Weekend Sermon

 

To listen to a SERMON from a recent Cross of Life service, click here.


Archived Sermons Below:

 

August 29-30 ~ Muriel Otto

 

Sermon: "1000 Words"

Watch or Listen to Muriel's sermon

Song of Solomon 2:8-13

 

August 22-23 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

 

Sermon: "Are We There Yet?"

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John 6:56-68

 

August 15-16 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck

 

Sermon: "Your To-Do List"

Watch or Listen to Sherrie's sermon

John 6:51-58

 

August 8-9 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck

 

Sermon: "Filled Up On Bread"

Watch or Listen to Sherrie's sermon

John 6:35, 41-51

Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, ‘I am the bread that came down from heaven.’ They were saying, ‘Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, “I have come down from heaven”?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Do not complain among yourselves. No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. It is written in the prophets, “And they shall all be taught by God.” Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.’

 

July 25-26 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

 

Sermon: "Not One of the Twenty-One"

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John 6:1-21

 

July 18-19 ~ Muriel Otto

 

Sermon: "Thus Says the LORD"

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Jeremiah 23:1-6

 

July 11-12 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck

 

Sermon: "Who's In Control"

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Mark 6:14-29

 

July 4-5 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

 

Sermon: "A Faith Drawn With the Finest of Lines"

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Mark 6:1-13

 

June 20-21 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

 

Sermon: "Continuous Attention, Selective Hearing"

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Mark 4:35-41

 

June 13-14 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck

 

Sermon: "With Can We Compare"

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Mark 4:26-34

 

June 6-7 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck

 

Sermon: "You'd Have to Be Crazy for Coming..."

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Mark 3:20-35

 

May 30-31 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck

 

Sermon: "In The Dark"

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John 3:1-17

 

May 23-24 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

 

Sermon: "The Wind That Never Stops Blowing"

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John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

 

May 16-17 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck and Pastor John Horner-Ibler

 

Vignette: "On A Day Like This..."

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John 17:20-26

 

May 9-10 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck

 

Sermon: "The Mother's Day Gift of Love That Almost Failed to Be"

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John 15:9-17

 

May 2-3 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

 

Sermon: "The Wilderness Road from Low Expectations to Rejoicing"

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 John 4:7-21 (Second Reading)

These verses cover a LOT of theological ground. They contain one of Christianity’s first written descriptions of Jesus’ death as atoning for the sin of the world. They then speak of how Jesus’ love makes us unafraid of either a wrathful God or a vengeful world. Finally, they are adamant in reminding us that expressing our love for God is meaningless unless we demonstrate it in how we treat others.

 

April 18-19 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler & Vignette

 

Sermon: "No Fast Pass for These Times of Refreshing"

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Luke 24:36b-48

 

April 11-12 ~ Debra Adamus

 

Sermon: "Never Give Up"

Debra Adamus, Manager of Addiction and Restorative Justice Programs at our partner Genesis House, a residential treatment program for men recovering from drug and alcohol addictions, joins us as our guest preacher this weekend. Thank you, Deb!

 

Watch or Listen to Debra's sermon

John 20:19-31

 

April 5 ~ Easter, Pastor John Horner-Ibler

 

Sermon: "The Last Word is the First Connection" 

 

Watch or Listen to Pastor John's sermon

Mark 16:1-8

 

April 4 ~ Easter Vigil, Muriel Otto

 

Sermon: "When Death Disconnected Their Dots" 

 

Watch or Listen to Muriel's sermon

Mark 16:1-8

 

April 3 ~ Good Friday, Pastor John Horner-Ibler

 

Sermon: "One Thing You Can Take With You" 

 

Listen to Pastor John's sermon

 

First Reading: John 1:1-5,14

Second Reading: John 8:3-15

Third Reading: John 9:1-7,13-16

Fourth Reading: John 11:28-37

Fifth Reading: John 13:21-30

Sixth Reading: John 19:23-30

Seventh Reading: John 19:38-42

Epilogue: John 1:1-5

 

