Sermons & Media Outlet

Shelter in Place

Though we sometimes doubt and often resist God’s desire to protect and save us, our God persists. In Holy Baptism, God’s people have been called and gathered into a God-initiated relationship that will endure. Lent provides the Church with a time and a tradition in which to seek the face of the Lord again. Lent provides another occasion to behold the God of our salvation in the face of the Blessed One who “comes in the name of the Lord.”

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Who’s in the Lead Car?

These forty days called Lent are like no other. It is our opportune time to return to the God who rescues; to receive the gifts of God’s grace; to believe with the heart and confess with the mouth the wonder of God’s love in Jesus; and to resist temptation at every turn. This is no small pilgrimage on which we have just embarked. It is a struggle Jesus knew. It is a struggle Jesus shares. The nearness of the Lord, in bread and wine, water and word, will uphold and sustain us.

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Face Time with God

Witnesses to the glory of God in the face of Jesus will be unable to avoid reflecting that glory in the world. It was true for Moses. It was doubtless true for Peter, James, and John. We pray that it will be true of all of us who see the glory of the Lord in the Word and in the supper and who are being “transformed into the same image” by the Spirit of God.

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Love Your Enemies

Mercy. Mercy. Mercy. Joseph lives it in Egypt. Jesus preaches it in the gospel. The Spirit guides us into merciful lives with the power of forgiveness to reconcile what is fractured and divided. Such merciful living is the baptismal blessing of having put on Christ. It is the gift of the life-giving Spirit. It is a reflection of the glory of God revealed in the Christ.

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Blessed Are the Poor

“Blessings and curses abound on the sixth Sunday after Epiphany. We would do well to listen closely to whom the “blessed ares” and the “woe tos” are directed and to find our place in the crowd among those who desire to touch Jesus. The risen Christ stands among us in the mystery of the Holy Supper with an invitation to live in him and the power to heal us all.”

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Here Am I, Send Me!

The fifth Sunday after Epiphany continues to highlight unlikely instruments and circumstances, appointed to reveal the glory of the Lord. “Who will go for us” queries the voice of the Lord. A man of unclean lips, a former persecutor of the church of God, and three fishermen who couldn’t catch a thing. More surprising still, perhaps, is the fact that we are also called.

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The First Sermon

The glory of God is often revealed when and where it is least expected. God uses our lips to declare that glory, inexperienced and hesitant though they may be. God uses our love to demonstrate that glory and so urges us to exercise it. God uses Jesus of Nazareth, water and the word, bread and wine, to reveal God’s glory where and when God chooses. Take heed, lest the glory of God slip through our midst unnoticed.

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Jesus Teaching in Temple

God loves us not because we are shiny on our own, but because Christ shines in us. This is the gift God gives us, not only for us but to share with the world.

Gifts are given to be given away. And therefore the talents you have aren’t about how much God loves you, but they can be your chance to be His love for this world. That Jesus may shine through us!

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Jesus’ Baptism

Jesus in all power willingly empties his authority for the purpose of saving the world. Jesus in all might subjects himself to the rulers, turns himself over to be beaten and killed. Jesus in all glory goes to hell.

But he doesn’t stay there. And when he rises again, he ascends to heaven where he sits at the right hand of God the Father as ruler over all – that at the name of Jesus, the Christ, every knee shall bow.

The sovereignty of Jesus makes his mission unstoppable. The reign of Jesus calls for our complete surrender. The power of Jesus gives us hope in all circumstances. And the authority of Jesus shapes us in our baptism.

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Epiphany of Our Lord – “Gifts Fit for a King”

“Like the wise men, we return to our daily lives carrying with us what we have received from the cradle and the cross. God comes to us in the flesh as a gift that is eternal. He walks with us, abides in us, moves our hearts and minds, injects our hearts with his mercy, and instills in us desire to serve him and his people.

Jesus is a gift that comes from the heart of God, and out of our hearts, we give that gift to one another. May we reveal our gratitude to our Lord and Savior for what he is for us; and may we then be gifts to this life and world in our journey until we reach the destination of the eternal throne of heaven where Jesus Christ rules and reigns as the Lamb of God, the Savior of the world. A blessed Epiphany to you all!”

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