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Whole Service for 31 December 2016 New Year's Eve
Sermon only for 31 December 2016 New Year's Eve
Hymns: 110, 15, 123, and 97
Sermon Text: Luke 13:6-10
Sermon Theme: The Changing of the Year Should Cause Us to Reflect on Our Lives as Christians
  I. As we look back over the past year, we see how we have not always been fruitful in good works
  II. As we look ahead to the new year, we see our obligation to become more fruitful in good works



Whole Service for 25 December 2016 Christmas Day
Sermon only for 25 December 2016 Christmas Day
Hymns: 91, 99, 90, and 87
Sermon Text: John 1:1-14
Sermon Theme: The Christmas Miracle: God Became Man for Our Salvation
  I. Christ, "the Word," is clearly identified as God
  II. Christ is the Bringer of life and light
  III. The eternal Word, the second Person of the Trinity, was made Man

Text for Next Sunday: Luke 2:22-32

Sunday School Lesson: no Sunday School today

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only-begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him" ( I John 4:9 )
  Bible Quiz: In the book of esther, what was the name of the man who had such bitter hatred against the Jews?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: No quiz last Sunday



Whole Service for 18 December 2016 The Fourth Sunday in Advent
Sermon only for 18 December 2016 The Fourth Sunday in Advent
Hymns: 3, 27, 63, and 69
Sermon Text: Luke 1:67-80
Sermon Theme: Great Joy in the Coming of Christ as Expressed by Zacharias in His Benedictus
  I. Joy in that God sent Jesus to redeem us
  II. Joy in that God fulfilled His promises to the Old Testament believers
  III. Joy in our forgiveness and salvation through Christ

Text for Next Sunday: John 1:1-14

Sunday School Lesson: Announcement of Jesus' Birth ( Luke 1:26-56 )

Adult Bible Class
  no Sunday School or Bible Class next week being Christmas Day



Whole Service for 11 December 2016 The Third Sunday in Advent
Sermon only for 11 December 2016 The Thrird Sunday in Advent
Hymns: 10, 70, 75, and 72
Sermon Text: Luke 1:39-56
Sermon Theme: Mary, Elisabeth, and John Share in the Joy of the Coming Savior
  I. Elisabeth and John express their joy in the coming Savior
  II. Mary expresses her joy and gratitude for the Lord's power and grace

Text for Next Sunday: Luke 1:67-80

Sunday School Lesson: Birth of John the Baptist ( Luke 1:5-25, 57-80 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace" ( Isaiah 9:6 )
  Bible Quiz: What was the reaction of the older men when the foundation of the new temple was laid following the Babylonian captivity?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Asa ( II Chronicles 15:2 16:12 ) and Uzziah ( II Chronicles 26:5, 16-21 )



Whole Service for 4 December 2016 The Second Sunday in Advent
Sermon only for 4 December 2016 The Second Sunday in Advent
Hymns: 18, 285, 64, and 66
Sermon Text: Luke 1:26-35
Sermon Theme: Christ's Advent is Announced to His Virgin Mother
  I. Mary was definitely a virgin
  II. Gabriel told her that she would have a Son while remaining a virgin
  III. The explanation of how this would take place

Text for Next Sunday: Luke 1:39-56

Sunday School Lesson: Ruth ( Ruth chapters 1 - 4 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the Law, to redeem them that were under the Law, that we might recieve the adoption of sons" ( Galatians 4:4-5 )
  Bible Quiz: What was the name of the king in II Chronicles who was blessed by God as long as he followed Him; but was struck with a disease when he rebelled against the Lord?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Solomon ( I Kings 10:22 )



Whole Service for 27 November 2016 The First Sunday in Advent
Sermon only for 27 November 2016 The First Sunday in Advent
Hymns: 73, 68, 55, and 290
Sermon Text: Luke 1:1-25
Sermon Theme: The Coming of Christ's Forerunner -- John the Baptist
  I. The announcement of his coming by Gabriel
  II. The disbelief of Zacharias
  III. The fulfillment in the womb of Elisabeth

Text for Next Sunday: Luke 1:26-35

Sunday School Lesson: Quarterly Review

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only-begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth" ( John 1:14 )
  Bible Quiz: Which king had exotic animals shiped to him?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: King David ( II Samuel 18:3 )



Whole Service for 20 November 2016 The Last Sunday After Trinity
Sermon only for 20 November 2016 The Last Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 237, 446, 609, and 656
Sermon Text: Revelation 21:1-7
Sermon Theme: On the Last Day All Things will be Made New for Us Christians
  I. Our eternal habitation is described as a new heaven and earth, as well as a new Jerusalem
  II. Our life in heaven will be completely different from our current earthly life, since there will be no death, sorrow, crying or pain

Text for Next Sunday: Luke 1:1-25

Text for Thanksgiving Day: Galatians 6:7-10

Sunday School Lesson: Gideon ( Judges chapters 6 and 7 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "She shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins" ( Matthew 1:21 )
  Bible Quiz: Who was discouraged from going into battle -- being told that he was worth 10,000 of the other people?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: The king of Moab ( I Samuel 22:3-4 )



