Preacher: Pastor Andrew Richard

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…

10-3-21 Trinity 18

October 3, 2021
The Pharisees approach Jesus insincerely. They want to catch him in his words and kill him, and they don’t care a bit about learning something from him. But he who has an ear, let him hear, because though they ask their question insincerely, it remains a good question and Jesus gives it a glorious answer. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with…

8-29-21 Trinity 13

August 29, 2021
For thousands of years the people of God had prophecies about Christ and foreshadows of his coming, but did not see the fulfillment. Adam and Eve knew that God would send a Savior to defeat the devil, that the Savior would be God in the flesh, that he would be born of woman. Eve rejoiced when Cain was born, “I have gotten a man, the Lord!” But the time of fulfillment had not yet come,…

7-18-21 Trinity 7

July 18, 2021
There’s a particular Scripture passage that comes to mind when we think of the events of today’s Gospel reading, and it has come to mind for many people throughout the Church’s history. Here you have a great crowd that gathered to Jesus. They have been with Jesus for three days and their food supplies have run out. This hasn’t phased them. They’re still with Jesus, because they value his Word above everything else. They realize…

6-13-21 Trinity 2

June 13, 2021
It was the Sabbath, and Jesus was at one of the most awkward dinner parties the world has ever seen. The Pharisees and other important people were watching Jesus carefully, and for no good purpose. Jesus, for his part, healed a man with dropsy, which was a scandal to those who thought it was unlawful to expend such energy on the Sabbath. Jesus then rebuked the puffed up guests who sought the places of honor,…

5-16-21 Exaudi

May 16, 2021
This past Thursday was Jesus’ Ascension. He prepared us for his Ascension by giving us the hope of seeing him again, by comforting us with the promise of the Holy Spirit, and by giving us the gift of praying in his name. This week in the brief time between Jesus’ Ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we hear about the Holy Spirit’s testimony and the persecution that will follow. “But when…

4-18-21 Misericordias Domini

April 18, 2021
We are sheep, and in this life we will have one of two shepherds: the wolf or the Good Shepherd. The Lord describes life in the devil’s flock earlier in Ezekiel 34, just before today’s Old Testament reading. In that section the Lord faults Israel’s pastors, and as he faults them we see how the devil had been at work: “The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you…

4-1-21 Maundy Thursday

April 1, 2021
Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when he was betrayed, declared his last will and testament and disposed of his estate. Many rich men have willed gold and mansions, revenues and high positions. Our Lord says in Luke 9, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” Yet Jesus has willed us something far greater than earthly wealth and honor. Our…
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