Monthly Sermon Themes
Because of Him, I am... - May 2022
After the festive month of April and celebration of Holy Week, we might think the month of May brings us back to “normal.” However, our theme for this month inspires us, not just to continue remembering these momentous events in the life of Jesus, but further, to allow them to change our lives as well. For in Him we live and move and have our being... (Acts 17:28). Jesus Christ is our foundation, motivation, and identification. Because of Him, I can change (May 1) Because of Him, I am delivered (May 8) Because of Him, I am new (May 15) Because of Him, I am a witness (May 22) Because of Him, I believe (Ascension Day - May 26) Because of Him, I worship (May 29) Because of Him, I am. Our theme gives us a fresh perspective on similar words from Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:10 - by the grace of God I am what I am. In other words - I can do these things, and become who God has called me to be because of Jesus Christ. Everything is because of Him.
We Profess Him - April 2022
The disciples’ proclamation of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ began the first church. They professed what they had seen and experienced, inspiring thousands to believe in Jesus Christ. What is our profession? This month, as we journey through Lent, and then come to the momentous days of Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday, each sermon will explore another aspect of our profession of the life, death, resurrection, and return of Jesus Christ. •In Holy Communion we profess Jesus Christ. (April 3) •We profess the glory of Jesus Christ. (April 10) •We profess the love of Jesus Christ through His death. (April 15) •We profess what we see and believe about Jesus Christ in His resurrection. (April 17) •We profess the gospel of Jesus Christ with our lives. (April 24) We hope these thoughts inspire a beautiful celebration of Jesus Christ in these holy divine services, but more importantly, in our lives. Throughout this month, may we better understand what we're professing, when we profess Him.
Lent - March 2022
Lent begins on March 2. For us, the forty days before Easter are a time of reflection and repentance. I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, and my spirit makes diligent search...I will also meditate on all Your work, and talk of Your deeds (Psalm 77:6, 12). Taking time to focus our thoughts on Jesus Christ, His path to the cross, and the glorious victory of Easter will give those holy days more depth and meaning. Each Sunday this month will give us a point of contemplation for the weeks ahead: the magnificence of God (March 6th) Christ the destroyer (March 13th) What is true? (March 20th) and Christ the servant (March 27th) As recorded in 1 Timothy: meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Let us allow this season of Lent to not only focus us on Jesus Christ, but also change us to be more like Him.
Encounter Christ - January 2022
January begins with a sermon on our theme for 2022: Together in Christ (January 2nd divine service). Being a Christian is defined by fellowship, and the community of believers is necessary for each one’s journey of faith. The rest of the month will explore different ways we encounter Christ on this journey together: in His authority, (January 9th divine service) in His call, (January 16th divine service) in His healing, (January 23rd divine service) in His care, (January 30th divine service) and in His light (January midweek service) Each sermon should leave us with tangible actions we can take to model the conduct of our example, Jesus Christ. Join us in January as we Encounter Christ.