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One of the hymns in our hymnal is titled: "Where You There?" The hymn asks each one of us a series of question. It asks,

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?

Because of our sin we deserved to be there. We deserved to be nailed to the cross and forsaken by God eternally. If we would have been there we would have been left in hell forever. But Jesus was there on the cross for us; He rose from the dead and now gives us the assurance that because of Him we do not have to be there in torment. Certainly this gives us something we can be thankful for during this season of Lent.

However, as we move through this Lenten season and again relive the drama and the passion of our Savior Jesus, in a way we can say that we were there. For as we listen to the words of the Scripture we stand at the foot of the cross and see the nails which were driven into His hands. As we read the Bible we see the people take the lifeless body of Christ off of the cross and ultimately at the end of this Lenten season we will see the empty tomb.

Furthermore, in Romans 6:3-4 it says this: "Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." Through His Word and Sacrament God has given you faith in Jesus and connected you to the cross and the empty tomb. Your old sinful nature was crucified with Christ upon the cross and through faith in Jesus you too will rise out of the grave to eternal life.

Therefore, may we say with joyful gratitude and renewed understanding of God's grace, Christ was there for us. At the end of Lent let us says, "Yes, we too were there."  We were there as we heard again the familiar words of Scriptures.  We were there as we again made our journey through the passion, suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ. Through faith in Jesus we were there. Because He suffered for us we were there on the cross. Because He rose from the dead for us through faith we too will one day be there in eternal glory with Him.

This Lenten season let us all come and make the journey again which the Lord made for us. Each week see all that the Lord has done for you. Come to church and stand at the foot of the cross and see the nails which were driven into His hands. On Good Friday let us again witness how Jesus died on the cross and was laid in the tomb. And finally on Easter Sunday once again with joy and rejoicing, let us be there as we see how Jesus triumphantly rose from the dead and gave us a reason to hope.

Were You there? Jesus was there for you and this Lenten and Easter season you too can say you were there. To God be our eternal thanks for being there for us so that through faith we may be with Him for eternity.

Pastor Schoenfeld

Dear Friends in Christ,

We have journeyed through The Story. We have traveled through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. It has been a great journey and a great blessing. But how does The Story further impact your life? Where do we go from here? It is an important question because God says to us in James 1:22, "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves." God makes clear to us that if we only hear the word of God and do not act upon it we are deceiving ourselves.

When we studied The Story we saw how our Lord took action for our benefit. After falling into sin He promised a savior. He came from the upper story and entered this world as a human being taking our place under the law of God. He went to the cross and gave His life for us. Now that He has accomplished our salvation and risen from the dead, He brings to us the forgiveness of sins, His Word, His sacraments, and many blessings. Because God took action our lives we are impacted in positive ways. Through faith in Jesus we will spend eternity in heaven. But the action of Jesus also affects how we live our lives now in this world as He fills us with His gifts and moves us forward to carry out the works and purposes He has prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).

Later this month we will begin the next step of The Story which is entitled Believe.  This study is divided into three parts.  You have heard the saying, "you are what you eat." Similarly, we can say, "You are what you believe." Therefore, in the first third of Believe we will look at some of our basic and important Christians beliefs that we hold dear.   In the second third of our study we will focus upon how we act on those beliefs.    What do we do to be doers of God's Word and not just hearers? This part will focus on how we live out our Christian life.   In the third section of our study we will consider what am I becoming.   We will consider how the Word of God and our beliefs about it is changing not just some outward actions, but is changing us from the inside out. Our character, our true self will be changing for the better.

Believe will follow the same kind of format that we enjoyed with the Story. All ages will be able to study similar material each week. Our study will again have 3 aspects to it like the 3 legs to a stool. First, everyone will receive a book and there will be a short chapter to read each week. Secondly, the sermon in our weekend worship will focus on that week's readings. Thirdly, in our Bible study we will watch a brief video and go through a study guide and discussion that will give lots of opportunities to reflect upon how we are living out what we believe. Many people have found this Bible study portion to be a blessing as we have gone through The Story. Therefore, whether you have been participating in the past or not everyone is invited and encouraged to join in on this 3rd leg of the journey through Believe. Here it becomes all the more real as we can discuss things in a more informal basis.

As we being this journey through Believe, a 30 week journey, it is a great time not only to recommit yourself to participate, but also to invite someone to go through it with you. Perhaps you may invite a family member, a friend, a member you have not seen in church for some time, a neighbor or even someone you just met. Take a sheet off of the welcome table and give it to someone one else inviting them to sit with you and experience the journey through Believe together.

Pastor Schoenfeld

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  Romans 3:23

Ever since Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3) every human being has come into this world as a sinful being.  Our sin separates us from God.  Left to ourselves we would perish for eternity in hell (John 3:36 & Hebrews 10:26-27).

For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16

God loves you so much that He came into this world as a human being (Luke 2:1-20).   Jesus, the Son of God, lived a perfect life for you (Hebrews 4:14-16), suffered and died upon a cross for you (John 19), and rose from the dead for you (Luke 24).   Now our risen Lord will forgive your sin (1 John 1:8-9) and grant eternal salvation to you if you believe in Him.  

“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved…”  Acts 16:31

When God blesses you with a living faith in Jesus you will have a place in heaven.  Such salvation comes not by our works but by grace through faith in Jesus (Romans 3:28; Ephesians 2:8-10).  

And He died for all, that those who live, should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.”  2 Corinthians 5:15

Now as those who have been given the gift of heaven we live no longer just for ourselves but to serve God and our fellow human beings.  (Ephesians 2:10)


We Have  Saturday Worship at 4:00 PM

When life gets busy and you are unable  to make it to our regular Sunday worship service, join us Saturday at 4:00 PM.

This service will be more informal than Sunday morning while including the essential aspects of Christian worship.  Everyone is welcome to attend.