Posts from May 2014

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Salvation History of the Old and New Testament

by Paul E. Kuhlman

The following is a handout for the second lessons of the New Members Class, based on Sunday Worship. Note that the part that follows the Quiet Offering could actually be call “The Liturgy of the Word.” Three different readings from scripture are read at the First Reading, the Second Reading and the Gospel Reading. They […]

Worship: The Holy Spirit Enlightens

by Pastor Aaron Werner

God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. [John 4:24] God’s action in worship God meets us in worship. We experience the Holy Spirit drawing us into a deeper life with God during every part of the liturgy. For example: †      Confession and Forgiveness: Christ forgives our sins and […]

Baptism: God Pours Out the Holy Spirit

by Pastor Aaron Werner

You will be baptized in the Holy Spirit. [Acts 11:16] What is baptism?* Baptism is more than water. It is water used according to God’s command, connected with God’s Word, and granting God’s promised blessing of the Holy Spirit. And Jesus came and said to them, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing […]

Lectio Divina: Sacred Reading

by Pastor Aaron Werner

Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening. [1 Samuel 3:9] God offers us abundant life. Often, however, we have so seized upon controlling our hectic lives, we exile ourselves from experiencing God’s peace and joy. As Trappist monk Thomas Merton writes, To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to […]