Sermons by “Pastor Kay”

April Fools!

On Easter Sunday, the Lord acted! On the first day of the week God began creation, transforming darkness into light. On Sunday, the “eighth day” of the week, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. We celebrate this new creation in the waters of baptism and in the feast of victory. With great joy we celebrate this day of days, even as we begin the great fifty days of Easter. Filled with hope, we go forth to share the news that Christ is risen! It is great to be together in the presence of the Living Lord! Alleluia! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

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Misplaced “I”

As we draw closer to Holy Week, we may find ourselves dumbfounded by how dense the disciples seem to be! Again and again, they don’t understand just exactly who Jesus is or why He has come. As they travel up to Jerusalem, Jesus can’t be much more explicit about His mission than He is in this weekend’s Gospel. He says, “The Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him over to the Gentiles. And they will mock Him and spit on Him, and flog Him and kill Him. And after three days He will rise.” (Mark 10:33b-34). Despite these specifics provided by Jesus, we see in the days to come that the disciples still don’t get it! But before we are too hard on these followers of Jesus, we examine ourselves and see that we don’t always take Jesus’ words and promises to heart in our own lives. Thanks be to God that Jesus still came, died, and rose for dense disciples like us!

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A Temple Within the Building

Christ Jesus is the very core of our existence, and it is in his saving Word that we are promised and assured that no matter how sinful, how messed up, how despairing we may be, when we gather as his Church he is there among us to forgive and make new. The Church is not just in a building, but we already know that. The Church is wherever Christ’s presence is celebrated among his people, and they hear and receive the good news of forgiveness and salvation. Praise God!

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Department of Sunshine and Rainbows

“Here am I.” This is a simple, yet faith-filled, response of Abraham as the Lord calls him. Not knowing what the Lord will call him to do, but simply trusting the Word of the Lord, Abraham says, “Here am I.” As we look through the pages of Scripture those same three little words, “Here am I,” are echoed by others: Jacob, Moses, and Samuel – to name just a few. As people who the Lord has called into Baptism, may we also answer with the same faith-filled response, “Here am I!” We may not always know where God will lead, but we do know that the One who has called us will be with us as we follow where He guides.

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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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