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Lord of Life Lutheran Church

North Pole, Alaska

  • Dec. 10 Because we have Peace8:19
  • Dec. 3 Because we have hope10:02
  • Nov. 26 Stop judging, start looking10:12
  • Nov. 5 Hope for Now and Not Yet11:21
  • Oct 29 Free Indeed4:51
  • Oct 22 Image of God14:47
  • Oct 15 Sermon by Darlene Matz5:53
  • Oct. 8 In the face of violence10:27
  • Sept. 24 Grace is Unfair9:46
  • Sept. 17 A Gift for You13:33
  • Sept. 10 Relationships Matter12:30
  • Sept. 3 Where Jesus Leads10:30
  • August 27 Curt Renner9:13
  • August 20 Mercy for All11:31
  • July 30 The Gift of Prayer5:29
  • July 30 The Work of Prayer5:29
  • July 23 Weeds and Wheat7:39
  • July 16, Sowing the Seeds8:52
  • July 210:41
  • June 25 Not Living It Alone10:00
  • June 18 Sent with Hope10:24
  • June 11 Trinity of God is with Us10:47
  • June 4 Pentacost Sunday Trusting and Telling the Story9:24
  • May 28 Pastor Justin Tigerman12:42
  • May 21, Where is God?10:15
  • May 14, Rooted in Belief9:09
  • May 7, Sheep Together9:47
  • April 30, Seeing Christ - Honduras Ministry Update8:25
  • April 23, Faithful Thomas10:52
  • April 16, Fear and Great Joy8:51
  • April 9, Expectation and Reality9:21
  • April 2, For Lazarus, For Faith9:01
  • March 26 Seeing and Sent8:23
  • March 19, Hungry and Known7:14
  • March 12, Curious Faith9:50
  • March 5, Missing Out9:36
  • Ash Wednesday Message: Who is it For?7:18
  • February 26, Not Comfortable16:23
  • February 19, by David Rumph19:40
  • February 12, It's that Important to God10:10
  • February 5, The Light We Shine7:22
  • January 22, Church Divided6:36
  • January 15, An Invitation10:04
  • January 8, Fiercely Gentle Love11:02
  • Jan 1, The Eighth Day10:31
  • Dec. 3 Because we have hope10:02

2017 Sermons

  • December 4, A New Way11:29
  • November 27, Waiting with Hope10:29
  • November 20, Who Deserves Mercy?8:29
  • November 11, The One Who Endures9:00
  • November 6, On Level Ground8:51
  • October 30, Seen by Jesus10:26
  • October 23, Even Humility Won't Get You There9:20
  • October 16, The Pleading God9:55
  • October 2, Life's Hard Enough10:56
  • Sept 25, More Than A Lump11:48
  • September 4, Beloved Equals7:46
  • August 28, Walk of Honor 10:15
  • August 21, Find Your Rest 10:51
  • August 7, From Failure and Fear to Faith 9:43
  • July 31, Greed8:19
  • July 24, Nancy's Sermon8:48
  • July 10, Restoring Humanity9:55
  • July 3, Interdependence9:21
  • June 26, You're Invited10:00
  • June 19 Less Than Human8:55
  • June 12, Do You See This Woman?11:31
  • June 5 Glimpses of Resurrection9:00
  • May 29 by Darlene Matz13:47
  • May 15 The Spirit's Work Within10:15
  • May 8, As God is One10:36
  • April 24 by Bishop Wickstrom, read by Mrs. Dubowski9:02
  • April 17 by LindaMae Scolman12:01
  • April 10 On the Other Side8:46
  • April 3 Community of Faith8:51
  • March 27 Empty Tomb Full Life8:03

2016 Sermons

Sunday Morning Worship

Worship is on Sundays at 10:30am

We are a liturgical congregation, meaning, we have an "order" to worship.

  1st and 3rd Sundays: Traditional
     worship with sung liturgy and hymns

  2nd and 4th Sundays: Contemporary

     worship with music you'd hear on a

     Christian radio station

  5th Sundays: We never know. Pastor Amanda messes

      up worship to help open our eyes and ears to God's

      work in different ways.

Another part of being liturgical is a cycle of seasons in a church year:

     Advent  (month of December)

     Christmas (December 25-January 5)

     Epiphany (next 4-6 weeks)

     Lent (40 days before Easter [not Sundays])

     Easter (a moving holiday and 6 weeks)

     Pentecost (50 days after Easter)

     Season after Pentecost (Ordinary time till Nov.)

Basically these seasons help us focus on who God is (Advent through Pentecost) and who we are (the Season after Pentecost is all about growing in our faith).


Lord of Life practices open
Communion: Anyone who believes
that Christ is the risen Lord and

that he is present in this meal

are welcome at the Lord's table.

Communion is offered to everyone every Sunday.

A note of special inclusion: even toddlers! Anyone who stretches out their hand knows this meal is for them!

If you as a parent are uncomfortable with this practice or would like your child to "know something" about Communion, interactive classes are offered in the spring and fall. Contact Pastor Amanda if you are interested in this preparation. 


The Lutheran Church supports infant and adult baptism. Contact Pastor Amanda to set up a family meeting if interested in holding a baptism at Lord of Life.

The baptismal font at Lord of Life was carved by Cliff Pananen, with the help of Jerry Gustafson, from a  cottonwood tree they had found while running their dog teams near the Tanana River in Salcha. Beavers had been trying to chew it down, which accounts for the unusual pedestal formation.

The inscription, taken from Ephesians 4:5 reads, "One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism." This was suggested by Pastor Paul Daniel, who presided at the baptism of Max Pananen, nephew of the font's carver, on May 19, 1985, the first time the font was used.

Children and Church

We encourage families of all ages (and volume levels) to worship together! Kids worship God in their own wiggly and noisy way and we need them with us! We have a children's message just for them, we encourage them to sing loud, to dance around, and to take communion (before a class or not!)

We've got "quiet bags" with toys and activities hanging on hooks near the stairs, and when parents need a break from the wiggles, we've got a nursery space just for them to play on the entry level. 

No evil stares - just open arms from a room FULL of surrogate grandmas, grandpas, aunties and uncles.

Worship at Lord of Life