Sunday, November 22, 2020

Christ the King Sunday

 Today is the last Sunday of the Christian Year. Christ the King Sunday!

THIS guy does not qualify to be King




HERE is the full worship service from FaceBook live, edited some and put on our YouTube channel

and 

HERE is the audio version of the sermon.    The sermon is on Ephesians 1:15-23 which did not get recorded.   So read that first.  

Sunday, November 15, 2020

After a week on vacation, Back in the saddle!

 Last Sunday I was visiting friends in Texas.   See if you can tell which one is me?   HINT:  I am the one with the BIGGIEST goofy smile. 


Here is today full worship service video on YouTube: 

CLICK HERE



If you want just to hear the audio of the sermon

CLICK HERE

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

All Saints Sunday

 It's All Saints Sunday.   A special one for me as we lit a candle and pealed a bell for my mother who passed in April.


For the Audio version of the sermon, CLICK HERE

For the Full worship service on video with great All Saints Sunday music at the postlude, Click Here

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Reformation Sunday

 Reformation Day is a tough one for me.    The Roman Catholic Church needed some serious correction, but some unity lost was the cost.

My Sermon on Audio, Listen HERE

OSLC's full Sunday worship service,  CLICK HERE




Sunday, October 18, 2020

Render unto Caesar....

 My sermon from October 18, 2020.  Some poor soul decided to leave some political flyers on my door for distribution at my church.    Bad idea.   For the audio version of only my sermon, click HERE.  For an uploaded video version of our complete service, click THIS LINK

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Sunday, October 4, 2020

Numbers are so important, there is a book of the Bible named after them.

 We've obviously been doing a lot online at Our Saviour Lutheran.    To what ends?   My October newsletter article may shed some light on that question.

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Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ!

“I wonder what Pastor Lance does these days?’  

No one has asked me that directly, but it IS a valid question a congregation should ask of its pastor during these weird times.    Of course, I’m spending a LOT of time working on online work.    If you have been getting your Grapevine issues over the past few months, you should know that.  But a second question is—is it worth is it?

Well, let’s look at some numbers.   For a few decades, the media and academy around the church has been pretty dim on the notion of numbers.   They have said things like “American churches are too focused on the number of rumps they are putting in the pews and how many bucks are going in the offering plate.   They OUGHT to be focusing on _____!”   You can fill in the blank with a thousand different things—social justice, discipleship, you name it.   

But I’ll disagree.   As Pastor Mel from the bishop’s office told a bunch of us seminarians heading out to calls.  “Numbers ARE important.   So important that God named a book of the Bible after them!”  Cute, but also true.   Numbers aren’t the be all, end all.   But they tell us important things.   Would you be impressed if the name of the story“ was Jesus feeds a bunch of people” rather than “Jesus feeds the 5000”?  Why does Luke write that after Peter preached three thousand were baptized (Acts 2) and that about 5000 came to believe some time later (Acts 4)?   Numbers are important in telling a story.

So let us consider the story of this congregation and how it touches the hearts and minds of people in our proclamation of the Good News.   And let’s roll the clocks back to this time last year in 2019 or even 2018.  

   Avg Worship attendance per week = 60

   Avg Bible Study attendance per week= 12

Now let us say (even though we know there is some overlap in the actual people) that those events are called “touches”.  So this congregation was making an average of 72 touches per week.

Now let’s come up to date.    September of 2020—yikes, the COVID Crisis Era!

   Avg Worship attendance = 35 per week

   Avg number of listeners to PL’s sermon on Soundcloud = 12 per week

   Avg number of people watching OSLC’s worship (live or recorded) = 33 per week

   Avg number watching Daily Prayer with Pastor Lance = 100  per week (5 days, ~20 per day)

 

That is a number of weekly touches that totals 180.    And that…is an increase of 150% in just 6 months.    That is enormous.    A 150% increase in six months means that—right about the time of Holy Week 2021—we would (could? will?  be making 450 touches a week!

Is this the work of the Kingdom of God? Maybe.   I remember some guy telling his disciples about the Kingdom of God being like a mustard seed.  

                                                 Peace in Christ,

                                                Pastor Lance


Whose IS this?

 A story about a landowner sending his servants first and finally his Son to retrieve what is owed him is the basis of this sermon (Matthew 21:-33-46) .    If you want to see the entire service on our YouTube channel, click HERE

If you are looking for just the audio of the sermon, click HERE

Today's photo is me preaching from behind my pulpit with its COVID protective screen.   I think it looks like I am preaching from an aquarium.