Best. Prayer. Ever.

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdo….blah, blah, blah, etc., etc., etc.”

Ever had that happen to you? You start praying the prayer your Savior Jesus taught us to pray, and you kinda lose track in the middle? Or you’ve said it so many times that you just zone out? The goal of this sermon series is to dive deeply into each phrase of the Lord’s Prayer, and perhaps at the end of the series, you’ll cherish the Lord’s prayer as nothing less than the best prayer ever.

June 16th: Our Father in Heaven
June 23rd: Your Kingdom Come
June 30th: Everything You Need
July 7th: Forgive Us as We Forgive
July 14th: Lead Us Not into Temptation
July 21st: Deliver Us From Evil

Come hear more at 9:30am every Sunday at the Fenton Community Center, 150 South Leroy Street!

A New Day Dawns | Easter 2019

A new day dawned on the first Easter morning. When sunlight fell on an empty tomb, the world saw that Jesus Christ had risen from the dead and ushered in a new era of peace, forgiveness, and hope. A new day has dawned where sin cannot condemn us, guilt cannot control us, and death cannot contain us. Jesus Christ died on a cross to pay for the sins of the world, and he rose from the dead to make us right again with God. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

April 21st | 8420 Runyan Lake Rd, Fenton

9:30am | Festival Worship

10:30am | Free Brunch & Easter Egg Hunt

Everyone is welcome!

Fighting Temptation

We are all voluntary victims of Satan’s seductions. Look at your life and you’ll find far too many times of shame and sin when Satan successfully placed a temptation before you and you didn’t say no. You may wonder exactly why you did it, but the fact did it. Satan knows our every weakness. He custom tailors temptations for individuals. This Lenten season, we examine some of those tailor-made temptations. We also examine how the Holy Spirit specifically equips us through God's Word, and we see that by unearthing sin and applying forgiveness, we are indeed able to fight those temptations.

March 10 | When you’ve just lost the battle

March 17 | When you feel like giving up

March 24 | When you feel you should be in charge

March 31 | When you’ve gone too far

April 7 | When your past guilt piles up

April 14 | When you turn to the Lord with joy

Come hear more every Sunday at 9:30 @ 8420 Runyan Lake Road, Fenton!

Where in the World Is God?

Ever felt like you're without hope? Wondered if God has forgotten about you? If he's forgotten about the world? Wondered where he is, or if he is? Ever asked in your heart or out loud, "Where in the world is God?

In this worship series, we’ll find answers in the Bible to that very question.

January 13th: Baptizing You

January 20th: Helping You

January 27th: Releasing You

February 3rd: Healing You

February 10th: Calling You

February 17th: Blessing You

February 24th: Loving You

Come at 9:30 any or every Sunday to learn more!

Unshakeable: Our Faith Isn't, but Our God Is

The answer for so many of the struggles in life is having a stronger faith—a faith that believes that in spite of our sins, we are loved and forgiven by God in spite of our sins, and a faith that trusts that God will ultimately provide, help, heal, and/or work it (read: everything) out according to his wisdom. In this series we will take a closer look at the gift of faith, where it comes from, and what it looks like in the believer’s life. In the process, may your faith be strengthened!

June 24th | Faith Simply Trusts

July 1st | Faith Treasures Jesus' Forgiveness

July 8th | Faith Is Refined in the Fires of Affliction

July 15th | Faith Believes that Dying is Living

July 22nd | Faith Makes Us Ministry Partners

July 29th | Faith Doesn't Ask Why

August 5th | Faith Loves to Sit at Jesus' Feet

Ordinary People, Extraordinary God: Samson

Samson is usually thought of as a hero. A strong man who did incredible things. And in a sense, he was! He was incredibly strong and he did, in fact, do incredible things. 

But he also faltered. He slipped up. He fell down. Hard. Distraction and temptation did him in. 

And yet, in Samson, who in so many ways is ordinary, just like us, we see God doing extraordinary things. Join us for this 2-week series on Judges 16 that focuses on the powerful things God does for and through his people.

June 3rd: Small Steps Toward Big Destruction

June 17th: Failing Forward

Act II: The Rest of Your Story

If you thought Jesus’ death was the end of the story, you thought wrong. His perfect life, innocent death, and burial in a rich man’s tomb was just the start of his mission to save us from our sins. But Sunday came and Jesus’ intermission ended. His resurrection ripped back the curtain and gave us joy, hope, peace, forgiveness, and life with God. Jesus’ resurrection shows us that there is an Act II! So, if you are living in a “Good Friday” world, thinking your story is over, your life will never change, and you’ll never be good enough for God, you thought wrong. Easter is your Act II, too!


“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. (1 Peter 1:3-4).


Join us at 10:30am every week from April 8th-May 13th!


What is "Love"? So many ways to answer that question, depending on what kind of love you mean, depending on what kind of relationship the love is in, depending on the motivation of the love, the goals of love...

For the next 6 weeks before Easter, we are going to walk through Jesus' life and see what his love for us caused him to do...and in turn, what that love looks like in our lives.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” - John 13:34-35

Join us!

February 18th — Love Fights
February 25th — Love Takes Up the Cross
March 4th — Love Protects
March 11th — Love Embraces All
March 18th — Love Forgives
March 25th — Love Sees It Through

Expectation Vs. Reality

What people want to happen this time of year and what actually happens are often drastically different. Some want peace and get stress. Some want happiness and get grief. Some want togetherness and they feel more alone than ever. What’s wrong? Often, we base our expectations on our earthly reality. This Advent, as we get ready for Christmas, God wants us to know the reality he has given us. That reality helps us live with the right expectations for the present, the future, and forever. With his reality our expectations will be met and then some, because Jesus is the Savior who came, who saved us, and who has an eternal home for us. 

