Sermons by “Pastor Kay”

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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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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First Sunday of Christmas – “Making It Safe”

“May God be good to us, bless our children, instill wisdom in parents, reside in our homes, watch over us all in the coming year. We thank him for having done the same for us in 2018. The Lord be with us, bless this assembly, watch over all the children, give children loving families and homes, make of this congregation an extended family and neighborhood. And as we watch our children grow up so quickly, may their stature and wisdom keep pace with their growing bodies. May we all be found in human and divine favor.”

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Hurry Up and Wait!

While the secular calendar won’t switch to 2019 for another month, the Church Year begins anew today. Advent is a season of waiting and preparation. One Advent tradition is to mark the four Sundays in Advent with four words that encompass what Jesus brings as He comes into the world to be our Immanuel – God with us. These four words are hope, peace, joy, and love. Today we focus on hope. There is a lot of suffering in the world, but hope exists in Christ’s incarnation, death, resurrection, and return.

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Kingdom Builders

Pastor Kay’s message over the weekend was based on John 18:33-37 where Pilate asks Jesus if he is the King of the Jews. As we celebrate Christ the King Sunday, “We give our praise to our God who makes us a kingdom, priests, princes, princesses, royal people and nations, clothed in his eternal mercy and righteousness, to serve in the kingdoms of this world that his rule would reign now and forever. Let there be no doubt who and what influences us, and may we together be the kingdom where each of us and those not yet here will be welcomed and received the same. The Lord be with you!”

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Thanksgiving Day – We Gather Together

“This is really a national holiday determined by leaders of our country, Abraham Lincoln, I believe. It is a day designated to give thanks, although there may be more and more signs pointing to a time of celebrating, and the kickoff for the Christmas madness. We dare not forget, though, that we are grateful people every day, and that our celebrating reveals our receiving of the gifts from heaven that enrich this life now. Those gifts are the wonderful and delightful foods and drinks we enjoy. The gifts are certainly the people who surround us and gather with us. And the gift most assuredly is our God who came into this world to join with us in enjoying life here and promising it will be even greater one day. O give thanks to the Lord for he is good. His mercy endures forever!”

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Persevere!

As the Church Year is approaching its close, we turn our focus to the last things. Pastor Kay tells us, “If there are signs of the end with us, then what a picture can be painted of Christ’s Church embracing the people of the world in His arms of mercy. As God promises, Paradise will be ours one day! And for the people of Paradise, CA now, let’s pray they persevere with faith, and never lose hope. May the gifts of others help reinforce that faith and hope. May our love for Christ be the strength of faith and hope for others, as well as for each of us. There is no fear in love. We shall not fear the end of time. We will persevere with hope.”

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Ouch!

This weekend as we gather to listen to God’s Word and receive His gifts of grace, we are drawn close to the Redeemer, who has given His life in exchange for ours. Only in our relationship with Christ will we ever be made complete – members of His eternal kingdom, sons and daughters of our King. Once we see how our true identity is found in Jesus, we can better understand our unique roles in the relationships with one another that He has given to us.

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