Holy Week Services

On Thursday, April 2nd, is our Maundy Thursday service at 7:00 PM, which will focus on the epicenter of Christ’s New Covenant for us: His Supper.  In this service, we will use parts from the oldest liturgies in the Church, even including the liturgy of St. James (the New Testament Church’s first liturgy used in […]

How We Got the New Testament

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This is our pastor’s newsletter article for April, 2015.  It follows last month’s article, “How We Got the Old Testament,” which you can read by clicking here. ——— The Early Church Last month, we looked at how we got the Old Testament.  The Church met in council to state which books were Scripture because three traditions […]

Lenten Services for March 4 are cancelled

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The Lenten midweek services for March 4 are cancelled.  Accumulating sleet, ice forming on the roads, and the projected forecast have led us not to have our Lenten services. But the long-term forecast for next week is all above freezing!

Church Cancelled for Sunday, March 1st

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All church activities for Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church on Sunday, March 1st are cancelled. With the below-freezing temperatures and projected snow, possible flurries, and forecasted freezing rain up to the time our Divine Service, church cancellation was the prudent choice.  Please stay indoors until the roads are again safe for travel.

How We Got the Old Testament

The Septuagint

This is our pastor’s newsletter article for our March 2015 edition of our newsletter.  In it, he leaves much out to keep the article a usable length.  So, the article is not “bullet proof,” but it does, on the main, cover why the Old Testament contains the books that it does. ———- In this article, we’ll explore how […]

Funeral for Ron Allard

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Because of the weather and poor-driving conditions around the Kimberling City area, only a graveside service will be held for Ron Allard in Early Union Cemetery in Early, Iowa  on Saturday, February 21, 2015. Ron’s obituary is as follows: Ronald E. Allard, Kimberling City, MO, son of Orice and Adeline (Eckerman) Allard, was born on […]

The Church Choir

2004 General Conference

This is our pastor’s article for the February 2015 edition of The Shepherd’s Voice, our congregational newsletter.   At Shepherd of the Hills, our choir has been adding to our worship services long before I came here to serve as your pastor. But, I suppose, we can ask, “Why did churches have choirs in the […]

Church Cancelled for Sunday, January 11

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All church activities for Sunday, January 11 are cancelled.  Based on weather predictions, Kimberling City should experience freezing road temperatures with freezing rain on Sunday from about 6:30 to 8:30 AM.  Temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing until 11:00 AM.  A thin glaze of ice would make driving unsafe, especially considering local terrain and that our […]

Christmas Eve and Day Services

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Our Christmas Eve Service of Candlelight and Carols is at 7:00 PM, December 24th.  In the service, we will hear the how Jesus came to be our Messiah and Savior from the gospel texts of Sts. Matthew and Luke.  Interspersed within the readings will be stanzas from our favorite Christmas hymns and carols. On Christmas Day, […]

Viola Steward’s Funeral Sermon

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Isaiah 26:14, 1 Corinthians 15:51-17, and John 14:3   Today, while we mourn the loss of Viola, that’s not the only reason we are here. Although we want to celebrate the life of Viola, that’s not the only reason we are here. We are feeling many emotions, but even they aren’t the only reasons we […]