Whole Service for 13 November 2016 The Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Trinity
Sermon only for 13 November 2016 The Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 13, 597, 608, and 611
Sermon Text: II Peter 3:3-15
Sermon Theme: God Will Bring This Present World to An End
  I. Unbelievers mock the idea that God will destroy the earth
  II. The Lord's destruction of the world will most certainly come to pass
  III. Thinking about the world's end, we should be mindful to live in righteousness

Text for Next Sunday: Revelation 21:1-7

Sunday School Lesson: Entering the Promised Land ( Joshua chapters 1, 3, and 4 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "They are no more twain, but one flesh, what therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder" ( Matthew 19:6 )
  Bible Quiz: When David fled from King Saul with whom did he leave his parents?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Benjamin ( Judges 19:22 - 20:46 )



Whole Service for 6 November 2016 The Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Trinity
Sermon only for 6 November 2016 The Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 18, 234, 396, and 575
Sermon Text: Romans 13:1-7
Sermon Theme: What it Means for Us that the Civil Government is Ordained by God
  I. Government officials have been placed in their position of authority over us by God Himself
  II. We must obey the government out of our respect and love for the Lord

Text for Next Sunday: II Peter 3:3-15

Sunday School Lesson: The Brazen Serpent ( Numbers 21:1-9 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Charity shall cover the multitude of sins" ( I Peter 4:8 )
  Bible Quiz: Which tribe of Israel refused to turn over some wicked men for punishment, and consequently lost 25,000 men in the subsequent battle?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Gideon ( Judges 8:22-23 )



Whole Service for October 30th, 2016 Reformation Sunday
Sermon only for October 30th, 2016 Reformation Sunday
Hymns: 262, 266, 264, and 373
Sermon Text: Galatians 2:16-21
Sermon Theme: Sola Fide (Faith Alone)
  I. We are justified (declared righteous) by faith alone
  II. Justification by works undemines the Gospel
  III. We are spiritually alive in Christ by faith alone - not by our own merit or worthiness

Text for Next Sunday: Romans 13:1-7

Sunday School Lesson: The Twelve Spies ( Numbers 13-14 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "He that hath My Word, let him speak My word faithfully" ( Jeremiah 23:28 )
  Bible Quiz: Which one of the judges clearly stated that he had no desire to rule over Israel, but wanted them to acknowledge God as their Ruler?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: It was a sign for the Israelites to spare her home when they conquered the city of Jericho ( Joshua 2:18-21 )



Whole Service for October 23rd, 2016 The Twenty-Second Sunday After Trinty
Sermon only for October 23rd, 2016 The Twenty-Second Sunday After Trinty
Hymns: 32, 469, 403, and 417
Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:30-32
Sermon Theme: Let Us Not Grieve the Lord by Sinful Living
  I. The Holy Ghost has made us Christians for the salvation of our souls
  II. Out of love for Christ, we should stop treating our neighbor in unloving ways
  III. We should be reflecting God's love toward us in how we treat our neighbor

Text for Next Sunday: Galatians 2:16-21

Sunday School Lesson: The Golden Calf ( Exodus 32 and 34 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee" ( Matthew 9:2 )
  Bible Quiz: For what purpose was a woman instructed to hang a red cord in her window?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: a "fox" ( Luke 13:31-32 )



Whole Service for October 16th, 2016 The Twenty-First Sunday After Trinty
Sermon only for October 16th, 2016 The Twenty-First Sunday After Trinty
Hymns: 27, 444, 364, and 473
Sermon Text: Revelation 3:7-13
Sermon Theme: Christ's Message to a Faithful Church
  I. He knows what we have done out of love for Him
  II. He promises to bless us in this life
  III. He promises to take us to heaven

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Ephesians 4:30-32

Sunday School Lesson: The Giving of the Law ( Exodus 19:1-20:21; 24:1-8 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Whosoever shall keep the whole Law, and yet offend in one point he is guilty of all" ( James 2:10 )
  Bible Quiz: What animal did Jesus use to describe Herod?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Samuel ( I Samuel 15:11, 35; 16:1 )



Whole Service for October 9th, 2016 The Twentieth Sunday After Trinty
Sermon only for October 9th, 2016 The Twentieth Sunday After Trinty
Hymns: 243, 400, 371, and 375
Sermon Text: Romans 11:25-32
Sermon Theme: God is Gracious to His People (Israel)
  I. All Christians are members of spiritual Israel and are saved
  II. By nature all people are unbelievers, and yet God extends His mercy to them all

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Revelation 3:7-13

Sunday School Lesson: The Exodus ( Exodus 12:3-13, 29-39; Exodus 14 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him" ( Colossians 2:6 )
  Bible Quiz: Which prophet grieved so sorely when he was told that the present king was rejected by the Lord because of his disobedience?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes ( Ezra 1, 5:13-15, 6:1-14, 7:11-26 )



