Archives: Sermons

9-19-21 Trinity 16

September 19, 2021
No one asked the Lord Jesus to raise this young man from the dead. No one sent for him. The mother doesn’t cry out to him. His disciples don’t urge him on. Instead, Jesus comes and does it all, unasked, because he wants to, because his mercy drives him to it. This is what we sing in that beautiful Advent hymn – Love caused your incarnation, Love brought you down to me, Your thirst for…

9-12-21 Trinity 15

September 12, 2021
Which of you can add an hour to his life? But your heavenly Father gives you endless days, eternity. If you call on God as your Father realize that it makes no sense to worry about tomorrow. How did God become your Father? You were bought at a price, St. Paul says, not with gold or silver, St. Peter tell us, but with the precious blood of Jesus. Your Father gave up His Son for…

9-5-21 Trinity 14

September 5, 2021
Dear Lord Jesus Christ, make us always thankful for the right things, both for the life and health you give to the body and for the salvation you give to body and soul. Keep us from chasing after earthly things or obsessing over the affairs of this world. Make us find our value and our worth in you and drive us by Your Spirit to find in Your mercy the goal of all our desires.…

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,…

8-22-21 Trinity 12

August 22, 2021
Jesus didn’t sigh when He saw the deaf-mute’s miserable condition. We sigh in exasperation or weariness. We groan in pain or anguish. “Groan” is a better translation because it captures the emotion of Jesus’ response to the deaf-mute. Jesus did not sigh at the man’s predicament. He groaned in anguish. The deaf-mute’s condition pained Jesus. The corruption of sin had so marred this man that he couldn’t even hear or talk – he was excluded…

8-15-21 Trinity 11

August 15, 2021
One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of…

8-8-21 Trinity 10

August 8, 2021
The Lord once promised Abraham that despite all the heaven-crying sins of Sodom, he would spare the city if only ten righteous people were there. He once sent Jonah to Nineveh, a city infamous for the cruelest atrocities, and when the city repented He spared both them and their cattle. He held back from destroying Jerusalem for hundreds of years, sending prophet after prophet to call them out of their unbelief, until finally the army…

8-1-21 Trinity 9

August 1, 2021
Dear God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Creator of all things, from whom come all that we are and all that we have, make us, your children, to be always thankful for your generosity to us. Fix our hearts on your kindness and so take away from us all stinginess and all greed and all worry about money. As you have given us all that we have, and have given up your greatest treasure,…

7-25-21 Trinity 8

July 25, 2021
Last night I had a nightmare that an enormous and very hungry mountain lion was coming after my children in the backyard. I of course was filled with dread and panic and did everything I could to save my children. Then I woke up. And I fell asleep again and had another dream. This time of a man who came by me and my family and insulted us for having so many children and was…

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…
Recent Sermons