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May 2021 Program Summaries

May 2, 2021 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

Psalm 150; 1 John 4:1-11; John 15:1-8
Connected to the Vine” - Sermon Text: John 15:1-8 - Rev. Paul Shoemaker

A dormant vineyard looks so bleak, so lifeless. But at the harvest, it is lush and green and filled with ripe grapes. Just as the grapes receive their nourishment from the vine, we Christians receive our spiritual life and nourishment from the Vine, Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

May 9, 2021 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

Psalm 98; Acts 10:34-48; John 15:9-17
“Jesus is for You!” - Sermon Text: Acts 10:34-48 - Rev. William Mueller

We often struggle with issues of favoritism or partiality. Is one group of people better than another? Is one nation favored more by God? In an eye-opening, opinion-changing, and heart-rendering account in Acts 10, we discover the powerful, eternal truth of “God shows no partiality.”

 

May 16, 2021 – The Ascension of Our Lord  

Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53
“Jesus Reigns Through Us” - Sermon Text: Ephesians 1:22-23 - Rev. Dr. Thomas Ahlersmeyer

Jesus Christ’s ascension is nicknamed “the forgotten festival.” And yet, we experience it daily. Where is Jesus now? What is He up to? God be praised, Jesus reigns through us!

 

May 23, 2021 – Pentecost

Psalm 139:1-10; Acts 2:1-18; John 16:5-15
“The Almighty Spirit” - Sermon Text: Acts 2:1-18 - Rev. Dr. Walter Maier III

The Holy Spirit is almighty God. The Spirit has acted on your behalf in the past, the Spirit does so now, and will continue to work for your benefit in the future. Why? The Spirit loves you and wants your salvation.

 

May 30, 2021 – The Holy Trinity

Psalm 29; Isaiah 6:1-8; John 3:1-17
“Who Will Go?” - Sermon Text: Isaiah 6:8 - Rev. Thomas Eggold  

Standing on our own, the sight of the Lord is a terrifying vision of judgment, but in the purifying blood of Christ, we can sing, “Holy, Holy, Holy.” Through the blood of Christ we can speak the good news of the Gospel, and along with Isaiah, through the purifying and atoning blood of Christ we can stand in the presence of the Lord and say with a clean heart and clean lips, “Here am I, Lord. Send me.”