Whole Service for October 2nd, 2016 The Nineteenth Sunday After Trinty
Sermon only for October 2nd, 2016 The Nineteenth Sunday After Trinty
Hymns: 30, 412, 379, and 477
Sermon Text: I Corinthians 12:12-27
Sermon Theme: The Holy Christian Church is the Spiritual Body of Christ
  I. All true Christians are members of the spiritual Body of Christ
  II. The various members have different functions
  III. There are to be no divisions in the Body
Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Romans 11:25-32

Sunday School Lesson: The Birth and Flight of Moses ( Exodus 1 and 2 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Blessed are they that hear the Word of God, and keep it" ( Luke 11:28 )
  Bible Quiz: What were the names of the kings in the Book of Ezra who ordered that the golden and silver vessels which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple at Jerusalem and brought to Babylon were to be returned to the House of God?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Rehoboam and Jeroboam ( I Kings 12 )



Whole Service for September 25th, 2016 The Eighteenth Sunday After Trinty
Sermon only for September 25th, 2016 The Eighteenth Sunday After Trinty
Hymns: 37, 234, 295, and 395
Sermon Text: I John 3:1-8
Sermon Theme: Since We are God's Children, We are to Live Like It
  I. God has shown us great love in making us His children
  II. A person's works show himself to be either of God or of the devil

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: I Corinthians 12:12-27

Sunday School Lesson: Sodom and Gomorrah ( Genesis 18:16-19:26 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "I trusted in thee, O Lord; I said, Thou art my God" ( Psalm 31:14 )
  Bible Quiz: What were the names of the first two rulers in the divided kingdom of Judah and Israel?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: The ant ( Proverbs 6:6 )



September 18th, 2016 The Seventeenth Sunday After Trinty
NOTE: Due to power outages there is no recording.
Hymns: 23, 464, 325, and 473
Sermon Text: Jude 20-25
Sermon Theme: Work to Keep One Another in the True Faith
  I. There are things that we can do to help one another spiritually
  II. It is God who deserves all the glory for preserving us in the faith

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: I John 3:1-8

Sunday School Lesson: The Tower of Babel ( Genesis 11:1-9 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "The Word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it" ( Hebrews 4:2 )
  Bible Quiz: Which tiny animal is the lazy man told to emulate?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Jonah's time in the belly of the fish/wahle ( Matthew 12:40 )



September 11th, 2016 The Sixteenth Sunday After Trinty
Hymns: 16, 27, 522, and 609
Sermon Text: I Corinthians 15:21-28
Sermon Theme: Christ Conquered Death for Us
  I. The victory was earned for all by Christ
  II. The final victory will be realized on the Last Day

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Jude 20-25

Sunday School Lesson: Paradise and the Fall ( Genesis 2:8-17; 3 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me" ( Matthew 16:24 )
  Bible Quiz: Jesus time in the grave was foreshadowed by what person and event in the Old Testament?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: A "famine" of "hearing the words of the Lord" ( Amos 8:11-12 )



September 4th, 2016 The Fifteenth Sunday After Trinty
Hymns: 17, 409, 426, and 245
Sermon Text: Acts 8:26-39
Sermon Theme: How an Ethiopian Eunuch was Blessed by God through the Preaching of the Gospel and the Sacrament of Holy Baptism
  I. He was brought to faith in Christ through the preaching of the Gospel
  II. He received Baptism for the strengthening of his faith

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: I Corinthians 15:21-28

Sunday School Lesson: Creation ( Genesis 1-2 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son" ( Luke 15:21 )
  Bible Quiz: What special knd of famine did the Lord warn against in the book of Amos?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: ( Ezekiel 24:15-18 )



August 28th, 2016 The Foureenth Sunday After Trinty
Hymns: 1, 227, 38, and 30
Sermon Text: Acts 3:1-10
Sermon Theme: How God was Glorified and Praised in the Healing of the Lame Man
  I. Peter gave the glory to Jesus for working the miracle
  II. The formerly lame man praised God in the presence of the people

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Acts 8:26-39

Sunday School Lesson: Quarterly Review

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is the victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the Law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus" ( I Corinthians 15:55-57 )
  Bible Quiz: What was the name of the prophet whom the Lord told that his wife would die and that he was not to mourn her death?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: The king cut it with a penknife and cast it into the fire ( Jeremiah 36:23 )



August 21st, 2016 The Thirteenth Sunday After Trinty
NOTE due to technical difficulties the end of the sermon did not record
Hymns: 3, 295, 394, and 377
Sermon Text: I Timothy 1:5-17
Sermon Theme: The Proper Application of God's Law and His Gospel to Sinful Mankind
  I. The dreadful threats of the Law are to be brought only against impenitent sinners
  II. The comforting promises of the Gospel are to be brought only to penitent sinners

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Acts 3:1-10

Sunday School Lesson: Paul at Ephesus ( Acts 19:1-2, 32-41; 20:1-3, 17-38 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye throught His poverty might be rich" ( II Corinthians 8:9 )
  Bible Quiz: What did King Jehoiakim do with the scroll of God's Word, dictated by the prophet Jeremiah, when it was read to him?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: "Ebedmelech, the Ethiopian, one of the eunuchs which was in the king's house" ( Jeremiah 38:7-13 )



