Study the Gospel for this coming Sunday, December 17, at St. James

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This coming Sunday, December 17, the Third Sunday of Advent, the gospel that the Lectionary assigns comes from the Gospel of John.     

On Thursday Morning - Rise and Bible will be reading and studying this text (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.

Also on Thursday morning - the Preachers Bible Study will be meeting (9:00 to 10:30 a.m.) at St. James in the Koinonia Room.

You are invited to attend one of these studies to dig deeper into the upcoming Sunday's gospel scripture.  

John 1:6-8, 19-28

6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.

 19This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” 21And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” 22Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23He said, 
“I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ ”
as the prophet Isaiah said.
 24Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?” 26John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, 27the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.” 28This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

 

Study the Gospel for this coming Sunday, December 10, at St. James

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This coming Sunday, December 10, the Second Sunday of Advent, the gospel that we will be reading comes from Mark.   Mark is the gospel that is read in Year B of the three-year lectionary cycle.  

On Thursday Morning - Rise and Bible will be reading and studying this text (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.

Also on Thursday morning - the Preachers Bible Study will be meeting (9:00 to 10:30 a.m.) at St. James in the Koinonia Room.

You are invited to attend one of these studies to dig deeper into the upcoming Sunday's gospel scripture.  

Mark 1:1-8

1The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
  2As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, 
 “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
  who will prepare your way;
 3the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
  ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
  make his paths straight,’ ”
4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

 

In Case You Missed Sunday's Sermon

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This sermon, preached on the first Sunday of Advent, is based on Mark 13: 24-37.  At the start of a new church year, we find ourselves in various places.  A lot of things are going on in our world and in our lives that are challenging, upsetting, and turbulent.  We react to this news in a variety of ways: fear, anxiety, confusion, anger, resilience, defiance, and resignation....

click here to read more and to listen to this sermon.   

 

Study the Gospel for this coming Sunday, December 3, at St. James

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This coming Sunday, December 3, the First Sunday of Advent, the gospel that we will be reading comes from Mark.   Mark is the gospel that is read in Year B of the three-year lectionary cycle.  On the first Sunday of Advent, we begin a new year of scripture readings. 

On Thursday Morning - Rise and Bible will be reading and studying this text (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.

Also on Thursday morning - the Preachers Bible Study will be meeting (9:00 to 10:30 a.m.) at St. James in the Koinonia Room.

You are invited to attend one of these studies to dig deeper into the upcoming Sunday's gospel scripture.  

Mark 13:24-37

[Jesus said:] 24“In those days, after that suffering, 
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,
25and the stars will be falling from heaven,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
26Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. 27Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
 28“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 31Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
 32“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. 34It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. 35Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, 36or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. 37And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”

 

In Case You Missed Sunday's Sermon

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In this sermon, based on Matthew 25: 31-46, the assigned gospel for Christ the King Sunday, Pastor Walt explores a classic apocalyptic parable - the Judgment of the Nations.  Instead of pounding on the pulpit, in the fashion of hellfire preachers, Pastor Walt spends some time in holy wondering about the confusion that both the sheep and the goats have after the judgment.  Both groups don't seem to recall when it was that they saw the Lord in need. 

click here to read more and to listen to this sermon.   

 

Study the Gospel for this coming Sunday, November 26, at St. James

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This coming Sunday, November 26, the gospel that we will be reading comes from Matthew.   

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday - there will be NO Bible Studies on Thursday this week.

We resume the following studies on November 30:

Rise and Bible meet at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville. (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.)

The Preachers Bible Study meets at St. James in the Koinonia Room. (9:00 to 10:30 a.m.)

You are invited to attend one of these studies to dig deeper into the upcoming Sunday's gospel scripture.  

Matthew 25:31-46

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family you did it to me.’ 41Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Study the Gospel for this coming Sunday, November 19, at St. James

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This coming Sunday, November 19, the gospel that we will be reading comes from Matthew.   

On Thursday Morning - Rise and Bible will be reading and studying this text (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.

Also on Thursday morning - the Preachers Bible Study will be meeting (9:00 to 10:30 a.m.) at St. James in the Koinonia Room.

You are invited to attend one of these studies to dig deeper into the upcoming Sunday's gospel scripture.  

Matthew 25:14-30

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 14“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ 21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 22And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ 23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 24Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ ”

Study the Gospel for this coming Sunday, November 12, at St. James

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This coming Sunday, November 12, the gospel that we will be reading comes from Matthew.   

On Thursday Morning - Rise and Bible will be reading and studying this text (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.

Also on Thursday morning - the Preachers Bible Study will be meeting (9:00 to 10:30 a.m.) at St. James in the Koinonia Room.

You are invited to attend one of these studies to dig deeper into the upcoming Sunday's gospel scripture.  

Matthew 25:1-13

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. 6But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. 11Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ 13Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

 

Study the Gospel for this coming Sunday, November 5, at St. James

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This coming Sunday, November 5, the gospel that we will be reading comes from Matthew.   This reading is the one that is designated for the celebration of All Saints' Sunday. 

