Calvary Lutheran Church



(715) 623-3102


310 S Superior St,
Antigo, WI 54409

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Hey, everyone. Here’s a great song – Paula shared it, and so probably most of you have already heard it . . . but just in case . . .

I will re-post this with more precision smile emoticon This Sunday (the 30th) Breakfast Pizza is on the menu. All are invited = 9am @ Calvary

Sunday the 20th. is Breakfast Pizza morn @ 9am. All are invited.

Let us pray for the church around the world, that in every place it may find its unity in Christ and live out the gospel in freedom and joy. Amen

Lord Jesus, you are the Son of God. You are real. You are alive. Draw me closer to you. In your name I pray. Amen.

Faithful God, I want to believe. Help me with my disbelief and doubt. By your Spirit, help me to know you, trust you, and grow in faith each day. Let me see you and experience your presence. This I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen

Gracious God, I am in awe of the power, wisdom, and glory you revealed on the cross. Renew my hope, my faith, and my life, through Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord. Amen

They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” He asked them, “What things?” Luke 24:17b-19a What would it take to stop you in your tracks on the way from Jerusalem to Emmaus? The two disciples were talking as they walked along on the way to Emmaus. When a stranger joined them and asked what there were talking about, they st. ood still. How could he have been in Jerusalem and not know about the things that had happened there? And so they began to tell him about Jesus, who was a prophet, how he was condemned and crucified, and how they had hoped he would be the one to redeem Israel. Everything they told him was in the past tense. They were living in the past. They were living in an “if only” world, and to be honest, that’s very easy to do: if only I had been raised differently. If only I had a better-paying job or a better education. If only I looked great or was more popular. If only that person had been who I thought he or she was. If only… then my life would be so much better. The two disciples were living in the past. Maybe that’s why they didn’t recognize Jesus with them in the present moment. And just as Jesus was with them on the road to Emmaus, he is with us on the roads we travel. He is with us on the most difficult paths. He is with us even when we don’t recognize him. He is with us right here and right now. Lord Jesus, walk with us. In our joys and sorrows, walk with us. For today and tomorrow, walk with us. In your holy name. Amen

Lord Jesus, draw me closer on this walk with you. Help me serve God and others with love. Make me your servant. In your holy name I pray. Amen.

Lenten Journey-Day 27-Friday-Book of Faith-Eric Burtness “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?” Luke 15:4 What if your congregation became known as a place that welcomes the lost, or as a place where the lost are found?. Luke 15 is fondly referred to as the “lost” chapter. It includes three stories from Jesus, about a lost sheep, a lost coin, and lost brothers. What’s fascinating is that in each of the stories, when the lost are found there’s a huge celebration! People call together their friends and neighbors, and say, “Rejoice with me, for I have found [what] I had lost.” And Jesus says, “Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance” (15:7). Would any of us leave ninety-nine sheep on their own in the wild to chase after one that strayed from the flock? People in Jesus’ time would have laughed at this question. Unattended sheep could easily scatter and fall prey to wild animals. But unlike us, the shepherd is willing to risk everything to find one lost sheep and bring it home. Notice the number one hundred in this story. In the Bible this number represents wholeness and completeness. When one sheep is lost, the ninety-nine remaining are less than whole. When that one returns, they are whole and compete again, and it’s time to celebrate. All of us have “gone astray like a lost sheep” (Psalm 119:176), but Jesus seeks to gather us in, risking everything to find us and bring us home. As we follow Jesus, we seek others who are lost, so that they might know him. And when they are found, that’s the cause for celebration! As angels rejoice in heaven when one is found, shouldn’t we throw a party in our churches? What if your congregation became known as a place that welcomes the lost, a place where the lost are found, or as a place that in intentional about reaching out to those outside the church walls? That would be like Luke 15 all over again.