August 14th, 2016 The Twelfth Sunday After Trinty
Hymns: 2, 289, 357, and 411
Sermon Text: James 3:1-12
Sermon Theme: We Must Work Hard to Control the Tongue
  I. The tongue can cause a great deal of damage
  II. It would be hypocritical for a Christian not to work at controlling his tongue

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: I Timothy 1:5-17

Sunday School Lesson: The Jailer at Philippi ( Acts 16:9-40 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "There is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not" ( Ecclesiastes 7:20 )
  Bible Quiz: After Jeremiah had been thrown into the dungeon, who was the individual that went to the king and interceded for Jeremiah so that the prophet was delivered?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Abraham ( Romans 4:3 )



August 7th, 2016 The Eleventh Sunday After Trinty
Hymns: 5, 284, 380, and 281
Sermon Text: Romans 10:4-18
Sermon Theme: What the Bible Teaches Us about the Righteousness of Faith
  I. The righteousness of faith is different than the righteousness of the Law
  II. The righteousness of faith produces the fruits of confession and prayer
  III. The righteousness of faith comes through the hearing of God's word

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: James 3:1-12

Sunday School Lesson: Paul in Antioch in Pisidia ( Acts 13 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "The Lord bless thee, and keep thee; the Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: the Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace" ( Numbers 6:24-26)
  Bible Quiz: What old Testament believer is mentioned in St. Paul's letter to the Romans as being justified by faith?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Isaiah ( Isaiah 37:21-35 also II Kings 19:20 )



July 31st, 2016 The Tenth Sunday After Trinty
Hymns: 15, 224, 419, and 611
Sermon Text: Hebrews 3:7-15
Sermon Theme: Those Who Fight Against the Lord Fall under His Wrath
  I. The Children of Israel who fought against God in the wilderness were prevented from entering the promised land
  II. If we follow in their wicked ways, we will be barred from entering the promised land of heaven

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Romans 10:4-18

Sunday School Lesson: Saul's Conversion ( Acts 8:3-4; 9:1-31 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, But the Father" ( Mark 13:32)
  Bible Quiz: What was the name of the prophet who told King Hezekiah that God would deliver him from Sennacherib, king of Assyria?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Peter's death was foretold by God in John 21:18-19; the death of James, the brother of John, is recorded in ( Acts 12:2 )



July 24th, 2016 The Ninth Sunday After Trinty
Hymns: 4, 444, 398, and 427
Sermon Text: II Timothy 1:3-14
Sermon Theme: Being Faithful Stewards of the Faith that God has Given Us
  I. God has graciously brought us to saving faith
  II. Though we may suffer because of it, we must not be ashamed of our faith
  III. We must hold fast to the Gospel throught which our faith is strengthened and we are assured of our salvation

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Hebrews 3:7-15

Sunday School Lesson: Peter Drlivered from Prison ( Acts 12:1-19 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth" ( Romans 8:33)
  Bible Quiz: Which is the only Apostle to have his death foretold by God; and which is the only Apostle to have his death actually recorded in the Scriptures (two different Apostles)?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: He was capture and carried away to Babylon ( II Chronicles 33:11-13 )



July 17th, 2016 The Eighth Sunday After Trinty
Hymns: 18, 234, 261, and 292
Sermon Text: Acts 20:17-38
Sermon Theme: The Apostle Paul's Farewell Address to the Pastors of Ephesus
  I. He reminded them of what he had taught them
  II. He instructed and exhorted them to follow his example

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: II Timothy 1:3-14

Sunday School Lesson: Cornelius ( Acts 10 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him" ( Revelations 1:7 )
  Bible Quiz: What brought King Manasseh to his spiritual senses and humbled him before the Lord God?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Hezekiah destroyed it because some of the people were burning incense to it and committing idolatry ( II Kings 18:1-4 )



July 10th, 2016 The seventh Sunday After Trinty
Hymns: 13, 404, 360, and 512
Sermon Text: Acts 14:8-23
Sermon Theme: How the True Christian Religion is Received
  I. By nature. no one knows the true religion
  II. By nature, no one wants to accept the true religion when it is presented
  III. By the power of the Holy Ghost working through the Gospel, some do accept the true religion in faith

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Acts 20:17-38

Sunday School Lesson: Tabitha Raised by Peter ( Acts 9:36-43 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "[God] hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began" ( II Timothy 1:9 )
  Bible Quiz: Who destroyed the brazen serpent that Mose made, and why?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Ahaz was wicked, while his son, Hezekiah "did that which was right in the sight of the Lord" ( II Chronicles chapters 28 & 29 )



July 3rd, 2016 The sixth Sunday After Trinty
Hymns: 237 405, 375, and 373
Sermon Text: Ephesians 2:4-10
Sermon Theme: What God's Grace in Christ Accomplishes for Us and in Us
  I. God's grace in Christ brings us to spiritual life
  II. God's grace in Christ saves us without any of our works
  III. God's grace in Christ causes us to bring forth good works in our lives

