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You Matter in Sticky Faith

“Segregation causes kids to shelve their faith.” Segregation has a certain connotation. Segregation makes most people think, “bad” or “outdated” for a good reason. The segregation Sticky Faith talks about is children being separated from adults in the congregation. There are times to be apart to have age appropriate conversations, but children need more caring … Read more

Sticky Faith Identity

One of the movies I make fun of is Moana. There is a spoiler for those who haven’t watched it. It drives me nuts that her song she says, “They have stolen the heart from inside you/ But this does not define you/ This is not who you are/ You know who you are.” Having … Read more

Sticky Faith Modeling Lifelong Discipleship

It’s strange to think reading the Bible can be dangerous to our faith. The book Sticky Faith opens by talking about Tiffany. She wanted to do everything at church and was easy to parent. Midway through High School she changed. Soon after High School, she was pregnant and had her son. Her parents wondered what … Read more

Sticky Faith

What achievement makes someone the happiest? Two different podcasts I’ve listened to talked about how they surveyed people towards the end of their life and asked about their greatest achievements and accomplishments. Any guesses what the greatest was? It was usually family or child related. That’s great for people who have children; but what about … Read more

Thank You

Thank you to the members of Concordia who were able to donate to the Reformation treat bags for the children of Concordia. We’d also like to thank a Thrivent member for using an Action Team to sponsor the event. We were able to purchase Reformation books and a few others goodies to put in some … Read more

On the Service of Evening Prayer

On the Service of Evening Prayer For our  2020 Advent Midweek services we will be using the service of Evening Prayer (LSB 243). This is different from the service of Vespers that we used last year. I think the music will be easier and more intuitive, even if it is new for you. I’ve put … Read more

Advent Midweek Series 2020

Dear Saints of Concordia, For this coming Advent I have chosen to have our Midweek services focus on Saints who we commemorate during November and December. I’ll list them below with their proper feast day.  St. Andrew, Apostle (Nov. 30) St. Thomas, Apostle and Martyr (Dec. 21) St. Stephen, Martyr (Dec. 26),  These saints are … Read more

Extraordinarily Ordinary

            I love looking back at the pictures of my children. I currently have 12,229 pictures of my phone. At least half of them are my children doing ordinary things I find special. One recent picture is of my oldest, holding a piece of toast with apple butter and pointing to it. I feel like … Read more

Pray the Psalms Every Day

Home devotions and prayers are hard. Part of the struggle is having a reliable routine. Only the individual can control this. We naturally form routines in our life, some good and productive, others may be bad and unproductive. If we don’t plan our routines, more often they are unproductive. It’s worth the effort to set … Read more

On Saints and Feast & Festival Days

Dear Saints of Concordia, This coming Sunday (September 27th, 2020) we will be celebrating the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. While this Feast Day has a set day in our Church Calendar (Sept. 29th), we often move these special days to the nearest Sunday.  The Feast of St. Michael and All Angels is … Read more