April 2 ~ Maundy Thursday, Muriel Otto

 

Sermon: "Connecting the Dots from Passover to Easter" 

 

View the bulletin from the Maundy Thursday Passover Seder

 

 

March 28 & 29 ~ A Vignette

 

Sermon: "From Scatterplot to Story" 

 

Watch or Listen to the Vignette

 

John 12:12-16

 

March 25 ~ Kelly Bosworth

 

Words & Music: "Loss, Longing and Love: Bridging the Deep Waters of Grief through Song" 

Watch or Listen to Kelly's Story

 

 

March 21 & 22 ~ Pastor Jim Ahlquist

 

Sermon: "Look Up...  A New Connection" 

 

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John 12:20-33

 

March 18 ~ Kim Nodolf

 

Sermon: "A Little Help, Please" 

Watch or Listen to Kim's sermon

 

Kim is an athlete, mother of two, wife, and in that part of our lives where we get paid, she is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Kim's practice, Inspire Wellness, uses a variety of therapeutic approaches to support people as they face challenges in their lives.  An awareness of the spiritual dimension of overcoming those challenges allows Kim to work with people across a broad spectrum of ages and backgrounds.  Tonight she'll share some of the accumulated insight gained from 12 years of working with people as they seek relational wellness through growth in their emotional and spiritual selves. 

 

1 Samuel 28:20-25

Both obscure and powerful these few verses tell an amazing tale.  Saul, the first king of Israel and something of a tragic hero, had been consistently opposed by the prophet Samuel.  After Samuel’s death, Saul’s kingship began to unravel.  Saul lashed out by ordering the death penalty for all mediums and witches in the land.  Ironically, he then went to consult a medium who did not recognize him and conjured up the spirit of the dead Samuel.  After one last scolding from Samuel, Saul crumbled in fear and it is at that point we join this week’s reading.  The medium recognizes Saul and is, at first, terrified for her life.  But, sensing his basic goodness, she serves him what will end up being his final meal.  Her amazing ability to trust someone in private who’d threatened her in public, coupled with the loyalty of Saul’s servants reflects on their deep connection to one another in what can only be explained as love, rooted in faith. 

 

Watch Lent Week 4, 2nd Year Confirmation Small Group #4

 

 

March 14 & 15 ~ Rick Cesar, Director, Bread of Healing Clinic

 

Sermon: "The Healing Connection" 

 

Watch or Listen to Rick's sermon

 

John 3:14-21

 

March 11 ~ Ryan Denu

 

Sermon: "Inspired by Jesus to Heal Others" 

Watch or Listen to Ryan's sermon

 

Ryan Denu grew up at Cross of Life (son of Mark and Shirley, older brother of Andrew), came through our confirmation program, graduated from Brookfield Central in 2009 and then moved on to UW-Madison. Since arriving there, Ryan has been blazing down a number of trails involving the UW School of Medicine and Public Health on his way to a future in the medical field that he'll describe as a part of tonight's message. It's exciting to have Ryan share tonight's message even as he continues to make connections between the work he'll be doing and the challenge of making effective health care available to all.

 

Luke 13:10-17

Luke’s gospel is addressed to the movers and shakers out in the Roman world. It is unapologetic in calling Roman and Jewish officials to task for their disregard toward those in need. In tonight’s reading, Jesus’ healing of a woman from her 18-year physical impairment becomes the occasion of rejoicing by the crowds. Not only has the woman been made whole, but Jesus confronts the local leader who feels no urgency to help her. It falls to Jesus to declare that she has waited long enough for help!

