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June 2019 Program Summaries

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June 2, 2019 – Seventh Sunday of Easter – The Ascension of our Lord Observed
Psalm 47; New Testament: Acts 1:1-11; Gospel: Luke 24:44-53
“What Are You Doing Here?” - Sermon Text: Acts 1:1-11 - Rev. Bill Mueller

The disciples of Jesus stood in amazement at the ascension of Jesus. They saw Him ascend into Heaven. They were bewildered, confused, and simply dumb-founded. What are you doing here the angels asked them. Jesus will return! In whatever situation of life we find ourselves, the same question needs to be asked of us – what are you doing here?

 
June 9, 2019 – The Day of Pentecost
Psalm 143; New Testament: Acts 2:1-21; Gospel: John 14:25-31
“Let Us Go!” - Sermon Text: John 14:31 - Rev. Dr. Thomas Ahlersmeyer

Two thousand years after He walked the earth, Jesus continues instructing and living among His people. Bringing the voice and presence of Jesus to His disciples is the work of the Holy Spirit. This work is celebrated through the celebration of Pentecost.

 

June 16, 2019 – The Holy Trinity
Psalm 8; New Testament: Act 2:14a, 29-33; Gospel: John 8:51-59
“Before Abraham Was, I Am” - Sermon Text: John 8:51-59 – Rev. Dr. Walter Maier III

Christ’s statement, “Before Abraham was, I am,” gives us wonderful assurance that the Triune God is the God of our salvation. Jesus’ words also lead us to think of the various ways in which he can be described as our Savior.

 
June 23, 2019 – Second Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 3; Old Testament: Isaiah 65:1-9; Gospel: Luke 8:26-39
“How Much God Has Done” - Sermon Text: Luke 8:38-39 - Rev. Thomas Eggold

In today's reading, after Jesus drove demons out of a man, He told him, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” Christ crossed the lake to restore this man, not only so that the man would be “dressed and in his right mind” but so that this once ostracized and isolated outcast could go home, could be reunited with his family, could rejoin his community and could carry with him a message of “how much God has done” for him. This is what Christ has done for us as well.

 
June 30, 2019 – Third Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 16; Old Testament: 1 Kings 19:9b-21; Gospel: Luke 9:51-62
“To Jerusalem!” - Sermon Text: Luke 9:51 - Rev. Shayne Jonker

“When the days drew near for Jesus to be taken up, He set His face to go to Jerusalem.” Jesus purpose, His mission was to go to Jerusalem and be crucified for the world's sin, rise from the dead, and ascend into Heaven. He came to be taken up, and to take us up together with Him.