Our Savior is Here for You!

Our Savior is Here for You! Christmas Eve Services 6pm & 10pm.
All are welcome to join us for Christmas Eve worship. We will here the wonderful new of God keeping His promise to send the world a Savior and how He is here now for you! Both services will be filled with God’s Word, receive the Lord’s Supper, Sing great Christmas hymns and end each service with the loved candlelight singing of Silent Night! Please feel free to invite your friends and family! If you have any questions please call the church at (651) 462-5115.

Claimed By Jesus

“Claimed By Jesus”
9th Sunday After Pentecost B
Mark 16:16, Romans 6:3-11, John 15:15-17
July 19, 2015 (Katie’s Baptism)

 

Grace and peace to each of you this day from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ!

(8:00) Today is a special day in our family. Later this morning during the next service our little daughter Katie will be baptized and will be made a part of Christ’s body. So because of that, I’ve had baptism on the mind for the last few days or so, and I have been exploring what that means for us here and now.

(9:30) I just wanted to take a moment before I begin to say thank you for sharing this special moment in Katie’s life with us. A lot of you made quite the trip to come on up to Stacy, so I want to make sure that you know that Amanda and I appreciate it a lot. So, when I was thinking about what to preach on today, I couldn’t help but think about my little Katie’s baptism, and what the promise of baptism means not only for her but for each of us here and now.

The way people get to this point though can be very different. A lot of us here were baptized as young children, like little Katie will be/was. Others among us were baptized later in life as older children or adults. Some may not be baptized yet at all. Some of us here were baptized by having water poured over our heads in a font like this font that we have here. Others may have had the “dunk tank” experience in a large water tank or maybe even were baptized in a river or lake. Does how or when we are baptized matter at all?

Well folks, I am here to tell you that those things do not matter. It does not matter how much water is used or how old you were when you were baptized. Things like that simply do not matter. Jesus never said anything about how much water to use or how old a person should be- He simply said “go and make disciples of all nations- including children- and baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit[1]” That is exactly what we are doing/did for Katie’s baptism and what happened at the baptisms of every baptized believer here today.

The core of what baptism is can be found in our readings for today. We say in the baptism service that baptism is being adopted into God’s family. What does that mean for us though? What does it mean for us to be baptized into God’s family?

Our Gospel reading for today talks about what it means to be brought into God’s family. In verse 15, Jesus tells his disciples that “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends,” The version of the Bible that we use, the New International Version, translates the word doulos as “servants.” However given the context of the time period, the more honest translation is “slaves.” So what is going on here is that Jesus, and therefore God, is calling us his friends rather than his slaves. You see, people throughout history have thought people only exist to serve their gods’ needs. The gods created humanity in order to have slaves to serve them. Jesus is turning this idea right on its head. While other people may say we exist only serve God, Jesus says what he really wants is for us to be his friends, rather than his slaves.

The next thing that Jesus does in this short little passage is that he lets us know that we have absolutely nothing to do with how we get to become Jesus’ friends. The conventional logic that a lot of Christian groups buy into is that we decide whether or not we believe or don’t believe in Jesus; that I make a choice to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Jesus however, rarely agrees with what you and I would call conventional logic. He turns that logic upside down with what he says in verse 16. Jesus says to his disciples that “you did not choose me, but I chose you.” Jesus chose each of us to be his friend in baptism long before any of us could make a decision to believe. Your ability to make a decision doesn’t impact Jesus’ choice at all. Each of us were chosen at baptism first before any of us could believe.

What this means for us is that we can trust in what Jesus says about baptism. Jesus’ promises that he makes for us at the time of our baptisms are not dependent upon our own thoughts and feelings on any given day, and thank God for that! I know that I for one cannot trust my own weak feelings and my own feeble faith for my baptism to work. All I need to do is trust that God is serious about his promises, which are so much easier to place faith in than myself. Our reformer and theologian Martin Luther said the same thing when he said:

For even if I were never certain anymore of faith, I am still certain of the command of       God, that God has bidden to baptize… But we are not to base baptism on faith. There is         quite a difference between having faith, on the one hand, and depending on one’s faith           and making his baptism depend on faith, on the other.[2].

