Eyes and Ears, Old and New

“Whatever we ask of you, teacher, we want you to do” (Mark 10:35). So, Jesus must again reorient His twelve toward a kingdom opened by His suffering, which He described as drinking from a cup (Matthew 20:22). In God’s kingdom, greatness comes in lowliness, where God gives His grace to the humble. Almost every Apostle […]

Joined to Christ: Betty Krause’s Funeral Sermon

In the beginning, God spoke light into being, calling forth day and night and time itself into existence. Soon, God separated the water from the land and made plants to bring forth fruit. The sun, moon, and stars, God gave for signs and seasons. The air, soil, and oceans soon moved with birds, fish, earth-bound […]

Funeral for Betty Krause

Betty’s funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 30, 2021, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Kimberling City, Missouri. A graveside service will follow at Pine Crest Cemetery in Lampe, Missouri. Her obituary: Betty Jane Krause, 90 Betty passed peacefully August 23, 2021, at Point Lookout Nursing Home & Rehab Center […]

Mark 4:35-41: Jesus Stills the Storm

Jesus Stills the Storm No one’s life should be a ship, floundering adrift in faithless fear. Did God not create us for wonder, joy, hope, and love, to marvel at the mystery of existence? In our original sinlessness, divine beauty surrounded us as we grew in God’s wisdom, brightening the world in which we lived. […]

Lest the Darkness Define Us

Imperfect copies of imperfect copies are we. The fall into sin introduced not only death but also physical decay and disease. Every Sunday, we admit as much in our Confession of Sin, “We are by nature sinful” (LSB 151, 167). All this means we are in a death spiral. Like “sin entered the world through […]

Holy Week Services

As we remember the way our Lord took for our salvation, we do so with three services this week: Maundy Thursday, April 1: 7:00 PM, which is a Divine Service with a spoken liturgy. In this service, we will use parts from the oldest liturgies in the Church, including the liturgy of St. James (the […]

God is Calling You to Return

“Return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and He relents over disaster” (Joel 2:13). God’s invitation and promise finds its fullness in Jesus Christ, who personified and accomplishes all that God declares. Follow different events during the Pasion, specifically focusing on the […]

Down, Down, Going Down!

  This is our pastor’s newsletter article for our March 2021 newsletter.   The news media are sometimes remiss, passing on little positive information. Why crisis, alarm, and panic provoke us to tune in because we need to be aware of risks around us. Over time, however, we become anxious and worried, much greater than […]

COVID, the Vaccine, and Shepherd of the Hills

At last, the COVID-19 vaccines are here! For us now, this only includes the Pfizer- and Moderna-produced vaccines. Missouri is prioritizing our vaccinations based on someone’s assessed health risk. To do this, our state is grouping its citizens into four categories, with people receiving their inoculations during four distinct phases. Included in Phase 1B, Tier […]

Genesis 7-9, 1 Peter 3, John 3: Roger Getz’ Funeral Sermon

In 1949, a new child entered the world, Roger Getz. Typical of many in Missouri, he grew up in a small town, Flat River. Now, this may mean nothing to you. Perhaps, this might help. In January 1994, Flat River, Elvins, Esther, and Rivermines merged to form Park Hills, eight miles south of Bonne Terre. […]