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Acts 14:8-23

Sunday School Lesson: Philip and the Ethiopian ( Acts 8:5-6; 26-40 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy" ( Proverbs 31:8-9 )
  Bible Quiz: What was the big difference between Hezekiah and his father, Ahaz?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Felix ( Acts 14:8-23 )



26 June 2016 -- There is no recording of the service due to reusing a recorded sermon of Pastor Natterer


June 19th, 2016 The Fourth Sunday After Trinty
Hymns: 244 657, 412, and 411
Sermon Text: Romans 14:7-17
Sermon Theme: Let Us Not Sin against God or Our Neighbor by Selfish Living
  I. We should be living ultimately for the Lord instead of living for ourselves
  II. We should be careful not to judge sinfully or give offense in matters of adiaphora

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Psalm 32:6-11

Sunday School Lesson: The Apostles in Prison ( Acts 5:12-42 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" ( I Peter 1:18-19 )
  Bible Quiz: Who was it that told Paul to go away until a better time came?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Some mocked and others humbled themselves ( II Chron. 30:10-11 )

June 12th, 2016 The Third Sunday After Trinty
Hymns: 238 263, 324, and 417
Sermon Text: Acts 9:1-18
Sermon Theme: God's Power and Grace are Displayed in Our Conversion and in Our Work in His Kingdom
  I. God powerfully and graciously converts those who were His vicious enemies, changing them into His believing children
  II. God powerfully and graciously causes His believing children to serve Him in His Kingdom

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Romans 14:7-17

Sunday School Lesson: Ananias and Sapphira ( Acts 4:32 - 5:11 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "We speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth" ( I Corinthians 2:13 )
  Bible Quiz: In what two ways was King Hezekiah's decree concerning the Passover received? (II Chronicles chapter 30)
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Verse 9

June 5th, 2016 The Second Sunday After Trinty
Hymns: 300 (Baptism Hymn) 246, 421, 278, and 345
Sermon Text: Revelation 3:14-22
Sermon Theme: Christ's Letter to a Church that Lost Its Zeal
  I. His rebuke
  II. His counsel
  III. His promise

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Acts 9:1-18

Sunday School Lesson: The Healing of the Lame Man ( Acts 3:1 - 4:31 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it" ( I Corinthians 10:13 )
  Bible Quiz: Which verse in II Chronicles 25 reminds us of what we are told in Ephesians 3:20?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Jehoram ( II Chronicles 21:18-20 )

May 29th, 2016 The First Sunday After Trinty
Hymns: 240, 352, 400, and 446
Sermon Text: I Timothy 6:6-19
Sermon Theme: What We are to Flee and What We are to Follow as Christians
  I. We are to flee the love of worldly riches
  II. We are to follow after righteousness

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Revelation 3:14-22

Sunday School Lesson: The Pharisee and the Publican ( Luke 18:9-14 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "By the obedience of One shall many be made righteous" ( Romans 5:19 )
  Bible Quiz: What wicked king did God strike down with a desease that could not be cured, and at whose death the people were not sad?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: John 2:19 - 21

May 22nd, 2016 Trinty Sunday
Hymns: 243, 250, 245, and 237
Sermon Text: II Corinthians 13:14
Sermon Theme: The Three-Fold Blessing of our Triune God
  I. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
  II. The love of God
  III. The communion of the Holy Ghost
Sermon Text for Next Sunday: I Timothy 6:6-19

Sunday School Lesson: Quarterly Review

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "To do good and to communicate forget not; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased" ( Hebrews 13:16 )
  Bible Quiz: Where in the Gospels did Jesus fortell 3 years before it ever took place that He would rise from the dead?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Abiathar ( I Kings 1:7 )

May 15th, 2016 Pentecost
Hymns: 227, 229, 235, and 226
Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:7-16
Sermon Theme: Let Us Make Good Use of the Spiritual Gifts that Christ has Given Us
  I. The ascended Christ has given abundant spiritual gifts to His Church
  II. We should all use our various spiritual gifts for the benefit of Christ's Church

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: II Corinthians 13:14

Sunday School Lesson: Pentecost ( Acts 2 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "They that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts" ( Galatians 5:24 )
  Bible Quiz: What was the name of the priest who went with Adonijah?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Adonijah ( I Kings 1:5 )

May 8th, 2016 Exaudi, The Sunday After Ascension
Hymns: 546, 398, 372, and 381
Sermon Text: Romans 8:29-39
Sermon Theme: We Should be Certain of Our Salvation
  I. God has predestinated us for heaven
  II. We have been frogiven for Christ's sake
  III. Nothing is capable of separating us from God's love

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Ephesians 4:7-16

Sunday School Lesson: The Ascension of Jesus ( Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:15-20; Luke 24:49-53; Acts 1:2-12 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief" ( I Timothy 1:15 )
  Bible Quiz: What was the name of Solomon's brother who wanted to be the king?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Ahithophel ( II Samuel 15:31 )

May 1st, 2016 Rogate, The Fifth Sunday After Easter
Hymns: 38, 408, 459, and 523
Sermon Text: Romans 8:24-28
Sermon Theme: Comforting Things to Remember During Discouraging Times
  I. Our faith receives blessings that are not yet seen
  II. The Holy Ghost knows our weaknesses and prays on our behalf
  III. God promises to work all things together for our good