 

Our faith is not something that we come up with from within ourselves that we respond to with baptism, it is the other way around. We are chosen by Christ in baptism, which gives us something from God to depend on since we cannot depend on our own weak faith.

Our Gospel reading tells us how Christ claims us by His own choice, not our own. However, it is in our First Reading from Romans that we see what happens when Jesus calls us as his friends.

In that reading, St. Paul tells us that in baptism all of us are joined together with Christ entirely, with all of our being. This joining is life giving to us. Paul even says in verse 4 that “just as Christ was raised from the dead… we too may have new life.”

However, there can never be a resurrection without a death. This death and resurrection is kind of like how forests can begin the new stages of their life only when a fire comes through and destroys all of the old life there. Just like the forest, there can only be new life in Christ in our lives after there is a death.

This death is the cost of being a friend of Jesus. It is the cost that Pastor Mary Ellen was talking about last week in her sermon about the cost of being a disciple of Jesus. It is the cross that Jesus was talking about in Luke 9 verse 23 when He says “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” This death is not a nice comfortable thing. It will claim everything of who you are. Remember Dietrich Bonhoeffer? He was a Lutheran pastor from Germany in World War 2 that was executed by Hitler. What he said about it was: “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die[3].”

What kind of death is this though? I get it that Pastor Bonhoeffer’s death is not what most of us had in mind when we read that passage from Romans, although sometimes that does happen. Think of the Christians in the Middle East right now. What I think what it is is the forcible destroying of our own sinful natures, that is the part of us that is always thinking selfishly, the part of our inner being distorted by original sin. Luther talked about that in his Small Catechism, the same one that some of us may have studied during confirmation. In it he said

 

It signifies that the old creature in us with all sins and evil desires is to be drowned and die through daily contrition and repentance, and on                   the other hand a new person is to come forth and rise up to live before God in righteousness and purity forever[4].

 

This old self in us needs to be killed every day in the waters of baptism. It’s a continual process, since the old self in us is something that each of us struggle with every day and never truly goes away in this life. In the words of Walter Sundberg, one of my seminary professors, he said that old self is “one heck of a swimmer!” That is why we need the waters of baptism to be there to remind us every day to repent and drown that old self, or to crucify it in the words of St. Paul, and to come out of it a newly forgiven person that is good in God’s eyes because of Christ’s own death and resurrection.

With that new self that daily comes out of the waters of baptism, we then can live to be people free from the pains of death, and to be free from the guilt and shame that comes from our bad deeds and sins, no matter what they are. Like Paul said in verse 10 about Jesus, each of us are left free to live life living to God, to be the handpicked chosen friends of Jesus, not his slaves.

Let us pray. Thank you Lord, for the gift of Word that comes to us in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. Thank you for taking something so ordinary like water and turning it into living water that kills our old sinful selves and creates something new and beautiful. Thank you Jesus for choosing each of us to be your friends and for desiring to be in relationship with us instead of wanting to be our master. Thank you Holy Spirit for coming to dwell within each of us in our baptisms. We pray this in your Holy name, amen.

 

 

[1] Matthew 28:19 NIV

 

[2] Luther, Martin. Concerning Rebaptism. In Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings.(Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 2005. 2nd ed). p 253.

 

[3] Dietrich Bonhoeffer Cost of Discipleship

 

[4] SC, Baptism. 4:12. in BC, 360.

Is There A Difference?

Seminarian Scott’s devotion for the 682nd Engineer Battalion, Minnesota National Guard

2nd Sunday of Easter B 4/10/15
John 20:19-23

Grace and peace to you today from God our father and from our risen Lord Jesus Christ!

Happy Easter everyone! That’s right, Easter is still going on. We are currently in the 2nd week of the Easter season, when Christians all over the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and his appearances to the disciples.

One of those appearances is where our Scripture reading for today comes in. The disciples are huddled up in a dark room, afraid that the same people that killed Jesus will come after them too. Little did they know that Jesus had already risen from the dead. Their Battle Buddies John and Mary were shouting something about Jesus being alive, but many of them didn’t buy it. I mean, why would they? Their friend and CO Jesus had just been brutally killed by the same folks that were cheering his arrival just a week earlier.