Join us at 10:30am each Sunday leading up to Christmas for the series "Expectation vs. Reality".

December 3rd: Repentance
December 10th: Happiness
December 17th: Ready to Receive

What Jesus Said: Generosity

Many people get a little uncomfortable when the topic of money comes up, especially in church. Jesus, however, was not at all uncomfortable with the topic. That’s because he knew that money wasn’t really the issue. The real issue is the heart. 

Jesus came from the viewpoint that everything we are and have comes from God—the God who not only promises to provide generously for all our needs, but also gave up his own life so that we could have and enjoy life to the full. As we take a closer look at what Jesus said about generosity we seek to better understand God’s heart and what his overwhelming generosity looks like and means for our everyday lives.

November 12th: Generous God

November 19th: Generous Life

November 26th: Generous Heart

Come check out what Jesus said about generosity at 10:30am the next 3 weeks!

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:25-26).

500 Years of Grace

On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther posted 95 Theses for debate on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany (the church door served as the bulletin board for the University in town).  These 95 statements questioned the practice of selling papers called "indulgences" in order to forgive sins and/or lessen time spent in purgatory. In years that followed, Martin Luther led a reformation, which led people back to the true teachings of the Bible: law, gospel, and salvation given as a free gift from God through faith in Jesus as the Savior of the world. We praise God for the work of Martin Luther and the other reformers, for the 500 years of grace since that time, but especially for the grace he has shown by rescuing us from our sins and their eternal consequences, and instead promising us eternal life in heaven!

Join us as we explore the "Alone"-s of the Reformation:

October 15th: Christ Alone

October 22nd: Grace Alone

October 29th: Faith Alone

November 5th: Scripture Alone


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In an age when nearly everything is advertised as new and improved, when technology promises to make life easier and simpler, but often merely adds to stress and makes life more complex, and when views on the Bible's message and Christianity are more varied and full of more questions than ever, we need to get back to the basics. And so this summer at Shepherd of the Lakes, that is what we'll do. As we study the the book of Romans, chapters 1-8, we will dive into the basics of the Christian faith, one word at a time. 

June 11th: Atonement
June 18th: Righteousness
June 25th: Reconciliation
July 2nd: Reversal
July 9th: Buried (Baptism)
July 16th: Battling (Sin)
July 23rd: Longing (Eschatology)
August 6th: Praying (Prayer)
August 13th: Chosen (Predestination)
August 20th: Inseparable (Providence)

Every Sunday at 10:30am, come and see the beauty of the good news of Christianity, explained through these 10 words!

The Easter Foundation

The reality is, everyone is a builder. We're all trying to build a life. To build a happy future. Everyone is a builder. 

That means that everyone is building on something. What is it for you? What is your foundation? What is your underlying source of strength? What is the hope the trumps all other hopes? The dream that is big enough to sustain you even if all your other dreams are shattered? 

Is the foundation of your life strong? Strong enough to carry you through difficult times? To hold you up when life gets extremely hard? 

Everyone is a builder. So, what are you building your life upon? What is your foundation?

"The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done." - Psalm 118:17,22



Sunday, April 16th, 10:30am

Breakfast served beginning at 9:30. Easter egg hunt after worship.

Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church | 8420 Runyan Lake Road, Fenton

See you here! 

Like Us In Every Way

Sin brings so many severe and awful consequences into our lives. In order to free us from them all, Jesus became just like us, suffering the smart of every one of those consequences. Through this series we’ll gain a renewed appreciation for what it is we’ve been rescued from and all that Jesus went through to make this rescue possible. 

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16).

March 5: Our Temptation

March 12: Our Guilt

March 19: Our Weakness

March 26: (Break from the series with guest preacher and presenter John Kenyon)

April 2: Our Sorrow

April 9: Our Disgrace (Palm Sunday)


Have you ever had one of those moments when something just clicked? Maybe you were experiencing angst over some decision or you didn’t know how to solve a problem. And then, just like that, it all became clear. Suddenly, you wonder why you didn’t see it earlier. 

The world we live in has some pretty serious issues with God and the Bible. There are things he does that just don’t seem to make sense. It’s like, in some ways, God is hiding from us. But every once and a while he pulls back that veil and helps us see and understand something we’ve never understood before. These are big moments when suddenly God’s plan and God’s great love become clearer. 

In this four week Epiphany (Epiphany is a historic season of the Christian church year, and is also defined as "a sudden insight") series we’ll explore world-changing, life-altering “aha” moments in the lives of a number of God’s New Testament followers. It is our prayer that these “aha” moments will also help to bring clarity and understanding to us and to our spiritual journey today.

January 8th: A Savior for All

January 15th: The Lamb of God

January 22nd: The One to Follow

January 29th: True Happiness


It seems unbelievable...that someone could predict with miraculous clarity events over 700 years in the future. But that's exactly what the prophet Isaiah did! Over 700 years before Jesus lived on this earth, Isaiah prophesied some of the best news of the entire Bible. Join us in preparing for Christmas at 10:30am each Sunday with Isaiah's "good news" message:

November 27th: Unexpected Grace for those Facing Judgment
December 4th: New Life Coming out of Death
December 11th: An Eternal Home for those in Exile
December 18th: Great Light for those in Darkness