Author: Eric Holmer

The new church year begins with a wake-up call: Christ is coming soon! In today’s readings both Paul and Jesus challenge us to wake from sleep, for we know neither the day nor hour of the Lord’s coming. Isaiah proclaims the day when God will...

For over 62 years God has beckoned the people of Good Shepherd to go BEYOND. (Originally shown at the November 3 combined Worship Service on All Saints Sunday.)...

It is human nature to worry about scarcity. However, we must move beyond our human concerns, and believe God will provide for us as promised! We should follow the example of Abraham and so many others throughout the Bible, and trust in God. There is...

A little faith goes a long way is our Lord’s point in the gospel. A mustard seed’s-worth has miraculous potential. The patience, tenacity, and endurance required for the life of faith are the blessings received in water and the word (holy baptism), bread and wine...

Called to contemplate the cost of discipleship today, we might be helped by translating Paul’s request to Philemon into our prayer of the day: Refresh my heart in Christ. Strengthened by the company and forgiveness of the Christ in the blessed sacrament and recalling God’s...

Animate is a 7-week interactive and multimedia-based small group bible study series starting Tuesday nights on October 1st. Whether you are new to the faith or looking to deepen your relationship with Christ, Animate offers an opportunity for everyone to share, learn and ask questions in...

Invited and inviting—that is the nature of the church. By God’s grace in holy baptism we have a place at the banquet table of the Lord. When, by the power of that same Spirit, humility and mutual love continue among us, the church can be...

The word of God is a refining fire. Jesus is the great divide in human history. He invites our undivided attention and devotion. Today, in the assembly, we are surrounded by “so great a cloud of witnesses.” In the word and in the holy communion...

Dear Siblings in Christ, Gerry Born, our Church Board President, has resigned from the Church Board as of August 1. Gerry has served on our Board for nearly 6 years and graciously offered to be our President to help us transition to a new generation of...

May 7, 2019: Children, Youth and Family Ministry Committee Meeting Attendance: Sarah Iverson, Becca Mortensen, Pam Ziemlewicz, Jessica McCarty, Katie Wagner, Rich Johnson, Noelle LoConte, Steve Johnson Devotion: Confirmation Faith Statement Recap Video (Becca & Sarah). 52 confirmed Sunday with 1 more to be confirmed. Summer camps (Katie): shared registration...

FAITH FORMATION COMMITTEE Meeting Notes July 18, 2019 Devotionals: “Hear, Oh Israel, the Lord our God, The Lord is one; you shall the Lort with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” 1) Minutes will be posted on website and shared drive: other groups can then build on our work,...

Today’s texts offer instruction and encouragement for all who are occasionally overwhelmed by the “unhappy business” of life. Jesus urges us to take care and be on guard against all kinds of greed. We who have died with Christ in holy baptism have also been...

We have no good apart from God. That makes our Lord’s call to follow him an invitation to freedom. This is freedom to revel in the Spirit’s fruits: love, joy, peace, patience, and the like. This is the path of life....

In late June, Pastor Dara Schuller-Hanson embarked on her first sabbatical, a time where she’ll be able to rest and enrich her relationship with God. Sabbatical is a response to God’s creation, taking a pause, and taking time to be with God....