But then something happened. Jesus came into the room and said: “Peace be with you!” This is a common greeting in the Jewish culture of the day, but it still means something for us today. Jesus wants to come into our lives and say “Peace be with you!” All of that other crap you’re dealing with? It’s all gone because Jesus announced peace into your life.

Something else happened here though. Jesus commissioned the disciples, and then gave them a mission. He was sending these disciples into the world to preach the forgiveness of sins and new life through what Jesus did on the cross. This is a mission that all Christians share, you and me included.

As you go through the rest of drill and into your lives throughout the month, I want you all to think about these two things for me. I am asking you to think about how Easter has made a difference in your life. How has Christ’s resurrection announced peace into your life? How is Jesus sending you into the world to accomplish this mission?

If you answer these two questions, and I believe every one of you can, then what Jesus did on the cross can be just as real for you as it was when Jesus showed the disciples his hands and side in that dark room so long ago. Amen.

Sir, We Would Like to See Jesus

“Sir, We Would Like to See Jesus”
5th Sunday in Lent, Year B 3/22/2015
John 12:20-33, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Psalm 63:1

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ!

Well everyone, Lent is almost over. Next Sunday is Palm Sunday, and Holy Week will soon be here. So, Lent is winding down. Or, is it winding up? “The days are coming!” says God in our Old Testament reading for today. Something big is about to happen. God said it in our first reading. Something big is going to happen, and it’s going to be different from what we had before.

God says that this is going to be a new covenant. The old covenant was the one that Israel had received from God through Moses on Mount Sinai. It worked well for a while, as long as everyone did what was required of them and followed all of the laws in the Old Testament. That didn’t last long though. I’m not sure if you recognize the general story, but after the Israelites left Egypt with Moses they came to Israel and set up their nation, which grew into first one then two kingdoms. Everything was great! Except it wasn’t. After generations of the people turning their back on God for pagan idols and generations of evil kings, God had simply had enough. He didn’t destroy the kingdoms; he simply stopped protecting these two tiny nations that were surrounded by large and powerful enemies.

Eventually both Israelite Kingdoms were torn down. The Northern Kingdom was conquered by Assyria and the Southern Kingdom was conquered by Babylon a generation or so later. Both kingdoms were gone, and it seemed like God was done in this world. The remaining Israelites and that survived were taken away to be slaves in a foreign land.

Think of it this way. It would be like if today ISIS invaded Minnesota, defeated the U.S. Army and burned St. Paul to the ground. After they killed men, women, and children indiscriminately and stole everything of value, they took anyone who was lucky enough to survive and took them away to be their slaves back in Syria. It was that kind of carnage and national trauma that the remaining Israelites that Jeremiah the Prophet was speaking to were going through. We talk about the movie “God’s Not Dead” that came out a few months ago. Well, to these Israelites God seemed like He was dead.

What could anyone say to a people that had gone through something like that? There was no more king to lead them. Jeremiah the Prophet was one of the only leaders left, and he was going into exile too. The only one who could speak anything into such a national tragedy was God Himself.

And what did God say? He said that soon everything would change. No, God was not going to simply return the things to the way that they were. Why would he? The old way didn’t work. People simply cannot follow God’s perfect law on their own. They needed a new way, a new covenant. They needed a covenant like what God said through Jeremiah in verse 34. They needed a way where all of the people can know God, not just a select few. They needed a way in which God can forgive their sins so that this sort of pain never has to happen again.

“The days are coming.” What is that though? How long is soon? It is like when you are a kid and you are on a road trip with the family. It is so incredibly boring in the car though, and ten minutes into an eight hour drive you moan “Are we there yet?” Has this ever happened to any of you? Or were you the parent driving and saying “no! We aren’t anywhere near where Grandma’s yet!”

Well, so it was for the Israelites. The Jews eventually came back from Babylon and formed a new country, but it was always under the thumb of some foreign power, whether it was Persia, Greece, or Rome. They never forgot the experience of the exile though, and they were still looking for that new covenant that God said was coming.

Then one day, right before the biggest holiday of the year, an itinerant rabbi named Jesus came to town. It was all the news. The whole city was excited about this guy. Who was he though? There was no denying that he was something special, since he had done many miracles. Was he a prophet? Or was he the messiah that they had long been waiting for since that day when Jeremiah said those words of God? What would he do?

