The Subversive Message of Easter

This is our pastor’s newsletter article for the April edition of our newsletter.   Unlike Christmas, when did Easter stress you out like crazy?  Though eggs, a bunny, and pastel colors are part of celebrating Easter in our society, a risen Jesus isn’t.  Strange.  For an over-commercialized Christmas still retains a vestige of its original […]

Luke 24:1-8: Remember What Jesus Told You

The angel asks a strange question.  “Why do you seek the living among the dead?”  The answer is clear.  “Where else will Jesus be?”  These women awoke early in the morning, not wanting to leave their Lord’s body without a proper burial. With heavy footsteps, laden with grief, they talk.  How will they anoint the […]

He is risen!

“Why do you look for the living among the dead?” (Luke 24:5).  A reasonable question to ask.  What did the women seek, early on that Sunday morning?  They woke up early to finish Jesus’ burial.  He died the Friday before, and the Sabbath arrived too early to prepare His body for the tomb.  So, the […]

John 20:1-18: Christ is Risen!

Christos Anesti!  Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia! Our Gospel reading for today follows the story of Mary Magdalene, Mary from the town of Magdala. The Apostle John only mentions that Mary as she approached the tomb of Christ. The other Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, clearly tell us that other women were […]

Christ is risen! John 20:1-18; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Christos anesti!  Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed.  Alleluia! From St. John’s Gospel and the other gospel writers, Mary Magdalene, with some other women, went to the tomb early in the morning of the first day of the new week.  In the dim, gray light, they wondered how they would move the stone away […]

1 Corinthians 15:19-26: Christ, the First Crop of the Harvest

“I know that my Redeemer lives” is a confession of faith.  Yet, the Apostle Paul asserted a couple of verses before our Epistle reading: “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is useless and so is your faith” (1 Corinthians 15:14). But then in verse 20 of our Epistle reading, Paul cries out: […]

Jesus, Still Flesh of Our Flesh and Bone of Our Bone: Luke 24:39-49

How do you know that something is true?  That’s a crucial question these days, especially when truth looks as if it is becoming an endangered species.  Sometimes, we think that science is the way to get to the truth.  That’s why we often find the phrase, “Studies have shown” to be persuasive.  Although you may […]

Easter: John 20:11-16

It doesn’t matter how many times you face it, it never feels natural.  It never feels right.  Death always feels wrong. Something inside us doesn’t accept that we will never again hear that voice, see that face, touch that hand, or experience that laughter.  The grief counselors can talk until they are blue in the […]

Easter Sermon: Matthew 28:1-10

Could there be a more glorious day than this?  For this day, the day of Jesus’ resurrection, will blaze forever in its glory and beam forth the light of heaven.  Indeed, this day, the day of Jesus’ resurrection, is by far the most glorious day of all time.  For Christ is risen!  He is risen, […]

Easter Services

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church is having two services celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord.  Both are on Easter Sunday, April 24th.  The first service is at 7:00 AM; the second is at 10:30.  Between both services, we will be having an Easter breakfast. Come and be fed in Word and Sacrament as our […]