Jun 14, 2020
Mission in Crisis: Encounter God
Second Sunday after Pentecost - June 14, 2020
Readings: Exodus 3:1-14 & Matthew 25:31-46
Message: "Mission in Crisis: Encounter God" - Intern Pastor Katie Langston
 
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  • Jun 14, 2020Mission in Crisis: Encounter God
    Jun 14, 2020
    Mission in Crisis: Encounter God
    Second Sunday after Pentecost - June 14, 2020
    Readings: Exodus 3:1-14 & Matthew 25:31-46
    Message: "Mission in Crisis: Encounter God" - Intern Pastor Katie Langston
     
  • May 31, 2020“Breath & Fire”
    May 31, 2020
    “Breath & Fire”
    Series: Pentecost
    Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020
    Pentecost derives its name from the Jewish festival celebrating the harvest and the giving of the law on Mount Sinai fifty days after Passover. Fifty days after Easter, we celebrate the Holy Spirit as God’s presence within and among us. Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit on his disciples, empowering them to forgive sin. We celebrate that we too are given the breath of the Holy Spirit and sent out to proclaim God’s redeeming love to all the world.
     
    First Reading: Acts 2:1-21
    Pentecost was a Jewish harvest festival that marked the fiftieth day after Passover. Luke portrays the Holy Spirit being poured out upon the disciples before the gathered and astonished people assembled in Jerusalem for the festival. Filled with the Spirit, the disciples were able to witness to the power of Christ’s resurrection.
     
    Gospel: John 20:19-23
    The risen Jesus appears to his disciples, offering them a benediction, a commission, and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Message: "Breath & Fire" -- Intern Pastor Katie Langston

  • Apr 26, 2020“Third Sunday of Easter”
    Apr 26, 2020
    “Third Sunday of Easter”
    Series: Easter
    Third Sunday of Easter - Sunday, April 26, 2020 - Church Online!
     
    Readings: Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 & Luke 24:13-35
     
     
    Message: Intern Pastor Katie Langston
  • Mar 29, 2020Everyday Rhythms – “Enter into Fear”
    Mar 29, 2020
    Everyday Rhythms – “Enter into Fear”

    WORSHIP: MARCH 29, 2020

    CHRIST THE SERVANT LUTHERAN CHURCH

    Everyday Rhythms for Gospel Living - The Rhythm of Bless
    PRELUDE: "In the Garden" (Jim Mason)
    WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS (Pastor Chris)
    CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS (Pastor Chris)
    GATHERING SONG: "Reckless Love" (Taelynn Gittins)
    GREETING & PRAYER OF THE DAY (Pastor Chris)
    CHILDREN’S MESSAGE (Pastor Chris)
    FIRST READING: Genesis 12:1-3 (Sarah Kelvie)
    GOSPEL READING: Luke 6:27-36 (Sarah Kelvie)
    SERMON:  EVERYDAY RHYTHMS FOR GOSPEL LIVING – THE RHYTHM OF BLESS
    “Enter into Fear” (Intern Pastor Katie Langston)
    HYMN OF THE DAY: "Blest are They" (Pastor Chris)
    APOSTLES' CREED (Pastor Chris)
    PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION (Rev. Justin Grimm)
    OFFERING (Special Music by Ben Hagel & Beth Hagel)
    OFFERING PRAYER (Intern Pastor Katie Langston)
    LORD’S PRAYER (Intern Pastor Katie Langston)
    BENEDICTION (Intern Pastor Katie Langston)
    SENDING SONG: "Word of God Speak" (Jim Mason)
    POSTLUDE: (Jim Mason)
  • Feb 9, 2020“Is Not This the Kind of Fasting I Have Chosen?”
    Feb 9, 2020
    “Is Not This the Kind of Fasting I Have Chosen?”
    Series: (All)
    "Is Not This the Kind of Fasting I Have Chosen?"
    Message given by Intern Katie Langston
    Fifth Sunday after Epiphany - February 9, 2020
    Readings: Isaiah 58:1-12 and 1 Corinthians 2:1-12
  • Jan 26, 2020“Follow Me”
    Jan 26, 2020
    “Follow Me”
    Series: (All)
    "Follow Me"
    Katie Langston
    Readings: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 & Matthew 4:12-23
    Third Sunday after Epiphany - January 26, 2020
     
  • Dec 22, 2019“Fourth Sunday in Advent”
    Dec 22, 2019
    “Fourth Sunday in Advent”
    Series: Advent 2019
    Fourth Sunday in Advent, December 22, 2019
    Message by Katie Langston
    Readings: Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25
  • Dec 21, 2019“Going On”
    Dec 21, 2019
    “Going On”

    Blue Christmas Service, December 21, 2019

    Staged Reading: “Going On” by Katie Langston

    A note on “Going On”

    This short play is an exploration of the theology and emotional content of books by three theologians who have bravely wrestled with cancer diagnoses in light of their Christian faith: Todd Billings, Kate Bowler, and Deanna Thompson. Obviously, I don’t pretend to know how a conversation of this nature would actually go, nor do I claim to have insight into the inner-most workings of these authors’ hearts.
     
    My imagination was caught by what I saw as a tension between Todd’s and Kate’s approaches—a tension that I believe we often find in faithful attempts to wrestle with suffering. That is to say, Kate tends to emphasize the experience of not-knowing and resists attempts to “explain” her suffering, while Todd is deeply committed to exploring the meaning of his own experience of hope in Christ in the face of illness. Deanna brings what seems to me a sort of third way through that tension, embodied in a paradox she expresses in her work, and that is often the best any of us can muster: I can’t go on. I’ll go on.
     
    In the play, this tension is expressed symbolically and literally, until a moment when Todd and Kate find a way to engage with, and ultimately care for, one another—as we are all called to do as members of the Body of Christ.
    -Katie Langston, March 2019
     
    Billings, J. Todd. Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer and Life in Christ. Brazos Press, 2018.
    Bowler, Kate. Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved.           Random House, 2018.
    Thompson, Deanna A. Glimpsing Resurrection: Cancer, Trauma, and Ministry.  Westminster John Knox Press, 2018.
  • Nov 3, 2019“All Saints Day”
    Nov 3, 2019
    “All Saints Day”
    Series: All Saints
    "All Saints Day"
    Sunday, November 3, 2019
    Intern Katie Langston
    Readings: Psalm 149 & Luke 18:9-14
  • Oct 13, 2019“Children’s Message”
    Oct 13, 2019
    “Children’s Message”
    Children's Message
    John 12:1-11
    "I am the vine, you are the branches."
    Intern Katie Langston
    October 13, 2019