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04-12-12 “Heaven Is Not For Good People” The Rev. Mark Avera

They say there’s a heaven for those who will wait.  Some say it’s better, but I say it ain’t.  I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints.  Sinners are much more fun.  Only the good die young.  So sang Billy Joel.  Terrible theology, but pretty spot-on in terms of how many folks interpret the church’s message about the life to come.  “Good (uninteresting, snobby) people go to heaven; bad (fun) people go to hell.”  That’s one take.  Another is: the really uber-good folks go to heaven and the rest of us don’t stand a chance.  Both of those notions get you Billy Joel.  (And for the record, these views of heaven and hell trivialize the afterlife and make this life the only arena for true and meaningful existence).  For those that really do want to go to heaven rather than hell, the good-bad distinction usually translates to some system that lets in folks like me and keeps out all the weird, wicked and nasty people whose presence I couldn’t possibly tolerate for eternity.  So what does the Bible have to say about all of this anyway?

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04-12-15 8am Easter 2 Bulletin

04-12-15 930am Chapel Service Handout

04-12-15 1030am Easter 2 Bulletin

04-12-15 6pm Easter 2 Bulletin

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04-05-15 “Today: Do you Need a Second Chance?” The Rev. Alfred T. K. Zadig, Jr.

I will never forget it as long as I live.  I had spilled blue model airplane paint all over our wooden kitchen cabinetry.  I was alone in the house and knew my mother would be coming home soon.  I went upstairs and literally hid in a closet.  I then heard my mother drive up, get out of the car, into the house and then came the scream!  She was so mad!  I walked downstairs and took the verbal lashings, but then came the forgiveness.  The beauty of those words, “Al, it’s time for a second chance.”  Those words brought such comfort to me as an 8 year old.  They still do.  Today is the eternal and forever day of the 2nd chance.  No matter who you are, what you’ve done, or where you’ve been, today is your day to experience the power of the 2nd chance.  We call it the Resurrection of Jesus.  Where Jesus dies after hours of torture on the cross, but then supernaturally comes back to life and in doing so, redeems our sin and gives us all a new beginning!  So, do you need a second chance?  Have mistakes been made that have hurt your soul?  Come to the fountain and drink in the waters of new beginnings.

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Easter Sunrise Service 2015

Easter 2015 Final

Easter 2015 6pm

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04-03-15 7pm “Good Friday” The Rev. Alfred T. K. Zadig, Jr.

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Good Friday Liturgy 2015

 

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04-02-15 “Maundy Thursday” The Rev. Rich Giersch

 Monday    Maundy Thursday

Great leaders stoop down to serve their disciples.  God himself stoops down to grab our attention and our hearts through Jesus.  Why was it so important for Jesus to wash His disciples feet?  Why is it so important to have your feet washed?  Indeed!!  Why??!!

Maundy Thursday 2015

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03-29-15 “Repentance from Indifference” The Rev. Alfred T. K. Zadig, Jr.

It is the most chaotic worship service of the church year, because that’s how the first Palm Sunday was!  Can you imagine Jesus riding into Jerusalem with donkey’s surrounded by palm waving “Hosanna” yelling children and adults?  It was a mad house then and now!  We will re-enact that journey complete with a live donkey at the 9:30 and 10:30am services.  Today is also the day we end our Lenten preaching series on Repentance, specifically through the sin of indifference.  It was impossible to be indifferent on that first Palm Sunday, in fact most people that day began passionately for Jesus but by the end of the week, these same people grew passionately against Him (you will hear both voices loudly and clearly today).

We will begin with the voices FOR Jesus during the Palm Procession.  But through this worship service, and after the Eucharist, we will read the crucifixion story of  Jesus and how those same voices that praised Jesus now call for His death.   This dramatic reading then sets our faces to Holy Week, where we journey with Jesus to the Cross and the miracle of the Resurrection!  So, today, pray our Lord removes our own indifference and gives us a continued passion for the greatest rescue mission ever known.

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03-29-15 8am Palm Sunday Bulletin

03-29-15 930am Chapel Service Handout

03-29-15 1030 am Palm Sunday Bulletin

03-29-15 6pm Palm Sunday Bulletin

 

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03-22-15 “Repentance of Ignorance: Dying to Gospel of Good” The Rev. Alfred T. K. Zadig, Jr.

