Monday, June 20, 2022

Sermon 06.19.2022 - Luke 8:26-39

'Now from what we know of Jesus, we believe he will instantly grant the man’s request and allow him to come with him. Jesus loves people, and he loved the man so much as to cleanse him from evil spirits. Plus, he wants more disciples. But instead we are told that Jesus ‘sent him away.’ Why would Jesus do this seemingly non-loving, non-welcoming thing?'

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Evening Prayer, June 15, 2022, 7 p.m.

 The livestream may be found here.


EVENING PRAYER (Vespers)

Macrina, Basil, Gregory of Naziansus, Gregory of Nyssa

(Lutheran Book of Worship, page 142)


Monday, June 13, 2022

Sermon June 12, 2022 - Trinity Sunday

 Who, or what, is Jesus of Nazareth?

A very religious man?

An avatar or manifestation of God, or one of the gods?

What do we believe about Jesus?

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Evening Prayer, June 8, 2022, 7 p.m.

The livestream may be found here.


EVENING PRAYER (Vespers)

Sealth (Seattle), Chief of the Duwamish Confederacy, 1866 - transferred from June 7 

(Lutheran Book of Worship, page 142)



Monday, June 6, 2022

Sermon for Pentecost Sunday, June 5, 2022

'For people of Northern climates, the story of Jesus

as experienced in the liturgical year

is mirrored so perfectly in the coming forth of light from darkness

over the six months from December to June

that it seems that Nature herself echoes the Gospel story

proclaimed in Scripture and hymn and sermon.'

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Evening Prayer not live-streamed tonight

Due to a school concert which I must attend, there will be no live-streamed Evening Prayer tonight. 

May God bless you and keep you this night under the shadow of his wings.

- Pastor Frontz

Sunday, May 29, 2022

No livestream this morning

 Regular Sunday morning live-streaming will resume next week, June 5, at 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Sermon - May 1, 2022 (Third Sunday of Easter)

'But if you come to worship and call yourself a Christian, and you say you believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, and then you don’t know what it is, whose fault is that? That’s my fault.'

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Sermon - April 24, 2022

'It is only in this way, Jesus knows, that Thomas can be convinced – not because Thomas is a particularly suspicious person who won’t believe without proof, but because his innocence has been stripped from him, torn cruelly from him by the violence visited upon Jesus, and the only way he can regain it is to know and see for himself that the guilty world has not been able to destroy the one in whom he had so trustingly believed.'

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Sunday, April 17, 2022

The Holy Communion on Easter Day, April 17, 2022, 10:30 a.m.

The livestream may be found here.

OPENING MUSIC                                 

        Welcome, Happy Morning - Charles Ore

 

Choir                                                                                                Spring Bursts Today                         Text/ Christina Rosetti; Music/ Sam Batt Owens

 

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Thursday, April 14, 2022

The Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday. April 14, 7:00 p.m.

The livestream may be found here. 


OPENING MUSIC    The Passion Chorale/ O Sacred Head

I.                    J. S Bach                                                                                                    II. Jean Langlais

Stand

W HYMN             Chief of Sinners though I Be                            Green LBW 306 

 

Maundy Thursday Service is at 7:00 p.m. - please join us!

 


Monday, April 11, 2022

Holy Week Services 2022

Please join us for our services of worship this Holy Week.

Maundy Thursday     April 14, 2022, 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday              April 15, 2022, 12:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The Vigil of Easter    April 16, 2022, 6:30 p.m.

Easter Day                April 17, 2022, 10:30 a.m.

      Feel free to join us for our Easter breakfast from 8:30 - 10 a.m.!

Read about our Walk for Water on Sunday, May 15!

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Evening Prayer: April 6, 2022, 6:30 p.m.

The livestream may be found here.


 Hymns: 

ELW  563 (WOV 728)  O Light Whose Splendor Thrills and Gladdens

ELW 233 Let My Prayer Rise Before You

LBW 112, Part VII (st. 19, 20, 21)  Jesus, I Will Ponder Now

ELW 251 (WOV 730) My Soul Proclaims Your Greatness


Some of these texts are copyrighted and cannot be reproduced here. Should you need an LBW or WOV for home use, please contact me and we will get you a copy free of charge.

Monday, April 4, 2022

Sermon: Lent 5C, April 03, 2022

'Sometimes ‘just’ listening is what people need. (Why do we say ‘just’ listening as if listening is somehow not really important? Dietrich Bonhoeffer said that the first service we owe to others is to listen to them.)'

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Evening Prayer: Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 6:30 pm

 The livestream may be found here.