There was only one way to see. They had to go and see this rabbi, this Jesus guy. There is a small detail that’s in our text though. You see, the people that came up to see Jesus were Greeks, not Jews. Jews and non-Jews did not associate with each other. Jews could not even enter the home of a non-Jew. Not only this, but the people in question here are Greeks! You see, the Jews and the Greeks did not get along well together at all. After Alexander the Great’s armies swept through the region a couple hundred years earlier, the Greeks formed the Seleucid Empire in the area and would not let the Jews worship God. They tried to make Jews become like the Greeks. They even took the Temple in Jerusalem and dedicated it to Zeus! This persecution initiated the Maccabean Revolt, where the Jews threw out their Greek rulers, purified the Temple and installed King Herod’s ancestors as the kings if Israel. It is this part of Jewish history that modern Jews are remembering when they celebrate Hannukah.

This is the history that the Greeks and Jews of Jesus’ time are still feeling, even though they are both under Roman rule. It’s for that reason that the Greeks didn’t come to Jesus directly. They felt like maybe they were not allowed to come. What did Philip do? He didn’t say “Go away, you unclean Gentile!” No, he brought them to Jesus.

Have you ever had a moment like Philip’s moment? Have you ever been in the position to introduce someone to Jesus? Or do you feel like that you maybe identify with someone else Are you like the Greeks? Do you feel like that you somehow you don’t deserve to come to Jesus? That there has been too much bad blood between you and God in the past, or between you and God’s people? Sometimes, unfortunately, that can happen in our broken world.

If that’s you, then remember that Jesus did see the Greeks that Philip brought to him. He told them that the Prince of the World, Satan, will be driven out! Jesus says that he will bring all peoples to himself. It won’t matter if you have been one of God’s people all of your life like the Jews or if you are new to God like the Greeks. Jesus doesn’t care. What he said in verse 26 is that “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” Jesus wants us to follow him, and he doesn’t care about our checkered pasts. He only wants followers. He doesn’t want any fans. “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified,” so that the sins of God’s people can be remembered no more as God said through Jeremiah His prophet.

Let us pray. Lord Jesus, we want to see you. We are not worthy to come before you. We thank you that even though we are not, that you would still receive us as your followers in the new covenant that you promised your people so long ago through your servant Jeremiah the prophet, amen.

Repent and Believe the Good News!

“Repent and Believe the Good News!”
1st Sunday in Lent, Year B, 2/22/2015
1st Communion Sunday
Mark 1:9-15, 1 Corinthians 11:23-29

 

Good Morning Everyone! Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ!

Well, welcome to Lent everyone. Some of you may be wondering what Lent even is, if you aren’t familiar with the Church year. Things seemed to be going pretty well. Christmas is over and we got to celebrate the story behind our frescoes, but then we had a funny service last Wednesday where we put ashes on people and everyone was all serious. What the heck is going on?

Well, this is what Lent is. Lent is the 40 days before Easter in which we remember Jesus on His way to the cross. During this time we take a moment to remember why we need Jesus and the cross, like we did with Ash Wednesday with the ashes. It’s also the reason that during Lent we don’t sing or say the joyful word Alleluia, which is Hebrew for “Praise the LORD.” Lent is a time of somberness and repentance.

In today’s Gospel reading however, we are looking at the start of Jesus’ journey to the cross. In our reading from Mark, Jesus comes out of the backwater town in Judea called Nazareth to the Jordan River to be baptized by John the Baptist, who was sent to prepare the way for Jesus.

Jesus gets baptized, and the Holy Spirit comes down from heaven like a dove, and the Father tells Jesus that He is pleased with Him. The Bible says though that immediately after this Jesus was sent out into the wilderness. Jesus didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to His mother Mary or His brother James. He was sent out right now!

The Bible here says that he was out in the wilderness for 40 days, the same amount of time that Lent lasts! But this wasn’t like a long trip to the Boundary Waters though. In Judea, going into the wilderness meant going out into the desert. Out in the desert there isn’t much of anything. It’s hot, it’s dry, and there isn’t much water, and Jesus doesn’t have any food either.. And Jesus was out there for 40 days straight with no one but Satan and wild animals to keep him company. The entire time he was out there he was getting more tired, more thirsty, and Satan’s temptations are looking more and more appealing. Not exactly the most fun camping trip ever!

