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Learn for life

We’re celebrating a new year and a new season at River of Life by introducing you to our new pastor. Pastor Eric Wenger and his family have moved to Omaha from Green Bay, Wisconsin. Prior to River of Life, Pastor Eric was the senior pastor of Raized Lutheran Church since 2016. He kicks off the new year and his first sermon series focusing on what it means, what we can learn and how we can grow as a “Family for Life.” 

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Two of the Bible’s more understated people

One of Pr. Mark Rosenau’s favorite people in the Bible is Simeon. He only has 11 versus dedicated to his story but God chose him to make a big impact. Similarly,  Anna, who has three versus dedicated to her story, also happened to be at the temple the day Joseph and Mary brought Jesus for the first time as the law required. Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020’s message is dedicated to these two most understated yet exemplary believers and what we can learn from them. 

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I’ve got good news

Countless lives, health, businesses, jobs and wages have been lost due to the pandemic. However, on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2020, Pr. Mark Rosenau shares some good news. More than 2,000 years ago,  Jesus Christ was born in a lowly manger to be our Savior and save us from our sins. Pr Rosenau goes on to say God is is patient and faithful and promises that he is with us always and his love for us is perfect. What a joyful, merry Christmas!

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Why am i so favored?

Mary, upon learning she would be Jesus’ mother, asked the angel, “Why am I so favored?” Elizabeth asked the same question when she learned she too, was pregnant. During Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020’s message, Pr. Mark Rosenau explores the angel’s greeting to Mary and the Spirit prompted exclamation by Elizabeth are not for them alone, but they are God’s words of blessing and mercy to us and all people. 

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O come let us give our gifts

The visit of the magi to worship baby Jesus has a number of myths surrounding the visit: there is not truth that there were three men, the men were not kings but rather learned scholars watching the stars and the men were not from the Orient rather Persia or present-day Middle East. Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020’s message is part of the six-week worship series dedicated to worship as relationship. Pr. Mark Rosenau touches on the myths, but more importantly the true sacrifice these men gave to make the trek and giving something meaningful and valuable to honor the King.  

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Advent 2020

O come let us receive his grace

We’ve all experience grace from one time or another from God and others. One definition of grace is that it’s undeserved mercy. Another is an acronym:  God’s riches at Christ’s expense.  Whatever your definition, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020’s Advent sermon, Pr. Mark Rosenau continues the six-week series focused on worship as relationship and how true encounters with God change us. 

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O come let us praise him

King David is touted as the greatest king of Israel of all time. With his humble beginnings, he rose to greatness by God’s choice. God gave David a special gift of music, allowing him to praise him with song. Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020’s worship is part of a six-week sermon series focused on worship and relationship. God inhabits the praise of his people. Pr. Mark Rosenau explores what that means and how we can celebrate that. 

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Good Friday

Good Friday, April 10, 2020, marks the Friday before Easter. it is the most solemn day of the church year as this is the day Jesus is crucified. Christians mark the day through prayer including observing three hours of silent prayer while Jesus was on the cross.

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Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020, commemorates Jesus’ last supper with his disciples before he is crucified. The solemn service is often observed with foot washing, stripping of the altar and an overnight prayer vigil to keep watch with Jesus in the garden.

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