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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 10:46

Watch the ELCA Youth Gathering Live

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It's here! After much planning, we commissioned our teens and leaders and put them on a bus to Houston to meet 30,000 new friends and worship, learn, and serve together. Thanks again for all the ways you helped make this event possible for these senior high students.

Please pray for our teens and chaperones, and all those participating, that their time there is transformational, and a blessing to the community.

For those of you who won’t be able to join us in Houston, we invite you to connect with us via livestream. You’ll be able to share in Mass Gatherings, as well as daily Bible studies with some of our main stage speakers. You can also follow us on all social media platforms using #ELCAYG2018. Join the story and share with others! Watch the Lord of Life Facebook page for photos and updates.

To view the live-stream, visit the ELCA Gathering Website or Facebook page. The daily schedule of speakers and musicians are listed below.

Bible studies are Wednesday, June 27 – Saturday, June 30 at  3:30 p.m. CST. 

Mass Gatherings are on Wedesday, June 27 – Saturday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. CST and Sunday Worship, July 1 at 9:30 a.m. CST.

Wednesday, June  27 – “God’s Call Changes Everything” 

Bible Study with Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
and live musicians Rachel Kurtz, Agape and Joe Davis 

Mass Gathering – The Rev. Tuhina Rasche, Bryan Stevenson and AGAPE*, LZ7

Thursday, June 28 – God’s Love Changes Everything” 

Bible Study with the Rev. Aaron Fuller
and live musicians Rachel Kurtz, Agape and Joe Davis 

Mass Gathering – The Rev. Aaron Fuller, Marlon Hall, Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps

Friday, June 29 – God’s Grace Changes Everything” 

Bible Study with the Rev. Tuhina Rasche
and live musicians Rachel Kurtz, Agape and Joe Davis 

Mass Gathering – Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, Rev. Will Starkweather, Tauren Wells

Saturday, June 30 – God’s Hope Changes Everything” 

Bible Study with the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber
and live musicians Rachel Kurtz, Agape and Joe Davis

Mass Gathering – Joe Davis, Maria Rose Belding, Tenth Avenue North

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Thursday, 31 May 2018 14:06

Road Trip: Summer Sermon Series 2018

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Road trips are a blast! There’s nothing quite like loading up the vehicle with loved ones and heading out on the open road for an adventure. But road trips can be full of detours and challenges, too.

This summer, we join Jesus on the road with his disciples. Each week, he’ll take us on a journey full of adventure, challenge, and discovery as he leads us into both familiar and uncharted territories. Let’s go!

JUNE      3     Sabbath     Mark 2:23-3:6
    10   Naked   Mark 3:20-35
    17   New   Mark 4:26-34
    24   Storm   Mark 4:35-41
JULY     1   Restore   Mark 5:21-43
      8   Faith   Mark 6:1-13
    15   True   Mark 6:14-29
    22   Rest   Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
    29   Feed   John 6:1-21
AUG     5   Follow   John 6:24-35
    12   Life   John 6:35, 41-51
    19   Filled   John 6:51-58
    26   Go   John 6:56-69


Make time for worship this summer. You need it. We need it, together. God meets us as we live, share, and celebrate together.

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 11:28

New Music Sing Through

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Tuesday, April 10, 7 pm
in the Sanctuary

Join us as we try out some of the most interesting pieces from the vast music library donated to us by Hope Lutheran Church of Dayton. 

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Monday, 05 March 2018 13:38

Easter & Holy Week


Maundy Thursday ~ March 29, 7 pm

Hand and Foot Washing, Prayer and Healing Stations, Holy Communion and Stripping of the Altar

With nightfall our Lenten observance comes to an end, and we gather with Christians around the world to begin the Three Days during which we participate once again in the saving power of Jesus' passing over from death to life. At the heart of the Maundy Thursday liturgy is Jesus' commandment to love one another. As Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, we are called to follow his example as we humbly care for one another, especially the poor and the unloved.

Good Friday ~ March 30, 4:30 & 7 pm

(4:30) An interactive family service for all

(7) A service of Scripture and darkness

At the heart of the Good Friday liturgy is the passion according to John, which proclaims Jesus as a triumphant king who reigns from the cross. The ancient title for this day - the triumph of the cross - reminds us that the church gathers not to mourn this day but to celebrate Christ's life-giving passion and to find strength and hope in the tree of life. In the ancient bidding prayer, we offer petitions for all the world for whom Christ died.

Vigil of Easter ~ March 31, 8:30 pm
St. Anne Episcopal Church
6461 Tylersville Road

This is the night! This is our Passover with Christ from darkness to light, from bondage to freedom, from death to life. The resurrection of Christ is proclaimed in word and sign, and we gather around a pillar of fire, hear ancient stories of our faith, welcome new sisters and brothers at the font, and share the food and drink of the promised land. Raised with Christ, we go forth into the world, aflame with the good news of the resurrection.