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Romans 8:29-39

Sunday School Lesson: Jesus' Second Coming ( Matthew 24:3-31; 25:31-46 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" ( Hebrews 9:27 )
  Bible Quiz: What was the name of David's trusted counselor who so treacherously left David and went with wicked Absalom?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: As soon as the feet of the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant touched the brim of the water ( Joshua 3:13-16 )

April 24th, 2016 Cantate, The Fourth Sunday After Easter
Hymns: 14, 400, 342, and 381
Sermon Text: II Corinthians 5:14-21
Sermon Theme: Why Did Christ Die for Us?
  I. He died for us so that we would live in His service
  II. He died in order to establish peace between God and man through the forgiveness of sins

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Romans 8:24-28

Sunday School Lesson: The Wise and Foolish Virgins ( Matthew 25:1-13 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Without faith it is impossible to please Him" ( Hebrews 11:6 )
  Bible Quiz: When did the waters of the Jordan stop flowing down to the Dead Sea?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Nebo ( Deuteronomy 34:1-4 )

April 17, 2016 Jubilate, the third Sunday after Easter

Joshua Bloedel Confirmation Part 6

Hymns: 18, 347, 364, and 367
Sermon Text: Hebrews 4:14-16
Sermon Theme: Jesus is Our Great High Priest
  I. He is exalted in the heavens
  II. He can sympathize with us in our weakness
  III. He is gracious and merciful to us in our needs

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: II Corinthians 5:14-21

Sunday School Lesson: Jesus' Appearance in Galilee ( John 21:1-19 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "How hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!" ( Mark 10:24 )
  Bible Quiz: What was the name of the mount from which Moses viewed the promised land of Canaan?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Jabin ( Judges 4:2-3 )

April 10, 2016 Misericordias Domini, the Second Sunday after Easter

NOTE: Joshua Bloedel Confirmation Part 5 did not record

Hymns: 15, 416, 409, and 377
Sermon Text: Hebrews 13:20-21
Sermon Theme: Though We are Saved by Christ's Work (not ours)
  I. We have peace with God through the sacrifice of Christ
  II. We are to do works that are pleasing to the Lord

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Hebrews 4:14-16

Sunday School Lesson: Jesus Appears to the Disciples ( Luke 24:36-48; John 20:19-31 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "In vain they do wrship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men" ( Matthew 15:9 )
  Bible Quiz: What Canaanite king in the Book of Judges was noted for having 900 iron chariots?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Abigail ( I Samuel 25:36-42 )

April 3, 2016 Quasimodogeniti, the First Sunday after Easter

Joshua Bloedel Confirmation Part 4

Hymns: 188, 201, 208, and 417
Sermon Text: I Peter 1:17-2:3
Sermon Theme: Since We have Received Christ by Faith, We should Live Like Christians
  I. As Christians, we know that Christ has redeemed us with His blood
  II. As Christians, we have saving faith and the fruits of faith
  III. As Christians, we should desire to grow in our faith and good works

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Hebrews 13:20-21

Sunday School Lesson: Jesus Appears to the Women ( Matthew 28:9-15; John 20:11-18 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Charity shall cover the multitude of sins" ( I Peter 4:8 )
  Bible Quiz: Who married David after the Lord slew her drunken husband?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: "The sin of Judah" idolatry ( Jeremiah 17:1 )

March 27, 2016 Easter Sunday

Joshua Bloedel Confirmation Part 3

Hymns: 193, 191, 198, and 200
Sermon Text: I Peter 1:3-12
Sermon Theme: Eternal Salvation is Assured to Us in the Resurrection of Christ
  I. This salvation is received by faith
  II. This salvation causes us to rejoice even in the midst of tribulation
  III. This salvation is proclaimed to us in the glorious Gospel

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: I Peter 1:17-2:3

Sunday School Lesson: The Resurrection of Jesus ( Matthew 28:1-8; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-10 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "The Son of Man hath power on earth to forgive sins" ( Matthew 9:6 )
  Bible Quiz: In the Book of Jeremiah what was written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Uzziah ( II Chronicles 26:16-21 )

March 25 2016 Good Friday
Hymns: 358, 142, 169, and 151
Sermon Text: Revelation 5:6-10
Sermon Theme: Let Us Praise the Lamb of God
  I. He was slain for us
  II. He is worthy of all praise in heaven and in earth

March 20, 2016 Palm Sunday

Joshua Bloedel Confirmation Part 2

Hymns: 160, 161, 162, and 521
Sermon Text: Hebrews 12:1-11
Sermon Theme: Things to Remember when Going through Pain
  I. We have Jesus' example of patient suffering to follow
  II. We have a loving heavenly Father, as is evident by the chastenings

