Good Friday: John 12:32-33: When the I Am is Lifted Up

The nails pierce, thorns stab, and blood feeds the ground.  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin, its poison, is the Law.  For what God commands […]

Good Friday, The Centurion: This Man, Jesus, is the Son of God!

The day is dark on a Friday so long ago.  The life drains from an unusual man as He goes to His gloomy end.  Is He not supposed to be […]

Good Friday: Into Your Hands…

It is the end.  Jesus now prays, “Father, into Your hands I entrust my spirit.”  You may find it surprising: Jesus did not originate that prayer.   In our Lord’s day, […]

Good Friday Sermon: It All Came Down to This

Comparing the Old Covenant with the New, the book of Hebrews tells us: Unlike the [Jewish] high priests, Jesus doesn’t need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his […]

Good Friday Sermon: Isaiah 53:3-7

We live in a market-driven, entertainment-fixated world.  Shallow, entertaining sound-bites have replaced deep reflection.  And in such a world, Good Friday is not merely a misstep but a different dance […]

Isaiah 52:13-53:12: Meditating on the Crucifix

As Lutherans, we have a long and noble tradition of meditating on the crucifixion of Christ.  For example, Luther invited people to use the crucifix as a way to help […]

Holy Week

Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, March 24th.  On Thursday, we will have a Maundy Thursday service, using a Lord’s Supper liturgy from the oldest liturgies in the New Testament […]

Holy Week at Shepherd of the Hills

April 1st begins Holy Week.  Our Holy Week services start with our Palm-Sunday service, which is at our regular Divine-Service time of 9:30 AM.  The sermon text will be based on […]

Good Friday: John 19:31-37

Tonight, our Lenten journey ends.  It ends, just as Jesus said it would end.  Several times, Jesus said that He was going to Jerusalem, where many would mock and ridicule […]

Holy Week Services

Come join us for our Holy Week services. Palm Sunday: In this service, we celebrate the joy of Jesus, our King, not only being near us, but even coming to […]