Para Vista Lutheran Church

Weekly messages from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Para Vista Inc

When Jesus Turned Up At The Temple (Audio)

December 27th, 2020

This is an audio recording of Belay Zelleke's message "When Jesus Turned Up At The Temple".  It is message 5 in the series "Hearts Prepared for Jesus".

We all experience monumental events in our lives which we celebrate: a first job, starting at a new school or the birth of a first born. Following Jesus' birth, two important events linked to the Passover Festival were to observed: the purification of Mary and the presentation of Jesus - Mary's first-born - to God. Join us as we explore how these events assure us that Jesus is always with us and brings us peace.

When Jesus Turns Up AtThe Temple (Video)

December 27th, 2020
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This is a video of Belay Zelleke's message "When Jesus Turned Up At The Temple".  It is message 5 in the series "Hearts Prepared for Jesus".

We all experience monumental events in our lives which we celebrate: a first job, starting at a new school or the birth of a first born. Following Jesus' birth, two important events linked to the Passover Festival were to observed: the purification of Mary and the presentation of Jesus - Mary's first-born - to God. Join us as we explore how these events assure us that Jesus is always with us and brings us peace.

Christmas Day Message (Audio)

December 25th, 2020

An audio message for Christmas Day by Pastor Rolly Stahl.

Christmas Day Message (Video)

December 25th, 2020
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A video message for Christmas Day by Pastor Rolly Stahl.

Oh What A Night (Audio)

December 24th, 2020

An audio message by Pastor Reid Matthias.

One question keeps running through my mind as Christmas 2020 is gifted to us: What kinds of things do I want to remember?

As I grow older (and many can resonate with me, I think), I find myself pondering why I remember certain things and why others only pop up sporadically. Most research would say that the sense of smell is most closely linked to recall. At Christmas: the smell of baked goods; for some, the smell of real pine trees. Each of these scents makes us close our eyes and remember something of the past – usually good.

Taste: Grandma’s biscuits...

Oh What A Night (Video)

December 24th, 2020
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A video message by Pastor Reid Matthias.

One question keeps running through my mind as Christmas 2020 is gifted to us: What kinds of things do I want to remember?

As I grow older (and many can resonate with me, I think), I find myself pondering why I remember certain things and why others only pop up sporadically. Most research would say that the sense of smell is most closely linked to recall. At Christmas: the smell of baked goods; for some, the smell of real pine trees. Each of these scents makes us close our eyes and remember something of the past – usually good.

Taste: Grandma’s biscuits...

I am the Lord’s Servant(Audio)

December 20th, 2020

This is an audio recording of Pastor Rolly Stahl's message "I am the Lord's Servant".  It is message 4 in the series "Hearts Prepared for Jesus".

Our 21st Century culture has a way of fanning into flame our love of comfort, wealth, pleasure, power, entitlement, success and amazing experiences. Each year, billions of dollars are spent on advertising campaigns with the premise: “It’s all about you!”

The Lord has always chosen to do his work in this world with people! In spite of their frailties and vulnerabilities, many of them did so!  He chose Mary to be the mother of the promised Messiah.  This brought significant challenges yet she raises no objections.  Her response: “I am the LORD’s servant.” There is no resistance or resignation – rather trusting and surrendering to what God wants.

It’s not all about me.  It’s all about Jesus!

I am the Lord’s Servant (Video)

December 20th, 2020
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This is a video of Pastor Rolly Stahl's message "I am the Lord's Servant".  It is message 4 in the series "Hearts Prepared for Jesus".

Our 21st Century culture has a way of fanning into flame our love of comfort, wealth, pleasure, power, entitlement, success and amazing experiences. Each year, billions of dollars are spent on advertising campaigns with the premise: “It’s all about you!”

The Lord has always chosen to do his work in this world with people! In spite of their frailties and vulnerabilities, many of them did so!  He chose Mary to be the mother of the promised Messiah.  This brought significant challenges yet she raises no objections.  Her response: “I am the LORD’s servant.” There is no resistance or resignation – rather trusting and surrendering to what God wants.

It’s not all about me.  It’s all about Jesus!

Joining in Mary’s Song (Audio)

December 13th, 2020

This is the audio recording of the live streamed worship on 13 Dec 2020, including Pastor Reid Matthias's message "Joining in Mary's Song".  It is message 3 in the series "Hearts Prepared for Jesus".

Sometimes a tune, or a lyric, enters our minds and we can’t get rid of it. Germans aptly call this an ‘ear worm.’ For some, this is frustrating – to sing or hum the same tune all day long – but for others, it’s comforting.  In the book of Luke, Mary seems to have an ‘ear worm’ from a song sung in Israel’s past by another woman, Hannah, who desperately wanted a baby.

This Sunday, as we delve into these two stories, I hope that you find yourself singing the same ‘ear worm:’ My heart rejoices in the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.

Joining in Mary’s Song (Video)

December 13th, 2020
Watch Now:

This is a video of the live streamed worship on 13 Dec 2020, including Pastor Reid Matthias's message "Joining in Mary's Song".  It is message 3 in the series "Hearts Prepared for Jesus".

Sometimes a tune, or a lyric, enters our minds and we can’t get rid of it. Germans aptly call this an ‘ear worm.’ For some, this is frustrating – to sing or hum the same tune all day long – but for others, it’s comforting.  In the book of Luke, Mary seems to have an ‘ear worm’ from a song sung in Israel’s past by another woman, Hannah, who desperately wanted a baby.

This Sunday, as we delve into these two stories, I hope that you find yourself singing the same ‘ear worm:’ My heart rejoices in the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.

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