We will continue our 100 year anniversary celebration with a special worship event on Sunday April 2nd@ 10 a.m. We will have a “Youth” emphasis for the day, with special guest speakers, Pastor Mike Anderson and Missy Andrews!
Come for worship and enjoy a free BBQ lunch after and peruse artifacts and videos of our recent past!
More Life To Come
100 Year Anniversary:
Part Four 1992-Present
Celebration Weekend April 29-30!
We will culminate our 100 year anniversary celebration with a Banquet and program on Saturday April 29.
This will be a beautiful catered affair…
5 p.m. no-host cocktail hour
6 p.m. Dinner and program
We will have music, drama, speakers, a special highlight video and the unveiling of the Time Capsule from 1964!
Then Sunday@ 10 a.m. we will have a Festive worship service with bell choir, alumni choir, band, and organ with Mark Holmstrom, along with other special guests.
The unity of the churches of Jesus focusing on what we hold in common is what moves the good news forward. A sermon on the relationship between Jesus and John the Baptist.
Our next event for our 100 year anniversary, More Life to Come, will be Sunday, March 5th@ 10 a.m. We will be remembering the third 25 years of the congregation, 1943-1968. Ardis Natterstad and daughter Stephanie Barglowski will speak at the celebration worship and give us insight into those years, including their own involvement in the life of our community!
Fascinating artifacts of the time and delicious deserts to follow!
More Life To Come 100 Year Anniversary Celebration: Part Two!
Our next celebration event for our 100 year anniversary, More Life to Come, will be Sunday, February 5th@ 10 a.m. We will be remembering the second 25 years of the congregation, 1943-1968. During this time, Zelzah Norsk Evangelik Luthers Kirke changed their name to The Central Lutheran Church of the San Fernando Valley, then to First Lutheran Church of North Los Angeles, and then to First Lutheran Church of Northridge. Barbara Lestrange will speak at the celebration worship and give us insight into those years, including her own involvement in the life of our community!
Fascinating artifacts of the time and delicious deserts to follow!
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Eugene Peterson wrote a translation of the Bible, The Message, that really causes you to look at God’s word from a slightly different angle. I always remember his translation of this verse.
“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.”
This is what Jesus does. He moves into our lives in such a way that we become a light wherever we find ourselves. Whether at work, or in school, or in our neighborhood.
As we follow Jesus, we bring light instead of blindly stumbling in the darkness. We make our neighborhoods different. Wherever we go, we bring a place of love, joy, and peace. We move into the neighborhood.
And as we continue to be God moving into the neighborhood, what impact does God have in store for us? The light continues to shine. If God himself can move into the neighborhood and bring his glory, why would God not use us to do this same thing?
How are you a light in your neighborhood?
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Here we have entered the Bible. This is our family history. As we believe, as we trust Jesus is who he says he is, our Savior, the author of all life- we are born again. When we connect with him and become his people, Jesus brings us into God’s family with all his power.
It is not living life by our own instincts and urges, our own thinking and philosophizing, that brings us life. Wen we know Jesus as our Lord we are born again into the new creation.
So, here we see that John is writing about us almost 2000 years ago. God’s people carry on his Word and under his power make the world different and bring light into the darkness. This is what Christian churches represent. From the beginning, bringing light into the darkness. Those people who gather as Christian community for centuries, we who gather today, all have the same purpose in God’s plan, to bring his light into this world.
Are you connected to a Christian community? If not, do so for the new year.
9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
God can’t make it any clearer than Jesus. Remember, “I am the way, the truth, and the life?”
Jesus brings the truth of all existence. All people can know the truth if they are connected to Jesus. He gives the clear message of love, joy, and peace.
Love- Willing the good of all people and working for it in all his power.
Joy- Coming into our world because he is so glad to be with us.
Peace- Through Jesus, eventually, everything is going to be right in our lives.
Over-sexualizing life and violence aren’t the way, the truth and the life. Human ways are not the answer. Jesus is the answer. Love, joy and peace can only come from one source.
Before the creation of the world, all of creation was in darkness. Then the light breaks through and brings life. And the ultimate final creation are human beings. But human beings don’t see the light. They prefer to live in the darkness of following what they want. Even those human beings God chooses to bring light to the world, the Jewish people, will choose darkness. Yes, even after God sends the law through Moses, pointing people in the right direction, God’s own people, prefer to stay in the dark.
But now, with the coming of Jesus, the true light of the world breaks. This time it is through one human, Jesus, and that is enough. The life Jesus brings is clearly evident. Yes, God’s people will still prefer darkness. But, not all.
Not you and me.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
Jesus brings life. We will hear him say later in John’s gospel, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”
Yes, Jesus sees himself as being the source of all existence. He comes to earth so that we can know who God really is. No more worshiping the sun, or moon, or trees or idols made of stone. These gods are only representations of what people want. We create gods in our own image. This is why so much of religion humanity creates includes lots of violence and lots of sex.
This over sexualization and rampant violence become worshiping the darkness. This has been going on since the beginning of humanity and it is still going on.
In Genesis 1 the world is created out of light. But, we will soon see, people want to remain in the darkness. They don’t want to understand God. People are their own gods and they want things their own way.
Now in John 1, the light appears again. Only this time we see darkness will not be the final word. God sends a final prophet who announces the light of the world has come. The prophet, John the Baptist, cousin of Jesus, has come to know his cousin is God himself. The light of the world. And through Jesus all people can finally understand God. The word. And they can trust in God through Jesus.
What are examples of the oversexualization of our society?