The time that Jesus spent fasting and praying in the wilderness is the reason why many Christians will “give something up for Lent.” If you want to do that, that’s great! Fasting, even from things you like that aren’t “food,” like Facebook or video games, is a great way to remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us. Alternatively, instead of giving something up, some Christians will add something, like prayer, Bible reading, or giving to the poor. If you decide to do anything, however, make sure you do it for God, not to brag about it or do it so others will see you. If you brag about it, Jesus tells us three times in Matthew chapter 6 that the people that brag about it or do it just to be seen are hypocrites that have “received their reward in full” (Matthew 6: 2, 5, 16).

But why was he sent out into the wilderness though? He had just been baptized! And now Jesus is going out into the wilderness! But look at what happens when Jesus comes back. Jesus comes back from the wilderness more committed than ever to fulfilling His task that He knew that he had to do. Jesus comes back and finds that John is in prison, but as the Scriptures said, the time had come for him to start His ministry that would one day lead him to the cross.

Jesus’ baptism was the beginning of His work and ministry in the world. That’s why Mark’s Gospel starts with the baptism of Jesus unlike Matthew and Luke that start with the Christmas story or John’s Gospel that begins with creation.

Our baptisms are the same way. St. Paul says that in our baptisms we are crucified with Christ to belong to Him (Romans 6:6) and St. Peter says that we are all priests chosen to declare God’s work in us (1 Peter 2:9). So just like Jesus’ baptism was the beginning of Jesus’ ministry on Earth, our own baptisms, whether they happened last week or a week after we were born, they are the beginning of our own ministries as well.

Already in our lives we have been doing ministry to spread the Good News, even since our baptisms. However, like I mentioned earlier Lent is a time of remembering Jesus’ journey to the cross. Later in Lent we will come to Maundy Thursday, when the first Holy Communion happened. It makes sense then that during Lent we are celebrating the faith milestone of First Communion for some of our children.

Some of our kids have been working over the last few weeks with Pastor Ed, learning about Holy Communion. Because of that, I think it’s a good idea for all of us to take a look at what Communion means, especially since us as a church, especially those of us that are parents, are the ones that are responsible for showing the children the way they should go, as our Lay Shepherd reading from Proverbs today said (Proverbs 6:22). And to show anyone the way to go, we need to know ourselves.

St. Paul in our first reading today talks a lot about the Sacrament of Holy Communion.  The first part sounds pretty familiar. Those are what we call the Words of Institution, the words that Jesus said on that night. We also see them in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. In these words Jesus Himself tells us what this Sacrament means. In it Jesus says that the bread is His body; that the cup of wine is his blood. An internet meme that I saw once, called “Things Jesus Never Said” talked about this. In it Jesus was holding the bread and said “This is sort of like my body.” The point is that Jesus tells us that this really is His body and blood, and because of that Communion is really big deal that deserves our reverence and respect.

In those words Jesus also said that His body and blood are “given for you for the forgiveness of sins.” Martin Luther wrote about this in his Small Catechism that these words of Jesus along with eating and drinking really do work the forgiveness of sins just as Jesus said if you believe what Jesus said.

Like I said a moment ago, Holy Communion really is Jesus’ body and blood. Because of that, St. Paul in the second half of our first reading sets down some rules. First, he says that everyone needs to receive Communion in a worthy manner. What does a “worthy manner” mean though? We certainly don’t have anything that we can bring before God that could make us worthy. The only thing that we can bring to God is a repentant heart that forgives others and believes in what Jesus said, “given and shed for the forgiveness of sins.”

The second thing that St. Paul says is that those that receive Holy Communion need to examine themselves before they receive it. That’s why we do Confession and Forgiveness during the service every time we have Communion. It’s also the reason that we give First Communion classes to the kids before they can have Communion, so that they can do this discerning and examining that St. Paul talks about. They actually have it pretty good; I had to wait until after I was confirmed when I was 15 before I could receive Communion.

It is important to do both of these things, receiving Communion worthily and examining yourself before Communion. St. Paul said it was so important that he left a warning to those who don’t. To those who receive Communion without examining yourself and discerning the Body and Blood he says that they “eat and drink judgment on themselves.”

