Sermon Series on Psalm 145 and Mark 10

Sermon Series on Psalm 145 and Mark 10

On Sunday, October 21st, Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church will highlight table prayers as we consider Psalm 145:15 &16.  Those two verses highlight a prayer that some of us use, besides the "common table prayer."  The theme uses the words "an attitude.”  “An Attitude” often is viewed in a negative sense, but here we are thinking about the proper Christian attitude of gratefully receiving our food and all that the Giver of all blesses us with. We will certainly ponder how "the eyes of all look to You"  ...mindful of God's open hand, His perfect timing, and how He satisfies every living thing! Pastor David Carlovsky’s sermon theme that week will be: "A TABLE PRAYER WITH AN ATTITUDE!”

Sermon Series on Psalm 84 and Psalm 145

Sermon Series on Psalm 84 and Psalm 145

On Sunday, October 14th, Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake will celebrate the congregation’s  45th anniversary. 2018 marks the 45th anniversary of our first exploratory worship service in October of 1973.  This year also marks the 20th anniversary of what came to be called Little Lambs of Lord and Savior Preschool, which began in 1998. For that Sunday, Pastor Carlovsky will turn to selected verses from Psalm 84, particularly its opening verse:  "How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty!”  Pastor Carlovsky’s sermon theme will be “What a Lovely Church” — mindful that not only are the congregation’s location on the prairie, and its buildings, “lovely,” but the word also means "loved" or "beloved." 

Sermon Series on Psalm 23 and Our Ministry's Anniversary

Sermon Series on Psalm 23 and Our Ministry's Anniversary

On Sunday, October 7th, Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake will highlight the classic "Good Shepherd" psalm, Psalm 23, in its services. This Psalm has the  memorable opening verse:  "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want." (Psalm 23:1). Pastor David Carlovsky will use the whole psalm in the service, as a good reminder and review of some great, comforting scriptural truths. The sermon will highlight the fact that the opening verse itself is a great title on its own:  "THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD--THAT'S ENOUGH!” 

Sermon Series on Psalm 71 and Psalm 23

Sermon Series on Psalm 71 and Psalm 23

This Sunday  (September 30th), Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake will highlight Psalm 71, with its verse:  "Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation...” (verse 18).  Pastor David Carlovsky will focus on two themes from this psalm: first, on God’s timeless righteousness; secondly, the phrase "age to age" will highlight the Lord's blessings to us, whatever age we are (including old age).  The sermon theme will be:   "GOD IS OUR REFUGE FROM AGE TO AGE!"

Sermon Series on Psalm 34 and Psalm 31

Sermon Series on Psalm 34 and Psalm 31

This Sunday (September 16th), Lord and Savior Lutheran Church continues a look at the book of Psalms. This week’s services will focus on Psalm 34, a psalm commemorating a time in David’s life when he  "pretended to be insane before Abimelech," king of the Philistine city of Gath (Goliath's hometown).  David realized that he had foolishly put himself in danger.  He recalled the truth that he expressed in the psalm:  "Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him (the Lord)" (Psalm 34:8b).  Pastor David Carlovsky's sermon will have this theme: "WHEN YOU FEAR THE LORD, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR!”

Sermon Series on Psalm 48 and 34

Sermon Series on Psalm 48 and 34

This Sunday (September 9th) will be the first week that Lord and Savior Lutheran Church returns to its regular schedule — a single service at 9:00am on Sunday. In that service, Pastor David Carlovsky will focus the congregation's attention on Psalm 48. The focus will be on the thought that God is our guide. That will be contrasted to our natural sense of spiritual direction--which is always wrong!  The sermon theme is taken from the last verse of Psalm 48:  "For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end"  (Psalm 48:14). The sermon will have this theme and divisions of thought: "LET THE LORD BE YOUR GUIDE!"

Sermon Series on Psalm 2 and Psalm 48

Psalm 2: "Our God Reigns!"

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This week (August 30th/ September 2nd -- Labor Day weekend) will be the last week of the congregation's summer schedule (offering a Thursday evening service in addition to its regular Sunday morning service). That week we will highlight Psalm 2, which is one of the most important Messianic psalms  In this psalm David describes the futile resistance of the rulers of this world, against the kingdom of the Messiah.  Mindful of His ruling the sermon theme is simply this:  "OUR GOD REIGNS!"  In His ruling we will focus on the many things He does, mindful of the verbs in the psalm, how... our God laughs... rebukes... rules... etc.  Our gracious God is giving the world His warning.  Some listen and are saved.  The wicked foolishly reject Him and think that they are in control. The simple theme is:  "OUR GOD REIGNS!"

 

Psalm 48: "Let The Lord Be Your Guide"

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The following week (September 9th) will be the first week of the congregation’s regular schedule — a single service at 9:00am on Sunday. In that service, we will focus our attention on Psalm 48. The focus will be on the thought that God is our guide. That will be contrasted to our natural sense of spiritual direction--which is always wrong!  The sermon theme is taken from the last verse of Psalm 48:  "For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end"  (Psalm 48:14). The sermon will have this theme and divisions of thought: "LET THE LORD BE YOUR GUIDE!"

