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August 2020 Program Summaries

August 2, 2020 – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 136:1-9; Isaiah 55:1-5; Matthew 14: 13-21
“More Than Enough” - Sermon Text: Matthew 13:20 - Rev. Thomas Eggold

Our Savior has compassion on the needy and has provided for the poor in miraculous ways. He has called us out of our poverty, exhaustion, anxiety, and doubt and has forgiven our sins. In Him, we have more than enough and now we can share His life-giving, life-changing, life-saving gifts with the world. 

 

August 9, 2020 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 18:1-6, 46; Job 38:4-18; Matthew 14:22-33
“The Powerful Word” - Sermon Text: Matthew 14:27 - Rev. Shayne Jonker

Fear is the underlying issue of this morning's Gospel reading. Fear threatens to swallow up Peter and the disciples in their little boat out on the rough sea. Fear paralyzes, it wears us down, it erodes our faith, and it generates doubt. To the disciples' fear, and to ours, Jesus speaks His Word: “Take heart. It is I. Do not be afraid.”

 

August 16, 2020 – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 67; Romans 11:1-2a, 13-15, 28-32; Matthew 15:21-28
“Perfect Healing” - Sermon Text: Matthew 1315:21-28 - Rev. Paul Shoemaker

We all pray for physical health to be restored when a loved one is ill. Our spiritual health has been restored by Jesus’ death and resurrection. In Christ, whether in life or at death, we have perfect healing. 

 

August 23, 2020 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 138; Isaiah 51:1-6; Matthew 16:13-20
“Built on the Rock” - Sermon Text: Matthew 16:13-20 - Rev. William Mueller

The question Jesus asks His disciples is rather simple: Who do people say that He is? However, Jesus’ purpose in asking the question was far more than taking a poll of public opinion – He was narrowing it down to each individual person. Who do you say that Jesus is? Is He just a moderately powered helper, enough to help us over the speedbumps in life, OR is He the Lord God Himself who is our Savior?

 

August 30, 2020 – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 26; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28
“The Way God Thinks” - Sermon Text: Matthew 16:23 - Rev. Dr. Thomas Ahlersmeyer

Are you ever tempted to be God’s “script-writer,” to tell God how to be God? Life’s greatest news is this . . . God does NOT meet our expectations, He EXCEEDS them! This good news changes our lives now and eternally.