 Hymns: 

ELW  563 (WOV 728) O Light Whose Splendor Thrills and Gladdens

ELW 233 Let My Prayer Rise Before You

LBW 112, Part III (st. 7,8,9)  Jesus, I Will Ponder Now

ELW 251 (WOV 730) My Soul Proclaims Your Greatness


Some of these texts are copyrighted and cannot be reproduced here. Should you need an LBW or WOV for home use, please contact me and we will get you a copy free of charge.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Sermon, March 27, 2022 (Lent 4C)

 

'The extravagant gesture of the father, beyond any semblance of proportion, explodes the world the brothers live in, the world we live in. Deserve; owe; earn; but the father instead is full of joy.'

Monday, March 21, 2022

Sermon March 20, 2022 - 3 Lent

'(I)t should be obvious that Isaiah 55 is not really talking about junk food. It’s junk ideas – and they usually attack us when we’re unfocused, when we’ve been working and dealing with all of the stuff life brings to us, and then the junk idea gets us. Junk ideas about God get in and fill our exhausted brains.' 

Friday, March 18, 2022

Lenten Minute - Thursday, March 17

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Did you know that he was not Irish, but English? Then why is he the saint of Ireland? Let us know in the comments.

The statement ‘We go to church to meet God’ raises the question, ‘Do I have to go to church to meet God?’
Yes, God is present everywhere in his creation: in nature, in the joy of family, in the togetherness of the national community, in the privacy of prayer. In that sense, one can be with God anywhere. And it is appropriate to remember that, especially at times when one is prevented from gathering with other believers.
But Martin Luther was very fond of reminding us that God is ‘God for us’ only in Jesus Christ. Nature can be destructive. The family or the nation can become oppressive. The private prayer unformed by the Word can become unhinged (think Tammy Faye Bakker and her prayer for an RV).
So we cannot use ‘God is present everywhere’ as an excuse for not attending worship. Christ is encountered in the community of believers gathered in his name. This is how he came to his disciples after the resurrection; when they were gathered together (even in a group of as few as two!) he appeared to them. Even when he appeared to one person alone (Mary Magdalene in the garden, Paul on the Damascus road) the appearance led them to the community of believers, to witness to what they had seen and heard.
If we use ‘God is present everywhere’ as an excuse to stay away from worship, we cut ourselves off from hearing what Jesus has to say to us and what he has to give to us. We also cut ourselves off from the other people that God has given us to serve. If you have used this phrase as an excuse for neglecting church, let this be your wake-up call. If you regularly attend worship, this is a call to be attentive to what God is doing in the service, how he speaks, what he gives.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Evening Prayer - Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 6:30 p.m.

The livestream may be found here.


 Hymns: 

ELW  563 (WOV 728) O Light Whose Splendor Thrills and Gladdens

ELW 233 Let My Prayer Rise Before You

ELW 345 (LBW 115) Jesus, I Will Ponder Now

ELW 251 (WOV 730) My Soul Proclaims Your Greatness


Some of these texts are copyrighted and cannot be reproduced here. Should you need an LBW or WOV for home use, please contact me and we will get you a copy free of charge.

Lenten Minute - March 16, 2022

‘The God of the universe loves me and invites me to meet with him? Amazing.’

This comment on yesterday’s ‘Lenten minute’ neatly encapsulates why we go to church. We go to church to meet God.
To say that, however, is to open up even more questions. Some of them are tongue-in-cheek: Shouldn’t meeting God be more exciting than my regular weekly Sunday church service? More to the point – can’t I meet God anywhere, at any time? Do I have to go to church to be with God, or to speak with him, or to hear him? And how does God meet us in church? How does he speak to me, or communicate with me there in a way that he doesn’t anywhere else?
But first, let’s define what it means to ‘go to church.’ Most of us call the building we assemble in the church. But it is the assembly of believers for worship that makes the building a church building. The word which we translate ‘church’ is the Greek word ecclesia, which means ‘assembly.’ It’s a pretty vanilla word in English, but it is the ‘assembly’ that is church. So when we say go to church it is not the building we mean, but the gathering, or assembly, of the Christian people to meet the risen Lord Jesus, which has been happening since the very first Easter.
What other questions or thoughts are raised by the statement ‘We go to church to meet God?’ And have you thought of ‘church’ primarily as ‘building’ or ‘people?’

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Lenten Minute - Tuesday, March 15, 2022


Why Go To Church?

 

In the past, people went to church without thinking about it. They went because most people went. They went because there was nothing else to do. They went because their parents and their pastor (or priest) implied they’d go to hell if they didn’t.

