Preacher: Pastor Andrew Richard

6-21-20 Trinity 2

June 21, 2020
It was the Sabbath, and Jesus was dining at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees. Jesus had just spoken of eternal life and the resurrection, and one of the dinner guests exclaimed, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” Blessed indeed! At his banquet the Lord says to humble sinners who sit in the lowest place, “Friend, move up higher!” and exalts them in his presence with his…

5-24-20 Exaudi

May 24, 2020
Alleluia! Christ is risen! Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. In today’s reading Jesus speaks of two things. First Jesus tells us about the Helper, the Paraclete, the Spirit of truth: “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.” The Holy Spirit will bear witness about…

4-26-20 Misericordias Domini

April 26, 2020
It is dangerous to be a Christian. The Apostle Peter writes, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you” (1 Pet. 4:12). The Apostle John writes, “Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you” (1 Jn. 3:13). And the Apostle Paul quotes Psalm 44, which has to do with life as a Christian, “For your sake we are being killed…

4-12-20 Easter Sunday 2

April 12, 2020
Alleluia! Christ is risen! “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps. 118:24). For Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep (1 Cor. 15:20). Death is swallowed up in victory (1 Cor. 15:54). Jesus has engulfed the funeral pall that was woven over all nations (Is. 25:7) and has prepared for us a feast of everlasting joy.…

4-10-20 Good Friday

April 10, 2020
For a moment on Good Friday it looked like corrupted man would destroy the God who created him. For a moment there was such a tempest of hatred and screaming and wild fury, it looked like no one could resist it. It looked like Jesus was swept along against his will, running some hellish gauntlet through false accusations and spitting and blows and mockery and flogging and finally being forced onto a cross. The evil…

3-29-20 Judica

March 29, 2020
This Sunday begins Passiontide, that is, the last two weeks of Lent. The hostility that Jesus faces in today’s reading stands in stark contrast to the feeding of the five thousand from last Sunday. Jesus now prepares to be crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. The world should be preparing to celebrate the anniversary of its redemption: the Friday when Christ shed his blood to rescue us from our sins, the Sunday…

2-16-20 Sexagesima

February 16, 2020
Last week a master of a house went out to hire workers for his vineyard. This week “a sower went out to sow his seed.” The master of the house and the sower are both Jesus. It is important to note that both parables begin with Jesus going out, that is, they begin with the Son of God departing from heaven and coming to earth in the flesh. Everything good in both parables begins with…

1-12-20 The Baptism of Our Lord

January 12, 2020
During the Christmas season we focused on Jesus’ humility in coming in the flesh and the wonder of the Incarnation. Last Sunday began the season of Epiphany, during which time we see that Christ’s humility does not mean a loss of his divine nature. Magi from the east came to worship the child Jesus as their king and their God, and rightly so. As the season of Epiphany continues, we get a multifaceted view of…

12-25-19 Christmas Day

December 25, 2019
“Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.” “When God restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.” “Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name.” For the sunrise has visited us from on high to give light to those who…

12-22-19 Advent 4

December 22, 2019
Today is called the Sunday of the Preparation, because it is the last Sunday we have to get ready to receive our Lord at Christmas. And John the Baptist prepares us, just as he prepared the people of old. John directs us to Christ and stirs up in our hearts a great honor for our Lord. Meanwhile, we see the devil at work trying to bury Christ through various strategies, but fortunately our foe will…
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