On Thursday Morning - Rise and Bible will be reading and studying this text (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.

Also on Thursday morning - the Preachers Bible Study will be meeting (9:00 to 10:30 a.m.) at St. James in the Koinonia Room.

You are invited to attend one of these studies to dig deeper into the upcoming Sunday's gospel scripture.  

Matthew 5:1-12

1When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
 3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
 5“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
 6“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
 7“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
 8“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
 9“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
 10“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 11“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

 

In Case You Missed Sunday's Sermon

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Pastor Walt's sermon for Reformation Sunday and the 500th Commemoration of the start of the Lutheran Reformation, invites us to look beyond a Pep Rally approach to marking this historic event.  Guided by the witness of the Joint Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogues, the order of worship from last year's Joint Lutheran/Roman Catholic Reformation that took place in Lund, Sweden, and the gospel from John 8:31-36, the sermon invites us to consider a "Reforming Faith".  

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THIS SERMON

In Case You Missed Sunday's Sermon

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Pastor Walt's sermon looks at the way that we live our lives in broken and separated compartments.  Life in Christ involves an integrated way of living that puts the boxes aside.  The story of Matthew 22: 15-22 invites us into the freedom of the gospel.   We are freed by the God who can not be put into a box (or a tomb) to give generously across the various fragments of our lives.  We give to God to whom our very lives belong through lives that are relational and share God's love with others.

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Study the Gospel for this coming Sunday, October 29, at St. James

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This coming Sunday, October 29th the gospel that we will be reading comes from John.   This reading is the one that is designated for the festival of the Reformation. 

On Thursday Morning - Rise and Bible will be reading and studying this text (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.

Also on Thursday morning - the Preachers Bible Study will be meeting (9:00 to 10:30 a.m.) at St. James in the Koinonia Room.

You are invited to attend one of these studies to dig deeper into the upcoming Sunday's gospel scripture.  

John 8: 31-36

31Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." 33They answered him, "We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, 'You will be made free'?"
34Jesus answered them, "Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

 

 

 

Study the Gospel for this coming Sunday, October 22, at St. James

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This coming Sunday, October 22nd the gospel that we will be reading comes from Matthew.   

This WEEK -on Thursday October 19 - there will be no Bible Studies. 

 

 We resume our weekly studies of scripture on Thursday, October 26

Rise and Bible- 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.

Preachers Bible Study -  (9:00 to 10:30 a.m.) at St. James in the Koinonia Room. 

 

Even though we won't be meeting this week, here is the text that Pastor Walt will be preaching on next Sunday. 

 

Matthew 22:15-22

15Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap [Jesus] in what he said. 16So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” 21They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

 

In Case You Missed Sunday's Sermon

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Based on Matthew 22: 1-14, Pastor Walt's sermon explores themes of respect/honor and disrespect/shame.  Jesus tells a parable about a King and a wedding banquet.  The guests disrespect the king by first not responding to his invitation and later by killing the messenger.  The King resorts to a show of force in order to restore his honor.  Afterwards, he sends his servants into the city and invites everyone - good and bad to come to his party.  The King shows a great honor to all.  During the party, the King notices that one guest has disrespected (seemingly unknowingly) by not wearing a wedding gown (some scholars say that these were provided at the door).  

How do we honor/respect God?  In what ways do we dishonor/shame?  To answer these questions, we need to look at not only our devotion/worship/prayer life; we must also look at how we treat others.  How are we Christ to our neighbor in need?  

Christians are called to lives of respect/honor. 

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Study the Gospel for this coming Sunday, October 15, at St. James

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This coming Sunday, October 15th the gospel that we will be reading comes from Matthew.   

On Thursday Morning - Rise and Bible will be reading and studying this text (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.

Also on Thursday morning - the Preachers Bible Study will be meeting (9:00 to 10:30 a.m.) at St. James in the Koinonia Room.

You are invited to attend one of these studies to dig deeper into the upcoming Sunday's gospel scripture.  

Matthew 22:1-14

1Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. 4Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’ 5But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, 6while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. 7The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 8Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ 10Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, 12and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. 13Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14For many are called, but few are chosen.”

 

Study the Gospel for this coming Sunday, October 8, at St. James

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This coming Sunday, October 8th, the gospel that we will be reading comes from Matthew.

On Thursday Morning - Rise and Bible will be reading and studying this text (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.

Also on Thursday morning - the Preachers Bible Study will be meeting (9:00 to 10:30 a.m.) at St. James in the Koinonia Room.

You are invited to attend one of these studies to dig deeper into the upcoming Sunday's gospel scripture.  

Matthew 21:33-46

 [Jesus said to the people:] 33“Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. 34When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. 35But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. 37Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.’ 39So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.”
42Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures:
‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord’s doing,
and it is amazing in our eyes’?
43Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. 44The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.”
45When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. 46They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.