from Sunday Forum, September 12, 2021   
presented by Amandus Derr, Interim Senior Pastor 


  1. Early Church
  2. By the time 1 Timothy 3:1-13 was written, (late first to mid-Second Century CE) an order of Bishops, Elders (Pastors), and Deacons seem to have already existed in most of the early church.
  3. Concerning the office of bishop (episkopos,meaning “overseer”), the author speaks of qualities of those seeking that office, but does not actually outline the responsibilities of the office. It includes some kind of administrative leadership since the person is supposed to be able to manage his own household as a prerequisite for his work in the church.
  4. There is more specificity for the duties of the presbyter (presbyteros,meaning “elder”). Presbyters have leadership functions of some kind, since at least some of them should be honored because they “rule well,” and some of them teach. There is a “council of elders” or presbytery (presbyterion, which the NRSV translates as “council of elders”) to which the elders belong and is responsible for ordinations (4:14). Whether the bishop belongs to the presbytery is not clear.
  5. The office of deacon (diakonos,“minister” or “servant”) appears to be assumed and may have to do primarily with social ministry, but the duties are not elaborated.

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Sermon for Sunday, September 12, 2021

September 12, 2021

Amandus J. Derr
Interim Senior Pastor

Numbers 21:4b-9; Psalm 98:1-4; 1 Corinthians 1:18-24; Saint John 3:13-17
In nomine Jesu!

I’ve needed eyeglasses for 65 years. My parents discovered this when I was in second grade; and so it began. Now, I can’t see a thing without them, and I always put them on, even when it’s too dark to see.  I need a vision check annually and, each time I get new lenses, I’m surprised by how clearly and distinctly I can see. Continue reading

Godly Play Open House – Sunday, September 12

Sunday, September 12 at 9:30 a.m.

Join us for the start of our new Sunday School year! Sunday School classes are offered for children aged 2 through high school. Children, youth, and parents will meet together for a short program recognizing this year’s teachers and classes.

All students will then have class pictures taken in the courtyard with games afterwards and parents will join to learn more about Godly Play and special COVID-19 safety procedures. Regular Godly Play classes will be offered every Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

You may contact Marie Monroe or Deacon Remmert  with any questions.

Ordination and Installation: Pastor for Community Ministries

September 19 at 5:00 p.m.

By the grace of God and the call of Christ’s church, Sergio Edson Rodriguez will be ordained into the ministry of word and sacrament through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on September 19 at 5:00 p.m. The ordination and installation Mass will be at Christ the King Church. Bishop Michael Rinehart of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod will preside. Rev. Dr. Javier Alanis, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, San Juan, Texas, former Director of the Seminary of the Southwest, will preach. Mask and COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed.

Wild Hope: Book Discussion Group for the Season of Creation – Wednesdays Online

Wednesdays, September 8 – October 6, 6:00 p.m. online
Join environmentalists, animal lovers, other Christians and people of all faith/spiritual traditions in a weekly book discussion group using the book Wild Hope: Stories for Lent from the Vanishing. You may ask – Lent isn’t until 2022, why are we reading this now? While written for Lent, this book is very appropriate for the Season of Creation (September 1 – October 4). Wild Hope contains 25 beautifully-written, intimate portraits of the lives of endangered animals, the hazards they face and how people are responding to save them. The book is inspiring and awakens deep empathy. The stories do not contain any explicitly religious material, yet they are incredibly moving. Readers of all backgrounds will find this little book powerful. Join a small group to read this book from September 1 – October 4 & meet to discuss it – that’s five 900-word stories/week. Please register. 
Contact Lisa Brenskelle at brenskelle@aol.com with any questions.