Sermons by “Pastor Kay”

Listen To Yourself

Three weeks ago we heard John’s gospel’s version of Peter’s confession of faith. This week we hear Mark’s version, when Peter says, “You are the Messiah.” In John, the stumbling block in Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh, given for the life of the world. In Mark too the scandal has to do with Jesus’ words about his own coming death, and here Peter himself stumbles over Jesus’ words. But Jesus is anointed (the meaning of “Messiah”) in Mark only on the way to the cross (14:3); so we are anointed in Baptism with the sign of the cross.

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Follow the Rules

Fellow Christians –

It has been said, “The Church is never more than one generation away from extinction.” This bold statement perhaps finds support in the admonition found in today’s Old Testament Reading. There Moses writes this concerning the works of the Lord, “Make them known to your children and your children’s children (Deuteronomy 4:9). Each generation has the responsibility, and privilege, of passing on the works of God to the next generation.

While much of this teaching happens in the setting of a local congregation, the Christian instruction that happens in the home, in our own family, is key. This teaching is always centered in Jesus Christ, the one through whom our Lord has worked the mightiest work of all – our salvation. That same Savior promises that even the gates of hell will not prevail against His Church! Praise God!

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Never Stale

Pastor Kay’s message this weekend was based on John 6:51-58 where, in John’s gospel, the feeding of the five thousand leads to extended teaching in which Jesus identifies himself as the true “Bread of Life”. Finally, in these verses, he makes a connection that would not be understood until after his death, in light of the church’s celebration of Holy Communion.

Pastor states, “This gift of life at the holy table gives us the incentive to be servants of Christ who offer the same gift to others to receive it with us. And all of us together will never need to worry about an expiration date for this food. It never goes bad or needs to be thrown out. It is food that is everlasting and food that nourishes us for life eternal. Come and taste the love of Christ for you. Jesus speaks again to you and me today – “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” Come to this table to eat and drink life everlasting. The Lord be with you.”

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What Have We Already Been Given?

God cares for us, but we aren’t always aware of it. When Jesus stilled the storm that was hindering the disciples in the boat, all they saw was His power, and they were terrified. But when other people saw Him, they recognized a healer and brought the sick to Him. God always cares, of course; the rainbow is a reminder He won’t flood the earth again – out of care for us. In today’s Epistle, Paul prays that God’s love in Christ would fill us. God will do that; He cares that much for us. We ask this weekend that God would strengthen us to care for the people around us. May they see His love through our caring.

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The Other Side

There’s a children’s song that says in simple words, “Oh, you can’t keep Jesus’ love in a box ’cause His love will come a-bubblin’ through.” It’s a childlike picture of God’s love overflowing into our lives and the lives of others. In today’s Gospel, we see just that. Jesus’ love and compassion overflows to heal a bleeding woman – it seems without Him even knowing it. Then, with Jesus’ full knowledge and intent, Jesus raises a young girl from the dead. In Jesus, those living with lingering sickness and those caught in sudden death receive the abundant mercy of God. Rejoice that Jesus’ love, compassion, and mercy shown at the cross overflows with forgiveness and healing for you!

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Man Up! Or Man Overboard!

This weekends message from Pastor Kay is based on Mark 4:35-41 where Pastor tells us: “God in Jesus Christ is with us through all the sailings of life – on a 27-foot fishing boat or on 1188-foot long ocean liner. We shall be filled with great awe and continue to proclaim to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” It is Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Never let go. You will not perish. The Lord be with you.”

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Restored and Softened

“Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob!” (Psalm 81:1). God ordained the Sabbath for the benefit of His people, as a source of refreshment and of joy. The Sabbath Day is the culmination of the week and gives meaning to all of the other days. With joy we gather for worship on the Lord’s Day. He is here! We have much to celebrate!”

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Sent Into The World

On this final weekend of the Easter season, the apostles are gathered to select as successor to Judas one who had been with them from the beginning to become a witness of Jesus’ resurrection. In the Epistle, John teaches us the Good News that God testifies concerning Jesus, the Son: “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12). In the Gospel, Jesus, in His High Priestly Prayer, prays that all who have received His Word may be one and that His joy may be fulfilled in us. He sanctifies us together in the truth of His Word as we live as resident aliens in this world.

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Grafted to Abide

In one of His several “I Am” statements, Jesus says, “I am the vine, You are the branches.” Inviting His hearers to a place of rest and refuge, He says, “Abide in Me.” In the Epistle, John correlates confessing that Jesus is the Son of God with experiencing and coming to trust in the love God has for us. Abiding in Jesus means abiding in God’s love. And God Himself abides in us. This relationship of abiding in Jesus, who Himself is love, was experienced by the Ethiopian eunuch when Philip told him the Good News about Jesus and the Ethiopian was baptized.

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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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