Easter Sunday ~ April 1, 8, 9:30, 11 am

with Holy Communion

Christ is risen, indeed! On Easter morning, we stand gaping at the open and empty tomb with the women who followed Jesus throughout his ministry. With the women, we are called to proclaim the amazing news of the resurrection.


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Friday, 23 February 2018 11:36

Feast or Fast

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I grew up in the Roman Catholic church and every year during the season of Lent, conversation would swirl about what we were giving up. A lot of people gave up food items – chocolate, meat, soda. Adults might have given up things like alcohol or swearing.

As I grew in my faith education, I learned about giving up things that would help me make roomfor Christ in my life. I could give up an hour of television to study scripture or a book on a Christian topic. I could give up complaining and be a more positive person to be a better example of Christian love. These are still great ideas!

Now that I’ve been a church “professional” for several years, I’ve learned some history about our calendar and how the traditions of seasons like Lent and Advent came to be. Both Lent and Advent were seasons of fastingbefore major holidays. Lent is the 40 days (not counting Sundays) before Easter, and Advent is the 40 days before - you guessed it - Epiphany. If someone reminds me in December, I’ll write another whole post about why it isn’t Christmas. Historically speaking, these 40 day fasts were meant to temper our “worldly desires.”

But we treat the seasons of Advent and Lent very differently. During Advent, we mark off our calendars; in some traditions we go as far as opening little doors to reveal daily treats. What a contrast to the idea of fasting we think of for Lent. We spend the season of Advent anticipating the joy of Christmas. The tradition of fasting, while it gives us opportunities to open ourselves to Christ, can sometimes have the unintended consequence of drawing our focus to our own suffering.

So what if we thought of Lent more like Advent? The eager anticipation. The joy of preparing ourselves, not for new birth, but new life in the resurrection. As we watch the flowers coming back to life, we can be grateful that Christ’s resurrection means we can stand before God, free of our sin. Yes, we can still make room for God in our lives, and we can do it out of the joy gratitude that we have already been saved through Grace, not by our own deeds and suffering.

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Thursday, 21 December 2017 12:55

Silent Night, Holy Night

Christmas Eve Candle Lighting

It is my favorite moment in Christmas worship in every church I’ve gone to. The lights dim, the music starts, everyone gets quiet, and the fire from the Christ candle on the Advent wreath spreads through the church as we pass the flame from candle to candle. Silent Night ...

It was another kind of silence that brought this beloved hymn to life. In 1818 at a chapel near Salzburg, Austria, Christmas preparations were underway when organist Franz Gruber found that the organ had failed and wouldn’t work for Christmas. A young priest, Joseph Mohr, had written some lyrics a couple years earlier and asked Gruber to set them to a tune they could sing easily with guitar accompaniment to replace the organ.

People liked it, but they mostly forgot about it. When the organ was repaired several years later, the organ builder found the music laying with the organ pipes, had it published, and it was a hit!

We are full of expectations during the Christmas season. The perfect gifts. Perfect family time. Perfect music. We’ve spent the entire season of Advent working and waiting for everything to come together, for the wrapping to come off, for school to let out, and to finally light that fifth candle on the Advent wreath so we can share the light of Christmas with each other. Silent Night ... What a testament to the promise of Christmas that even when things don’t go according to plan, we still receive the gift of God’s love.

Celebrate Christmas with us this Sunday at 6, 8, and 11 pm – each of the services will include communion, candle-lighting, and a weepy music director trying to make his way through his favorite song ...

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Monday, 18 December 2017 14:08

First Communion Preparation

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Wednesday evening classes
January 10, 17, 24, 31

Worship with First Communion
Followed by a Congregational Luncheon
Sunday, February 4, 2018, 11 am

At Lord of Life, the age of First Communion is a personal decision made in consultation with the Pastor. Many individuals choose 4th grade as an appropriate time for a child, while others may choose to learn at an older or younger age. Anyone, regardless of age, who wishes to begin receiving Holy Communion is welcome to come and explore this awesome mystery! Throughout these four weeks, children and their parents will learn more about communion in engaging ways as we talk about the importance of eating together, explore the use of meals in the Bible, and even bake the type of communion bread that will be used for worship on Sunday, February 4, when we celebrate this faith milestone.

If you believe your child is ready to receive communion, plan to bring them for this series of conversations. At least one parent is encouraged to attend with the child. Please RSVP to the church office by Sunday, January 7.

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Monday, 11 December 2017 14:26

New Year's Eve Worship

New Year's Eve
Sunday, December 31
Worship at 10 am

On Sunday, December 31, one worship service at 10 am will replace our regularly scheduled worship.

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 09:38

Christmas Eve Worship

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10 am  Advent Week 4 Worship
12:15 pm

Bilingual Spanish/English
Christmas Eve Worship
6, 8, 11 pm Christmas Eve Worship
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 08:40

Deck our Halls!

Christmas Eve 2016

This Sunday
November 26, 3pm

Join us as we deck our halls for Advent and Christmas.  If you have an extension ladder, please bring it!

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