Sermons by “Pastor Kay”

Heavenly Makeover

This day ends the Epiphany season and prepares us for Lent. Jesus has been revealing His true nature through His words and actions, and on the Mount of Transfiguration three disciples see His glory revealed as transfiguring light. Moses and Elijah appear with Him, talking about His departure in Jerusalem. But our Lord then commands the disciples not to tell about the event until after Easter. Because we live after His resurrection, Paul writes in the Epistle, we recognize Jesus’ true glory in going to the cross for us, for God has “shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).

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The Fever Broke

We come into this holy place with our illnesses, sicknesses, diseases and fevers. We come here to be healed, to be made well, and to leave lifted up. We don’t come here to get sicker or to be hurt or to be quarantined. we are healed because of the love of God granted us in and through the mercy of his Son. Jesus came to chase away the demons that seek to disrupt us as a community and to afflict us in our own body and soul. We come to leave well because we have been lifted from the fever of sin into the strength renewed like an eagle. God knows each of our needs, all of our fevers, everything that separates us from one another. He knows what scares us, and what anxiety can do to our souls, and he knows all the diseases that can spread among us that deny us the fullness and wholeness of his grace.

The joy of receiving grace and mercy is ours to share with one and another. Let us not be stingy with our serving and loving. When the fever breaks, the body heals. The same is true for God’s people and community. The Lord be with you!

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What Do You See?

Pastor Kay’s message was based on John 1:43-51.  “The call is given to each one to be a witness, a light, of Christ, to do good in order God may be glorified and honored.  We offer what Christ gives us to all who need a light in their darkness, forgiveness for their failures, and hope for their worth.  In other words, we follow Christ in that we live like him, be like him, care like him, and invite and welcome like him.  Christ’s love for all people is seen and heard through his followers.

All of us are witnesses who reflect our faith in the mercy of God into this world.  Then, we invite those who seeking redemption and worth to come and see what great things Christ the Lord is doing in this building and among its people.  The peace of the Lord is what we share with one another in our greetings and our gatherings.  Lord, have mercy, we pray!”

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In the beginning….

Pastor Kay tells us this weekend, “As a community and as a member, we remember who we are, and we strive to believe it, and to live it. Not just for a month or so, but for now and tomorrow, day after day. Let us be Christ to one another, and to those around us; and let us be the Church that looks out and about, and is in the world, but not of it. In Christ Jesus, we have a re-creation of what God wants for all the world. We will hang on to him as everything else might end, but never his love for us.” Praise God!

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Lift the Baby from the Manger

Pastor Kay tells us this weekend, “Picture the scene that day as Mary and Joseph enter into the temple, carrying this 7-week old child.  Simeon takes Jesus, and lifts him in praise and glory as he is led by the Spirit to tell us all that is the One we have been waiting for forever!  All of our rituals and practices of our faith is discovered and centered in this child.

When we leave this holy altar and table, we, too, have carried the baby in our arms and hands, seen in him our salvation and life, rejoiced that our sins are forgiven in him, and our lives are made holy and righteous through him.  We raise our hands to receive him in bread and wine, and leave from here ready and joyous to believe that all is well, it will be well and good forever.  We can go in peace, rest eternally, and be filled with joy.  

The Savior, the Christ, has come!”

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Christmas Day Worship

“Glory to the newborn King!” The refrain of the familiar Christmas song invites us to proclaim that Christ is born in Bethlehem. Today we celebrate God coming into the history of our earth in person—in the person of a baby born in Bethlehem. “This is My beloved Son!” God proclaimed this years later when Jesus arrived at the Jordan River at the time of His Baptism. But already at the time of His birth, Jesus’ special nature was established as God in the flesh—in our human flesh! We express our thankfulness and our joy at that blessed coming!

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4th Sunday in Advent

King David is the best known of all of Israel’s kings. Under David’s reign, the kingdom grew and flourished. Even generations later would look back and view the days of King David as the “Golden Age” of Israel. In today’s Old Testament Reading, a promise is made to David: “And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before Me. Your throne shall be established forever” (2 Samuel 7:16). But in this greater kingdom, this eternal kingdom, it’s not King David who will reign on the everlasting throne—it’s King Jesus. Jesus, the descendant of David, is greater than David and will have a never-ending reign. It’s the coming of this King of kings that we prepare to celebrate.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heav’nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery. [LSB 357:5]

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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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