The Reformation, Five Centuries Later

By Pr. Rich Futrell One year passes and another begins, 500-hundred years’ worth since Luther tacked his 95 theses on Wittenberg’s wooden door.  Through those statements, he wanted a debate about indulgences shortening someone’s time in Purgatory.  Today, most don’t understand the fracas, which followed, fracturing Europe.  On both sides, Lutheran and Roman-Catholic, people put […]

Our Annual German Dinner for Community and Friends

Our annual German Dinner is here! When: Saturday, October 21. Time: 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Where: Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church’s multipurpose building, 71 Kimberling Blvd, Kimberling City.  (The first building you’ll notice when driving into our church parking area.) For your culinary delight, the menu includes: Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Potato salad, Apple rings, Bread, Drinks […]

The Value of the Hebrew and Greek Old Testaments

This is our pastor’s newsletter article for the September 2017 edition of “The Shepherd’s Voice.”   The Value of the Hebrew and Greek Old Testaments By Pr. Rich Futrell Today, we have two primary Old Testaments: The Hebrew, called the “Masoretic Text,” and the Septuagint, a Greek-language translation, whose manuscripts predate the Masoretic Text by […]

The Comfort in our Grief

This is our pastor’s article for the July-August edition of our congregational newsletter.   The Apostle Paul directs us not to be unaware about those who left this life trusting in God.  Why?  “So you will not grieve like others, as those without hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13).  So we are reminded, once more, of this […]

Al and Gloria Hynek’s Funeral Sermon

Job 13:20-25; Romans 5:8-10;  John 3:1-7, 9-12, 16-17   A story of love and a story of heartbreak.  One sentence to describe my understanding of Al and Gloria in my life as their pastor.  One comes to worship and joins in the life of this congregation, the other stays on the fringes, cloistered in the […]

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 13: 7:oo PM, which is a Divine Service with a spoken liturgy Good Friday, April 14: 7:00 PM, the most somber service of the entire year, our Savior dying to give us eternal life Easter, […]

What is the Church?

Here is our pastor’s newsletter article for April 2017.   In the Nicene Creed, from the original Greek, we confess, “We believe in… one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.”  What is this Church?  The Augsburg Confession, which we affirm as a Lutheran congregation, also gives us a definition.  “The Church is the assembly of saints where […]

Lent 2017: The Passion and the People

The Passion: From the Latin patior meaning “suffer,” referring to the sufferings Jesus endured for our salvation, from the agony in the garden through His death on Calvary. The People: The men, women, and children of a particular nation, community, or ethnic group, but which can also refer to everyone in the world. “The Passion […]

The Parable of the Sower Resown

This is our pastor’s article for our congregation’s newsletter for February 2017.   The farmer trundles into the field to plant the seed.  You think the farmer blind, for he scatters his seeds like a crazy, reckless, unpredictable man.  Is he a farmer, at all? The seeds scatter on asphalt and gravel, among the weeds […]

Thursday Bible Classes Resume: 2:00 PM

After a hiatus during Advent and Christmas, our Thursday Bible classes resume, at 2:00 PM, until Lent.  In seven lessons, we will look into David’s life, who became the great king of Israel.  The lessons are planned to be structured as such: David as a shepherd, youth, and warrior: 1 Samuel 16 – 20 David as […]