Watch Lent Week 3, 2nd Year Confirmation Small Group #3

 

 

March 7 & 8 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

 

Sermon: "Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together Again" 

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John 2:13-22

 

March 4 (Lent) ~ Carol Syse

 

Sermon: "The Only Thing Constant is Change”" 

Watch or Listen to Carol's sermon

 

Carole Syse is the second of our mid-week Lenten speakers.  Carole has been a member of the Cross of Life Church Council and because of her professional experience in office design, she has been a part of the planning team for various additions and renovations to our building.  Most significant to the rest of us though, is the almost 8 year period (2000-2007) where Carole reduced and then left her work in the private sector to work here at Cross of Life as our first Director of Youth Ministries.  Simultaneous with her work here, she also worked part-time with the Greater Milwaukee Synod as it's coordinator of Youth and Family Ministries.  Carole's singular gift in all of that is her abilitiy to connect people… and youth in particular… to their Savior, faith, and each other as a church community.  Carole and husband Randy raised their adult son, Ben, and high school junior, Sammi, here at COL and as you'll learn in her presentation, Carole has now returned to private sector employment with HermanMiller.  We welcome Carole as this week's presenter as we continue to explore our connections to Christ, each other, and the world.

 

1 Corinthians 12:12-21, 2

 

During Bible times, the city of Corinth was a busy hub of east-west trade in the Roman empire and the center of Roman imperial culture in Greece. The people of Corinth had a reputation in the ancient world as an unruly, hard-drinking, sexually promiscuous bunch. When Paul arrived with the Good News, they brought their reputations with them right into the new church that Paul founded there. After a year and a half as their pastor, Paul moved across the Aegean Sea to work on starting a Christian community in the city of Ephesus, but he’d heard rumors of serious conflicts within the community at Corinth. And so Paul wrote 1 Corinthians, the first of several letters about what it meant for the church to be the one body of Christ. In tonight’s reading Paul reminds the divided congregation in Corinth (and us) that the old way of doing things, going it alone, isn’t what Jesus has in mind for us. To be together, face to face in faith, is what will distinguish us as unique Good News for our divided world.

 

Watch Lent Week 2, 2nd Year Confirmation Small Group #2

 

 

February 28 & March 1 ~ Muriel Otto

 

Sermon: "Two Dudes Who Did NOT Connect the Dots" 

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Romans 4:13, 19-25

 

February 25 (Lent) ~ Mike Gutzeit

 

Sermon: "Quotes, Kindergarten, and Connecting: Is ‘Dot' All We Need?”" 

Listen to Mike's sermon

Mike Gutzeit is the first of five special guests at these Wednesday evening Lenten services.  It's always hard going first and we appreciate Mike taking the plunge! Mike has worn many a hat at COL, from Sunday School teacher to traveller (and occasional medic) with our Youth Group to worship assistant.  You can throw in a two year stint as president of the congregation as well.  Perhaps his most wide-ranging commitment here over the years has been his role in helping lead our annual Mission of Healing clinic trip to El Salvador.  Mike is a pediatrician by trade and in his family life he and his wife Nancy have two adult children, Sarah and Jon.  Oh yeah, there is also a senior citizen in the home, their 91 y.o. (dog years!) canine, Magoo.  We give thanks for Mike's message as he shares it with us this evening.

Ruth 1:8-18

The book of Ruth begins with Naomi and her husband Elimelech forced to leave their Jewish hometown of Bethlehem because of a famine. They travel with their sons, Mahlon and Chilion, to Moab where the two sons marry Moabite women, Orpah and Ruth.  Tragedy strikes as first Elimelech dies and then Mahlon and Chilion without leaving any sons to carry on the family name. Left without the protection of their husbands, the women are in a dire situation and Naomi resolves to return  home—alone—with the intent that her beloved daughters-in-law move on with their lives even as Naomi’s comes to a bitter end. It is at this point that we join tonight’s reading…climaxing as it does with Ruth’s amazing energy to draw out Naomi’s best self; growing ever more connected to Naomi’s life, people, and God. By the end of the story, Ruth has become the mother to Naomi’s grandson and the great-grandmother to King David.

