As a family united in faith by the Holy Spirit, we exist to worship and praise the Triune God, to be nurtured through His Word and Sacraments, and to share His love in Christ with others.
"Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs." Psalm 100:1, 2
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“Ephesus and the Ephesians” Prof. Roger Kobleske
Sundays 9:10am through May 17th
There are several major cities mentioned in the New Testament. Jerusalem and Rome would be well known and modern cities. Less well known would be Antioch in Syria and Ephesus. Antioch in Syria is where followers of Jesus were first called "Christians" and served as the home base for Paul and his companions on their missionary journeys. Ephesus today lies in ruins. It was, however, the one place Paul spent more time than any other during his missionary journeys. We will begin with a brief history of Ephesus, proceed to the book of Acts, follow that with Paul's letter to the Ephesians written from Rome and conclude with the letter to the Ephesians in the Revelation.
“Pictures of Heaven” Pastor Carter
Tuesdays 7:30pm and Wednesdays 10am
April 14th through May 20th
In the Bible, prophets spoke what they heard from God. They also spoke what the saw – God gave messages to them in dreams and visions, and as they described what they saw, we can gain a picture of what God wants us to see. It’s said that, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Come and hear (and see!) some of the pictures that the Bible have painted about what heaven is going to be like!
We moved to Watertown on November 1. I expected to have a quiet wind-down to fall during the month that followed, and that once December came, winter would start in earnest.
That’s not what happened this year, was it? I remember saying to several of you, “November and December switched places this year!” From our very first days here, Watertown has offered us a blustery, cold, barren-tree, dead-grass, empty field landscape.
Sure, I’d visited Watertown before. But my visits to Watertown had been in-and-out, never staying very long. The one time I did stay in Watertown for a whole week, it was for a spring break in early March. My memories of Watertown from that week look a whole lot like what you see out the window right now.
I know that this isn’t the way things are going to stay. I know the trees will grow thick with leaves, the grass will grow as much as the rain allows. I know the fields will fill with lush crops, and I know it can get mighty hot (I’ll have to start listening to the “inland” temperature forecast instead of the one that says, “cooler near the lake!”)! But as an early winter stretches into a long spring, I’ve actually caught myself thinking that this is how things were going to stay – this is what Watertown is like. Blustery, cold, barren-tree, dead-grass, empty…dismal and dreary.
In those moments I thought of the disciples the day after the Lord Jesus was laid in the grave. Everything they could see around them told them their teacher was dead. Just a week before he had been walking with them toward Jerusalem, crying over Lazarus, eating with them; everything lively and normal! And now this? It must have been a complete shock to them. They must’ve felt so empty, to go through a change so radical, so life-changing and energy-draining.
Surely nothing could ever change it back.
Easter morning changed it back. From start to finish, that day was filled with strange, exciting news. Strange because there was new life where nothing but death had been! Exciting because it meant all their fears for the future were swept away! Their dismal mood was dispelled. When the disciples finally saw Jesus alive, the difference in the way they felt would have seemed as vast as the difference between a barren Wisconsin winter and the thick green of summer. Spring is a season of new life. The flowers creep up, the trees bud, and we wait for the full bloom of life to spread out over everything, lush and thick.
Easter is a season of new life. We spend the days after Easter reflecting on our Savior’s resurrection from the dead, and looking ahead: waiting for the full promise of eternal life to be fulfilled. The barren days of our earthly life will be over, and we will rest in the rich paradise of heaven forever, through Jesus Christ our ever-living Lord!