CHRIST IS RISEN!!!

Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she knelt to look into the tomb and saw two angels sitting there, dressed in white, one at the head, the other at the foot of where Jesus’ body had been laid. They said to her, “Woman, why do you weep?” “They took my...

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Holy Saturday

He went and proclaimed God’s salvation to earlier generations who ended up in the prison of judgment because they wouldn’t listen.   1 Peter 3:19 “Let the creation rejoice exceedingly, let all those born on earth be glad: for hell, the enemy, has been despoiled. Ye...

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Good Friday

[Christ] won’t let up until the last enemy is down—and the very last enemy is death! As the psalmist said, “He laid them low, one and all; he walked all over them.”        1 Corinthians 15  In a world where we think we get what we deserve, the most deserving of us all...

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Maundy Thursday

Just before the Passover Feast, Jesus knew that the time had come to leave this world to go to the Father. Having loved his dear companions, he continued to love them right to the end. It was suppertime.  John 13 The Message A successful dinner is one that lasts a...

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Holy Week Wednesday

When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. For many will come in...

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Holy Week Tuesday

Again they came to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to him and said, “By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority to do them?” Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one...

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Holy Week Monday

Then they came to Jerusalem.  And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves; and he would not allow anyone to...

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Lent 5 Friday

  I am among you as the One who serves. Luke 22:26 I believe in One God, the maker of all things, seen and unseen... The Nicene Creed   One might wonder what the Creed has to do with being a servant of Christ; the answer is everything. Believing as we do, that God is...

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Lent 5 Thursday

  Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in...

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Lent 5 Wednesday

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.     — Hebrews 6:10 No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.     — Aesop   How long has it been since you heard an...

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Our Mission Statement

To nurture the spiritual growth of each person at First Lutheran Church; empowering our faith community to know Christ more fully and to take bold steps to make Christ known.

From Our Pastor

 

Pastor Peter’s Pen

 

Isaiah 60:1ff
 Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
 For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you.
Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.  Lift up your eyes and look around; they all gather together…

How apropos that this long season of Sundays following Epiphany should start off with an exultation to praise God through our actions. Given the often-short nature of Epiphany, it is really easy to overlook its rich call to discipleship to be the Church. This year we have one of the longest Epiphany seasons and have the opportunity to delve into the depth of the call.

These days with the hurried busyness of our lives, being pulled here and there, watching the church attacked from both within and without, the call to discipleship can sometimes feel more of burden than a joy. Isaiah’s call is a reminder to the faithful that God’s promise to the people to be with us even in the darkest of times. In fact, the promise is despite the thick darkness, the Lord shall rise on us. God’s work in us continues as God molds us to be a community of light.

Our Communal Life, built on the gracious work of Jesus Christ’s holy love for us, continues with the building blocks of outreach, and love for our neighbor. At FLC we have seen this take shape through outreach based as much on relationship as it is on our resources. Yes, we have been blessed, but the call to share more than our material goods with our neighbor is a call into deeper community with the brother, sister, father, mother, neighbor and friend we know and do not know. Jesus minces no words on who is our brother, sister, father, mother, and neighbor. They are the very people that surround us.

The challenge that lies ahead, is how do we reach out to neighbors we do not know. Do they even know what we are about? Do the know of our ministries and what we stand for? If not, why not? And what can we do to reach out and be intentional in our Christian outreach. How do we scream out over the din of the negative media towards the Church? How can we traverse the nay-sayers against the faith, to have the chance to tell our story? If we want to engage those around us, a good place for us to start is recognizing God’s gracious love rising up on us.

We have to remember why we are here first and foremost. It is not to promote some arcane traditions that no longer speak to Adonai and God’s mighty work of love in the world.  Epiphany bookends the old testament readings with Isaiah. It closes with an exultation of faith, even as Israel seemed to be on the brink of total destruction…

Isaiah 55:12ff  You shall go out with joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;….