 

Watch Lent Week 1, 2nd Year Confirmation Small Group #1

 

 

February 21 & 22 ~ Pastor Jim Ahlquist

 

Sermon: "The Rainbow Connection Over the Wilderness" 

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Mark 1:9-15

 

February 14 & 15 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

 

Sermon: "Living What You See" 

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Mark 9:2-9

 

February 7 & 8 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

 

Sermon: "Before the Dos Equis Man There Was Paul" 

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Mark 1:29-39

 

January 31 & February 1 ~ Muriel Otto

 

Sermon: "Fast Forward to the Super Bowl" 

Listen to Muriel's sermon

 

Mark 1:21-28

 

January 24 & 25 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

 

Sermon: "Eight Word Smackdown"

Watch or listen to Pastor John's sermon

 

Mark 1:14-20


January 17 & 18 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck

 

Sermon: "Underneath the Fig Tree"

Watch or listen to Pastor Sherrie's sermon

 

John 1:43-51

 

 

January 10 & 11 ~ Pastor Jim Ahlquist

 

Sermon: "Beloved and Spirit Led"

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Mark 1:4-11

 

 

January 3 & 4 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck

 

Sermon: "A Light in the Darkness"

Watch or listen to Pastor Sherrie's sermon

 

John 1:1-18

 

 

 

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December 27 & 28 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

 

To watch Pastor John's sermon ("Always Faithful"), click here
 

Luke 2:22-40   (click for link)

 

 

December 24 ~ Christmas Eve

 

To watch Muriel Otto's sermon ("Meditation") from the 2:00 pm service, click here

Matthew 2:1-12  (click for link)

 

To watch Pastor John's sermon ("Away, From the Manger") from the 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm service, click here

Luke 13:10-17  (click for link)

 

To watch Pastor Sherrie's sermon ("Holding on to the Treasured") from the 7:30 pm & 10:30 pm service, click here

Luke 2:1-18  (click for link)

 

 

December 20 & 21 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

 

To watch the Advent Week 4 Video (The Prescott Family), click here

To watch Pastor John's sermon ("Have nothing...  Offer everything.."), click here
 

Luke 1:26-38   (click for link)

 

 

December 13 & 14 ~ Pastor Jim Ahlquist

 

To watch the Advent Week 3 Video (The Mueller Family), click here

To listen to Pastor Jim's sermon ("Looking Beyond...  It's All About Jesus!"), click here
 

John 1: 6-8, 19-28   (click for link)

 


December 6 & 7 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck

 

To watch the Advent Week 2 Video (The Nelson Family), click here

To listen to Pastor Sherrie's sermon ("Last Minute Preparations"), click here
 
Mark 1:1-8   (click for link)
 

 

November 29 & 30 ~ Muriel Otto

 

To watch the Advent Week 1 Video (The Taipala Family), click here

To watch Muriel's sermon ("Click!"), click here

 

Mark 13:24-37   (click for link)

 

 

 

November 22 & 23 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

To listen to Pastor John's sermon, click here

 

Matthew 25:31-46   (click for link)

 

 

 

November 15 & 16 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck

 

To listen to Pastor Sherrie's sermon, click here

To watch Pastor Sherrie's sermon, click here

 

 

Matthew 25:14-30   (click for link)
 
 
 

November 1 & 2 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

 

To listen to Pastor John's sermon, click here

To watch Pastor John's sermon, click here

 

Matthew 5:1-12   (click for link)

 

 

 

October 25 & 26 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck

 

To listen to Pastor Sherrie's sermon, click here

 

Matthew 22:34-46   (click for link)

 

 

 

October 18 & 19 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

 

To listen to Pastor John's sermon, click here

 

Matthew 22:15-22   (click for link)

 

 

 

October 11 & 12 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck

 

To listen to Pastor Sherrie's sermon, click here

 

Matthew 22:1-14   (click for link)

 

 

September 28 & 29 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

 

To listen to Pastor John's sermon, click here

 

Matthew 21:23-32   (click for link)

 

 

September 20 & 21 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck

 

To listen to Pastor Sherrie's sermon, click here

 

Matthew 20:1-16   (click for link)

 

 

June 28 & 29 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck

 

To listen to Pastor Sherrie's sermon, click here

 

Matthew 10:40-42   (click for link)

 

 


June 21 & 22 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck


To listen to Pastor Sherrie's sermon, click here


Matthew 10:24-39
  (click for link)

 

 

 

June 14 & 15 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

 

The Sermon was a Q & A with Pastor John about anything and everything.  Click on each one to hear what he covered at the two Sunday services and check out the list of questions that we'll try and answer in the future!

