Sermons by “Pastor Kay”

What Sort of Person Are You?

“The things of this world wither and fade. But that’s not the end of what the prophet Isaiah has to say: “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the World of our God will stand forever.” In our ever-changing fallen world, there is one thing that remains unchanged – God and His Word. We listened this weekend to the unchanging promises of God for you, anchored in His Son, Jesus Christ, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

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Fully Joyful

Pastor Kay tells us this weekend, “Grace is God’s joy to give, and as it is revealed in Jesus, and in his walking with us in our lives and world, he points us to his eternal world where the joy comes from and will be complete.  The gifts of this world help us to know the joy of God’s love for us, and help the whole world rejoice in the love and life God intends for us.  Knowing that we have the pleasure of the Lord upon us and with us, and in us, certainly gives us peace of mind and love of the heart, and joy to serve him.  Praise God!

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Live Fearless

The final three weeks of the Church Year are traditionally concerned with “the last things.” The lessons of the Church bring a special opportunity to reflect on the end of time and on the end of our earthly lives. In the Apostles’ Creed, we affirm our belief in the resurrection of the body, which is God’s good but temporary gift to us while we are living on earth. With all who have died in the faith before us, we await the coming of the Lord. Paul writes, “We shall all be changed.” Our faithful worship helps us prepare for that glorious event!

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Saints Before Us

Pastor Kay tell us, “Jesus Christ was the shepherd of the saints who rest from their labors and will see him face to face.  The same shepherd, is also our shepherd now.  The saints before us were those who lived and died, and now rest eternally in the arms of Christ.  And the saints before us are those we see now, here in this place, and in the lives of our homes and worlds.  

Saints know the power of the cross, the strength of God’s Word and the necessity of the Lord’s Supper.  Saints strive to be like Christ in all ways possible, and to be the arms and hands of one another whenever ordeals take place.  Take a look around at one another.  Pray that we see is Christ alive, and what we do together is the hint of what will be ours eternally.  And then, like the saints before us and with us now, and yet to come, we will see Christ face to face.  What a glorious, comforting and joyful expectation to keep us going!  Blessed are you for the kingdom of heaven is yours!  Amen!”

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Seating Arrangements

“Whenever we come together for the Lord’s Supper, we anticipate the eternal worship of heaven, which the Bible compares to a wedding feast. The Sacrament is a foretaste of the feast to come. God invited His people through the prophets. The description of that Meal includes seeing God face-to-face. In today’s Gospel, Jesus again extends the invitation through His parable, but He notes the varying responses it receives. Paul leads us to respond with rejoicing. Knowing that the eternal feast is ready, we may be content in all circumstances.”

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Bought the Farm

2017 marks two significant anniversaries: the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses and the 75th anniversary of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Confessing the faith has not gotten any easier since these two events occurred. In fact, it may be more difficult to speak and to live as Christians now – and the future may even more challenging. Yet God is faithful and has promised that His church will survive all the trials that the devil, the world, and our own sinful flesh can throw at us. Building on God’s promises, we know that this is our time to be distinctly Lutheran.

Since 1942, the LWML has affirmed each woman’s identity as a child of God and her relationship with Jesus Christ, encouraged and equipped Christian women to live out their lives in active mission ministries, and supported missions around the world through their sacrificial gifts of mites, tithes, offerings, and tireless service. Now is our time to “Be Ready to Confess!” faithfully and boldly of Christ’s redemptive work for us and for all the world. Praise God!

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Generosity Isn’t Fair!

Our reward for being called to work in God’s kingdom does not change based on how long we have been in our Lord’s service. After all, we are saved by grace through faith, not by works. Isaiah’s call for the wicked and unrighteous to return to the Lord shows God’s immense compassion for all people, no matter when they return to Him. God’s ways are not our ways, yet we continue to work in His kingdom until He calls us when we die. Paul is struggled with a desire to depart and be with Christ and a desire to go on living and laboring for the Lord. Death and life content, but Paul knows life will win. He knows that Jesus will return, raise the dead, and dwell with them forever.

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Perpetual Mercy

Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). It is of great comfort that almighty God treats us as His dear children. As the hymn says, although “He knows how frail our powers,” still “His grace remains forever” and “His rule is over all” (LSB 820:3-4). Yet while we rejoice in God’s tender mercy for us, today’s Readings remind us that God intends that same mercy for those around us, our family, our own children, and our brothers and sisters of the household of God. As John said, “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:11). In other words, we who have received mercy are the very channels and messengers of that same mercy to others. We renounce disgraceful ways that allow sin to drag either ourselves or others down, and we bring God’s merciful forgiveness of sins to everyone.

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Dance Band on the Titanic

All of our prayer and praise is only our response to what God has said to us. Through the revealed Word of the Bible and the incarnate Word, Jesus, God has talked to us about sin and grace. Our talking back to Him, unfortunately, can be back talk, with all the negative connotations of that term. That’s fine when we deserve to hear the Law, as Job does in today’s Old Testament Reading. But when we have truly heard God’s gracious invitation, as Paul reminds us in the Epistle and Peter heard while in his boat, our talking back to God is humble thanks for His grace and mercy. We have the opportunity again today to hear Law and Gospel and to give God the faith-filled back talk He wants from His forgiven sons and daughters.

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What Was I Expecting?

“There are many expectations we have of the kingdom of heaven alive at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School. Some expectations never materialize. People aren’t always the way we expect them to be. That is a reality that gives us a goal to change, to grow, to transform. We shall build up our trust and faith in God while we increase our desires to care and love one another. We will believe that marvelous things can grow from something tiny, and that we will invest in that in which we find the treasures of faith.

God has a purpose for us. That purpose truly is being the living witness of Christ himself, being the certainty that God desires all things come together for the good of his people and creation. This good begins with each of us today. It matters not how many times we hear it from the pulpit, how fresh and new, surprising and delightful is God’s love. I’m hoping I will have been able to preach that good news at least 50,000 times. What I never expected was adding to the count at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Hilton!. I’m glad I can. The Lord be with you, and me.”

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