Precautionary Closure

As a precaution, Shepherd of the Hills Luthern Church will be closed on Sunday, January 24.  Our pastor appears to have a cold.  Since everyone is concerned about COVID, we’ve taken this precautionary step.  He also plans to be receive a COVID test just to be sure. We plan to resume Service and Sunday School […]

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, Missouri is grouping its citizens into four categories, with people receiving their inoculations during four distinct phases. Included in Phase 1B, Tier 2, […]

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. […]

New Year’s Eve Service

Our Annual New Year’s Eve Service is at 5:00 PM on December 31. We will be pondering the past year while also looking ahead to what awaits. Jesus Christ, through Apostle Paul’s words from Romans 8, will be the focus of our Service.

Midweek Advent Services for 2020

“Ancient Echoes from the Mouth of Isaiah” is the 2020 theme for our Midweek Advent Services. Services are on Wednesday, at 1:00 PM. In each, we will explore an ancient prophecy foretelling of the Christ-child. If the Old Testament sometimes seems cryptic for you, this series is for you!

Thanksgiving Eve Service

Our annual Thanksgiving Eve Service is at 6:00 PM, on Wednesday (yes, Thanksgiving Eve). Even in 2020, the year of COVID, we still have much for which to be thankful. Though, following health protocols, we ask those who come to sit six feet from other worshipers.

Church is Reopened

Our Sunday Services and Sunday School are back to “normal,” that is, COVID-19 normal.  Our pastor was under quarantine because he was exposed to the virus during his pastorly duties.  However, his quarantine time is now over (also, he earlier tested negative).  His wife has also tested negative. Adult Sunday School will continue with Acts, […]

Starting on September 27, Journey with Us through the Book of Acts

The first time someone stepped into the arena to preach Jesus, he wanted all to understand—this Word of Christ is for everyone!  Such a day, which some christen as the birthday of the Church.  The wind of the Spirit swept down upon Jesus’ disciples.  Atop each person’s head, flames like fire flickered and danced.  Astonished, […]

Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30: Chrestos to Christos to Kerdos

Under house arrest in Rome, Paul can no longer travel. In earlier days, he twice journeyed to Philippi, disembarking at the port of Neapolis. Now, trekking overland, the closer he approaches the city, the more Latin signposts speckle the landscape. Upon entering, wherever Paul turns, Roman Temples and Latin inscriptions fill the eye. The city’s […]

Matthew 18:21-35: 70 x 7

“Up to seven times,” Peter blurts out, stipulating how many times somebody should absolve another.  The Jewish rabbis of his day said someone met this obligation after forgiving three times (Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 86b-87a).  With more than double what these religious men expect, Peter considers himself most charitable.  Why Jesus didn’t mention the offender repented […]