 

But people rarely do anything without a reason anymore. And truth be told, we should be giving reasons for any expectations. Pastors should be explaining why Christians are expected to go to church. To simply say, ‘Do this,’ is not enough.

 

And so, for the next few weeks, I’d like to explore this question. Why do we go to church? Do we get any benefit from it? Is it important to be in God’s presence each Lord’s Day and on Holy Days? Is it rather like taking cough medicine, which you don’t like to do but need to do, or is it a joy to be in God’s presence?

 

Obviously, you can guess what some of my answers are going to be. But think about them for yourselves. If you go to church, why do you go to church? If you don’t go to church, why don’t you go to church? Are these the only questions we can ask, or do you have your own questions?

 

I look forward to exploring the questions with you.

 

Yours in Christ,                                                                              Pastor Frontz

Monday, March 14, 2022

Sermon March 13, 2022 - The Second Sunday in Lent

'Wouldn’t it have been nice if I would have just preached a nice short sermon about Abraham and his faith and how we should be like him? But it wouldn't do any good unless we consider how far we’ve fallen from the ‘living, daring confidence in God’s grace’ that Luther described as the content of faith?'

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Sermon, March 6, 2022: First Sunday in Lent

The First Sunday in Lent

March 6, 2022

The Rev. Maurice C. Frontz III

 

‘Live not by lies!’[1]

 

On February 12, 1974, the day on which he was arrested by the Soviet government, the Russian novelist Alexander Solzhenitysn released a text urging his countrymen to adopt this attitude towards life. He knew that public protest was impossible in the USSR, and that armed revolution of the same kind that had created the Soviet state was to try to accomplish noble ends by despicable means. 

The Holy Communion on the First Sunday in Lent, 10:30 a.m.

The livestream may be found here.

March 6, 2022

The First Sunday in Lent


 
Jesus Carried Up to a Pinnacle of the Temple

 

Monday, February 28, 2022

Sermon, February 27, 2022: Luke 9:28-36

'But it might be a good idea to send Putin to space. Cool him off a little bit. Give him some time, like six months, to experience what’s been called the Overview Effect.'

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Evening Prayer: Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 7 p.m.

 The livestream may be found here.


EVENING PRAYER

Vespers

(Lutheran Book of Worship, page 142)

Polycarp, Martyr (d. 156)

Sermon, February 20, 2022

'Not only are we to maintain our humanity when others violate it. We also are to imitate God by actively loving those who do not love us.'

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Evening Prayer, Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 7 p.m.

The livestream may be found here.


EVENING PRAYER

Vespers

(Lutheran Book of Worship, page 142)

Commemoration of Philip Melanchthon, Confessor 

Sermon, February 13, 2022: Luke 6:17-26

 

'There are two ways to live: by the rule of self-interest or to live by God’s rule; to live in relationship to God and others or to live to use others for the benefit of self. When Jesus speaks of ‘the poor, the hungry, and the weeping' and 'the rich, the full, the laughing’ he is not setting an arbitrary dollar figure by which we can discern rich from poor. Instead, he distinguishes these two ways of living: to use others for money and power or to use money and power for others.'

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Evening Prayer, January 26, 2022, 7 p.m.

The livestream may be found here.


EVENING PRAYER

Commemoration of Timothy, Titus, Silas; Companions of St Paul

Vespers

(Lutheran Book of Worship, page 142)

 

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Sermon, January 16, 2022: The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

 'And what a sign! Six stone water jars each with a capacity of twenty to thirty gallons! More than a sip of glory, this is a flood, one which could supply not one, but several wedding feasts for days on end. And not cheap port, not Franzia or Manischewitz or even Barefoot, but the best wine, wine seemingly aged for centuries just for this moment, so that the steward can say to the unsuspecting groom, ‘You have kept the good wine until now.’

 

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

No live-streamed worship tonight

Evening Prayer will not be live-streamed tonight.


Bible Study will take place at its normal time. 


Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Sermon - January 9, 2022: The Baptism of Our Lord


From the sermon: 
'The baptism inaugurates that project of re-making. For we still were waiting, even when Jesus had been made incarnate in the womb of the Virgin and born into the world, we were still waiting. While shepherds and magi adored, as he grew from infancy through childhood and even into adulthood, it was still a time of waiting for the project to become active. In a way, it was still Advent, the time of preparation. But now, at the baptism of Christ, the anointed one, Messiah, the time of waiting is over. The extreme makeover has begun, not from the outside in, but from the inside out.'