Embrace The Christian Life (Luke 6:17-26)

Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 17, 2019

  • Prepare for what will likely happen.

  • Receive Unexpected Blessings

  • Listen to the Warnings of woe

    May we keep our focus on what is to come so that we may correctly enjoy what is before us. Amen

Pastor Tim Patoka

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A Catch Unlike Any Other (Luke 5:1-11)

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 10, 2019

  • The Miraculous Catch of Fish

  • The Comforting Catch of Peter

  • The Continuing Catch of People

    May the Lord have us trust all that he says in his Word so that we may be comforted by and catch people with this good news. Amen

Pastor Tim Patoka

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Lord, Speak to Us That We May Speak (Luke 4:20-32)

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 3, 2019

Jesus sent his followers out in his name and with his authority to baptize and proclaim the gospel. That goes for you and me, his followers today, as well.

We speak with the authority of Christ as we proclaim the promises of God and speak in his name.

This is a sobering responsibility but it’s also comforting to know that we’ve got Jesus backing us up and doing the real work on hearts and souls.

Pastor Ron Koehler

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You Will Be My Witnesses (Acts 1:8)

Mission Festival Sunday, January 27, 2019

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Pastor Dan Koelpin

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See the Glory of This Wedding Guest (John 2:1-11)

Second Sunday After The Epiphany, January 20, 2019

We weren’t there to taste the best wine served at the wedding at Cana but we have the testimony of those that were:

  • We have the message of the power and the love of Jesus.

  • We have his promises that he will use that power and love for the good of the whole world.

  • And we have the confidence that he has kept his promises to use his power and his love for our benefit.

Trust in Him.

Pastor Nathan Kassulke

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The Mystery of God's Grace is Revealed (Ephesians 3:2-12)

The Epiphany of Our Lord, January 6, 2019

As we celebrate Epiphany today, we are celebrating the unwrapping and revealing of a secret.

  • God promises the forgiveness of sins, life, and eternal salvation to all who believe his Word.

  • It is not something we can earn or deserve.

  • God, in Christ Jesus, gives us all of his richest promises.

It is a mystery for us to know, and it is a mystery for us to share. May we cherish it and share it with others, by God’s grace and to his glory.

Pastor Nathan Kassulke

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Year After Year the Word of the Lord Stands (1 Peter 1:22-25)

New Years Eve Service, December 31, 2018

As the world chases after everything new and shiny, let’s remember to stand on something that endures forever: the Word of the Lord.

The Word of the Lord works as it always has—-to show us our sins, but also to comfort us with our Savior.

God’s comforting word, his eternal Word will guide us and sustain us.

Pastor Ryan Heiman

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Find Jesus In His Father's House (Luke 2:41-52)

First Sunday after Christmas: December 30, 2018

Wouldn’t you love to know more about what Jesus was like growing up? Scripture gives us only very few details about the life of Jesus until he was about thirty.

Let’s find Jesus in his Father’s house. No, we don’t have the Temple to which we can run, but we have a church where his Word is taught.

We can find Jesus doing his Father’s business as we study the Bible together and as we meditate on it on our own.

Keep singing your praises, keep offering your prayers, keep giving him your best, who gave himself for you.

Pastor Nathan Kassulke

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The Word Became Flesh (John 1:1-14)

Christmas Day Service: December 25, 2018

The Word Became Flesh to dwell among us.

Jesus’ dwelling is our Christmas Joy

Jesus’ light is our Eternal Light

It is because of the Christ’s birth in Bethlehem that we ultimately celebrate Christmas. As our Savior would show us in the 33 years following his birth, he gives to us the light that casts away sin’s darkness.

May the Lord lead us to celebrate in the coming days, weeks, months, and years the blessings we have from the Word who became flesh.

Amen

Pastor Tim Patoka

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A Light in the Darkness (Isaiah 9)

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, December 24, 2018

Light and darkness are polar opposites. Where one advances, the other must retreat.

