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Translating God's Word for a new generation

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Planning a vacation is exciting, challenging, even demanding. And, the reality is this ... we can never plan for everything! There will be surprises. One of the surprises of Mission-cation is this reality: Death is all around us. Here is another reality: Christ turns death into life. And, this new life is ours! This is the Good News that Pastor Meggers will share. It is the Good News at the center of our Mission-cation.

Jesus is our Savior. Jesus is our example and North Star. This weekend is a “Keep it simple, Sally!” kind of weekend as Pastor Seidler shares with us a three-point checklist for life as children of God--a checklist for our lives and for the “mission-cation” to which we each have been called!

While vacation might mean less math (homework), mission-cation means divinely unique math, especially as we celebrate the Holy Trinity this weekend. We celebrate what it means that our God reveals Himself uniquely: 1 Father + 1 Son + 1 Holy Spirit = 1 God who cares for us, loves us, and is with us in life and in mission. Pastor Meggers will share the Good News that each individual Christian is called into mission, but no Christian is ever alone in mission!

We certainly take God seriously. Our regular attendance and participation in church is evidence of that. This weekend of Pentecost, Pastor Seidler takes seriously the call of God to increase the seriousness with which you take Him and that of the Holy Spirit. With warmth and humor, but most of all with the trusted Scripture, we learn how great and powerful is the gift of the Holy Spirit that lives in each of us, His followers!

We certainly take God seriously. Our regular attendance and participation in church is evidence of that. This weekend of Pentecost, Pastor Seidler takes seriously the call of God to increase the seriousness with which you take Him and that of the Holy Spirit. With warmth and humor, but most of all with the trusted Scripture, we learn how great and powerful is the gift of the Holy Spirit that lives in each of us, His followers!

Insight. Gaining it provides at least a bit of comfort when times and seasons of life turn upside down. Life trials come and go, but having a sense of “Why?” and “What’s next?” is at least something to reassure you about the future. This weekend, Pastors Seidler and Meggers will provide an insightful word as we consider the way the Easter message met a sometimes hostile, sometimes confused, sometimes unaware world. If you find yourself sometimes unaware, confused, or hostile toward the work of God in this world, then this weekend would be a great time to visit church!

Mother's Day weekend at Concordia is always a special time of remembering, encouraging and affirming those we call "mom." That maternal theme comes through as we hear the Apostle Peter challenge us to "crave pure spiritual milk" like rooting newborn babies. As we gather for worship, Pastor Scott Seidler will take up that challenge and sharpen our resolve to eat ravenously the Word of God by which our souls are nourished and supported for life in this world and the next!

Last week Pastor Seidler challenged us to be "intent" about the way we live as Easter Christians. This week, we sharpen that vision through his new message, "The Traits that Make for a Great Flock."

“Intently” is a word we use to describe bookworms immersed in paperbacks or scientists peering through a microscope. Rarely do we see the word pop up in the 21st-century church ... until this weekend. As we continue the Up and At ‘Em worship series these weeks after Easter, Pastor Scott Seidler looks forward to sharpening the way we look at Jesus, the One God raised from the dead. Not only that, we sharpen that look as a community, in conversation with spouses and kids, friends and family, as we walk along the highways of our lives together.

Up and At ‘Em! Words meant to ignite, energize and move. In essence, these are the words of the Risen Jesus to His disciples on the evening of His appearance to them: “Up and at ‘em.”; “As the Father has sent Me, so I am sending you.” He equips with the Holy Spirit. He brings Thomas and us from doubt to faith. He gives us what we need in order to carry out the mission. He gives us Himself and that is enough!