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FatherSonHolyGhostBanners

These beautiful anniversary banners were created by Laurie Bredehoft. 

The doxology inspires the collection of wall hangings.

Since the dawn of time God placed His loving Hand on all creation, especially His crown creation — mankind. Since the fall of man, God sought to save us through faith in His promise of the Messiah. The vine that travels across the pieces represents the continuity of promise throughout the ages. He is the vine, awe are the branches called to produce His good fruit. 

At the burning bush, God first identifies Himself by the name, Yahweh, I am who I am. He provided His Law that points to our sin and reminds His children of their needs for the promised Messiah. 

At the correct time, God is born of Mary by the Holy Spirit to fulfill all prophesies as Jesus, true God and true man, to die forthe sins of all who lived and those yet to be born. The sun represents the Light of the world, Jesus. His children are called to spread this gospel until His second coming. 

God the Holy Spirit lives inside of His children, empowering them to live for Him, spread the gospel message, glorifying Him in all they say and do.

The white streams of light not only show the path Jesus takes His children as they lpass to heaven, but by the power ofthe Holy Spirit, the energy and gifts directed to His childrento do His work, bearing good fruit on Earth. The glittering, surrounding crystal stars reflect God's promise th Abraham. By faith, you will have as many children as the stars in heaven. His redeemed children look forward to the blessing of heaven.

All glory to God!

Laurie Bredehoft



Readings for November 5, 2017 

All Saints Sunday

You are not alone—never have been, never will be! In His faithfulness to you, your heavenly Father has promised to never leave you nor forsake you! As you gather in His name on this All Saints’ Sunday, the triune God fills you with His presence through His Word and through the body and blood of Christ in Holy Communion. In a mysterious way, this fellowship you have with God also unites you to all believers of every time and place. That’s what you confess when you say you believe “in the communion of saints.” You are not alone! You are a member of the Body of Christ! You are part of a community that is eternally blessed by Jesus and lives to confess His name before the world!

Old Testament Revelations 7:2-17

9After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” 13Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15“Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. 16They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. 17For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Epistle 1 John 3:1-3

1See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

Holy Gospel Matthew 5:1-12

1Seeing the crowds, [Jesus] went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

2And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

5“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

6“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be

satisfied.

7“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

8“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

9“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

10“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.