Summer, 2018


August 5 - 11th Sunday after Pentecost

We are Lutheran.
Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15, Psalm 78:23-29, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35     

Part One of a Four Part Series:  We are Lutheran.  Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has proclaimed four principles for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to guide our understanding and our actions. They are:

  • We are Lutheran.
  • We are Church.
  • We are Church Together.
  • We are Church for the Sake of the World.

To be Lutheran is a gift and a heritage within the greater Church. All too often we focus and are aware of our local congregation and its heritage, but we are part of a national and an international heritage which brings many blessings of theological understandings and practical applications.


August 12 - 12th Sunday after Pentecost

We are Church.
1 Kings 19:4-8, Psalm 34:1-8, Ephesians 4:25--5:2, John 6:35, 41-51              

Part Two of a Four Part Series:  We are Church. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has proclaimed four principles for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to guide our understanding and our actions. They are:

  • We are Lutheran.
  • We are Church.
  • We are Church Together.
  • We are Church for the Sake of the World.

What does it mean to be Church. Lutheranism has its particular emphases that make it distinct with the wider Church, but the wider Church is distinct from the world. All of us are citizens of a nation and a tribe – as in The Tribe. Most of us are able to articulate the differences between national with ease. Yet, the difference between the Church and the Culture are often not as readily apparent to us.


August 19 - 13th Sunday after Pentecost

We are Church Together.
Proverbs 9:1-6, Psalm 34:9-14, Ephesians 5:15-20, John 6:51-58     

Part Three of a Four Part Series:  We are Church Together. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has proclaimed four principles for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to guide our understanding and our actions. They are:

  • We are Lutheran.
  • We are Church.
  • We are Church Together.
  • We are Church for the Sake of the World.

Jesus prayed the Church would be one.  Outsiders commented about the early church, “See how they love one another!”  To be Church means – by definition -  to be an organic whole. No one goes around bragging about how well their mouth sings. No, music comes from the whole body, soul and spirit. Likewise, life comes from the church together. As they say down south, all y’all.


August 26 - 14th Sunday after Pentecost

We are Church for the Sake of the World.
Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18, Psalm 34:15-22, Ephesians 6:10-20, John 6:56-69     

Part Four of a Four Part Series:  We are Church for the Sake of the World.  Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has proclaimed four principles for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to guide our understanding and our actions. They are:

  • We are Lutheran.
  • We are Church.
  • We are Church Together.
  • We are Church for the Sake of the World.

“The Church is the only society that exists for the benefit of those who are not its members,” wrote William Temple, the 98th Archbishop of Canterbury, and one of the most influential leaders of the last century.