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: I Peter 1:3-12

Sunday School Lesson: The Crucifixion of Jesus ( Matthew 27:32-66; Mark 15:21-47; Luke 23:26-56; John 19:17-42 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "He abideth faithful: He cannot deny Himself" ( II Timothy 2:13 )
  Bible Quiz: What was the name of the king who was smitten with leprosy because he went into the temple of the Lord to burn incense upon the altar which only the priests were allowed to do?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Moses ( Exodus 4:6 )

March 16, 2016 Sixth Wednesday in Lent
Hymns: 154, 178, 170, and 290
Sermon Text: John 19:31-37
Sermon Theme: Prophecies Fulfilled by Christ on the Cross after His Death
  I. His bones were left unbroken
  II. He was pierced with a spear

March 13, 2016 Judica, The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Joshua Bloedel Confirmation Part 1

Hymns: 1, 156, 363, and 430
Sermon Text: I Corinthians 1:21-31
Sermon Theme: The Foolish Wisdom of Unbelief Regards the Wisdom of God as Foolishness
  I. The preached Gospel is regarded as foolishness by the world, even though it conveys the wisdom and power of God
  II. Those who trust God's wisdom of salvation in the Gospel are fools in the eyes of the world

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Hebrews 12:1-11

Sunday School Lesson: Jesus Before Herod and Pilate ( Matthew 27:1-31; Mark 15:1-20; Luke 23:1-25; John 18:28 - 19:16 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "In the congregations will I bless the Lord" ( Psalm 26:12 )
  Bible Quiz: What was the name of the man whom the Lord told to put his hand into his bosom and it came out with leprosy?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Tadmor ( I Kings 9:18 and II Chronicles 8:4 )

March 9, 2016 Fifth Wednesday in Lent
Hymns: 146, 175, 153, and 148
Sermon Text: Luke 23:32-43
Sermon Theme: Jesus Desires to Save All People, Even His Enemies
  I. Jesus prayed for those that crucified Him
  II. Jesus promised salvation to the penitent thief

March 6, 2016 Laetare, The Fourth Sunday in Lent
Hymns: 37, 295, 357, and 409
Sermon Text: II Peter 1:2-11
Sermon Theme: Being Sure of Our Christianity and Our Eternal Election
  I. God has given us alll things pertaining to our Christian faith and life
  II. We are to grow in our Christianity - adding Christian virtues
  III. Doing so assures us of our Christianity and our eternal election

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: I Corinthians 1:21-31

Sunday School Lesson: Jesus Before Caiaphas ( Matthew 26:57-75; Mark 14:53-72; Luke 22:54-71; John 18:12-27 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ" ( I Corinthians 3:11 )
  Bible Quiz: What was the name of the city which Solomon built in the wilderness?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: They were arguing about who was the greatest ( Mark 9:33-34 )

March 2, 2016 Fourth Wednesday in Lent
Hymns: 155, 367, 144, and 611
Sermon Text: Luke 23:27-31
Sermon Theme: For Whom We Sould and Should Not Cry
  I. We should not be sad for Christians who are dying
  II. We should indeed be sad for those who die in unbelief

February 28, 2016 Oculi, The Third Sunday in Lent
Hymns: 13, 416, 412, and 417
Sermon Text: Revelation 2:1-7
Sermon Theme: A Congregation Can be Strong in Some Areas and Weak in Others
  I. The church in Ephesus had been faithful to Christ in certain things
  II. They needed to repent for growing weak in love

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: II Peter 1:2-11

Sunday School Lesson: Jesus in Gethsemane ( Matthew 26:36-56; Mark 14:26-52; Luke 22:39-53; John 18:1-11 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath; but bring them up in the nuture and admonition of the Lord" ( Ephesians 6:4 )
  Bible Quiz: In Mark chapter 9, how were the disciples acting immaturely?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Daniel 12:3

February 24, 2016 Third Wednesday in Lent
Hymns: 155, 154, 158, and 159
Sermon Text: Mark 15:6-14
Sermon Theme: The Choice of the Unbelievers Reveals Intense Hatred of Our Savior
  I. The people were given a choice between Jesus and Barabbas
  II. The people chose to free Barabbas and have Jesus condemned to death

February 21, 2016 Reminiscere, The Second Sunday in Lent
Hymns: 32, 296, 394, and 411
Sermon Text: James 5:13-20
Sermon Theme: Showing Love to Our Neighbor in Ways that are Despised by the World
  I. We should pray for our neighbor in need
  II. We should admonish an erring neighbor with the Word of God

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Revelation 2:1-7

Sunday School Lesson: The First Lord's Supper ( Matthew 26:17-29; Mark 14:12-25; Luke 22:7-20 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand" ( John 10:27-28 )
  Bible Quiz: Which passage in Daniel chapter 12 should encourage us to be diligent in bringing others to the Savior?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: "The queen of heaven" ( Jeremiah 44:17, 18, 19, and 25 )

February 17, 2016 Second Wednesday in Lent
Hymns: 140, 141, 156, and 145
Sermon Text: Luke 22:55-62
Sermon Theme: The Things that Led to Peter's Denial
  I. His self-confidence set him up for the fall
  II. His fear of men caused him publicly to deny the Savior