For a list of the questions asked at both services click here

 

To listen to Pastor John's 8:30 sermon, click here

To listen to Pastor John's 10:00 sermon, click here

Matthew 28:16-20   (click for link)

 

 

June 7 & 8 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

To listen to Pastor John's sermon, click here

John 20:19-22   (click for link)

 

May 31 & June 1 ~ Pastor Carol Creitz

To listen to Carol Creitz's sermon, click here

John 17:1-11   (click here for link)
 

 

May 24 & 25 ~ Muriel Otto

To listen to Muriel Otto's sermon, click here

Acts 17:22-31    (click for link)

 

 

 

May 17 & 18 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck

To listen to Pastor Sherrie's sermon, click here

John 14:1-14   (click for link)

 

 

 

 

May 10 & 11 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler and Barbara Horner-Ibler

To listen to Pastor John's sermon, click here

Luke 24:21-35   (click for link)

 

 

 

May 3 & 4 Sermon~ not available

 

 

 

April 26 & 27 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

To listen to Pastor John's sermon, click here

John 20:26-31   (click for link)

 

 

Easter Sunday ~ April 20 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck

To listen to Pastor Sherrie's sermon, click here

Matthew 28:1-10   (click for link)

 

 

Easter Vigil ~ April 19 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

To listen to Pastor John's sermon, click here

Matthew 27:57-66   (click for link)

 

 

Good Friday ~ April 18 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck

To listen to Pastor Sherrie's sermon, click here 

Luke 23:44-49   (click for link)

 

 

 

Maundy Thursday ~ April 17 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

To listen to Pastor John's sermon, click here

 Matthew 26:26-35, 47-56   (click for link)

 

 

 

 

April 12 & 13 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

To listen to Pastor John's sermon, click here

Matthew 21:1-17   (click for link)

 

 

April 5 & 6 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck

 

To listen to Pastor Sherrie's sermon, click here


John 11:28-45   (click for link)

   

 

March 29 and 30 ~ Pastor Arlem Solem ~ Cross Lutheran Church

To listen to Pastor Arlem's sermon, click here

John 9:24-41  (click for link)


 

 

April 2- Lent Wednesday ~ Pastor Jim Ahlquist

 

To listen to Pastor Jim's sermon, click here

 

Matthew 27:15-26   (click for link)

 

 

 

March 26- Lent Wednesday ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

 

To listen to Pastor John's sermon, click here

 

Mark 4:35-41   (click for link)

 

 


 

 

March 1 & 2 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

To listen to Pastor John's sermon, click here

Matthew 17:1-9   (click for link)

 

 

 

February 22 & 23 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck

 

To listen to Pastor Sherrie's sermon, click here

 

Matthew 5:38-48   (click for link)

 

 

 

February 15 & 16 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck

 

To listen to Pastor Sherrie's sermon, click here

 

Matthew 5:21-37   (click for link)
 

 

 

February 1 & 2 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

To listen to Pastor John's sermon, click here

Matthew 5:1-12   (click for link)
 

 

January  25 & 26 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

To listen to Pastor John's sermon, click here

1 Corinthians 1:10-18   (Click for Link)

 

 

 

 

January  18 & 19 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck

To listen to Pastor Sherrie's sermon, click here

John 1:29-42   (Click for Link)

 

 

January  11 & 12 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

To listen to Pastor John's sermon, click here

Matthew 3:13-17   (Click for Link)

 

 

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December 24- Christmas Eve- 10:30 pm ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

To listen to Pastor John's sermon, click here

Luke 5:27-39   (Click for Link)
 


 

December 24- Christmas Eve- 5:30 pm ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck

To listen to Pastor Sherrie's sermon, click here

Matthew 2: 1-12   (Click for Link)

 