As we continue our Lenten theme on Repentance, we have preached so far on Repentance from:

  • Materialism
  • Pride
  • Relativism
  • Rebelliousness

Sunday, March 22 we got to ignorance, specifically repenting from what I call:  “The Gospel of Good.”  This false Gospel can be defined this way: “It really doesn’t matter if I’m a Christian or not as long as I’m just morally and ethically good enough.”

I took you to the Mt. Everest of the Bible, Jeremiah 31.  Here this prophet removes the layers of our own confusion and fills us with the most life changing news ever to hit the Old Testament!  From there to the Gospel Peak of John 12 that points us to the fulfillment of everything Jeremiah talked about!

My prayer is that we would abandon the Gospel of Good, and allow the Love of Jesus to transform us from within, in a way that transforms our lives and desires and aligns them with the purposes of Jesus.

 

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03-22-15 8am Lent 5 Bulletin

03-22-15 930am Chapel Service Handout

03-22-15 1030am Lent 5 MP Bulletin

03-22-15 6pm Lent 5 Baptism Bulletin

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03-15-15 8 & 10:30 am “Repenting of Rebelliousness” The Rev. Dr. Peter C. Moore

James Dean starred in the 1955 movie many of us remember called: Rebel Without a Cause. He was a symbol of a lost generation that only knew what they were against, not what they were for. As we think of rebellion in all its many forms, let us not think the concept pertains only to others. Instead, let’s look deeply into our own hearts and see where this same attitude lurks in the shadows of our hidden lives. While we do so, let’s also ponder how God knows these hidden places, and shines his light into them. But here’s the question: what does that light look like? Is it a brilliant beacon that exposing us to God’s harsh scrutiny? Or is it a glowing lamp that shines the way out? You be the judge.

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03-15-15 8am Lent 4 Bulletin

3-15-15 1030am Baptism Lent 4 Bulletin

03-15-15 6pm Lent 4 Bulletin

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03-08-15 9:30 & 6 pm “We Need to Repent of Relativism” The Rev. Luke Rasmussen

Is truth or morality a fixed or fluid reality? Some say yes some say no and others end up somewhere in the middle. In God’s word he has given us guidance on these matters. As we open up the Scripture lets get his take on this matter find out how he answers these questions. We just may find that he is calling us into a new and better reality.

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03-08-15 8 & 10:30 am “Everything Matters If Anything Matters At All: Repenting of Relativism” The Rev. Mark Avera

We live in something of a philosophical alphabet soup.  Everyone has an opinion about God, our purpose, how we got here, what’s right and wrong, and whether or not there is really any such thing as truth.  Secular humanism and materialism both assert that matter is all there is and when you die your matter and energies are absorbed back into the larger cosmos.  Buddhism has its Nirvana; Hinduism has its millions of gods; and Christianity, Islam and Judaism all have their unique understanding of the One True God.  The atheists think that religion is only a path to extremism and violence and that we need to stop being so primitive, accept reality, and get on with making the world a better place by science and smarts.  It’s called relativism, it dominates the cultural landscape, and it demands that we be “tolerant” of everyone and all beliefs.  There’s only one problem with relativism….  God spoke saying “I am the Lord your God.  You shall have no other gods before me.”

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03-08-15 8am Lent 3 Bulletin

03-08-15 1030am Lent 3 Bulletin

03-08-15 6pm Lent 3 Bulletin

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03-01-15 “Repentance of Pride, the Spiritual Cancer, Second in a Lenten Series on Repentance” The Rev. Alfred T. K. Zadig, Jr.

What is true repentance? As we entered our second Lenten Sunday on this critical word, let me remind us from the first Sunday in Lent that repentance is both a physical turning away from our sin, as well as a hatred and repulsion of that sin! Each Sunday, through Lent we will analyze repentance through a different topic. The First Sunday in Lent was on repenting of materialism, this past Sunday was on repenting of pride. The opposite of pride is humility. In fact, cut out this definition and put it on your refrigerator, “Humility is not thinking of less of ourselves, but looking to Jesus and thinking of ourselves less.”

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03-01-15 8am Lent 2 Bulletin

03-01-15 1030am Lent 2 Bulletin

03-01-15 6pm Lent 2 Bulletin

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