Pastors' Blog

The Festival of Pentecost

Pentecost Day is the famous event of the tongues of fire and speaking in languages. But those things aren’t the true gift of Pentecost. The true gift of the Holy Spirit happens every day.

The church season of Easter

On Easter Day, we celebrate the astonishing, miraculous resurrection of Jesus, an event that changed the course of history. Yet the whole redemptive work, not only the one phase of the resurrection, is the object of Easter’s celebration.

Worship preview for Holy Week

On Maundy Thursday, the church recalls the events of Jesus’ life the day before he was crucified. This includes Jesus washing his disciples’ feet and the institution of the Lord’s Supper.

Good Friday is the most solemn of all days in the Christian church year. But the English title Good Friday reflects the joy of Christ’s completed act of redemption.

What about fasting during Lent?

It’s hard to avoid the subject of fasting when Lent comes around every year. Should we give up Facebook or chocolate or eating meat on Fridays?

Lent is the season of preparation for Easter. The purpose of Lent is not to dwell on the sufferings of our Savior, but rather to prepare ourselves for a celebration of his resurrection. Lent is a time for repentance and prayer and for renewal of our Baptisms.

The Festival of Epiphany is the second-oldest festival of the Christian church. It is always January 6th and marks the start of the next season of the church year.

During Jesus’ earthly life, he gave us an epiphany of God’s true identity—his nature, character, and love. If Christmas celebrates the fact that the Father gave his only-begotten Son to the world, then Epiphany is the unwrapping of this gift.

Martin Luther had no idea that his hammer would get the attention of people around the world. He did not imagine that he was initiating the “Reformation.” Yet this monk, with a gnawing need for God's forgiveness, went on to stand up to emperor and pope in the name of the Gospel of Christ, whose free forgiveness is the keystone of the Church.

On October 14 the Evangelical Lutheran Synod observes the centennial of its reorganization. Although the synod was reorganized in June 1918, the date of October 14 bears special significance because of its importance to the Norwegian Synod.

2018 is the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Learn about the origins of the synod in this video documentary produced by the Centennial Committee of the ELS and read a brief history in the pamphlet “Growing in His Mercy.”

So far in the divine worship service the congregation has been the primary speakers, opening their lips in prayer and praise. At this point the congregation falls silent and our Lord himself speaks to us. We open our ears and hearts to his life giving words spoken through the Lessons.