Sermons by “Pastor Kay”

Easter Sunday

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” God has indeed raised from the dead the one who was put to death “by hanging him on a tree.” Alleluia! God allows Jesus to appear “to us who were chosen by God as witnesses” in holy baptism and invites us to eat and drink at the table of the risen Christ. Alleluia!

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We Love to Overdo It!

The Lord our God makes all things new. In the first reading God promises it. In the Gospel Mary anticipates it, anointing Jesus’ feet with costly perfumes in preparation for the day of his burial. In the second reading we recall the transformation of Saul, the persecutor, into Paul, the apostle. In baptism, God’s new person (you!) rises daily from the deadly mire of trespasses and sins.

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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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