Crown of Life Lutheran Church & School




1292 Tally Ho Trail
Hubertus, WI  53033
262-628-2550

Come... My Lord wants me to worship Him

It is our mission to bring people into the Church of Jesus Christ by:

v  Creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere that is inviting to our members as well as the community we serve

v  Providing worship services which are spiritually uplifting, challenging the spiritually comfortable to re-evaluate their faith while comforting the burdened souls through the forgiving message of Christ

v  Providing all people in the community the opportunity to worship the Lord regardless of age or special needs

 

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs… Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  (Psalm 100:2,4)

Services

Regular Service Times

Sunday: 8:00 & 10:30 am
Thursdays: 7:00 pm


Holy Communion:
1st & 3rd weeks

Holy Communion may be received on the first and third Sundays -- both services, and on the Thursday before the corresponding services. Our guests who wish to partake of Holy Communion are asked to speak to the pastor before the service.

Prayer of the Week

Almighty God, we thank you for planting in us the seed of your Word.  By your Holy Spirit help us to receive it with joy and to bring forth fruits in faith and hope and love; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Know the Cast of Good Shepherd Sunday

John 10: 1-17 (Good Shepherd 2017)

“Know the Cast of Good Shepherd Sunday”

               Do you read the whole playbill before a performance? Do you enjoying knowing the cast of characters, the bio’s of the actors, the bigger picture? Today Jesus casts a light on a cast of characters that we must know. This is not a play. This is not pretend. This is for keeps. These are characters in the matters of life and death!

                I want you to get to know the cast of characters of Good Shepherd Sunday. You know them better than you suppose. You see them every day … as Jesus, your Shepherd, leads you out “like sheep among wolves” (Matthew 10:16). But do not drift away from the voice of that same Jesus who says “fear not, I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1).

Strangers & Hired Hands Run Away

                There are many voices calling us away from the safety of the Shepherd. The tricky part is that they appear to be helpful. They appear friendly. They appear to be on our side … at first. They have your best interest in mind. They offer happiness and good things. They have a veneer of actually caring about you. They show affection and offer acceptance when no one else seems to. A lonesome, lost sheep is low-hanging fruit for strangers and hired hands.

                The watered-down theology of world seems so inviting, but in the end it is poison and filth. Wealth, power, recognition, prestige are invitations to hungry sheep longing to be filled. Self-help, popularity, substance abuse, being in with a crowd (even if it’s a bad one) seems like a welcoming pasture for lonely sheep. Lonely or depressed we readily run for those dried-up fields. When we reach those dangers places the world pulls the wool from our eyes and runs away.

When there, the strangers and hired hands pretend they never led us there. They have us looking for more of the same. When things get really, really bad the strangers and hired hands are nowhere to be found, especially when the Wolf comes lurking. The characters of this world have been his minions all the while. They wanted your company in their misery and turned out to be nothing but characters of betrayal. Even they are afraid of the Wolf!

Even then the Shepherd is actively searching and calling. Do you hear His Voice in the distance?

“Fear not, I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1).

 

There Is a Wolf & Thief Who Kills

But make no mistake … there is a Wolf who comes to kill. There is a Thief who wants to rob you of all that Christ has given to you. There is a Devil. “He prowls around like a roaring Lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8). The strangers and hired hands know who he is. He has come for them already. Their true “fair-weather” colors will be revealed. Even they fear the presence of the Wolf that sent them to do his dirty work for him.

We do well to know there is a Devil. We do well to “be self controlled and alert.” It was the job of others to dull our minds to the fact. He loves it when sheep don’t think there is danger. He especially loves it when the sheep stop thinking the HE is their bigger danger! He lavishes the thought that you don’t acknowledge him. But he will attack when he deems it necessary! And it is always a necessity for him. He comes “only to steal and kill and destroy.” He comes and “attacks the flock and scatters it.”

When we get to the dangerous places by following voices we did not trust. But at least they were voices! From a distance bad theology looks good (the Thief of truth knew that trick in the garden already). From a distance the shores of worldly affection seemed so inviting (“pleasing to the eye” was the other trick the Wolf knew, too). All those pastures of prestige, wealth, lust, power, drug, and half-truths turned out to be rocky dangerous deserts on the way that leads to our eternal destruction.

 

Even then the Shepherd is actively searching and calling. Do you hear His Voice in the distance?

“Fear not, I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1).

You are His Sheep

A scattered flock means scattered sheep. Scattered sheep mean sheep “without a shepherd.” So many characters! So many invitations! So many pastures from which to choose! Scattered sheep know that they have needs. They just are not very good at finding those needs met on their own. Sheep who from the fold did stray, have we stopped to remember that we are prone to be our biggest harm?

Our sinful state is far too foolish. The Thief is far too clever. The Wolf hides in his sheep-skin long enough for us to create our own temptations and our own solutions for finding a way out. It is not good for the flock to be scattered. It is not good for sheep to wander off alone away from the voice of the True Shepherd. A scattered flock means scattered foolish sheep. Scattered sheep mean “sheep without a shepherd.”

Still you are one of His sheep: “Fear not, I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1). How? I lay down my life for them, only to take it back up again,” Jesus the True Shepherd says. Redemption comes from the sacrifice of the Lamb who is our Shepherd. He gives us eternal food in his true words. His springs of living water are forever etched in the pages of the certain things we know he says and promises. In those pages, from that voice we learn of the true intentions our Good Shepherd. My sheep hear my voice and I know them.”

Jesus Has Other Sheep

                Your Good Shepherd wants you to know that there are more sheep to be gathered. “I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice. The there will be one flock and one Shepherd.” Does it enter our minds that the Shepherd who “leads us out like sheep among wolves” has sent us not to be lost and killed again, but to gather those who remain lost? He sends us back into the dangerous places where he found us … where the wolf lies in wait.

Learn from the hired-hands how not to be one yourself. Jesus desires that we share his concern for the scattered ones. The gathered sheep are also called to shoulder the lost back to the Shepherd’s voice. The gathered sheep are led out of the fold each day to bring back the ones who have run away. Sheep who know the Shepherd’s voice know to beckon those who don’t. As clearly as we hear the Shepherd’s voice do we hear the bleating of the lost ones?

Jesus is not just thinking of evangelism. Gathered sheep care about the safety of all sheep. Are we looking out for one another? Are we using the words of the Shepherd to be our “brother’s keeper”? Are we willing to face the dangerous places and things to help shepherd our fellow sheep back to the safety of the fold? The Shepherd loves more! The Shepherd has a staff that kills and carries. The Shepherd calls: “Fear not, I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1).

Know the Shepherd; Know the Way

There is the old adage: “It takes one to know one.” So Paul speaks: “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5: 20).

                The Shepherd literally took on our skin and bones. He became one with the sheep by becoming the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1: 29). This Lamb felt the blows we feel, but worse … much worse. This Lamb was led to slaughter and kept his mouth shut long enough spill his blood on the final altar for sin. This Lamb died so that no sheep was to be lost. He robbed the Thief of his loot. He killed the Wolf and left him bleeding in Hell. He gathers His sheep to his Father’s fold. He lives! He took up his life so that he could say loudly: “No one can snatch them out of my hand!” I want … I need … a Shepherd like that! We all do! And we all have Christ Jesus as our true Shepherd! He is the one who gives true and everlasting life to his Sheep. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life and we go to the father through Christ (John 14: 6). The leading cast member is always the Good Shepherd Jesus.

Sheep who from the fold did stray are not by Are not by the Lord forsaken;

Weary souls who lost their way Are by Christ, the Shepherd, taken

In his arms that they may live – Jesus sinners does receive. (CW 304: 3)