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Lutheran Satire: Halloween

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Worship Helps for 2nd Sunday in End Time

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Artwork: Last Judgment
Artist: Michelangelo
Date: 1475-1564
Location: Sistine Chapel

Worship Theme: In the end of the world, Jesus will come back in glory to judge both the living and the dead. Those who believe in him receive a verdict of “not-guilty.” Those who do not believe stand condemned to the eternal suffering of hell.

Old Testament:Malachi 4:1 "Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire," says the LORD Almighty. "Not a root or a branch will be left to them. 2 But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall. 3 Then you will trample down the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I do these things," says the LORD Almighty.

1. What will happen to every evildoer on Judgment Day?

2. Those who revere God’s name wil…

Does being Lutheran still matter?

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Revelation 14:6 Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth-- to every nation, tribe, language and people. 7 He said in a loud voice, "Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water." A few years ago I took Ryan and Krystal through our church’s adult confirmation course. They didn’t have much religious background when they started the classes. They didn’t even realize that the little numbers in the Bible were for chapters and verses of books. From those humble beginnings, after four months of regular worship and summer classes, Ryan and Krystal became members of our congregation. I affectionately called them my “baby Lutherans,” because they had come so far, so quickly. In fact, shortly after becoming Lutherans, they were invited to a different Lutheran church for a baptism. They noticed that there were …

Reformation Sunday at Epiphany

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Reformation Festival

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Worship Helps for Reformation

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Artwork: The preaching of Martin Luther Artist: Lucas Cranach the Elder Date: 1472-1553 Technique: Late Renaissance Location: Wittenberg, Stadtkirche Worship Theme: On Reformation Sunday we give thanks to God for his rescue from hell, rescue that comes by his grace alone. We thank him for the faith he gives us to trust his promise. We thank God for his errorless word, the Bible, which gives and strengthens that faith. At the same time we understand that we can fall away from that grace by unbelief. We recognize that Satan, society and our sinful self will daily challenge our faith. Therefore let us never stray from God’s life-giving word. Old Testament:Daniel 3:16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, …

Don’t kid yourself

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Mark 10:17-27 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 18 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good-- except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: 'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.'" 20 "Teacher," he declared, "all these I have kept since I was a boy." 21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." 22 At this the man's face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. 23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!" 24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Je…

WLS singing this Sunday

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Worship Helps for 21st Sunday after Pentecost

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Artwork: The rich young man went away sorrowful Artist: James Tissot Date: 1886-96 Technique: Watercolour Location: Brooklyn Museum, New York Worship Theme: Next to the attachment to hearth and home, a person’s chief attachment is to his purse. So it is not out of order to consider what God has to say about his gifts of wealth and to let him put those gifts in a proper context for us. Old Testament:2 Kings 5:14-27 So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy. 15 Then Naaman and all his attendants went back to the man of God. He stood before him and said, "Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. Please accept now a gift from your servant." 16 The prophet answered, "As surely as the LORD lives, whom I serve, I will not accept a thing." And even though Naaman urged him, he refused. 17 "If you will not," said Naaman, &quo…