The Baptism of Jesus

Audio recording of the sermon delivered January 8, 2017.

John and Jesus wanted different things the day Jesus was baptized. What did God want and what should you expect from your baptism?

Drawing the Boundaries of the Church

It matters what you believe.

While there are many who say that it doesn’t matter what you believe, the Christian church has always said that only the truth can save us.

The reason that a faith based on lies and misconceptions cannot save is that it will point one either to a false god or a false christ. For that reason, the ecumenical creeds that set forth the truth about God and Jesus Christ also draw the boundaries of the holy Christian Church.

In his sermon for Trinity Sunday, Pastor Hinkle speaks about the two major parts of the Ahanasian Creed and why what they teach about Christ must be true for him to be our savior.


Banners for Sundays After Pentecost

Some women in our congregation spent several months designing and constructing the banners pictured here.

A picture of our sanctuary showing the new banners.

A picture of our sanctuary showing the banners.

The banner on the left has symbols for each of the three persons of the Holy Trinity.

The Father

FatherThe open hand for the Father comes from Psalm 145:16, “You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.”  The circle around the hand is a symbol of God’s eternal being, without beginning or end.

The Son

SonThe use of a lamb to represent Christ dates to John the Baptist, who pointed Jesus out as “the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”  (John 1:29).  He stands in front of a cross as a reminder that he had to die to take away our sin.

The Holy Spirit

Holy SpiritThe Spirit is represented by a dove because he took that form at Jesus’ baptism.



The banner on the right represents the Word and Sacraments.  Through these means, God bestows and strengthens faith.

The Word of God

Word BannerThe Word of God is represented by an open book. The cross behind the book reminds us that the entire Bible speaks of Christ.


Baptism BannerThe shell with water dripping from it represents baptism, which is often done by pouring water over the one who is being baptized.

The Sacrament of the Altar

Supper BannerThe cup, wafer, and stalk of wheat, represent the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion. The cross on the wafer is a reminded that we receive Christ’s body and blood in the sacrament along with the bread (the stalk of wheat) and wine.

Thank you ladies for your hard work which has produced excellent results.