07 Feb

Listening to Jesus | Sermon

Pastor Bramwell delivered this sermon on February 7, 2016 (The Transfiguration of the Lord). The sermon text is Luke 9:35 from the Gospel reading.’

 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!”

The full Gospel reading was Luke 9:28-36. The other readings for the day were from Deuteronomy 34:1-12 and Hebrews 3:1-6.

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13 Dec

Are You the One? | Sermon

Pastor Bramwell delivered this sermon on December 13, 2015 (The Third Sunday in Advent). The sermon text is from the Gospel reading Luke 7:18-28, specifically verses 18-23.

The disciples of John reported all these things to him. And John,  calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”  And when the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’” In that hour he healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many who were blind he bestowed sight.  And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”

The other readings for the day were from Philippians 4:4-7and Zeph. 3:14–20.

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08 Nov

Kids in Worship

At Christ Lutheran Church we love kids! Of course, you probably already realized that. You know, given that the congregation operates an Early Childhood Education center and K-8 elementary school. Kids are awesome! We’ve placed a little informational card that expresses our love of God’s youngest children and helps parents know that their kiddos are always welcome (and encouraged) to stay in service and worship with the rest of God’s children. It reads,

To the parents of our young children, may we suggest…

Relax. God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome!

Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what’s going on at the altar. They tire of seeing the backs of people’s heads.

Quietly explain the parts of the Divine Service and actions of the pastor, lectors, Communion assistants, choir, etc.

Sing the hymns, pray, and speak the responses. Children learn how to worship by copying you.

If you have to leave the Divine Service with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back. As Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.”

Remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship.

Let your child use the reverse side of this card and/or the pages of a bulletin to draw, color, and doodle.

To the members of our congregation…

The presence of children is a gift to the Church and they are a joyful reminder that our church is growing. Please welcome our children and give a smile of encouragement to their parents.