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You're A Mean One, 2020:

Finding Hope & Peace This Christmas

In this series we will look at some classic Advent/Christmas passages to help guide us how to find hope and peace in this season. Many are hurting as the long-term challenges of Covid restrictions have truly come to wear on people. People are longing for peace and hope and we want to try and point them to the true source of both of those.


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Thanksgiving Eve Worship

Our Thanksgiving Eve Online Service allows us a chance to give thanks to God in whatever circumstances we find ourselves. Join us! 100% of our offering at this service goes to support the work of the ELCA World Hunger efforts, supporting efforts in the US and in 60 countries around the world to provide food and development to people in need.You may submit your offering to the ELCA directly HERE, or send a check to LOC and we will send the funds on your behalf.

Meant to Be

As we launch into our new space it is important to reflect what it is to be the Church. A church is not a building, no matter how beautiful and powerful this space is. A church is not a club, where there are secret handshakes and mysterious jargon. No the church is a community gathered around Jesus, following Him. A Church is a community with a calling. This is who we were meant to be. In these three weeks we will celebrate again what that calling is.

Almost There

We will be worshiping outside of the doors of our new space. We are so ready to be inside, to use this new space.  But we aren’t quite ready. But we can almost taste what it will be like. Our mouths are watering for what is next. But in this short pause before we enter our promised land, let’s turn to scripture to hear again the truths and the promises that will need to guide us in this new place, in this next chapter. I can almost taste it…but hold on just a little longer.

OCT. 18:  On the Threshold

OCT. 25:  New Wineskins

NOV. 1:  Both / And

Forward in Faith: Abraham and Today

In this series we will look back at the life of Abraham as we moved forward by Faith. But we will also be looking at how God has led us to this point by walking in faith. And this series will also challenge us to keep walking by faith, not fully knowing the next steps, but trusting the God who calls and leads us. This will be the worship culmination and celebration of the journey God has taken us individually on and Light of Christ on as a church.

SEPT. 13:  Following

SEPT. 20:  Trusting

SEPT. 27:  Prioritizing

OCT. 4:  Questioning

OCT. 11:  Surrendering

Surprising Jesus

This is a series where we will look at some of the surprising things Jesus said and did.  This is a series to get a little shocked, a little surprised and stunned—did He really mean that?!  We have a surprising Savior who is still doing surprising things among us …if we are open.  Let us be open to meeting our surprising Savior afresh this month!

RELATE•ABLE: The Enneagram

The origins of this tool are still in debate, but from Roman Catholic retreats to Evangelical millennial small groups, the Enneagram is a tool that can help us to not only understand ourselves better, but to relate to God, to ourselves and to others in healthier ways. Over the next 9 weeks we will be looking at these 9 personality types and Biblical characters that embody them. We will admire the thumbprint of God in each perspective/outlook and celebrate that. But we will also look at the shadow side of our types and how the Holy Spirit wants to speak into that for healing. We will also look at how do we best interact with these individuals in our lives, encouraging them, loving them and helping them to be their best.

Stopping...For A Miracle

In response to the current state of civil turmoil in our country, the sermon for this week is based on Matthew 20:29-34, where Jesus stopped to listen to the two on the side of the road, when the crowd wanted to push on.

On Mission

We have all had our lives upended in the past two months, but it has also brought us new insight. One of the things that it has reminded us of – the church is, in the end, truly not a building. The Church, and Light of Christ, is a community of people gathered around a mission. This season has stripped away some things and forced us to see something more clearly. We are the church. We are a community gathered around Jesus and sent on a mission. That is what the church always has been and always will be. May this season drive that home more clearly. Are we living “on mission”?

Resurrection Hope

We often have different hopes and dreams for our lives. That can be fine, that can be good. But we get in trouble if we are creating those hopes and plans outside of our connection to Jesus. Because we can start putting our hopes in things that we never should. Actually, sometimes our hopes have to be crushed because we were focused on the wrong things, or focused on them in the wrong way. To find hope that can stand the test of time, we need to hope in the things that last and that are in line with God’s plans. Our final hope can’t be in things that don’t last eternally or they will inevitably disappoint us. The men on the walk to Emmaus were hoping in Jesus, but hoping in him in the wrong way. That had to get redirected, clarified.

