January 2023 Program Summaries
January 1, 2023 – Epiphany Observed
Psalm 31:1-5; Isaiah 60:1-6; Matthew 2:1-12
“New Year’s Comfort” - Sermon Text: Matthew 2:1-12 - Rev. Dr. Walter Maier III
Whenever you stand at the beginning of a new year, you have concerns. What events will take place in the world? What will happen in your own life? The good news is that the Triune God rules the universe and controls world history. This God also knows you, loves you, and will save you. You are in his hands, and that is the best place to be.
January 8, 2023 – The Baptism of Our Lord
Psalm 29; Romans 6:1-11; Matthew 3:13-17
“Newness of Life” - Sermon Text: Romans 6:2-4 - Rev. Thomas Eggold
One of the most important things the Bible teaches us about Baptism is death. In fact, Paul’s words in Romans 6 tell us that Baptism is first about death. As odd as this may sound, it is only when we understand the death that occurs in our Baptism, that we can fully live as God’s people.
January 15, 2023 – Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Psalm 40:1-11; Isaiah 49:1-7; John 1:29-42a
“Lamb of God” - Sermon Text: John 1:29 - Rev. Shayne Jonker
Once again, John the Baptist is our preacher, pointing the way, the only way to the One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. But don’t look to John, he’s not much to look at anyway, look to where he’s pointing. Look to Jesus. “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”
January 22, 2023 – Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Psalm 27:1-9; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-25
“A Divided Family” - Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 - Rev. Paul Shoemaker
It is always tragic when families are divided. The hurts and resentments can last for a lifetime and even be passed on to the next generation. The Apostle Paul encourages all families, including our church family, to look to Jesus and His love for us to resolve all quarrels and divisions.
January 29, 2023 – Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Psalm 15; Micah 6:8; Matthew 5:1-12
“Walk Humbly with God” - Sermon Text: Micah 6:8 - Rev. William Mueller
Through the prophet Micah our Lord gives a great charge: walk humbly with Him. In good fashion we ask the question, what does this mean? How do we walk humbly with God? And why does it matter?