Pastor Alan
Advent 4 December 22, 2021
Come and see the wonders of the gifts that was promised right from the beginning of time. Tonight we celebrate the Service of Light, signifying that Christ is the Light of the World. Without Him, we would still be in darkness. ~ Pastor Alan
Advent 3 December 15, 2021
Imagine the thoughts that Mary must have had inside her mind after Gabriel appeared to her? How could I be the one to give birth to God in the flesh? How am I supposed to raise the Savior of the world? She had no power and no privilege. She had no experience in being a mother; no books like “What to expect when you’re expecting.” She was not even under the protection of her hu
sband Joseph at the time. How do you prepare for something like that? There’s no way you could be! ~ Pastor Alan
Advent 2 December 8, 2021
It seems that no December goes by without hearing the song “Mary, Did You Know?” With that seasonal serenade, there is rightful theological reflection that could be had. There is no song asking, “Jesus, Did You Know?” Today we ask that question and gain theological insight and answers. We do so by seeing God’s promise right from the beginning and to the signs that Emanuel – God with us, is still with us!
Advent 1 December 1, 2021
We all have questions, though for a variety of reasons some choose not to ask them. It is true in a classroom and in various aspects of life, and it is also true in our lives of faith. Some teachers tell their students, “There is no such thing as a bad question,” and for the most part that encouragement and attitude is a good one. Our heavenly Father would carry the same sentiment as He invites whatever we bring before Him, including our questions. This Advent season, a few hard questions will be asked about our Lord, and our answers will be found in His Word and through the awaited Savior born for us. Come and See what God has done! ~ Pastor Alan
Thanksgiving Eve - November 24, 2021
Good land produces generous produce to nourish and preserve life. This goodness proceeds from the generosity, bounty, and grace of God. Therefore, in prayer and supplication, we offer thanksgiving to Him, content in all circumstances, grateful for sustenance needed for our body, soul, and spirit. So also, when God eradicates disease through His Word, we rejoice in His omnipotent grace and power. - Pastor Alan