Holy Week: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday & Easter Sunday

Jesus’ followers worshipped, grew spiritually, served, were generous, shared their faith, built their lives on Jesus’ practices. After Jesus died, Mary went to his tomb, saw it was empty and ran and told the disciples who ran home. They ran to the tomb, saw it was empty and returned home. But Jesus made himself known to Mary, her hope was renewed, and the challenge was given to continue the faith practice of sharing the good news. The challenge at the tomb is for each of us – how do we continue the faith practices to have a healthy spiritual life and impact not only our own lives, but our community, our world, for Jesus’ sake.

The Walk: Essential Practices of the Christian Life

What does it mean to be deeply committed Christians, growing in faith every day? How do we become fully engaged and flourishing in the Christian life? Lent has historically been a season for deepening faith and for taking on new spiritual practices. In this series, we explore a model for Christian discipleship built around essential practices that we engage in both collectively and individually in order to more fully follow Jesus.

PG-13: Scripture and Sexuality

One of the most turbulent changing areas in modern society revolves around questions of sexuality. Marriage, divorce, Co-habitation, same-sex relationships, transgender, gender fluid. As Christians so much is swirling around us and we wonder, does the Bible have anything to say on this? Using the tools we worked on in January we will address a small portion of these questions and issues, seeking to listen for God’s leading as we address the questions and more importantly, the people God puts in our path.

Vision 2020

In this message I will lay out the two key things Jesus is calling us to individually this year: Invitation and Serving. We are constructing this new building not for ourselves, but for our neighbors. “I love you all, but I wouldn’t work as hard as I have if it was just for you, I believe Jesus will use this new space to draw new people to Himself. People need Jesus.” And if we are going to use this new space and technology to its capacity, we will need all hands on deck. We will need more in FL, more greeters, more in technology.

JAN. 25 & 26:  Vision 2020

Word of God Speak

We say the Bible is God’s Word. We say that it is “Inspired”. We believe that it is foundational for our Christian faith and is God’s primary means to speak to us and guide us today. But how do we hear God speak from the Bible when there are so many confusing parts? So many disturbing parts? So many seemingly contradictory parts? Does everyone just get to pick and choose their favorite parts and ignore the rest? Over the next three weeks we will look at three key tools and strategies that we as individuals and the church can use to hear God speak to our circumstances today.

GLIMPSES OF CHRISTMAS

As we approach Christmas, we will glimpse the key moments of God’s surprising intervention in our world, and discover ways God wants to speak to us today through those moments.

NOV. 30 & DEC. 1:  Strange and Perplexing

DEC. 7 & 8:  Good to Great

DEC. 14 & 15:  Leaping for Joy

DEC. 21 & 22:  What Will This Child Become?

DEC. 24:  The Forever Gift

DEC. 29:  A Name Is Given

CHRIST OUR KING: SURPRISE!

There is a consequence for letting our hearts be hardened. Life can do that, but Jesus warns us against letting that happen. Stay responsive to the people, circumstances and realities around us. It matters now and it matters in the end.

TRUSTWORTHY

We remember our roots and seek to live out the unfinished work of God’s reform movement within the Christian Church.

NOV. 9 & 10:  Part One

NOV. 16 & 17:  Part Two

REFORMATION & ALL SAINTS' WEEKEND

We remember our roots and seek to live out the unfinished work of God’s reform movement within the Christian Church.

ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING

We will engage one of the deep struggles of this era—anxiousness. It affects all ages. Building off of Paul’s powerful words in Philippians 4, we will seek God’s leading and power for moving beyond our anxiousness into Christ’s deep, deep peace.

SEPT. 28 & 29:  When You've Had Enough

OCT. 5 & 6:  Praying Through Pain

OCT. 12 & 13:  The Perspective of Praise

OCT. 19 & 20:  When You Just Can't Decide

LOVING PEOPLE?!

Jesus calls us to love people. But that’s not always easy. People frustrate, disappoint, & confuse us. How can we love people we dislike? Over 3 weekends we will look at 3 powerful strategies for seeing people the way that Jesus did.

SEPT. 7 & 8:  Blessed and Broken (video unavailable)

SEPT. 14 & 15:  Precious and Wounded

SEPT. 21 & 22:  Amazing Potential and Real Limitations

POWER OF THE BASICS

We will look at some of the powerful passages in 1 John and hear John point us to the basics of faith and a walk with Jesus

AUG. 17 & 18:  Honesty

AUG. 24 & 25:  Obedience

AUG. 31 & SEPT. 1:  Love

THE GOSPEL IN TOY STORY

We will be using clips from the three Toy story movies (and allusions from the 4th) to find God’s good news for us today.

ROAR: LIFE IS WILD, GOD IS GOOD!

