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The Lutheran Satire: Shock! Horror! Jesus' Wife!

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Bill Nye

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The way of the cross

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Mark 8:27-35 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, "Who do people say I am?" 28 They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets." 29 "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Christ." 30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him. 31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. "Get behind me, Satan!" he said. "You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men." 34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If …

Worship Helps for Pentecost 18

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Title: Christ teacheth humility Artist: Robert Scott Lauder Date: 1847 Location: National Galleries of Scotland Worship Theme: True greatness is a paradox.  It grows out of seeing ourselves as small and God as great.  Such greatness has its center in love—both God’s great love for us in Christ and our love for our neighbor.  Such love leads to genuine, humble service. Old Testament:Numbers 12:1-15 Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. 2 "Has the LORD spoken only through Moses?" they asked. "Hasn't he also spoken through us?" And the LORD heard this. 3 (Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.) 4 At once the LORD said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, "Come out to the Tent of Meeting, all three of you." So the three of them came out. 5 Then the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud; he stood at the entrance to the Tent and summoned Aaron and Miriam. When…

Branches Band at Epiphany

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Liven up your Sunday morning with some live music!

Begin your Sunday morning right as we worship our Lord with Branches Band.We will hear and sing traditional hymns and contemporary Christian songs. It’s different, it’s live and it’s right in your neighborhood! Meet up with your friends and make some new ones. It’s just down the street, it’s free – and it’s all brought to you by Epiphany Lutheran Church!
Join us for worship at 8:00 or 10:30 am on Sunday, Sept 23.

Check out Branches Band online.

Worship Helps for Pentecost 17

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Title: Who Do People Say I Am? Worship Theme: There are two kinds of preachers.  One pushes worldly glory.  The other pushes the ugly cross where Christ was crucified for us, alone in the darkness.  The former touts worldly success.  The latter knows that those who speak God’s truth will always make enemies.  “Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,” the Bible says.  So men who preach God’s full truth are bound to experience failure and disappointment.  Following our suffering Savior, though, Christians even sing, “Go, then earthly fame and treasure.  Come disaster, scorn and pain.”  We even pray to God, “In your service, pain is pleasure.  In your favor, loss is gain.” Old Testament:Jeremiah 38:1-3 Shephatiah son of Mattan, Gedaliah son of Pashhur, Jehucal son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur son of Malkijah heard what Jeremiah was telling all the people when he said, 2 "This is what the LORD says: 'Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword,…

The proper school clothes

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Sermon Text: Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. This week we had picture day at WLS. It was nice seeing the girls with their dresses and hair bows. The boys were dressed nicely in button down shirts and good pants. I kn…

Jesus gets to the heart of the problem … our heart

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Mark 7:1 The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and 2 saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were "unclean," that is, unwashed. 3 (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. 4 When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.) 5 So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, "Why don't your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with 'unclean' hands?" 6 He replied, "Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: "'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 7 They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.' 8 You have let go of the c…