Dec 3, 2017

Women's Christmas Tea


Christ Lutheran Vail's 12th Annual Women's Christmas Tea will be held Sunday, December 3rd at 6pm in the Dining Cafetorium at Cienega High School.  This year's theme is "Because of Bethlehem". Look for the Sign-up on a table at the back of the church.  Sign-up and join us for this wonderful evening of fellowship, dessert and fun with a group of ladies as we prepare our hearts and minds for the Reason for the Christmas Season!

Nov 15, 2017

Lifetree Cafe - 21 November - Lonely

LTC Lonely Trailer from Lifetree on Vimeo.
He was held captive by Muslim radicals for over six years. How did he survive without going insane? Find out during “Lonely,” Tuesday the 21st of November, 630PM, at Hacienda del Lago Restaurant, 14155 E Via Rancho del Lago, Vail AZ 85641. 

Nov 12, 2017

How the Reformation Changed Church - Paul's Model for Church


In this, the 500th anniversary of the reformation, we pause to consider the impact this historic event had on politics, art, life, culture, and the church.  Luther may have thought he was simply asking for a debate about indulgences, but instead the movement changed how we think of church forever.  The impact of this event resonates even today.  As we consider our mission to the world, may the fervor of the reformation still resonate strong today.


Download Audio

Devotion - 12 Nov - Paul's Church Model

A brief prayer is offered that you can add to your daily prayers this week. We continue our sermon series of the 500th anniversary of the reformation. The scripture is from our Sunday Service Bulletin.
Epistle Reading – Ephesians 4:11-16
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
Devotion: Paul’s model for Church
Today we talked about how the reformists of Martin Luther’s time could institute very transformative changes in the way people worshipped. These transformations enabled Christians to have a more personal relationship with God both during worship and in everyday life. These changes allowed a deeper understanding in the Gospel message of being saved through God’s grace and not by something a person should or can do. These innovations included being able to sit during the service, reading God’s word in an affordable bible in the native language, taking part in communion, and singing songs of praise and thanksgiving. The reformers look at Paul’s church model [today’s text, verse 11] and realize that the church does need every one of these people: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers. [Sometimes referred to as “APEST”] How we worship today is only made possible because the reformers realized the need for those APEST people. Yes, you are one of those APEST people if you are promoting Jesus and His mission: “go forth and make disciples”.

We pray: “Lord we pray for strength as we go forth on Your mission.  Amen”

Nov 8, 2017

Lifetree Cafe - 14 November - Smile

Join us for Vail Lifetree’s 100th consecutive Tuesday night meeting. We’ll have door prizes and special treats. It is all free to the public. This will be an hour dedicated to adjusting your attitude upward. Don’t miss “Smile... Even When You Think You Can’t” coming to Lifetree Café Tuesday the 14th of November, 630PM, at Hacienda del Lago Restaurant, 14155 E Via Rancho del Lago, Vail AZ 85641

Smile from Lifetree on Vimeo.

Nov 5, 2017

How the Reformation Changed Church - What is Church?


In this, the 500th anniversary of the reformation, we pause to consider the impact this historic event had on politics, art, life, culture, and the church.  Luther may have thought he was simply asking for a debate about indulgences, but instead the movement changed how we think of church forever.  The impact of this event resonates even today.  As we consider our mission to the world, may the fervor of the reformation still resonate strong today.


Download Audio

Devotion - 5 November - What is Church?

A brief prayer is offered that you can add to your daily prayers this week. The scripture is from our Sunday Service Bulletin.
Gospel Reading- Matthew 16: 13-20
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.
Devotion: What is church?
When someone asks you where you go to church, you likely visualize your place of worship briefly in your mind before you respond. The person to whom you respond, likely forms a vision in his or her mind about a building, and what it may look like. Digging a little deeper, if you attend church in the US, it likely is a legal entity so that payments can be transferred to and from a bank. Also, the US treasury is very demanding of paperwork involving tax consequences—so there needs to be paperwork describing the individual church’s enterprise. Now, the Greek word for “church” is "ecclesia" (ἐκκλησία, ekklesía, meaning literally "assembly" or "congregation". It refers to the people, not the structure, and we know that the early Christians did just fine without a dedicated building. After all, the Great Commission [“make disciples of all nations”] is the job of people, not a building and not a legal entity. Now re-read verse 18 in our Gospel today.  I know you can’t help but think of a sturdy structure built on a great rock foundation. Now think again, dear reader, the Gospel is not talking about a building -- it is talking about you. The gates of hell shall not prevail against you!

We pray: “Lord thank you for your unending and unconditional love.  Amen”

Nov 1, 2017

Lifetree Cafe - 7 November - Triumph over Trauma

Triumph Over Trauma Trailer - Lifetree Cafe from Lifetree on Vimeo.

A battle with anorexia nearly cost this woman her life. Don’t miss her story of recovery and healing during “Triumph Over Trauma” coming to Lifetree Café Tuesday the 7rd of November, 630PM, at Hacienda del Lago Restaurant, 14155 E Via Rancho del Lago, Vail AZ 85641. 

Oct 30, 2017

Devotion - 29 October - Helping Other Disciples

A brief prayer is offered that you can add to your daily prayers this week. The scripture is from our Sunday Service Bulletin. Today we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. We reflect on the impact this movement had on politics, life, art, culture, and the Church.
Gospel Reading- Matthew 18: 15-20
15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed[a] in heaven. 19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
Devotion: Helping Other Disciples
Dr Martin Luther’s strong opposition to indulgences [buying certificates from the church to reduce or eliminate time in Purgatory] was a major driving force in his efforts to reform the Church. The changes he caused were much more impactful than eliminating those things not supported by the bible, such as those indulgences. Luther wanted Christians to believe in God’s free gift of salvation through His grace. He wanted people to have faith through a personal relationship with God. All this, guided by what could be read in the bible [it helped that 500 years ago, the printing press was starting to produce affordable bibles in the native language]. Today’s Gospel text is talking about how to help a fellow disciple who has sinned. Jesus wants a humble approach, He uses “brother” and does not want us to act as superiors and/or inferiors with someone who has fallen into sin.  We are to try to produce in our brother an awareness of guilt, so he can have restoration [God’s forgiveness, not ours] of his personal relationship with God. We are not to judge, but in a loving way, help our brother mend his relationship with God. It is all about making loving disciples.
We pray: “Lord make us more like you – help us love one another.  Amen”

Oct 29, 2017

How the Reformation Changed Church - The Monopoly


In this, the 500th anniversary of the reformation, we pause to consider the impact this historic event had on politics, art, life, culture, and the church.  Luther may have thought he was simply asking for a debate about indulgences, but instead the movement changed how we think of church forever.  The impact of this event resonates even today.  As we consider our mission to the world, may the fervor of the reformation still resonate strong today.


Download Audio