September 2019 Program Summaries
September 1, 2019 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 131; Hebrews 13:1-8; 2:24-26; Luke 14:1-11
“Look to God!” - Sermon Text: Luke 14:1-11 - Rev. Dr. Thomas Ahlersmeyer
There is a bit of the Pharisaical in each of us – diminishing God or exalting ourselves. God’s Word both condemns any attempt to place ourselves above God and reveals just how great are His ways, culminating in the life-giving cross and empty tomb of Jesus Christ. To the Pharisee within, God speaks from His Word a message of judgment and undeserved love, sternly commanding, and tenderly inviting us to Look to God!
September 8, 2019 – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 1; Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Luke 14:25-33
“The Way of Blessedness” - Sermon Text: Psalm 1 - Rev. Dr. Walter Maier III
We all want the blessed life – a life blessed by God. Psalm 1 shows us the way of blessedness. This way means blessedness for us now and hereafter.
September 15, 2019 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 119:169-176; Ezekiel 34:11-16, 22-24; Luke 15:1-10
“Being Lost No More” - Sermon Text: Ezekiel 34 - Rev. James Elsner
Being lost seems to be part of life. Whether you’re lost when driving to some place new or lost on the internet, you’re not alone. “Being lost” spiritually, though, is a matter our Lord God is committed to – like a shepherd searching for a lost sheep.
September 22, 2019 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 113; Amos 8:4-7; Luke 16:1-15
“Shrewd Faith” - Sermon Text: Luke 16:15b - Rev. Shayne Jonker
In the end, when the wealth of this world fails, when the global economy collapses under the weight of its own greed, when the idol of wealth is finally exposed as the worthless fraud that it is, when you have lost everything including your own life, there at that end is only Jesus who will not fail you, welcoming you into an eternal dwelling that He won for you by trading out His life for your life.
September 29, 2019 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost - St. Michael and All Angels Observed
Psalm 19; Revelation 12:7-12; Luke 10:17-20
“Satan Has Fallen” - Sermon Text: Luke 10:17-20 - Rev. Paul Shoemaker
A great battle has taken place in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against Satan and his evil angels. They were conquered by the blood of Jesus shed on Calvary’s cross for us. The same sacrifice that defeated Satan has won for us an eternal victory.