180128 Psalm 1:1-6

Text: Psalm 1:1 – 6

Theme: Who is Your Walking Partner?

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

This is the Word of the Lord.

As you drive around Oconomowoc, you see a lot of folks walking. Some are walking alone. But many are walking with someone else. Whether it is a friend, or neighbor or relative many people have a walking partner. Today, as we spend some time looking closer at the very first Psalm in the Book of Psalms, the question we will answer based on this portion of God's Word is: WHO IS YOUR WALKING PARTNER?

Read more: 180128 Psalm 1:1-6

180121 Mark 1:14-20

Text: Mark 1:14-20
Theme: God Is Calling You

I may not be a dinosaur yet, but according to recent statistics I am now in the minority. You are too...if you still have a land line telephone in your home. More than half of American households have made the switch to exclusively use cell phones, and there are a number of reasons why.

Many people find cell phones to be more convenient. You can use them just about anywhere. You can put them on silent. If you want, you can even turn them off. Some people think that cell phones are more fun too. You have the ability to change your ring tone whenever you want, and you can set specific tones for specific people. Perhaps the biggest reason so many people have made the switch is cost. Cell phone plans are generally cheaper. Many include unlimited minutes. Some plans allow calls to designated foreign countries at no additional charge.

So if cell phones are more convenient and more fun and more economical, then why do almost half of us still have a land line? Because we think the signal is more reliable? Because we love getting calls from telemarketers? Because they will never embarrass us by going off in the middle of church?

I'm not trying to convince you to keep your land line. And I'm not suggesting that cell phones are the only way to go either (I actually use both). What I do want you to know is that no matter what kind of phone you use you are on the receiving end of a call, a special call that is described in our sermon text for today. This call is not from someone who is trying to get you to sign up for something or make a donation. This is one call that you and I dare not screen. The call is urgent and important, and it deserves your undivided attention because...


I. He calls you to a life of total commitment
II. He calls you to a life of meaningful service

Read more: 180121 Mark 1:14-20

180114 The Sacrament of Holy Baptism

Sermon Text: The Small Catechism of Dr. Martin Luther

Theme: Catechism Review of the Sacrament of Holy Baptism

So, did you get it? I'm talking about that gift that you were really hoping to get this Christmas. When you were asked to make out your Christmas list, you put this one thing at the top of the list. And when you opened your Christmas presents, there it was; THE gift you were hoping to get this year!

Today, we want to spend a little time talking about a gift that is far greater than any gift you received this past Christmas. It is a gift given to us by our loving Savior-God. It is the gift of the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.

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171231 Luke 2:28-32

Sermon Text: Luke 2:28-32

Sermon Theme: As We Leave 2017, Depart in Peace!

Just one week ago, you and I heard the angel comfort the shepherds when he said to them: "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people." What is that Good News? "Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord." As you and I celebrated Christmas, we joined our voices with the choir of angels who sang out: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." Peace. Looking back on this past year, would you say that it was a year of peace? Seeing the effects of sin in our world and in our own personal lives, you and I may not feel very peaceful this morning. Today, as we meet together here in God's house to continue our Christmas celebration on this first Sunday after Christmas; today, on this December 31st, as you and I bring to a close another year of God's grace to us as individuals and as a congregation; today, as we leave 2017, the encouragement you and I hear is: "Depart in peace!" I invite you to listen once again to a portion of the Gospel Lesson that was read earlier. From Luke chapter 2, we read verses 28 through 32:

Simeon took him [Jesus] in his arms and praised God, saying: "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."

This is the Word of the Lord.

Read more: 171231 Luke 2:28-32

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