February 14, 2016 Invocavit, The First Sunday in Lent
Hymns: 15, 535, 446, and 425
Sermon Text: James 1:2-15
Sermon Theme: What We Christians should Do when Our Faith is Tested
  I. We should learn patience
  II. We should pray confidently for God's help
  III. We should rejoice in the knowledge of God's never-failing grace

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: James 5:13-20

Sunday School Lesson: Jesus' Entry into Jerusalem ( Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-19 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God" ( John 8:40 )
  Bible Quiz: What was the name of the one to whom the Jews idolatrously burned incense in chapter 44 of Jeremiah?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Approximately a year and a half ( II Kings 25:1-4; Jeremiah 39:1-2 and 52:4-6 )

February 10, 2016 Ash Wednesday
Hymns: 159, 158, 145, and 155
Sermon Text: John 18:3-13
Sermon Theme: Our Lord Jesus Christ Allowed Himself to be Captured by His Enemies for Our Redemption
  I. Judas Iscariot led a band of armed men to capture the Savior
  II. Jesus peacefully allowed Himself to be taken away

February 7, 2016 Quinquagesima
Hymns: 5, 400, 298, and 200
Sermon Text: I Peter 3:18-22
Sermon Theme: Christ Conquered Death and the Devil for Us
  I. Christ earned the victory for us by His suffering and death
  II. This victory is given to us through Baptism
  III. Christ's resurrection and ascension testify to our victory

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: James 1:2-15

Sunday School Lesson: Lazarus Raised from the Dead ( John 11:1-46 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged; condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned" ( Luke 6:37 )
  Bible Quiz: How many years did King Nebuchadnezzar besieged the city of Jerusalem?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Egypt ( Jeremiah 42:7 - 43:7 )

January 31, 2016 Sexagesima
Hymns: 18, 518, 293, and 493
Sermon Text: II Timothy 3:10 - 4:5
Sermon Theme: An Important Exhortation to Stay True to the Scriptures in these Last Evil Days
  I. All Christians are commanded to hold fast to the pure teachings of the Scriptures
  II. Pastors are commanded to preach the pure Word of God and apply it consistently to the lives of the people

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: I Peter 3:18-22

Sunday School Lesson: The Stilling of the Tempest ( Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41 Luke 8:22-25 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit Thou on My right hand, till I make Thine enemies Thy footstool" ( Matthew 22:44 )
  Bible Quiz: To which country did the remnant of Judah flee contrary to the warning words of the Prophet Jeremiah that they were to submit to Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: ( Mark 7:6 )

January 24, 2016 Septuagesima
Hymns: 27, 264, 364, and 285
Sermon Text: Acts 17:22-34
Sermon Theme: What Man's Natural Knowledge of God Does and Does Not Teach Him
  I. Man by nature knows quite a bit about God
  II. Man by nature does not know about His Savior Jesus Christ

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: II Timothy 3:10 - 4:5

Sunday School Lesson: The Man Sick of the Palsy ( Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12 Luke 5:17-26 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned" ( Romans 5:12 )
  Bible Quiz: Which verse in Mark 7 clearly describes what hypocrites do?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: "John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. The Son of Man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!" ( Luke 7:33-34 )

NOTE: sound was lost part way through the sermon
January 17, 2016 The Last Sunday After Epiphany
Hymns: 357, 135, 297, and 292
Sermon Text: II Corinthians 4:5-6
Sermon Theme: The Glorious Light of Jesus as Seen in the Gospel
  I. This glorious light can be seen only if the Gospel of Christ is preached
  II. This glorious light is seen when God brings a person out of his natural spiritual darkness into the spiritual light of faith

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Acts 17:22-34

Sunday School Lesson: The Wedding at Cana ( John 2:1-11 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation" ( Romans 1:16 )
  Bible Quiz: What were the accusations with which Jesus said the Jews charged John the Baptist and the Savior in Luke chapter 7?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: ". . . some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people." ( John 7:12 )

January 10, 2016 The First Sunday After Epiphany
Hymns: 126, 352, 629, and 625
Sermon Text: Ephesians 6:1-4
Sermon Theme: Important Instructions for Parents and Children from the Inspired Word of God
  I. The God-given duties of children to their parents
  II. The God-given duties of parents to their children

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: II Corinthians 4:5-6

Sunday School Lesson: The Wise Men from the East ( Matthew 2 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?" ( Hebrews 1:14 )
  Bible Quiz: Which verse in John chapter 7 clearly states the two positions held by the Jews concerning Jesus?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Hiram, king of Tyre ( I Kings 5:1-10 )

January 3, 2016 Sunday After the New Year
Hymns: 369, 372, 375, and 373
Sermon Text: Romans 3:23-31
Sermon Theme: We are Justified ( Delcared Righteous ) in Christ
  I. Justification is given by God's grace in Christ alone
  II. Justification is received by faith in Christ

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Ephesians 6:1-4

Sunday School Lesson: The Presentation of Jesus ( Luke 2:21-40 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not" ( Proverbs 1:10 )
  Bible Quiz: What was the name of the man who supplied much of the material used for the building of the temple at the time of Solomon?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Malachi 3:10