What’s on your calendar?

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Sunday mornings:

  • Sunday School at 9:30 a.m
  • Adults & Teen Bible Studies at 9:30 a.m.
  • Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.

March 

  • 3rd: Transfiguration Sunday
  • 6th: Ash Wednesday Service at 6:30 p.m. (light meal at 6:00)
  • 10th: Daylight Savings Time starts
  • 10th: Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Choir at 6 p.m.
  • 13th: Lent Service at 6:30 p.m. (light meal at 6:00)
  • 20th: Lent Service at 6:30 p.m. (light meal at 6:00)
  • 27th: Lent Service at 6:30 p.m. (light meal at 6:00)

April

  • 3rd:  Lent Service at 6:30 p.m. (light meal at 6:00)
  • 10th: Lent Service at 6:30 p.m. (light meal at 6:00)
  • 14th: Palm Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m.
  • 18th: Maundy Thursday Service at 6:30 p.m.
  • 19th: Good Friday Service at 6:30 p.m.
  • 21st: Easter Sunday:
    • 6:00 a.m. Sunrise Service
    • 9:15-10:00 a.m. Easter breakfast
    • 10:00 a.m. children’s egg hunt
    • 10:30 a.m. Easter Festival Worship Service

 

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Wisdom, the first of the LORD’s works

Proverbs 8:12, 22-36  

“I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion…

…“The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be. When there were no watery depths, I was given birth,when there were no springs overflowing with water; before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth, before he made the world or its fields or any of the dust of the earth.

I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep, when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep, when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.

Then I was constantly at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.

“Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it. Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord. But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death.”

Proverbs 9:10 ~ The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

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This is love

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Someone knows you

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart..”
~ Jeremiah 1:5a
knows youLife can feel like a chaotic tornado or a giant game of chance. When it feels like our lives are stuck in a dangerous swamp of question marks, we worry about everything. When it feels like no one is in control or cares about us, we start making all the decisions ourselves…and we can make a real mess of our lives.  But someone is in control, and someone does care!

God, the creator of the universe, knows you, loves you, and has plans for you! The Lord’s plans started before you were even born–even before this world was made.  His plans for you included a manger where his son Jesus, the Savior of the World, was born.  He planned Jesus’ rescue mission–his death and resurrection–so that he could save you from hell.  His plan is that you will always be part of his family and live with him forever in heaven.

The Lord, who has known and planned those HUGE details for you, knows every little detail of your life as well. The Lord knows you. He loves you. His gift to you is the peace of knowing that you are his dear child and he cares about you!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you know me better than I know myself.  Help me to have faith in your loving care. Give me confidence that you know me, you love me and your plans for me culminate with my happy home in heaven with you. Amen.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16

edited devotion from WhatAboutJesus.com

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We Praise You, O God

mountainssunsetWe praise you, O God, we acclaim you as Lord;
all creation worships you, Father everlasting.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of heavenly host, heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Father of majesty unbounded,
your glorious, true, and only Son,
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the King of glory, the eternal Son of the Father. When you became man to set us free, you humbled yourself to be born of a virgin. You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. You sit at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father. We believe that you will come to be our judge. Come then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting. Amen

 

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The Great Light

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.
~ Isaiah 9:2

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Are you afraid of the dark? If so, you are not alone. Whether we like to admit a true fear or not, there are things that are scary about the dark: we can’t see where we are going, and we can’t identify hazards that might be surrounding us. Darkness that is so enveloping keeps us from knowing what is going on around us and sometimes puts us in danger.

How comforting, then, that in this Bible verse, God describes his Son, our Savior, as a great light in the darkness. Jesus is the light that came to illuminate the way for those who couldn’t see where they were going.   That’s us.   We were all living in the darkness of sin, unable to see our way out, unable to find the path to eternal life, unable to even see the dangers that are all around us. This verse tells us we were not just living in physical darkness and ignorance, but we were living in the land of the shadow of death. In other words, we were on the path to hell. 

When Jesus came into this world to live a perfect life, suffer and die for the sins of the world, and rise again, he secured our salvation and revealed it to us. That’s why Jesus is called “a great light”.  He made a way out of our darkness, and he guides us on the way to heaven. We no longer have to wander around in the darkness and guilt of our sin. Thank God for caring enough about us that he sent the Light to save us from the darkness.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for rescuing us from the darkness of sin, and for leading us on the path that leads to heaven. Help us always trust you to guide us. In Jesus, our Light’s name we pray, Amen.

WhatAboutJesus.com

Jesus said in John 8:12:  “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 

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Eyes of love

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. ~ Matthew 10:29

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There’s a story about a nighttime fire that started in a family’s house. The entire family escaped except for one child—a young boy. The fire had forced him to keep climbing until he found himself on the roof. The boy was trapped. He could not go back downstairs—the heat was too intense. The smoke around him was so thick that it left him disoriented and confused. The thought of jumping off that roof paralyzed him with fear. So he stood, and time was running out.

But then below him, in the darkness, beyond the smoke, there came a voice. It was the voice of his father. “Jump, Son, jump!” the father cried out. “Just jump, and I will catch you.” But the boy could not see his father. On that terrible roof, all he could see were flames, sparks, darkness and smoke. In a choking voice the boy sobbed, “I’m afraid to jump, Daddy. I can’t see you.”

It was then that the father cried out the one thing that made all the difference. “I know you can’t see me, Son,” the father said. “But I can see you.” That’s all the boy needed to hear. He jumped. His father caught him, and all was well.

Because of your sin and mine, life in this broken world is often like standing on the roof of a burning house. So much smoke, so much chaos, so much confusion—it can paralyze us with fear.

But beyond the darkness comes the voice of our heavenly Father. Through the power of his Word he calls to us. He calls to us to trust him, to trust his promises, to trust his will for our lives.

And trust him we can—not because we see through the smoke, but because he does.

Our heavenly Father sees us. And he will catch us.  Every time.  After all, he gave his own Son to wash us clean and make us his own. Since then, his eyes of love have never left us.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, through the darkness and smoke of this fallen world, you see us. By your Spirit, embrace us in this marvelous truth. Move us to trust your promises and your will for our lives. Amen.

WhatAboutJesus.com

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