October 2021 Program Summaries
October 3, 2021 – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 128; Genesis 2:18-25; Mark 10:2-16
“What God Has Joined” - Sermon Text: Mark 10:9 - Rev. Thomas Eggold
Christ’s blood covers all our sins. And no matter what you have done to damage your family, and even if you have experienced the tragedy of divorce, in Christ you are a new creation, and in Him there is always a good future. God’s forgiveness is life. It is hope. It is everything.
October 10, 2021 – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 90: 1, 12-17; Amos 5:6-7, 10-15; Mark 10:17-22
“Follow Me” - Sermon Text: Mark 10:17 - Rev. Shayne Jonker
Jesus’ words “follow me” were spoken to you in Baptism with the water and the Word by the Spirit of God. And every day, Jesus repeats those words to you through your Baptism. To follow Jesus means to die and rise with Jesus, to lose your life in order to gain it.
October 17, 2021 – Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 119:9-16; Ecclesiastes 5:10-20; Mark 10:23-31
“Live Long and Prosper?” - Sermon Text: Ecclesiastes 5:10-20 - Rev. Paul Shoemaker
For Star Trek fans, the Vulcan greeting of “Live long and prosper” is well known. But what is true prosperity? Is it a long life? Is it the accumulation of wealth? For the Christian it is all about our life in Christ.
October 24, 2021 – Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 126; Jeremiah 31:7-9; Mark 10:46-52
“Let Me See” - Sermon Text: Mark 10:46-52 - Rev. William Mueller
In this brief episode of blind Bartimaeus receiving his sight, we ourselves are led to the dramatic conclusion: we, too, are blind. We have been blinded from seeing who Jesus really is. And, truly “seeing” our condition we are led to pray the same prayer as old blind Bartimaeus – “Let me see!”
October 31, 2021 – Reformation Day
Psalm 46; Revelation 14:6-7; Matthew 11:12-19
“Jesus Changes Everything” - Sermon Text: Matthew 11:12-19 - Rev. Dr. Lawrence Rast, Jr.
The people of Jesus’ time expected change, but when it came, they didn’t like it. The Reformation was all about change—and we struggle with change, too. But the presence of Jesus in our lives truly changes everything.