Beloved Concordia Family,

It is already the third weekend of 2014!  I hope that it has started well for you.  If you are like me, it is already busy.

STARS Youth Retreat

I hope you’ll remember to pray for our young people who are on retreat this weekend.  It appears that God is giving the folks on retreat (and us!) glorious weather.  The retreat begins on Friday evening and the students will return on Monday afternoon (a day off for most high schools).  Please pray that it will be a wonderful time of relationship building and spiritual growth!  As always, I feel certain that it will be a very important weekend for all who are involved!

Love. Serve. Shine!

This weekend you will notice that the bottom of your Worship Attendance card is a little bit different.  I’ll be explaining in each worship service, but in short, over the next few months, we are hoping to give you an opportunity to let us know some of the ways you are living out your faith.  The section of the card is called, “Love. Serve. Shine.  Please take a minute to look over and fill out this part of the worship attendance card.  Thank you.

History’s Most Memorable Speech

We hear speeches all the time, in all kinds of places, and most of them go in one ear and right out the other.  Hopefully, you’ve heard at least one sermon that really touched you.  And that memorable sermon, even if it was many months, years, or even decades ago, probably still comes to mind all this time later.  You remember it.  Unfortunately, there are many sermons and speeches that, though they may have been good, they are not nearly as memorable.

Perhaps the most memorable speech in history is Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.  Even after 2,000 years, people still remember this sermon and are touched by it.  In this sermon series, we will be considering the most famous sermon/speech of all time.  And even if you don’t remember everything from this sermon series, our prayer is that this series will help you better remember Jesus’ sermon.

Series Theme Verse:  Remember the word that I said to you … (John 15:20)

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. “It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.  (Matthew 5:27-32)

Tackling Tough Topics

Jesus certainly does not shy away from tough topics in the Sermon on the Mount.  He talks about murder and anger and making vows and loving enemies and foregoing worry.  In these verses, Jesus talks about sexual morality.  Like Jesus, we must never be afraid to tackle even the tough and controversial topics of our day.  However, the way that we take on these tough topics can make all the difference.  This weekend we will talk about a framework for dealing with the really hard issues we often face.

I hope you have a good weekend.  I am also hoping that you’ll include worship in your weekend activities!  Be sure to invite a friend.

Your pastor loves you!

Pastor Bill

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