Our Focus During Lent: Final Words From the Cross

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This year, our midweek Lenten services and sermons will have this focus: Jesus’ Final Words from the Cross. Each “word” (sentence) will shape each midweek service, although every service will have a traditional, liturgical form.   Here are the Scripture readings and focus for each service: February 10: Ash Wednesday: “Forgive”: OT: Joel 2:12-19; Ep: 1 Jn 1:4-9; Gos: […]

It’s Not Either Or

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This is our pastor’s article for the February edition of our congregational newsletter. The longer I’m a pastor, the more I find that what we bring to the table shapes our understanding of Scripture and, thus, the faith, even more than what a Scripture passage may say! Let me give you a personal example. About […]

New Year’s Eve Service for 2016

Our New Year’s Eve Service for the upcoming year of 2016 will be at 5:00 PM on December 31.  Since December 31 is also the Eve for the Circumcision and Name of Jesus, that celebration will also be part of the Service.

Christmas Day Service: The Service of Christ’s Mass

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Our Christmas Day Service will be a “Christ’s Mass” service, which is a Service of the Sacrament of our Lord’s Supper.  The service time will be at 10:00 AM. As we celebrate Jesus becoming incarnate for our salvation in His birth, so also will we celebrate Him becoming “incarnate” for us in His body and […]

Christmas Eve Service of Carols and Candlelight

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Our Christmas Eve Service will be at 7:00 PM.  It will be a service a carols, matched to the Gospel readings for the Nativity of our Lord. The service will finish with the singing of Silent Night by candlelight.    

Christmas Around the World: A Musical Programme

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Our Christmas program for the community is “Christmas Around the World: A Musical Programme.”  It will include Christmas carols from around the world with plenty of Christmas-carol singing.  As a special treat, we will also have cookies and sweets to eat, baked from recipes around the world. The program will be at 3:00 PM on Sunday, […]

The Value of Patient Endurance

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This is our pastor’s newsletter article for the December 2015-January 2016 edition of our congregational newsletter.   Recently, we’ve had some discussion about singing Christmas hymns during Advent. Advent is from the first Sunday after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. Christmas is from December 25 to January 6. So, we’ll still let Advent be Advent, a season […]

Comfort, even in the Darkest Valley

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This is our pastor’s newsletter article for the October 2015 edition of our congregational newsletter.   In our midweek Bible class, we are studying the New Testament book of 2 Timothy. It’s a letter that the Apostle Paul wrote to (you guessed it!) Pastor Timothy. Although it’s written for a pastor, it still contains many […]

1 Corinthians 15:51-57: Funeral Sermon for Ruby Kintzinger

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Ruby Kintzinger was a long-time member of Shepherd of the Hills.  She passed away on August 20, 2015 and her funeral was on August 24.  This was her funeral sermon.   Listen, I tell you a secret. We will not all die as Ruby has died. But all of us, those who have died and those who live, […]

Misreading Scripture Alone

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This is an article that pastor came across last autumn. The author, Matthew Block, writes how many have succumbed to ancient heresies that the Church has long ago refuted. He also explains why he thinks this is the case.  When the author uses the word “evangelical,” he means Protestant Christians who do not consider themselves […]