Lenten Journey-Day 26-Thursday-Book of Faith-Eric Burtness He said to them the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love [phileo] me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love [phileo] me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love [phileo] you.” John 21:17 Do you love Jesus?. In the Greek language there is more than one word to describe love. The first and foremost important word for love is agape. Agape is the deepest form of love, based on sacrificial living for another. Agape is loving with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Another Greek word to describe love is phileo. Phileo is brotherly or sisterly love for another. (The Greek words phileo and adelphos, “brother,” combine to form “Philadelphia,” known as the “city of brotherly love.”) These two forms of love come into play in the questions Jesus asks and in Peter’s responses. The first two times Jesus asks Peter, “Do you love me?” agape is the kind of love Jesus refers to. Jesus is looking for a sacrificial love, the kind of love that gives all, just as Jesus gave his life for the sake of those who follow him. Twice Peter answers, “Yes, Lord, I love you,” referring to the phileo form of love. Peter isn’t able to respond with the sacrificial love Jesus is looking for. He responds, “I love you, Jesus.” Yeah, we’re tight, man. You’re just like a brother to me. So, the third time, Jesus changes the question, “Peter, do you love me?,” this time using the phileo form of love. And Peter says, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love [phileo] you.” Knowing that Peter is not capable of agape love, Jesus asks the third question on Peter’s level. Jesus loves Peter just the way he is, with all his quirks and idiosyncrasies, with all his enthusiasm and all his failures. Jesus loves him unconditionally, without reserve. But Jesus changes the question to address Peter’s level of love. At the same time, Jesus loves Peter far too much to let him stay that way. He wants Peter to grow to love him with an agape form of love that gives heart, soul, mind, and strength. In the same way, Jesus loves us unconditionally, without reserve, with a love that never ends. He loves us and accepts us just as we are. And he loves us far too much to let us stay as we are. He wants us to grow to really love him as he loves us-with agape love that doesn’t hold back anything. Do you love Jesus?

Lenten Journey-Day 25 – Wednesday – Book of Faith – Eric Burtness When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love [agape] me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love [phileo] you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love [agape] me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love [phileo] you.” John 21:15-16a Do you love Jesus?. It’s an important question. In fact, it’s a fundamental, transformative question. Do you love Jesus? Today’s Scripture reading is from John 21, the last chapter in John’s Gospel. Jesus appears to his disciples after he has been raised from the dead, and asks Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He asks a second time. And a third time. Tomorrow we’ll take a closer look at these three questions from Jesus and at agape and phileo, Greek words that mean two very different types of love. Today let’s take a closer look at Peter. In many ways we might say that Peter is the premier disciple. Whenever the disciples are named in the Gospels, Simon Peter is first on the list. He has the courage to get out of a boat and walk on water toward Jesus. Jesus renames him Cephas, the “rock,” and says he will build his church on Peter’s declaration that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. Peter is always there by Jesus’ side. But there are many “lows” in Peter’s life too. On the stormy seas, when Peter takes his eyes off Jesus, he begins to sink into the turbulent water. When he hears that Jesus will suffer, he says, “God forbid, no!” When Jesus is on trial, he denies even knowing Jesus-not once, but three times. Maybe that’s why Jesus asks Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Jesus gives Peter not one, not two, but three opportunities to redeem himself after denying Jesus three times. Do you love Jesus? Even if you’ve had lows in your life when you’ve taken your eyes off Jesus, you can still say yes. Even if you’ve had lows in your life when you’ve flat-out denied Jesus, you can still say yes. God, after all, is a God of second chances, and third…

Lenten Journey – Day 24 – Tuesday – Book of Faith – Eric Burtness Jesus said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like?” Luke 13:18a Jesus wanted to explain something about the kingdom of God to his followers, so he compared it to two small, familiar things: a mustard seed and baking yeast. A tiny mustard seed grows into a bush or tree large enough to hold birds and their nests, he said, while a small amount of yeast leavens and transforms an entire loaf of bread. The king. dom of God, it seems, doesn’t stay the same. It might star, t small, but it grows and changes in surprising ways. Disciples or followers of Jesus don’t stay the same either. As we walk with Jesus, we grow and change. The apostle Paul described this transformation: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God-what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2). But how does renewal of our minds happen? I like to think of this renewal as reorienting the “autopilot” of our lives to other coordinates. By autopilot I mean the way we automatically think and act. If we want to changes things in our lives, but our autopilot settings stay the same, we go right back to falling into the same traps and doing the same things. So to identify your autopilot settings, complete the following sentences: With my time, it’s just like me to be… With my family, it’s just like me to be… With my money, it’s just like me to be… Whatever you discover here, by Jesus’ power and through the Holy Spirit, you can be renewed and transformed. If it’s just like you to focus on success, you can be transformed to focus on significance. If it’s just like you to focus on yourself, you can be transformed to focus on others. If it’s just like you to focus on what you get, you can be transformed to focus on giving and generosity. During this Lenten Journey, let the questions of Jesus and the time you spend in reflection and prayer be seeds and leaven for change and growth in faith. As you walk with Jesus, you are on a journey of transformation throughout your life. Transforming God, take my life, my will, my intellect, and my heart and make them truly yours. Guide me, lead me, walk beside me, and transform me. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen.

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