Rev. Joel and Clarion Fritsche serve the Lord as missionaries of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in the Dominican Republic. In this role, Joel plants new churches. He also serves as the Director of Concordia Seminary and Mercy Center in Palmar Arriba (which is in the Santiago province of the Dominican Republic). As director, he teaches courses and helps prepare men to be pastors who proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Published: 19 January 2020 19 January 2020
- Last Updated: 19 January 2020 19 January 2020
The month of January is regarded as Sanctity of Life Month and January 19 will be observed as Sanctity of Life Sunday. The Rev. Joel Fritsche, Missionary to the Dominican Republic and Director of Concordia Seminary and Mercy Center in Palmar Arriba, located in the Santiago province, will be our guest preacher.
This year we are once again partnering with Essential Pregnancy Services of Omaha in our effort to make a difference in the lives of at risk mothers and their unborn and newly born children. As such you are encouraged to bring baby items and diapers for children newborn to age 2 and place them in the bins in the narthex. Diapers are in great need.
- Published: 05 January 2020 05 January 2020
- Last Updated: 12 January 2020 12 January 2020
Have you made your list and checked it twice? Are your stockings hung with care? Do you have all the ingredients for the homemade pumpkin pie? Are the pretty packages all wrapped up under the tree? At this time of year we often find ourselves hurrying around making sure everything is ready for the big day. We make many stops—the mall, the grocery store, the post office to name a few. With all that running around we can forget the real reason why we celebrate Christmas.
Let’s take a moment and pause and remember. The most important place to stop is at the stable in Bethlehem, so that we, like the shepherds, can kneel before the manger and worship our newborn king, the baby Jesus who came to be our Savior. Oh, come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.
- Published: 21 December 2019 21 December 2019
- Last Updated: 21 December 2019 21 December 2019
Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent, is unique among the Sunday’s of Advent. Though part of Advent, it stands out from it. The pink, or more correctly, the rose candle symbolizes joy in the midst of darkness, mourning and sadness and so this week is set apart from all the other weeks of Advent, which focus on things like repentance and Christ’s coming. Gaudete Sunday gives us another perspective and a glimpse of the joy that awaits us.
- Published: 14 December 2019 14 December 2019
- Last Updated: 14 December 2019 14 December 2019
Now that Thanksgiving has passed, our culture is full speed ahead toward Christmas. Black Friday has come and gone. As I write this there are no less than a dozen “Cyber Monday” deals in my inbox. Every store is glitzed out with decorations, and every radio is tuned to holiday music. Trees are up and gifts are being purchased. There is nothing inherently wrong with being in the “Christmas spirit,” but I would like to suggest we spend more time being in Advent contemplation. A few less lights and more Light of the World. A few less cookies and more Bread of Life. Less inflatable reindeer and more Shepherd of the sheep. Fewer gifts and more being in the presence of the Savior. Less Santa and more Jesus.
- Published: 08 December 2019 08 December 2019
- Last Updated: 08 December 2019 08 December 2019
The word “Advent” means “coming” or “arrival.” The entire season is one of heightened awareness and longing for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The advent wreath reminds us of God Himself, His eternity and endless mercy, who has no beginning or end. The green of the wreath speaks of the hope that we have in God, the hope of newness, of renewal, of eternal life. The candles symbolize the light of God coming into the world through the birth of His Son. Each week a different candle is lit. The four outer candles represent the advent themes of hope, peace, joy and love. The rose candle is unique among the outer candles in that it symbolizes the joy at the Advent of Christ. It is lit on the third week of Advent. The progression in the lighting of the candles symbolizes the various aspects of our waiting experience. Finally, the light that has come into the world is plainly visible as the Christ candle is lit at Christmas, and we rejoice over the fact that the promise of long ago has been realized.
- Published: 28 November 2019 28 November 2019
- Last Updated: 28 November 2019 28 November 2019
With this weekend’s Gospel reading focusing on Signs of the End of the Age, we are we reminded how quickly we are moving to the end of the church year. Next weekend we celebrate the Festival of Christ the King. With this festival we are plunged into the Passion. Jesus is alone; the crowds who sang ‘Hosanna!’ as he entered Jerusalem just five days previously are now shouting, ‘Crucify him!’ He now stands before the most powerful person in the land on a falsified charge.
- Published: 17 November 2019 17 November 2019
- Last Updated: 17 November 2019 17 November 2019
“Give thanks with a grateful heart. Give thanks to the Holy One. Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son…”
At Lamb of God Preschool we spend the month of November talking about gratitude and what it means to be thankful. We have so many wonderful people in our lives and abundant
food and physical blessings. And, most especially, we have the gift of God’s Son, our Savior, Jesus.
- Published: 10 November 2019 10 November 2019
- Last Updated: 10 November 2019 10 November 2019
What a fantastic All Saints' Day Worship. It was a day filled with thanksgiving for "All the Saints'" and gratitude for Dr. Jeffrey Blersch and his service to Pacific Hills over the last year. He will be missed. We wish him all our best!!
- Published: 09 November 2019 09 November 2019
- Last Updated: 09 November 2019 09 November 2019
On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses on the door of Wittenberg Cathedral. If that hammer could have announced the seismic changes to come in Europe and the Christian Church, its echoes would have shaken the world. Today, however, it is hardly more than a whisper.
For many Protestant churches, it has been like the “telephone” game, where a little was added here, a little changed there, a little taken away somewhere else. The general population has now moved into a post-Christian era, where differences in Christian theological tenets matter less than choices on the restaurant menu.
So is the Reformation still relevant today?
- Published: 25 October 2019 25 October 2019
- Last Updated: 26 October 2019 26 October 2019