Preacher: Pastor Andrew Richard

7-24-22 Feast of St. James the Elder

July 24, 2022
Today we celebrate the feast of St. James the Elder, Apostle of our Lord. Now it’s been a little while since we’ve commemorated one of the saints, so it’s worth noting first of all why we do so. The Lutheran Reformers explained this well in The Apology of the Augsburg Confession in the Book of Concord: “Our confession approves honoring the saints in three ways. The first is thanksgiving. We should thank God because He…

6-26-22 Trinity 2

June 26, 2022
The world is a dangerous place, but it’s easy to misunderstand where the true danger lies. It’s easy, for instance, to see danger in sickness. When you’re sick, you can feel malfunction in your body and you realize how frail man’s life is. It’s easy to see danger in the rage of unbelievers as they push for communism, as they push for an abortion clinic, as they push against a court that has angered them,…

5-8-22 Jubilate

May 8, 2022
After Jesus rose from the dead, he appeared to his disciples during forty days, and after the forty days he ascended into heaven. At this point in the Church year we’re over halfway through these forty days between Easter and the Ascension. The readings shift slightly. Rather than teaching us what his resurrection is for us, Jesus begins preparing us for his departure. Now we don’t have many of the words recorded in Scripture that…

4-14-22 Maundy Thursday

April 14, 2022
This day is called Maundy Thursday. The word “Maundy” comes from the Latin word mandatum, which means “commandment,” because on this day Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” Now in a sense, the command to love is not new. Love has always been the summary of the Law: “You shall love the Lord your…

3-20-22 Oculi

March 20, 2022
So far the season of Lent has revolved around Jesus’ conflict with the devil. The first Sunday in Lent Jesus was tempted by the devil and overcame. Last Sunday Jesus healed the Canaanite woman’s daughter, who was badly possessed by a demon. This week we find Jesus casting out another demon and then preaching about the devil and his demons. And the season of Lent builds up to the ultimate combat between Jesus and Satan…

2-13-22 Septuagesima

February 13, 2022
In Matthew 19, a chapter before today’s Gospel reading, Jesus spoke with a rich young man. The young man asked, “What good deed must I do to have eternal life?” Well, if it’s a question of good deeds then the answer is God’s Law. Jesus referred him to the Ten Commandments. The young man supposed that he had kept all of them, so Jesus said, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess…

1-9-22 Epiphany

January 9, 2022
“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” Today the joy of Christmas gives way to the joy of Epiphany. The word Epiphany means “appearing.” It means that something is now seen or made known. Christ was born in Bethlehem, and appeared to the shepherds on the night of his birth. Christ was taken to Jerusalem, as we heard last week, and appeared to those in the temple. But on the day…

12-15-21 The Millennium (Advent Midweek 3)

December 15, 2021
As we near the end of the season of Advent and prepare to receive our King at Christmas, we do well to consider what our King’s reign is like. There are many misunderstandings about the reign of Christ. There’s the misguided idea that the Church is responsible for paving the political way for Jesus to come and reign on earth. There’s the push from many so-called evangelicals to provide funding for the country of Israel,…

11-28-21 Ad Te Levavi

November 28, 2021
Another Church year begins, and we hear once more how Christ came to Jerusalem two thousand years ago. Certainly this was not the only time Jesus has come to man. Jesus was gracious enough to come to us this whole last year: bringing us his Gospel, pronouncing the forgiveness of sins, baptizing our children, feeding us with his very body and blood. But will Christ come to us this year also? The world has become…

11-7-21 All Saints

November 7, 2021
The world claims to be very reasonable. It boasts in science, facts, empirical evidence, and says it will only believe something if it can be proven. The world claims to be very reasonable. Yet how unreasonable the world is in the face of death. When it comes to dead loved ones the world becomes downright superstitious. All Saints’ Day gives us a good opportunity to critique the world’s opinions about the dead, and talk of…
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