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4 Bad Things to Say at a Funeral (and 5 Good Things)

by Pastor Aaron Werner

4 Bad Things to Say at a Funeral A person who wants to make sense of death will say lots of different things in order to wrap their grief in a reasonable package. Here’s a few things you may have heard or may have said at a funeral, things people say in order to help […]

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 […]