The Installation of Timothy Ehlers


I don’t know who all these Pastors are by name so I will only point out Tim Ehlers; he’s front and center.  It was an incredible service with hymn singing so powerful that it felt like the pews were shaking.


The scripture texts were Joshua 1:1-9, 1 Peter 5:1-7, Mt 9:35 – 10:4 and Pastor Russell Schmidt (third from the right and in back) preached on Acts 10:23-25 and 30-33.


4 thoughts on “The Installation of Timothy Ehlers”

  1. Congratulations on the blessing of a new pastor and God’s blessings as you go forward together in Christ!

    I will keep you in my prayers and look forward to meeting your new pastor at our upcoming conferences. To God be the glory!


  2. Front row, 3rd from the right is Joel Petermann, who was best man in our wedding many moons ago.

    Thanks for letting me know about this, Steve.


  3. I am a bit mistrustful of the “children’s semon” time in church. It seems to me that it is the entertainment value of kids that makes this practice popular. Wouldn’t the time be better used for a catechism lesson (w/ whatever props, deemed appropriate) with catechism’s (paper form Luther’s catechism alone) in the pews for adults to follow along. This would then have a double value. Also I notice the emphasis on every Sunday. What about Holy Communion? Why every Sunday with the children’s sermon but not the Lord’s supper? Ken


    1. Hi Ken,

      Thank you for reading my BLOG and for sharing your thoughts. At our church, we place a strong emphasis on children’s ministry; it is a vital part of our outreach and discipleship programs and has therefore been given high priority, which translates into a weekly message. Spending time on a catechism lesson, as you have suggested, is a great idea, we have just chosen to do it differently and to God be the glory. The children do get weekly Sunday school classes and the older children also get catechism classes as well. As far as the frequency of the children’s lessons vs the Lord’s Supper, I guess that I don’t feel the need to compare these as such. They are very different parts of worship, one being a sacrament, both are important. We are blessed to celebrate each as often as we do. I think it’s great if you have both a children’s message and the Lord’s Supper at every service.

      Finally, I’m not sure about the “entertainment value” that makes these messages popular. That may have something to do with it, but ultimately, I give all the credit to the Holy Spirit for making it hit home with the children and others as well. I don’t consider myself, to be an entertaining story teller. It’s God’s Word, that precious eternal life saving gospel message, in the context of worship that is incredibly entertaining because it’s filled with love, hope, passion and joy and comes from a servant heart.



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