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Labor Day weekend provides one more extended opportunity to rest from our labors. This weekend, our enjoyment of family and friends is enhanced by the opportunity to worship Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and be encouraged by His labor of love for the whole world. Seeing that labor of love, we in turn love others--family and friends with whom we gather this weekend, and every other one, besides!

This weekend in worship, Pastor Seidler shares an insightful message about the expected outcome of our Christian faith. Drawing on the Apostle Paul's call to the Roman Christians, we will learn what it means to be "living sacrifices" and the five kinds of sacrifice specifically called for by God from us. In all this talk about our personal sacrifices, we will rest safely, deeply, in the greatest sacrifice the world will ever know--that of Jesus, who traded His life for ours, so that we can be called sons and daughters of God!

These are crazy days in the world. North Korea. Charlottesville. Russia. Funerals. Cancers that scare us all to death. Kids going back to school or, worse(?), going away to school. This might be a good week to get some insight and encouragement at Concordia. Worship times at 8:30 and 10:00am Sunday, 5:00pm Saturday night. A little BE STILL time with our great Savior Jesus would do everybody some good!

With “big box” stores stacked high with big boxes, with popular sentiment that promotes “go BIG or go home,” there is not much room for “little.” This week, Pastor Meggers invites us to BE STILL a “little.” Faith like a mustard seed is little, but it is enough. Two fish are a little, but they were enough to feed thousands. Whether your faith is a “lot,” or seems but a “little,” hear Jesus invite you in Matthew 14, “Don’t be afraid. Take courage. I am here!” He is here and faith in Him is enough!

A master chef knows exactly the right ingredients for a perfect dish. Through his sermon, Pastor Scott Seidler leads us in a deeper look at the way Jesus fed thousands, while simultaneously providing his closest followers with an even more delicious meal of grace, challenge and gratitude! Join the Concordia family this weekend in a family table hosted by God Himself.

Christians confront matters of right and wrong every day. Some of that is personal ... “Should I do this or that?” Sometimes matters of right and wrong circle around us. Alternative lifestyles, life-beginning and life-ending decisions are big topics in our cultural conversation these days. This weekend, Pastor Seidler reinforces the middle ground God calls forth--the middle ground of wise and foolish. Like the color commentator to the play-by-play announcer on a football broadcast, wisdom adds color commentary to conversations about right and wrong.

When it comes to vacation, where do you find your rest? Are you a “planner” or do you boast a “come what may” attitude? Do you like to know each day’s schedule or do you simply want to start driving and see what happens? Our rest as Christians has its source and meaning in this cry to God, “Abba, Father.” This week, Pastor Meggers leads us to the Good News about this cry and the Spirit of God who assures us that we are children of God. In our Father we find rest in the mission!

Celebrating abilities is a hallmark, even a measuring stick of Summer. And, Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game—showcasing the best of the best—is a prime example. In contrast, our Mission-cation text this week from Paul’s eighth chapter of the letter to the Romans could be called a “Declaration of Inabilities.” Jesus’ ability to keep the Law replaces our inability to do so! Pastor Meggers will shepherd us in the many opportunities for mission-cation living that are enabled in us by Christ who lives in us.

“Whatcha been doin’?”  Most of the time we can answer intelligently. Fact is, there’s more going on in us and by us that we are clueless about. This weekend, Pastor Seidler spends time challenging us to get a grip on what’s going on in our lives. If you feel like you’ve got everything under control, this weekend is an opportunity to take that life-management skill to a whole new level!

Summer parties and getaways allow us to unwind and de-stress. We enter homes of family and friends and spend time in their care and keep. They get to see us as we truly are. This weekend, Pastor Scott Seidler asks the question, “When you are most yourself, how do people see you, receive you?” We will celebrate the unique people we are and the unique God each of us is intended to carry into every conversation we have, every meal we enjoy, every room we occupy.