Sermon: Lent 2 (Reminiscere).2012

Matthew 15.21-28
3 March 2012

In the name of the Father and of the +Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The present course of things / is deterioration. Just leave an orange out on your table (well, perhaps your picnic table outside would be a better option), just leave it there for a few days, maybe a week and you begin to see what I mean.

This is not natural. I didn't say, the natural course of things is deterioration, but rather the present course of things is deterioration. Deterioration, destruction, even death, these things aren't natural. Life was created immortal, eternal, after the image of its Creator. Man was not created to die, neither was the orange created to deteriorate.

Sermon: Lent 1 (Invocabit).2012

Today's sermon was preached without a manuscript.  Please see pastor or elder for a copy of the service.

Sermon: Ash Wednesday.2012

The Ash Wednesday sermon did not have a manuscript.  Please email pastor or talk with one of the elders for an audio copy of the service.

Sermon: Quinquagesima.2012

Quinquagesima (Pre-Lent)
Luke 18.31-43

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit

Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!

The cry of the blind man is the cry of the Christian Church on the eve of Lent and throughout out life. And it is a constant cry: as we see in the Gospel, not even the polite rebukes of other people are able to silence it. The blind man, and the Church continue: “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Sermon: Sexagesima.2012

Sexagesima (Pre-Lent)
Luke 8.4-15

In the name of the Father and of the +Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Seed / is the Word of God.

Brethren, Lent is fast approaching. The Church has given us these three “Gesima” Sundays to ready our hearts, or at least our minds. And what a gift it is! / This is our tendency as humans / to overlook things. Lent should not be overlooked. The Church is waking us up, so that when the time comes (Ash Wednesday is just a week and a half away), when that day comes, / we will be ready for it. The Church offers that blessing, and you, this morning are hearing the wake-up call.

Sermon: Transfiguration.2012

Matthew 17.1-9

In the name of the Father and of the +Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Father speaks His booming voice from heaven: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” This really goes without saying, though, right? After all, who is Jesus but the Word made flesh. And what do we do with words? We listen to them.

Sermon: Epiphany 2.2012

Epiphany 2
John 2.1-11

In the name of the Father and of the +Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

In Cana of Galilee, Jesus began to manifest Himself in signs, / and His disciples began to believe in Him.

Before this incident at the wedding in Cana, Jesus' true divine identity was revealed by others. // At His birth, the angels announced to the Shepherds. / When He and Mary were presented in the Temple 40 days after His birth, it was Simeon who calls Him “Salvation,” and Anna “spoke of Him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.” When He was only a bit older, while still in Bethlehem, the star in the east revealed Him to the Magi; and then the Magi themselves reveal Him as they brought gifts and worshiped Him. Later, when He was a young teenager, the teachers in the temple reveal Him to His parents as all were astonished of His wisdom. And on and on, throughout His childhood, probably many other instances that were not recorded in Sacred Scripture, Jesus was revealed / by others.

Sermon: Baptism of Our Lord.2012

Baptism of Our Lord
Matthew 3.13-17

In the name of the Father and of the +Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

When God is favorably disposed toward us, all is good.

And behold a voice from heaven saying, “This One is my beloved Son, in Him I am well pleased.”

Jesus was baptized so that our baptisms would work.

Sermon: Eve of Circumcision and Name of Jesus.2011

Eve of Name and Circumcision of Jesus (New Year's Eve)
Luke 2.21

In the name of the Father and of the +Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

In Nomine Jesu. This is the Latin you find at the beginning of your worship bulletins. It means “In the Name of Jesus.” I'm sure you've heard this before, but if we're going to review anything, I suppose the last day of the calendar year would be about as good of time as any. Nothing like the last minute details, right?

Of course, for us liturgical-type Lutherans (not that there are any other type of Lutherans), but for us, our New Year began back on the first Sunday in Advent (November 27th this year). And as much as we would hope that Christians would be more excited about the Church's calendar than about the secular (Gregorian) calendar, well, for the most part that's just not the case.

Sermon: Christmass Day.2011

Festival of Christmass
John 1.1-14

In the name of the Father and of the +Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Joy. Pure joy. Joy to the world—we've made it! The Holy Spirit has called and gathered us to the Great Feast of Christmas. Let all preparing cease. The hour is now. The children have led the way with Scripture and song. No more waiting. Open your eyes and your ears and your mouths. Behold, your redemption is near, He is at hand. Gaudete: rejoice! “Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!” “Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things!”

Sermon: Advent 4.2011

Advent 4 (Rorate Coeli)
John 1.19-28

In the name of the Father and of the +Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

There is an urgency to this last week of Advent. And I'm not necessarily talking about the anxiety of trying to pull together all the last-minute details of the Christmas Eve Children's service; although that certainly gives a tangibility to the urgency.

No, the urgency we experience this time of year has to do with something more important than the Children's service on Christmas Eve. Now don't get me wrong, that service is important, very important, in fact, especially in the life of this congregation. But that service has it's place. Christmas Eve is like John the Baptist, the Forerunner, the one who came before the most important One, Jesus. In fact, all of our Advent discipline and preparation comes to a climax as we listen to the children tell and sing of a certain Birth in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve.

Sermon: Advent 3.2011

Advent 3 (Gaudete)
Matthew 11.2-15

In the name of the Father of the +Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

What did you come out into the wilderness to see? I mean, think about, how inconvenient! / For Goodness sake, it's the wilderness. It's desolate, there's nothing out there but sand, a nasty river they call Jordan, and a grungy, un-socialized young preacher-man. How disappointing! But what did you expect way out there in the boonies? A man dressed in kingly apparel? You have no idea! But really, what did you inconvenience yourself to see?

Sermon: Advent 1.2011

Advent 1 (Ad Te Levavi)
Matthew 21.1-9

In the name of the Father and of the +Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

So, we've spent the last few Sundays learning to wait / and to watch; well, at the very least our Lord has tried to teach us this spiritual discipline. But whether or not we've acquired faithful patience or not, Time moves on. The Time of the Church Year, that is.

So here we are. We've made it. Another Church Year under our belts, and the prospects of a new and full Year of Grace before us. We look out over the divine horizon of Time and we see what's coming:

4 weeks of Advent, then Christmas and the short Christmas Season. After that, we get out our green paraments again for about month of Epiphany season, then on into Pre-lent, Lent, and the Great Pascha and the Resurrection of our Lord and the joyous 50 days that follow. And after that, which always comes sooner than we think, we get back into the long Trinity Season, eventually ending up back where we are today: the beginning of yet another / Church Year.