Thus, they parallel the ultimate of polar opposites — good and evil, holiness and sin.

Ever since mankind fell into sin, God promised to send a great Light to pierce the darkness of sin and death.

  • Let there be Light, from Genesis 1 and 3, Pastor Tim Patoka, Youth and Family Pastor

  • Light has Come, from John 3, Jay Wiechmann, Financial Secretary

  • Day of Darkness, from Joel 2, David Farley, Elder of Education

  • A walk in the Light, from 1 John 1, Jason Watson, Elder of Member Ministry

  • The Lord is my Light, Psalm 27, Jeff Weinstein, Trustee

  • A Light has Dawned, from Isaiah 9, Pastor Nathan Kassulke, Tucson Lead Pastor

  • The Birth of Christ, from Luke 2, Eric Hanson, Congregation President

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A Wondrous Sign Shows Wondrous Love (Revelation 12:1-6)

Fourth Sunday of Advent: The Gift of Love: December 23, 2018

A Wondrous Sign Shows Wondrous Love

  • Wondrous love is freely given

  • Wondrous love is always given.

As we prepare to celebrate our Savior’s birth, let us remember Revelation’s words so that we may see the wondrous sign that shows God’s wondrous love. Amen.
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Pastor Tim Patoka

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A Mighty Ruler from a Lowly Place (Micah 5:2-5a)

Mighty Messages from Micah: Third Midweek Advent Sermon, December 19, 2018

Christmas is about the Father sending his Son to save the world from sin and certain eternal death.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem just as Micah foretold, just as God had promised, just as God’s people trusted.

God the Father accepted his unblemished life and his blood shed at the cross as payment for our sins.

As our Mighty Ruler, Jesus brought us peace with the Holy God.

May God move you and me to share this Mighty Message of Micah so that others may come to know this Mighty Ruler who came from a Lowly Place—the Savior of all people Amen

Pastor Ron Koehler

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Joy for People Who Wait Expectantly (Luke 3:7-18)

Third Sunday of Advent: He Comes Bearing Gifts, December 16, 2018

Joy for people who wait expectantly:

  • What we need to know.

  • What we are to do as we wait.

Because of the faith we have by the power of the Holy Spirit, you and I hear John the Baptist’s preaching and we find that there is joy for people who wait expectantly for Jesus. May that joy be yours as you wait to celebrate the Savior’s coming at Christmas and as you wait for him to come again with your salvation! Amen.
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Pastor Ron Koehler

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A Mighty Mountain (Micah 4:1-5)

Mighty Messages from Micah: Second Midweek Advent Sermon, December 12, 2018

Wait for the LORD’s coming might.

Walk in the name of the LORD.

May the Lord grant us hearts that are both patient to wait for the wondrous second coming and to walk in the name of the LORD in the meantime. Amen

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Peace Requires Preparation (Malachi 3:1-4)

First Sunday of Advent: He Comes Bearing Gifts, December 9, 2018

Only the one who is prepared can have peace on the Last Day.

This peace requires preparation that comes by listening to God’s messengers and that comes by purifying our hearts of whatever may distract us from this peace.

May the Lord lead us to prepare so that we may always know that we are at peace because our Savior has come bearing the gift of peace. Amen
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Pastor Tim Patoka

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A Mighty Shepherd (Micah 2:12-13)

Mighty Messages from Micah: First Midweek Advent Sermon, December 5, 2018

Many things have changed in the course of two thousand, seven hundred years.

But God’s promises have not changed.

We have a might message.

We have a mighty Shepherd.

Follow him.

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Christ the King Sunday (John 18:33-37)

Fourth Sunday of End Times: Christ the King, November 25, 2018


When does a king seem the most like a king?

While we live in this world we will continually be tempted to see Jesus from a worldly viewpoint.

But his kingdom is not of this world: he suffered and died in lowliness for you and for me.

He will return in glory to take us to be with him, we will welcome him as our king, and he will welcome us into his heavenly kingdom.


Pastor Nathan Kassulke

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