Sermon – Those That Dream Cannot Keep Silent- Guest Sermon John Volkening

January 3, 2020 Today’s scripture reading of the presentation of Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem, is set in a troubled land, a country occupied by Roman armies and ruled by King Herod, who was a tyrant that had been appointed by the Roman Empire. This story of the newborn Jesus takes place 40 days after his birth in Bethlehem. The Magi, those 3 wise ones, that traveled to worship Jesus from the east have not yet arrived. And King Herod’s attempt to murder Jesus had yet to occur.

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Sermon – When The Unimaginable Happens – Guest Pastor Kathy Nolte

November 15, 2020 Worshiping together with Pastor Kathy Nolte and the people of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Oak Park.

So what is the deal with Thomas.  Why do we call him the doubter? One time in scripture he has this moment when he doesn’t believe what, quite frankly, seems unbelievable, then for all times in history we call him Thomas the Doubter.

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Sermon – Discussion on Race – Guests The Linkimer Family

August 16, 2020 Guest message from the Linkimer Family. Mike and Lori Linkimer along with their children Lindsey and Kirstie share their experiences living as a mixed race family in St. Charles.

Hey, Church.  Welcome to worship.  I’m so glad you’re taking time in the midst of your week and in the midst of all that is going on in your life and in the life of the world to gather with your sisters and brothers in faith to be reminded of God’s love for you and to be inspired to continue leading lives of faith in the journey ahead.  Our worship today looks a little bit different than the worship services that we typically have.  I’m going to open us with an opening prayer and a brief reading from scripture, and then we’ll move right into the message. 

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Sermon – How Can I Convince You.. – Guest Trudy Stoffel

August 2, 2020 Guest message from Pastor Trudy Stoffel. There’s a song from 1984 by the band Survivor that I have a sneaking suspicion was written about the scripture.  It goes like this.  “How can I convince you what you see is real?  Who am I to blame you for doubting what you feel?  I was always reaching, you were just a guy I knew.  I took for granted the friend I had in you.  I was living for a dream, loving for a moment, taking on the world, that was just my style.  Then I touched your hand and I heard you whisper.  The search is over, love is right before your eyes.”  Something about that sappy love song helped me to see the scripture in an entirely new way.  

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Sermon – What We Can Do – Guest Pastor Ruben Duran

July 5, 2020 Guest message from Pastor Ruben Duran. I hope that you are enjoying this 4th of July weekend, finding time for rest, relaxation, good food, but also reflecting on our country and its vision and the challenges we’re facing these days and the role that all of us play in it.  As for me, this weekend, as every weekend of the 4th of July, is a time also to remember a gift I received 18 years ago when I became a citizen of the United States. 

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