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I AM the Bread of Life

Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." Dear Friends, This Wednesday, we continue our Lenten Midweek series focusing upon Jesus' I AM sayings.  This week:  "I AM the Bread of Life."  Come and join us to be nourished in body, mind and spirit.  Feel free to come early where you will be fed by a hot delicious in meal in St. Andrew's Hall (beginning at 6:30).  At 7:30, we will gather upstairs for a simple, prayerful celebration around Word and Sacrament as Christ feeds us with His amazing gift of grace (Service with Prayers for Healing will resume on April 2).  Come join us to be renewed in faith. Also, I want to remind you that there will be a congregational meeting following 11 AM Worship this Sunday (March 30) to present and discuss our long range plan for mission.  We hope that many of you will be able to join us as we gain greater clarity as to whe

I AM the Good Shepherd

Lord, Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd of the Sheep, help your people to resist feelings of isolation, worthlessness, despair, pride, and complacency, things which grow out of the valley of death.  Open for us a space to know the power of the resurrection, space to be led in the green pastures, beside the still waters, and to dwell in the blessedness of your house.  Give us what we truly need.  Lead us, guide us, and help us in the midst of things we cannot understand to believe and trust in the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen We continue our Lenten Midweek Series tonight (Wed.) with "I AM the Good Shepherd" with Dinner in St. Andrew's Hall at 6:30 and Worship in the Sanctuary at 7:30.  Blessings to all of you in this holy season. Peace, Pastor Mueller

Voice Recognition

Dear Friends, With all of the advances in technology, you would think that by now voice recognition would be better than it is.  However, for those of you who have Dragon Naturally Speaking, Siri, or if you have ever tried to use Free 411 Phone Directory, you know that it can still be a nightmare ("I'm sorry, I didn't understand.").  The truth is, when it is not your electronic device, it can be really difficult to communicate and even when it is yours, it takes awhile for the training to be complete. I sometimes wonder if we have the same problem recognizing God's voice.  The Almighty who sometimes speaks to us in whispered tones and through unexpected places and people is not always easy to recognize.  Throughout history, God has had to find many different ways to get the attention of his people (judges and kings, patriarchs and prophets, and, ultimately, his own Son, the Word made Flesh).  Lent is a season of being more intentionally tuned to God's vo

Daily Acts for Lent

Dear Friends, The Lenten season is a time to focus on strengthening our relationship with God and others.  Below are a number of simple things that we all could do to notice those around us who God created in God's image and to help them to see blessing in their lives.  Hopefully, such practices begin to shape our behavior beyond the Lenten season as we are blessed to be a blessing to others. - Let someone get in line in front of you, whether in traffic or in a store - Buy a coffee or soda for the person in line behind you - Smile at five people you don't know - Send a family member or friend a note thanking them for the ways they have been a blessing to you   - When you pray for others, let them know you are praying for them - Take a neighbor, fellow church member, or co-worker out to lunch for the first time - Tip more generously and treat the person who is serving you with an extra dose of kindness - Listen more and talk less - Worship regularly and introdu

Our Lenten Journey Begins

Dear Friends,            At the heart of the Christian faith is the death and resurrection of Christ.  On one side of this event and it's remembrance are the 40 days of Lent (not including Sundays), a time of preparation for the celebration of our Lord's passage from death to life.  On the other side are the 50 days of Easter, a time of proclaiming and rejoicing in our redemption.  Right in the middle of it all is Holy Week including Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, days in which our attention is riveted on Christ's death and resurrection.  The entire 90 days is best seen as a whole viewed from two sides, from the cross and the empty tomb, each incomplete without the other.  Listed below is a schedule of Lenten observances in the weeks ahead:    SATURDAYS (5PM) AND SUNDAYS (8:15 AND 11:00 AM) IN LENT "CHALLENGES OF FAITH"   Ash Wednesday (March 5 @ noon & 7:30 PM )   "The Challenge of Dusty