 I. Our natural sense of spiritual direction is always wrong!

II. Only the Lord can and will guide you to heaven!


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its summer schedule — a service on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm, and the same service the following Sunday at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).

Sermon Series on Psalm 16 and Psalm 2

Psalm 16 - "I Will Not Be Shaken!"

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This week (August 23rd/26th) at Lord and Savior Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, Pastor David Carlovsky will highlight Psalm 16.  The sermon theme comes from verse 8 which reads:  "Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken".  At first blush the psalm seems to give us an intimate glimpse into the personal faith-life of David.   But it's so much more.  Psalm 16 allows us to peek into the very soul of our Savior.  Psalm 16 is all about Jesus.  His thoughts.  His faith.  His conviction.  His courage.  His child-like trust in His heavenly Father.  And His confession:  "I WILL NOT BE SHAKEN!"  (Because the Lord is at my right hand!)

   

Psalm 2 - "Our God Reigns!"

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The following week (August 30th/ September 2nd -- Labor Day weekend) will be the last week of the congregation's summer schedule (offering a Thursday evening service in addition to its regular Sunday morning service). That week we will highlight Psalm 2, which is one of the most important Messianic psalms  In this psalm David describes the futile resistance of the rulers of this world, against the kingdom of the Messiah.  Mindful of His ruling the sermon theme is simply this:  "OUR GOD REIGNS!"  In His ruling we will focus on the many things He does, mindful of the verbs in the psalm, how... our God laughs... rebukes... rules... etc.  Our gracious God is giving the world His warning.  Some listen and are saved.  The wicked foolishly reject Him and think that they are in control. The simple theme is:  "OUR GOD REIGNS!"


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its summer schedule — a service on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm, and the same service the following Sunday at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage)

Sermon Series on Psalm 145 and 16

Sermon Series on Psalm 145 and 16

Thankfulness is to be the hallmark of our Christian life.  David can shout:  "Lord, every day I will praise you!” Every day?  Isn't that a bit much?  Didn't David ever have an off day?  A bad day? Sure he did!  So do we!  Yet, at the end of the day, that's not what King David focused on.  Instead, he shouts to the world:  "LORD, EVERY DAY I WILL PRAISE YOU!"

Sermon Series on Psalm 147 and 145

Psalm 147 - Sing to the Lord with Thanksgiving!

This week (August 9th/12th) at Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, the congregation will continue its study of the book of Psalms (which was the Old Testament’s “hymn” book). Services this week will highlight Psalm 147 (esp. verses 1-9).  Pastor David Carlovsky's sermon will remind us that God must have loved harvest festivals!  He provided His OT people with not one, not two, but three annual opportunities for thanking Him.  Firstfruits.  Festival of Weeks.  And Feast of Tabernacles (Ingathering).  The timing of the festivals reflects the different harvest seasons in the Mideast. Two were in spring; Ingathering was the week-long celebration of the olive and grape harvest that marked the beginning of the fall harvest. The sermon will remind us that thanking and praising our God is year-round.  And it's not just to talk about praise, but to give it!  To shout it!  To share it!  To live it! The psalmist simply gave thanks from deep within his heart, with words/reminders like these: "SING TO THE LORD WITH THANKSGIVING!"

   I. For great is our Lord and mighty in power!

  II. For He gathers the exiles of Israel


Psalm 145 - Lord, Every Day I Will Praise You!

The following week (August 16th/19th), Pastor Carlovsky will highlight Psalm 145. The sermon theme comes from verse 2, where King David writes about his Lord:  "I will praise your name for ever and ever." Psalm 145 is, from start to finish, all about giving thanks to the Lord.  Thankfulness is to be the hallmark of our Christian life.  David can shout:  "Lord, every day I will praise you!” Every day?  Isn't that a bit much?  Didn't David ever have an off day?  A bad day? Sure he did!  So do we!  Yet, at the end of the day, that's not what King David focused on.  Instead, he shouts to the world:  "LORD, EVERY DAY I WILL PRAISE YOU!"

   I. For making me!

  II. For preserving me!

 III. For saving me!


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its summer schedule — a service on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm, and the same service the following Sunday at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).

Sermon Series on Psalm 51 and 147

Holy Spirit, Create Me New!

This week (August 2nd/ 5th) at Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, services will highlight Psalm 51 (especially verses 10-12). This Psalm was written by King David as a confession and an appeal, after he had committed adultery with Bathsheba, and murdered her husband! Pastor David Carlovsky’s sermon will speak of the excuses, complaints, and evasion that we often use to avoid facing our own sins. But in Psalm 51, King David admits “against you, you only have I sinned” and asks God to “create in me a clean heart, O God.”  The sermon theme will be "HOLY SPIRIT, CREATE ME NEW!” 

   I. You're starting with nothing...

  II. ...but You've made me a child of God!

 

Sing to the Lord with Thanksgiving!

