As we head into the second week of Advent, take a listen to Pastor Matt and Vicar Dan discuss the readings for the week, and the challenge of finding the LAW in the Gospel Reading and the GOSPEL message in the Old Testament reading! Can this actually happen? Isaiah 11:1-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 1 Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of [...]
St. Jerome said - “The Scriptures are shallow enough for a baby to come and drink without fear of drowning and deep enough for a theologian to swim in without ever touching the bottom" As we start a new church year with the beginning of Advent, we return to the basics of the wonderul and profound simplicity of the Gospel. We learn from Jesus entering Jerusalem on a simple donkey, and from the messianic image of the Holy Mountain with all nations streaming to be in God's [...]
As we have just celebrated our 110th anniversary as a congregation, we look back to the history, not just of the Pilgrims, but of the founders of our church body, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, who followed the Pilgrims to the United States about 200 years later. It's an intersting, and sometimes ugly history, but in the end, we thank God who brings good things, even out of disasterous situations!
As a reminder, we are only having one service this whole weekend at 10am on Sunday. We are celebrating the 110th anniversary of St. Andrews, so we will be looking at a couple of passages that mention Andrew. We will also be sharing a time of thanksgiving for 110 years together! Matthew 4:17-20 17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he [...]
As we get to the end of the church year and prepare to celebrate the beginning of Advent, our readings point us to the day of the return of Christ. We examine Luke 21 and the stunning prophecy about the destruction of the temple in 70AD and the admonintion to all Christians that they may very well face persecution in the life of faith. In the end, we know Christ is victorious, and we place our hope in HIM! [...]
In this episode of HOW THE SAUAGE IS MADE both Vicar Dan and Pastor Matt are preparing to preach. We dive into both Luke 21 and Malachi 4. Vicar Dan is a guest preacher at a sister congregation this week. Luke 21:5-28 5 And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, 6 “As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one [...]
This episode of HOW THE SAUAGE IS MADE takes us to Luke 18:35-19:10. Vicar Dan and Pastor Matt take a look at Jesus' healing of the blind man, and the redemption of the Tax Collector, Zacchaeus to help prepare Pastor Matt for preaching the following weekend. 35 As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 And he [...]
As se celebrate All-Saints Sunday this year, we look to account of the Raising of Lazarus. This passage brings us through the humanity of Jesus as he weeps and mourns death. But, we also see his Godliness as he raises his beloved friend from the grave. Pastor Matt will explore the reality of mourning and death, and the hope of Christ that ultmately reigns over all of it.
On this edition of How the Sausage is Made, we look at the readings for All Saint's Sunday. This year we go to Revelation 9 (the vision of the Saints in Heaven) and John 11 (the account of Lazarus being raised from the dead). John 11:32-4332 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and [...]