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Sunday: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m.
Thursday: 6:30 p.m.
Friday: 1:30 p.m. (Shortened)





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Our Savior’s “3 R’s”

Sermon on Luke 15:1-10 for 14th Sunday after Pentecost, September 15, 2019 Dear fellow retrieved and restored sheep of Jesus’ flock, You rarely hear of the “3 R’s” of education anymore.  They are three words that begin with the “R” sound that used to be “emphasized” in education (and, I believe, in our school still…

Empty, Sinful Pride vs. Solid, Holy Pride

Sermon on Luke 14:1, 7–14, August 29 & September 1, 2019 In today’s Gospel, Jesus gets to be a little like Miss Manners or Emily Post. He was expanding on one of the proverbs.[1] He pictures a wedding banquet, and the embarrassment of a person choosing one of the seats reserved for an honored guest and…

God Equips Us for Life Long Learning

A sermon on Proverbs 2:1-6 for Christian Education Sunday, August 22/25, 2019. It all started a little over a month ago. For many they did not pay much attention. So many other things had to be checked off their list before they got to this task. Much time remained until they had to worry about…

God Is Watching Us – From a Distance and Nearby!

Sermon on Jeremiah 23:23-29 for 10th Sunday after Pentecost, August 18, 2019 Dear friends in Christ, Last week Pastor Stratman began the sermon with a few comments about “interpreting” the Bible, mentioning two underlying truths: that the Bible is clear in its message from God to us and that it tells us everything we need…

Do Not Worry! Do Not Strive for ‘Stuff!’ Do Not Be Afraid!

Sermon on Luke 12:22–34 for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost, Pr. 14, August 8 & 11, 2019 First of all, I’m going to say something about biblical interpretation. God inspired and gave his Scriptures to be clear and sufficient. Just as you and I have one single meaning when we write or speak, so does God. Just…

Jesus Gives Instructions for Prayer

Everyone has been there before. A family goes shopping for a new shelving or storage unit. They bring home a brand new grill or outdoor furniture. The instructions are included. The very first thing a person does, or at least should do, is look over the instructions. At times those instructions cause nothing but confusion….

What Is the “One Thing that Is Needed” ?

Sermon on Luke 10:38-42 for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, (Pr 11) July 18 & 21, 2019 We don’t realize what a task preparing food was in ancient times. We saw that in both the First Reading and the Gospel. Abraham and Sarah did not have a breadbox with loaves of Wonder Bread. If you wanted bread,…

Church Work is Our Work

A sermon on I Peter 5:1-4, for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost, July 4/7, 2019. Sometimes there are times when a pastor looks at a text on which to preach and wonders, “How am I going to handle this?” Often it comes because of a difficult section of Scripture presents itself. How will this be…

What Does It Mean that Jesus Is Savior?

Sermon on Luke 8:26-39 for the Second Sunday after Pentecost (Pr 7), June 20 & 23, 2019 Today’s Gospel was kind of wild, wasn’t it? A demon possessed man, living in the tombs, naked and shouting. It also made for a wild bulletin cover picture!  In Madagascar, there is a Lutheran church body that does exorcism as part…

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