December 24- Christmas Eve- 2pm ~ Muriel Otto

To listen to Muriel Otto's sermon, click here

Luke 2:1-14   (click for link)

 

 

December 21 & 22 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

To listen to Pastor John's sermon, click here

Special thanks to the Weber family for presenting our gospel this weekend. To see their video click here
Luke 1:57-66   (click for link)

 

 

December 14 & 15 ~ Pastor John Horner-Ibler

To listen to Pastor John's sermon, click here

Luke 1:39-45   (click here)
Special thanks to the Smith family for presenting our gospel this weekend. To see their video click here

 

 

December 7 & 8 ~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck

To listen to Pastor Sherrie's sermon, click here
  (click for link)
Special thanks to the Borkenhagen family for presenting our gospel this weekend. 


 

November 30 & Dec. 1 
~ Pastor Sherrie Lorbeck
To listen to Pastor Sherrie's sermon, click
here
 
 
Luke 1:26-38    (click for link)
 
Special thanks to the Otto-Lockwood family for presenting our gospel this weekend. To see their video click here
 


 

 
 

November 27, 2013 ~ Thanksgiving Eve Service

How have you felt God's presence in your life, especially in the midst of difficult circumstances? Who have been the people who have helped shape you into the person of faith that you are? When have you experienced "God Moments" in your life? (Where what happens is way more than just a coincidence.)

We have so much to be thankful for, especially the witness of the following COL and CTK Members who shared a part of what they give thanks for in worship on Thanksgiving and now with you as you click on the links below:
Agnes Gilberts
Dick & Tim Dressler
Wendy Janke
Chris Keim
Don & Shirley Calhoun



 
November 17, 2013 ~ Pastor Michelle Townsend de Lopez from Cross Lutheran Church
To listen to Pastor Michelle's sermon, click
here

Luke 21:5-19   (click for link)

 

 


To listen to the Confirmation Vignette click here
September 14 & 15, 2013
Luke 15:1-10  (click for link)

 



 

To listen to Pastor Jim's sermon click here.
August 24 & 25, 2013 ~ Pastor Jim Ahlquist
Luke 13:10-17  (click for link)
 

 

 

To listen to Pastor Ken Wheeler's sermon click here

March 2 & 3

John 5:1-9

 
 

To listen to Pastor Jim Ahlquist's sermon, click here

John 6:35, 41-51


 

To listen to "The Lost Boy" click here

"The Lost Boy"- adapted from the children's musical by Allen Pote. Featuring A Joyful Noise, Celebration Choir and Sonshine Choir. Copyright (c) 2011 Choristers Guild. All rights reserved. Used by permission. 

 

Special Video: A Look at Cross of Life During Pastor John's Sabbatical (taken January through March 2012)
In true Cross of Life fashion, we had to welcome back Pastor John from his 3-month Sabbatical somehow! One of the ways we did so was by creating a video to show during worship services the weekend of April 14-15, 2012. It portrays what John missed during his time away ... as well as some things he may not have missed! (You'll have to watch the video to understand.) Take a few moments to enjoy a little slice of life from our COL culture by clicking here to view the video!

 

One-Stop Shopping for Speaker Series!
You can now access the entire collection of 2012 Sabbatical Series Guest Speakers at the touch of a button! (Er, click of a mouse.) Visit our Sabbatical Series link on Vimeo by clicking here. Special thanks to member Brad Wilkins for his time on this project.



Guest Speaker: April 8 ~ Bishop Jeff Barrow

Reverend Jeff Barrow began his six-year term as Bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the ELCA in Feburary 2010. He preached at both Sunday services on Easter Sunday. (No Adult Forum was held but all were welcome to attend Cross of Life's annual Easter Continental Breakfast.)

To hear what Bishop Jeff shared in Worship, please click here.



 

 

Guest Speaker: April 1 ~ Matthew Hilgart


In a standing-room-only Fellowship Hall, Cross of Life members warmly welcomed one of their own: Matt Hilgart. After serving as a volunteer in the Peace Corps for nearly two and half years, he returned home in November. In his Adult Forum presentation, Matt shared insights from his tour of the Middle East and his experiences as a teacher in Jordan.

