Our Mission...... As men, women, and children united in faith in Christ Jesus, we believe he commanded us to “go and make disciples.” We therefore will proclaim the Gospel of Christ through our words and actions to the community, campus, and others. We will teach God’s word in its truth and purity to help each other grow and mature in faith preparing us, God’s people, for “works of service.”
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, River Falls, WI
545 Apollo Road
River Falls, WI 54022
Based on Ephesians 5:15-20—Vacuums Want to Be Filled
As with the other readings this Sunday, this reading also stresses that there are only two paths to walk. Either we walk in folly or in wisdom. Those whose food is wisdom walk with God. Their path is one of understanding and joy, even in the evil times. For the Spirit fills them by his means of his Word of peace and joy and thanksgiving in Christ. That Word, through which the Spirit comes, they sing and say to themselves and to one another, that they may always be filled with saving food and be found on that path of wisdom with and in Christ.
If anyone ever had reason to be discouraged and to complain, it was surely Elijah in this chapter! But what does God do with Elijah's complaints? He ignores them! For God has work for the prophet to do and lays on him no more than Elijah can bear, in spite of Elijah's complaint to the contrary. But since God has commanded him to do what seemed impossible, to continue in the face of such adversity and persecution, God gives Elijah a powerful sign of providential care in the face of human need and weakness. That is always his way with us, to demand and expect the impossible, to show us our total inability to do the impossible and then to provide what is needed to accomplish his bidding.
Pastor Clayton Welch Speaks on the Word of God from Exodus 24:3-11
—Powerful Blood Comes from a Powerful God
There is no fellowship with God apart from the shedding of blood. Even when the children of Israel have promised to do all that God commands, they need to be sprinkled with blood to make them holy and acceptable to God. For sinful they are; sinful they will remain. But once God has cleansed them with blood, he hosts a meal of fellowship as a reflection of their blessed union with him. In the New Testament, that fellowship is even more intimately marked by the meal at which Christ is the host and the blood by which he gives us holiness is the food. In thanksgiving for that meal and all it gives, we too pledge to do his will, while still trusting in his pardon.
Pastor Clayton Welch
First Lesson, Amos 7:10-15, Pentecost 8
Our Lutheran Confessions repeatedly assert: No one should preach who has not been properly called. Amos, together with the other prophets of the Old Testament and the apostles of the New Testament, had immediate calls from the Lord. Our pastors and teachers have mediate call from the same Lord. It is in grace and to save that the Lord sends his called servants with his Word. Woe to those who maliciously imply that such called servants are merely seeking bread through the message they bring; for in them will be fulfilled the warnings of that Word. Pastors do well to remember and cherish the saving function given them by the Lord through that call; hearers do well to listen to the Word of the Lord and give thanks to God that he cares enough for them still to send his servants into their midst with that Word; for even its sharpest rebukes are sent for our eternal good.
The whole world does indeed go into God's courtroom. But how astonishing, how amazing, how wonderful the result! Christ trades places with the world, takes on its well-deserved punishment and effects for it reconciliation. In view of that central fact of history and of the scriptures, who would want, who would dare say in the day of distress that God doesn't care? Far better to say: In deepest woe his sublime act of love for me has given me every reason to trust him. Reconciled, redeemed, forgiven, I am a new creature and live to serve in love him who loved me perfectly and gave himself for me.
Sermon lead by Pastor Clayton Welch Based off of Mark 3:20-35.
Jesus Christ alone is Savior. However, people we might most expect to know that and believe often fall short of expectations. His own earthly family had misgivings about his work, and the religious leaders actively opposed him. To this day many fail to understand him and some even consider him in a league with the devil. But behold his grace! He stayed to save. He continues with his Word to draw a family to himself. Notice the singular nouns in verse 35: By grace and by the Word of promise it is as though I were his only brother, sister, or mother. So total is the redemption; so intimate is the connection.
A Special thank you to Pastor Tom Kutz for bringing us God's Word today.
Sermon Based off of John 20:19-31
Jesus appears to his disciples, first on Easter evening and then a week later. Thomas, who was absent on the first occasion, is present on the second, and he responds in faith. "These" - all that John had written in this Gospel - "are written that you may believe"
Jesus instructs his followers about his suffering, death, and resurrection. When Peter Tries to discourage him, Jesus points out that the way of the Christ - and of the Christian - is the way of the cross.