As our leaders and kids are getting ready for VBS at the end of June, we will join them in the theme of, “ROAR: Life is Wild, God is Good!” We will choose five passages from the Bible that talk about lions and let God speak to us through them.

JUNE 1 & 2:  Excuses, Excuses

JUNE 8 & 9:  A Vision of Peace

JUNE 15 & 16:  God Is Our Lion

JUNE 22 & 23:  It's A Jungle Out There!

JUNE 29 & 30:  Daniel In the Lion's Den

DIVINE DIRECTION

How do we find direction? How do we make good decisions? How does God guide me onto the right paths? Let’s let scripture guide us to divine direction.

MAY 4 & 5:  Power To Become

MAY 11 & 12:  Wisdom To Discern

MAY 18 & 19:  Learning To Listen

MAY 25 & 26:  Start Fresh

PALM SUNDAY / EASTER - 2019

In the Easter good news we hear Jesus call our name, we hear His hope for us and for our world. Who’s walking with you in the journey of life?

SIMON PETER - FLAWED BUT FAITHFUL 

He was not rich or educated, but was familiar with hard work. He was quick-tempered and impetuous, but possessed a passion that would change the world. He left everything to follow his teacher, yet struggled with doubt and fear. Join us in this six-week Lenten journey, and take an in-depth dive into the life, faith, and character of Simon Peter.

EXPLORE GOD 

We all have questions about God, faith, and purpose; Explore God is a series that welcomes everyone to come together and look at these questions in an open, authentic way.

THE PATH TO PEACE 

The Path to Peace.  In this crazy wonderful Christmas season it is so easy for us to get lost in all of the to-do’s. Lost in all of the craziness.  Worship is a time re-ground ourselves in what this season is all about—the coming of the Prince of Peace.  Over our extended Advent journey we will experience 5 “P” words that will ready us for Jesus coming as Prince of Peace.  Join us for the real journey to peace, the real journey to Christmas, the real journey to Jesus birth.

Dec 1-2      Ponder

                       Luke 1:26-38

Dec 8-9       Prepare
                       Luke 3:1-17

Dec 15-16   Promise

                       Luke1:46-55; 67-79

Dec 22-23   Patience
                       Isaiah 40:1-5, 27-31

Dec 24         Peace


OVERFLOWING

While we have seen the danger of over-flowing rivers this fall, the word overflow is often a positive in scripture.  In Psalm 23, “my cup overflows” is a sign of God’s abundance.  In Psalm 65, “The wagon track overflows with richness”.  God’s blessings aren’t just bottom of the barrel scrape by—they overflow in our lives.  And if we don’t pause to acknowledge that, we miss it.  And God promises an on-going overflow when we acknowledge it (Mal. 3).  In the New Testament Paul loves this word as well, and he uses it twice when calling the people of Corinth to generosity.  “abundant joy and extreme poverty overflowed in generosity”…that isn’t an equation that makes sense to us, but in God’s economy it does.  And in 2 Cor. 9, our generosity “overflows in thanksgiving to God.”  Overflow signifies the abundance of God’s blessing in our lives and reminds us to let that lead us to overflow in our response to God.

Nov 10-11    God's Overflow, Our Response

                         Psalm 23 (Malachi 3:8-12)

Nov 17-18    Abundant Blessing, Overflowing Thanks

                         2 Corinthians 9:6-15

B.L.E.S.S.

Since the beginning of our story with God, He has demonstrated His deep love for us through His blessings. In turn we become a blessing to others. BLESS focuses on five missional practices we can engage to naturally introduce people to Jesus Christ.

Sep 29-30   Begin with Prayer

                     Acts 1:6-14

Oct 6-7       Listen with Care

                     Acts 10:1-43

Oct 13-14  Eat Together

                     Matthew 9:9-13

Oct 20-21  Serve in Love

                    John 13:1-17

Oct 27-28  Share Your Story

                    1 John 1:1-4

REAL COMMUNITY, REAL CONTENTMENT

We live in a fast paced world that pulls us in many directions at the same time.  Two things can be challenging to find—real community and real contentment.  Our technology saturated world can help us and hurt us as we seek real versions of each of these.  Scripture has guidance for us as we seek the real from the fake, the meaningful from the trivial. 

Sept 8-9       Not Photo-shopped Relationships, but Real Community

                      Colossians 3:12-17

Sept 15-16  Not Microwaved Connections but Real Community

                     1 Samuel 20:1-3,11-17

Sept 22-23  Not a Perfect Life but Real Contentment

                     1 Timothy 6:6-12