Continuing with the congregation’s study of the book of Psalms (which was the Old Testament’s “hymn” book), the following week (August 9th/12th) the service will highlight Psalm 147 (esp. verses 1-9). The theme (and wording for the division of the sermon) come directly from verses within the psalm.  The sermon will remind us that God must have loved harvest festivals!  He provided His OT people with not one, not two, but three annual opportunities for thanking Him.  Firstfruits.  Festival of Weeks.  And Feast of Tabernacles (Ingathering).  The timing of the festivals reflects the different harvest seasons in the Mideast. Two were in spring; Ingathering was the week-long celebration of the olive and grape harvest that marked the beginning of the fall harvest. The sermon will remind us that thanking and praising our God is year-round.  And it's not just to talk about praise, but to give it!  To shout it!  To share it!  To live it! The psalmist simply gave thanks from deep within his heart, with words/reminders like these: "SING TO THE LORD WITH THANKSGIVING!"

   I. For great is our Lord and mighty in power!

  II. For He gathers the exiles of Israel!

               (Psalm 147:1-9)


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its summer schedule — a service on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm, and the same service the following Sunday at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).

Sermon Series on Psalm 8 and Psalm 51

Psalm 8 - "Lord, How Majestic is Your Name!"

This week (July 26/29th) at Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, Pastor David Carlovsky will speak on Psalm 8 — a psalm that helps us see that our life is overflowing with our Lord's blessings.  It's a psalm that causes us to shout:  "Lord, how majestic is Your name!” (which is the sermon theme). The sermon will address four thoughts about who/what declare His name: 

       I. The heavens declare it!

      II. The earth declares it!

     III. Little children declare it!

     IV. Your Son proves it!

 

Psalm 51 - "Holy Spirit, Create Me New!"  

The following week (August 2nd/ 5th), services will highlight Psalm 51 (especially verses 10-12). This Psalm was written by King David as a confession and an appeal, after he had committed adultery with Bathsheba, and murdered her husband! Pastor Carlovsky’s sermon will speak of the excuses, complaints, and evasion that we often use to avoid facing our own sins. But in Psalm 51, King David admits “against you, you only have I sinned” and asks God to “create in me a clean heart, O God.”  The sermon theme will be "HOLY SPIRIT, CREATE ME NEW!” 

   I. You're starting with nothing...

  II. ...but You've made me a child of God!


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its summer schedule — a service on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm, and the same service the following Sunday at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).

Sermon Series on Psalm 47 and 8

Psalm 47 - Sing Praises to Our King!

This week (July 19/22nd) at Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, Pastor David Carlovsky   will highlight Psalm 47 in his sermon, with special emphasis on verses 6 & 7:  "Sing praises to our King, sing praises.  For God is the King of all the earth." (Psalm 47:6,7).    The sermon will highlight some earthly kings mentioned in the Bible, particularly Sennacherib, the Assyrian Emperor.  He claimed for himself the title, "Great King."  All the great kings are in their graves.  Only the "Greatest King of All" remains and will remain into eternity.  We will be encouraged to never forget what He has done for us and to never forget what He still does for us. The sermon theme will be: "SING PRAISES TO OUR KING!”

I.  ...because of what He has done for us!  

II. ...because of what He still does for us!

 

Psalm 8 - Lord, How Majestic is Your Name!

The following week (July 26/29th), Pastor Carlovsky will speak on Psalm 8 — a psalm that helps us see that our life is overflowing with our Lord's blessings.  It's a psalm that causes us to shout:  "Lord, how majestic is Your name!” (which is the sermon theme). The sermon will address four thoughts about who/what declare His name: 

       I. The heavens declare it!

      II. The earth declares it!

     III. Little children declare it!

     IV. Your Son proves it!


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its summer schedule — a service on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm, and the same service the following Sunday at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).

Sermon Series on Psalm 62 and 47

Sermons from the Psalms

 

Psalm 62 - What Does it Mean to be Alone?

This week,  (July 12/15th), Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church will highlight Psalm 62 in the continuing series of “Sermons from the Psalms."  This psalm focuses our attention on a single word:  "Alone."   King David, who penned this psalm, faced tremendous challenges in his life, but this psalm starts out with the phrase "My soul rests quietly in God alone.”   Pastor David Carlovsky will be preaching on a  sermon theme of "WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE ALONE?"

   I. All alone in our fears!

  II. Always safe in our Savior—alone!

 

Psalm 47 - Sing Praises to our King!

The following week (July 19th/ 22nd), Pastor Carlovsky will highlight Psalm 47 in his sermon, with special emphasis on verses 6 & 7:  "Sing praises to our King, sing praises.  For God is the King of all the earth." (Psalm 47:6,7).    The sermon will highlight some earthly kings mentioned in the Bible, particularly Sennacherib, the Assyrian Emperor.  He claimed for himself the title, "Great King."  All the great kings are in their graves.  Only the "Greatest King of All" remains and will remain into eternity.  We will be encouraged to never forget what He has done for us and to never forget what He still does for us. The sermon theme will be: "SING PRAISES TO OUR KING!”

I.  ...because of what He has done for us!  

II.  ...because of what He still does for us!

 

Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its summer schedule — a service on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm, and the same service the following Sunday at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).