To hear Matt's presentation from the Sunday Morning Adult Forum, please click here.  






Lent Wednesday: March 20 ~ What Makes My Heart Sing ... Mark Krause


Guest Speaker: March 24 & 25 ~ Beth Lewis


Beth is President and CEO of Augsburg Fortress Publishers, the ministry of publishing for the ELCA that produces some of the best Christian education materials available. Beth shared her research and observations on ways that congregations can be hospitalble and engaging for people of various generations.



To hear what Beth shared in Worship, please click here. 

To hear Beth's presentation from the Sunday Morning Adult Forum, please click here



Lent Wednesday: March 20 ~ What Makes My Heart Sing ... Sally Thomas
 

Guest Speaker: March 17 & 18 ~ Peder Eide


Peder Eide (pronounced "I'd") is a nationally known Christian singer, songwriter and speaker who leads worship for youth conferences, festivals, camps and churches. He performs frequently for teens and adults, engaging people through a unique mix of music and dialogue.

Out of respect for copyright restrictions, we did not record Peder's presentations. If you'd like to hear Peder's music, we encourage you to visit his website at www.pedereide.com







Lent Wednesday: March 14 ~ What Makes My Heart Sing ... Janice Johnson 


Guest Speaker: March 10 & 11 ~ Pastor Maria Pederson


Maria served as a Cross of Life Pastor for more than seven years, from August 1998 to February 2006. During that time she was instrumental in helping to lead our congregation through some very pivotal times. She currently serves as one of the Pastors at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in East Bethel, Minn.



To hear what Pastor Maria shared in Worship, please click here. 

To hear Pastor Maria's presentation from the Sunday Morning Adult Forum, please click here




Lent Wednesday: March 7 ~ What Makes My Heart Sing ... Wendy Kogler 


Guest Speaker: March 4 (Sunday only) ~ Rabbi Steve Adams, Congregation Emanu-El


Steve Adams is the Rabbi of the only Waukesha County synagogue and is a member of the Brookfield Elm Grove Interfaith Network (BEGIN). He talked about Jewish beliefs and the intersections between Chritian and Jewish people of faith, and shared reflections on his recent trip to Israel. 


To hear what Rabbi Steve shared in Worship, please click here

To hear Rabbi Steve's presentation from the Sunday Morning Adult Forum, please click here





Lent Wednesday: February 29 ~ What Makes My Heart Sing ... Greg Hoesly
 

Guest Speaker: February 18 & 19 ~ Paul Hill, Vibrant Faith Ministries


Paul has always been one of the most engaging leaders in effective faith formation practices throughout the whole life cycle, working ecumenically and in the ELCA. Paul is the current Executive Director of Vibrant Faith Ministries, an organization devoted to getting practical resources into the hands of church leaders, congregations, households and individuals.


To hear what Paul Hill shared in Worship, please click here.
 

To hear Paul's presentation from the Sunday Morning Adult Forum, please click here

 


Guest Speakers: January 28 & 29 ~ Larry and Sharon Adams, Walnut Way


Sharon and Larry are members of one of our partners, Cross Lutheran in Milwaukee. They joined us as members of the staff of Walnut Way, the community association in the neighborhood of Cross. They discussed what the neighborhood was like 15 years ago, what it’s like today, and where both hope and challenge lie in their neighborhood and ours. 

To hear what Sharon Adams shared in Worship, please click here.

To hear Sharon's presentation from the Adult Forum, please click here.



Guest Speaker: January 21 & 22 ~ Dr. Mushir Hassan, Islamic Society of Milwaukee


Dr. Hassan is a local internal medicine physician, a member of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee where he serves on the executive board as the Secretary, and an active participant in the Brookfield Elm Grove Interfaith Network. He has spoken to Cross of Life groups in the past and is always engaging and informative. 

To hear what Mushir shared in Worship, please click here.

To hear Mushir's presentation from the Sunday Morning Adult Forum, please click here.
 


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