The last thing that Jesus said in the Words of Institution was “do this in remembrance of me.” The last thing that Jesus does for us in Communion is to help us remember him, that is to strengthen our faith. And like I’ve been saying all along, remembering Jesus to strengthen our faith is what Lent is all about anyways. That’s why I am so glad that we get to celebrate First Communion with our children here.

St. Paul said in our reading too that “whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (1 Cor 11:26). As you take Communion today, whether it is for the first time or for the thousandth time, remember that by taking Communion, you are taking part of something that God’s people have been doing for centuries- participating in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. You are doing something in which Christ does something amazing for us, strengthening our faith and forgiving our sins so that we can go out and be God’s people in the world that proclaim the same thing that Jesus did when he came out of the wilderness: “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Let us pray. Lord, on this first Sunday in Lent help us to remember the sacrifice that you gave for us on the cross. Help us to always remember what you have done for us and send your Holy Spirit to us so that we can proclaim the good news of your death and resurrection to those around us and to show them that the Kingdom of God truly is near. Be with all of us as we take part in your Body and Blood today, and help us show the way of faith for the children of our congregation who will be taking Communion for the first time today. Amen.

The Lord is Coming

Given to the Soldiers of the Minnesota Army National Guard by Seminarian Scott at drill

The Lord is Coming
Pastor Scott Adkins
2nd Sunday in Advent B, 12/7/2014
Mark 1:1-8

 

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ!

In case you didn’t know, we are now in the second week of the time of the year called Advent, which is the month before Christmas. During Advent, we as the Church take a moment both to remember how Christ came into the world and how Jesus said that he would come back again. So Advent is a time of anticipation.

But that makes sense. This sense of anticipation is brimming around everywhere, isn’t it? Thanksgiving wasn’t even over before people started crowding the stores for Black Friday, the Christmas decorations are going up, and  we are waiting for Christmas Eve with baited breath it seems, for that special few days with family, friends food, that new Xbox game that you wanted and a good beer.

However, the darker side of that anticipation sometimes rears itself too. What if Christmas means that you spend the holiday alone? Or if buying presents is not possible for you or your family this year, or at least bulges your credit card uncomfortably?

Our Scripture reading for today has something to speak into all of this. In our reading from the beginning of the oldest Gospel, we get to literally hear some “good news”- that’s something we don’t get to hear very often, now is it?

The good news, oddly enough, is about waiting. The prophets from the Old Testament tell us that the way of the Lord is being prepared. John the Baptist, the final prophet that baptizes Jesus, tells the people that Jesus is coming. And he doesn’t mince words either. Here is John, highly respected by the community, and he says that this next guy is so great that he is unworthy to untie his shoes.

That same message is true for us today. We are told in Scripture by Jesus himself that He is coming soon, just like those Jews at the river with John heard. So what do we do about it?

The main thing that we can do is “prepare the way for the Lord” just as the Old Testament Prophets said. We don’t do this by cleaning up and rolling out the red carpet though, we do this by what John preached: repent and be baptized!

By repenting of our sins and going through the sacrament of Holy Baptism we prepare a place for God’s Holy Spirit to live within each of us, allowing us to be together with Jesus in the Body of Christ until Jesus does return himself. By this way we get to belong to Christ and he says to each of us, “You are mine.”

Whether Christmas anticipation is a good thing to be cherished or something to simply struggle through, we all have something real and exciting to look forward to. We get to look out for the coming of the Son of God, and this is what Christmas anticipation is all about.

Amen.

 

Faith and Family Wednesdays

St John’s Lutheran Church in Stacy, MN presents Faith and Family Wednesdays.

Worship starts at 6:00PM. The service moves into an evening of learning, fellowship and projects.

All ages are invited and it is entirely free of charge.

We have learning opportunities for children age 4 (potty trained) up to 12 years old in Faithweavers and teenagers in Lutheran Confirmation classes. Also many guest speakers and projects for adults and kids who choose not to participate in either Faithweavers or Confirmation.

*Childcare for younger children may be provided depending on demand. 
We hope to see you there.
View below to see our previous Faith and Family services –