Annual Festival ~ June 27

Living Hope’s annual Summer Festival will be held on June 27th (a Wednesday), from  5:30 to 8:00 p.m.  This is a free event, which includes food and games!  (Rain date: Friday, June 29)  Click here to enjoy photos from last year’s festival: 2017 Summer Festival

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Worship with us on Tuesdays!

Tuesday evenings at 7:00,  June 12th through August

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We offer this worship opportunity for the summer months hoping that it will make your summer blessed in every way!  Please join us at Living Hope for these services, which are informal and briefer than our Sunday service.

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“Ladies Day Out” ~ July 21st

flowers  Garden Cafe, Rockbrook Village

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“Ladies Day Out”

July 21st at 9:30 a.m. 

Bible Study, breakfast, fun and fellowship!

Please notify us if:

  • you are planning to attend
  • you will be bringing a guest
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What’s on your calendar?

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Summers at Living Hope

  • Sunday mornings:
    • Sunday School & Bible classes at 9:30 a.m
    • Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday evenings:
    • Worship Service at 7:00 p.m. (through August)

June

  • 21–24th: LWMS Convention in Wisconsin
  • 26 – 29th: WELS International Youth Rally in Ohio
  • 27th: Summer Festival at Living Hope! (rain date: 29th)

July

  • 4th: Independence Day
  • 21st: Ladies Day Out, Garden Cafe at Rockbrook, 9:30 a.m.
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I once was lost but now I’m found

The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” ~ Luke 19:10

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It is a phone call I will never forget. My wife was calling to tell me that our three-year-old son was missing. She was at the park and while she tended to our one-year-old daughter, the boy had disappeared into the woods. After calling his name and searching for some time, she called 911. I raced across town, praying all the way.

When I arrived, four police cars were already on the scene. “Surely, they have found him by now,” I thought. As I ran to the scene, I asked one of the officers if my son had been found. He had not. The officer informed me that they were bringing in the canine unit to assist. Since the park was in a residential area, they were concerned that someone had abducted my son. I was terrified.

Thankfully, within just a few minutes of my arrival, my son was found. He had gotten lost in the woods and was peacefully playing without a clue that anything was amiss.

That day I came as close as I pray I ever will to understanding what our heavenly Father has experienced with every one of his children. The Bible says that we were all lost because of our sins. We wandered away from our Father and were walking straight for the hell our sins deserve, as blissfully unaware of our predicament as my son in the woods that day.

Our loving, heavenly Father could not allow that to happen. His love, far greater even than my love for my son, moved him to send a rescue unit to save us. That rescue unit consisted of one person–his Son, Jesus Christ.

Jesus came to this world to find all of God’s lost children and rescue us from our sins and what our sins deserve. He went to the cross and paid the price to free us from those sins. Through his saving work we are reunited with our heavenly Father and can look forward to spending all of eternity with him in the heaven he is preparing for us.

Thank you, Jesus, for seeking me and saving me when I was lost!

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I shudder to imagine being separated from my heavenly Father for eternity. I know that, were it not for you, that would have been my fate. But, because of you, it is not. Thank you for finding me. Amen.

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Father’s Day Prayer

runningFix these words of mine in your hearts and minds…Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. ~ Deuteronomy 11:18a,19

Heavenly Father, you made us and have loved us and protected us each day of our lives. You are truly our loving Father. Thank you for our earthly fathers. Lead us to respect and honor them, even when it is difficult. If we are now fathers, help us take seriously the great responsibility to be faithful teachers and guides for our children. They are a great treasure given to us by you. Give us the courage to teach your words to our children. We thank you for your rich blessings of family. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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My Redeemer Lives

I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. ~ Job 19:25

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There are things in life I have come to know as I have grown older. I know that I don’t like snow anymore—not even at a distance. I know that grandchildren are as grand as advertised. I know that I love my wife deeply and that it hurts me to see her in pain as she frequently is. I have come to know these things by personal experience.

Job, who speaks these words, “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth…” had a different personal experience. He had experienced deep and intense personal suffering, losing virtually every earthly blessing we value. Possessions, family and health were all stripped from this man of faith.

Having nothing around him in which to find comfort and strength, he looks upward and forward. He looks to God. Satan didn’t think Job would survive these trials. God was sure he would. God revealed things to Job that sustained him in his earthly suffering. When Job said, “I know…” he was saying that it had been made known to him–revealed to him.

God had shown Job that he was the ultimate Redeemer—the one who took care of and set free from the debt of sin, not just a handful of blood relatives, but an entire world that he wished to be his family by faith.

God had shown Job that what he could see with his eyes–painful sores and tragic losses–would be far surpassed by a glorious end of all things.  In the end, the Redeemer stands on the earth in ruling power with all the resurrected believers at his side.

Job knew by personal experience the deepest woes this world can dish out, but he also knew by divine revelation that while there is suffering here and now, the day is coming when everything will be made new.

When your life feels like Job’s, remember what Job knew. He knew pain and suffering for a time. He knew redemption and glory that lasts forever.

I know that my Redeemer lives!  I know Jesus is that Redeemer.  I know he will stand on the earth and I will stand at his side forever.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, what you have shown to me: the temporary nature of suffering and the eternal glory of heaven, make me to believe deeply and trust confidently. May I know fully what Job knew, to the glory of your name. Amen.

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God’s People

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture…  ~ Psalm 95:6-7a

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When God created our world, he did it with the greatest care. He paid attention to the smallest detail. It shows in everything he made, from the tiny amoeba to the majestic blue whale, from the graceful giraffe to the playful spider monkey; from roses to redwood forests; from roaring waterfalls to soothing streams and all the way to the crown of his creation, humans.

And when we chose to disobey our Maker and run away from him (See Genesis 3), even then, the LORD‘s love endured. He planned to rescue us from the sin and death we chose for ourselves. No one was left out of his plan. He sent his Son, the sinless Son of God to become man: one sacrifice for every sinner of all time. With his blood, Jesus took away the sins of the world.

Now the same care and concern he has shown our world he has also shown you. He made you. He knit you together in your mother’s womb. All the days ordained for you were written in his book before one of them came to be. Lovingly, carefully, he put you together. Are you baptized? In baptism, God took what Jesus did for the world and gave it to you personally through faith. He forgave all your sin, the sin you were born with, the sins you have committed, even the sins you haven’t committed yet. Do you attend church services? Week after week, God offers you a feast of heavenly forgiveness through the good news of what Jesus has done for you, the way a shepherd feeds a hungry sheep.

Believers in Jesus may still feel as though we owe God something. But we don’t owe him a thing. Jesus already paid the full debt of our sin. We belong to the LORD. We are his people. If people at a football game have their faces painted in their team’s colors, you don’t have to tell them to cheer. It’s who they are. They just do it. Our hearts and lives are painted with the blood of Jesus, our Savior who has covered our sins. So, whether we are giving thanks in church or in our everyday life, worshiping God isn’t an obligation for us anymore. We are his people. It’s what we do.

Prayer: Dear LORD our Maker, we thank you for saving us from our sin. In everything we do, lead us to worship you with grateful hearts. Amen.

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Memorial Day 2018

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We are thankful for the men and women who have bravely sacrificed their lives in service to our country.

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