Words for the Week – May 31, 2018

For Trinity Sunday, Pastor Peter Bastien preached about how the Trinity was a matter of great public debate in the 4th century but is less divisive now.  We rarely have churches splitting apart because of disagreements about the Trinity these … Read More

Words for the Week – May 24, 2018

Last Sunday, Landon Gates confirmed his faith. In his faith statement, he spoke about his faith with gentleness, humor and honesty.  I preached about the spirit of truth and the way the Spirit helps us in times of difficulty as … Read More

Words for the Week – May 17, 2018

Last week I used the example of a parent teaching a child to ride a bike to demonstrate the kind of trust that God gives us.  God lets us go.  When we keep our eyes trained on what’s ahead and … Read More

Words for the Week – May 10, 2018

Last week, I preached about inviting God into your life.  So often, I live as if I need to chase after God instead of realizing that God is RIGHT HERE, with me all the time.   Taking a moment to invite … Read More

Words for the Week – May 3, 2018

Last week, asking the question, why did the Messiah have to suffer, I pointed out that Christ’s suffering was a suffering for.   It was the suffering that comes when a person is committed to acts of love. I asked you to … Read More

Road to Emmaus song by Randy Ruchti

    On Sunday, April 22, 2018 the Messengers sang an original song for worship called “Road to Emmaus written by Randi Ruchti . Watch, as Jim Nice, director of Messengers, plays it for one of the small Road to … Read More

From the May Newsletter…

Easter blessings to you! Easter morning we had glorious worship services with more people than we’ve had in years.The Easter egg hunt and breakfast added to the joy. For the season of Easter, the church is focused on the Road … Read More

Words for the Week – April 26, 2018

This week, we celebrate music appreciation Sunday with guest musicians from the Brass of Peace.  Music is a pathway to intimacy with God.  It reveals God to us and we use it in return to praise God.  To God be … Read More

Welcoming the Stranger

As a response to the theme “Welcome the Stranger,” a worshiper shared this poem from the Kenyan-born Somali poet Warsan Shire. Shire, born August 1, 1988, is a London–based poet, editor and teacher, who emigrated to the United Kingdom at … Read More

Art and Music Intersect on the Road to Emmaus

From Mark Olsen: The “Road to Emmaus,” work by Robyn Sand Anderson measuring 30” by 60” is a painted acrylic on gallery stretched canvas. It hangs outside the entrance to the Chapel in the Lutheran Center in Chicago. The image … Read More

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