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Life in the Spirit

 Sermon Teaser for September 23, 2018

 

 (James 3:13-4:10)

 

Why do Christian husbands and wives, parents and children, fellow church-goers continue quarrel with each other?  Why do we pray for things and not receive them?  Why do we constantly find ourselves in complicated situations?  James addresses all of these issues, and how to amend them!

Hear the Word and understand how a life in the Spirit will stop the fighting, see your prayers answered, and uncomplicate your life!

 

Pastor Michael


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Items for Silent Auction

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Check out these items to bid on at the Bids and Brews on October 6th! Click HERE for details!

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Rally Day at Ascension

Rally Day Picnic Sunday, Sept. 9th!
 
The entire Ascension Lutheran Church and School family is invited to celebrate Rally Day on Sunday, Sept. 9th.  We will be installing all the teachers, staff, Bible study and Sunday School leaders in both services, followed by the annual Rally Day Picnic! The picnic begins following the 11 a.m. service (approx. 12:45 p.m.). We’ll provide the burgers, hot dogs and brats, chips, and dessert; we’re asking all of you to bring your favorite side dish (if your name starts with A-L) or a salad (if your name starts with M-Z).
 
We’re also looking for brave participants to enter the annual Ascension Chili Cook-Off with bragging rights on the line! Bring the whole family and don’t miss this fun end-of-summer tradition at Ascension as we kick off the new school year!
 
Rally Day is also an opportunity for you to say farewell to Rick and Jill Meynen for their many years of faithful service at Ascension. They will be moving to Northern California on Sept. 13th. Please take time to let them know how much we have appreciated them and all they have done for this congregation!

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Faith Without Works is Dead!

Sermon Teaser for September 9, 2018
 
Our Epistle lesson this week is from James 2:1-10, 14-18.  Here the Lord gives us a stark reminder through James that while faith alone saves us, it must be followed by obedience.  True faith shows itself in this, that we die to ourselves and live in obedience to Christ.  James sums it up like this, “Faith without works is dead!” 
 
Believing means dying to ourselves, and submitting ourselves to the guidance of God’s Holy Word. This is where true life is found!  If we are not dead to self and alive to Christ, then we are truly dead.  Hear His Word today, believe and live! 

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Worship Team Concert!

At Ascension, music is a big part of church life and our worship services. The Worship Team Summer Concert in August was one example of that, providing an evening of energetic and worshipful songs to help draw us all closer to God and to one another. You can hear a sample of the concert here – and please plan to join us every Sunday at 11 a.m., as this Worship Team helps leads the contemporary worship service through Word and song.
 


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Beach Blanket Bingo and Bids

“Be Cool to Your School” and  enjoy a great night out at the Beach Blanket Bingo and Bids silent auction!  The event will be held here on the Ascension campus  Saturday, Oct. 6th! Doors open at 5 p.m.  Grab your friends, put on your 50’s and 60’s beach attire and hear live music playing all your favorite beach tunes! You’ll also enjoy delicious Hawaiian appetizers, beer from XIMIX brewery, wine and  non-alcoholic beverages and have the opportunity to bid on a huge selection of silent auction items. All proceeds help defray the cost of tuition for the students at Ascension Lutheran School. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the School or Church Office. Please help support our school and don’t miss this fun night out at the beach! 
This is a 21 and over event.  Childcare will be available.  More information coming soon!
You can find the School Family forms on the School Homepage 
 
 
 
 
 

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“A Fully-Armed and Operational Battle Station”

Sermon Teaser for September 2, 2018

 

Paul reminds us in our Epistle lesson this week that we are in a war with the devil and his lies.  But God does not send us into battle unarmed.  He fastens a Belt of truth around us; clothes us with a Breastplate of Righteousness; readies our feet with the Gospel of Peace; presents us with a Shield of Faith; guards our minds with the Helmet of Salvation; and arms us with the Sword of The Spirit!

 

But we don’t do this alone!  Rather, we by praying not in our flesh, but in the Spirit, together with all the saints, become a mighty fortress, a fully armed and operational battle station in the Lord, to defend ourselves against this last ditch effort of the devil to defeat the church of God.  All that we might be victorious on that great day of Salvation when He comes again in power and great glory to receive the Church unto Himself!

 


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“Power or Headship”

Sermon Teaser for August 26, 2018

 

In my all my years of counseling couples, and that’s about 30 years now, the most common issue by far is the struggle for power.  For years men have been fed a very poor interpretation of what it means to be the “head” of the wife according to Scripture, and it has played itself into millions of divorces and countless fights.

 

If you simply read the entire passage, you see that this has nothing to do with power, but with carrying a cross.  For the Scriptures say in verse 22 of chapter 5 of Ephesians: “For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.”

 

In what way does Christ exert His power over us?  Is it not rather His love that He exerts?  In fact, it is love, a love that calls Him to lay down His life!  When men begin to lay down their lives for their wives and carry their crosses, the fighting will stop, the churches will be filled with men and their families, and my counseling schedule will be almost empty!


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Jesus, A Two Course Meal

Sermon Teaser for August 19, 2018

 
For the last few weeks the Gospel lessons have focused on Christ as bread, the typical main course of a 1st Century Jewish meal.  And Jesus, in John chapter 6, has some things to say about eating His flesh and drinking His blood that clearly left people puzzled in His day, and still today leaves some people squeamish.
 
Consider union with Jesus a “two course meal.”  The first course, as we understand Jesus’ words here in John chapter 6, is a “Spiritual” eating and drinking of body and blood of Jesus;  which simply stated means to have faith in Him.  The second course, which Jesus reveals in the Words of Institution at the Last Supper, describe a “Sacramental” eating and drinking of the body and blood. This is to be taken, as our Lutheran Confessions put it, “not in a crude, carnal, Capernaitic way, but in a Supernatural way.”  This “second course” is a beautiful gift of Jesus as part of His last will and testament to provide us with constant assurance of the salvation He has won us through the giving of His body and blood upon the cross. 
 
A great number of people abandoned Jesus when they heard Him talking about eating flesh and drinking blood.  Today, people reject the Sacrament of Holy Communion for the same reasons.  But properly understood, Jesus’ words in John 6 are merely Jesus saying, “Trust in Me.”  And in the Words of Institution, which we find in the other Gospels, Jesus’ words “this is my body,” and “this is my blood”   are far from being gross, but are a truly beautiful gesture on Jesus’ part as He gives us a way to be supernaturally unified with Him each time we eat and drink.

 

Pastor Michael Abram

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VBS Success!

Once again Ascension had a wonderful turnout for Vacation Bible School (VBS) this summer!  Over 160 children from our community took part in our Time Lab, where we went both back in time and into the future to see God’s plan of re-creation of the universe in progress.  It was a time of great fun, singing and learning,  but most importantly, a time to minister to the children of our community by sharing with them God’s unconditional love and the saving message of Jesus Christ.

 

This summer, we went in our Time Lab  back to the very beginning to see the creation of the world.  Then we went back again several times to when God Himself visited certain men and women from the Old Testament; like Abraham and Sarah, Jacob, and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Finally, we visited the Last Day, when Jesus returns and raises us from the dead and ushers us into the newly re-created universe free from sin and death forever!

 

It’s never too early to plan for next year!  Put it on your calendar to be a part of our VBS the last week in July or the first week in August each year!  We always need volunteers to help us as we share God’s love with these precious disciples of our Lord.  Check back to this page next summer for VBS dates and to register your child for VBS, or register yourself as a VBS volunteer!
 
Check out some pictures from the event here!
 
 

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