Translating God's Word for a new generation
A senior pastor departing, a new school year on the horizon with a new Center for Christian Education to be dedicated, and high school seniors embarking on new journeys as college freshmen. This season is a rich environment for anxiety and therefore for the Gospel. God is not unaware of our potential anxiety. In fact, He has anticipated it. This week, Pastor Meggers, no stranger to anxiety himself, speaks life and faith into fear and anxiety: “Have No Fear, Little Flock.”
The Gospel for today tells the story of a man quite pleased with his own accomplishments. In response, God requires his life and all of his hard work means nothing. The Christian way of living is to know who God is as we serve our neighbor. When we acknowledge who God is, we are drawn away from our own corruption and more fully into what we are supposed to be. This weekend in worship, Pastor Schultz preaches on what God has done for us in Jesus and what the Christian does in response.
Aim is essential to achieving almost anything. In his final weekend as Senior Pastor at Concordia, Dr. Scott Seidler shares a challenge for each of us: to take aim in our faith and trust Jesus to achieve for us immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.
Mary and Martha are two Christian sisters every Christian should know. They were two of Jesus’ earliest followers. Each of them had gifts and personality integral to Jesus’ mission. This weekend, Pastor Seidler shares with us insight into the story of Mary and Martha and their unique places in the ongoing work of God at, in and through you, this great Concordia, Kirkwood congregation.
In the 1970s, PBS’s Mr. Rogers asked the question that became a household phrase of hospitality: “Won’t you be my neighbor?” The parable of the Good Samaritan reminds us of how critical knowing and serving our neighbors is for us as Christians. This weekend, Pastor Seidler unpacks the parable that has stood the test of time in terms of helping us understand the sacrifice required in serving others.
Going, not knowing, is the frequent feeling of a Christ-follower. It is inconceivable to be a Christian and not be going somewhere. This weekend, Pastor Seidler takes up this challenge in his message based on Luke 10, giving us confidence for the journey ahead in times of transition.
When people are confronted by the claims of Jesus, they sometimes reject Him. We see this in today’s Gospel reading as an entire Samaritan village rejects Jesus. The cost of following Jesus is high. We see Jesus set His face to go to Jerusalem, to go toward suffering and death. As we follow Jesus, we must be aware that suffering and death may be where Jesus leads us. Following Jesus means denying ourselves, picking up our cross daily, and going where He leads. It may be sobering, but we trust that Jesus is for us, and whatever trouble we face in this world, we know that Jesus has overcome the world.
We are held captive by many things in this earthly life, but three main enemies emerge: sin, death, and Satan. In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus encounters a man who is possessed by many demons. This man was chained so he wouldn’t hurt himself or others, but chains could not stop the demons. Jesus comes to this man in his captivity and sets him free. Not only is the man set free from Satan, but Jesus also sets him free to tell of Jesus’s mercy and compassion. By His death and resurrection, Jesus sets us free from our enemies, from sin, death, and Satan. We are also free to tell of His mercy and compassion.
Happy Holy Trinity Sunday. Happy Father’s Day. At the intersection of these days of blessing is the celebration of love generously and graciously lavished upon us. From “Our Father who art in heaven,” through the Son who loved us to death, and now with His Holy Spirit in us, the love of God is abundantly sown among us. Fathers and mothers help sow that seed and have the awesome responsibility of nourishing its growth. Pastor Meggers will till some soil this weekend with a view toward an abundant harvest in the Name of the Father and of the Son X and of the Holy Spirit.
While the Blues have painted St. Louis blue, this weekend is a weekend of Cardinal red. The celebration of Pentecost and the giving of Christ’s Holy Spirit is up to bat. The goal of our time together is to swing for the fences with the power of God at work in the team of his Church. Pastor Seidler will be preaching and the worship will be majestic--a world series of worship if there ever was. Look forward to seeing you!