Service Type: Sunday

12-26-21 Christmas 1

December 26, 2021
8 And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen. 10 But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. 11 Then they secretly instigated men who said, “We have heard him speak blasphemous…

12-19-21 Rorate Coeli

December 19, 2021
The Lord is at hand, St. Paul says. The Greek is literally, the Lord is near. We can think of this in two ways. First, that Jesus will soon return to judge the living and the dead, as we confess every Sunday. He is near, He is coming, we will see him soon with our own eyes. Second, it means that Jesus is now near to us, He is with us always, even to the…

12-12-21 Gaudete

December 12, 2021
John the Baptist was the greatest preacher the world had ever seen. Unlike so many popular preachers today, he refused to pander to the crowds or cower before the elite: he was totally uncorruptible – no money would change what he preached, no political considerations decided what he said, no praise of men determined his words. He spoke the truth to power, called out the hypocrisy of the Pharisees, condemned the immorality of Herod. Jesus…

12-5-21 Populus Zion

December 5, 2021
We’ll know when judgment day comes. It’ll be obvious. The sun will stop shining, the stars will fall from the sky, and we’ll see the Son of Man coming on the clouds. We’ll know when judgment day comes, but we don’t know when it’ll come. The signs of its coming Jesus gives, but these signs are not so specific that we can say they’re only happening in our time. We have crazy weather events; so…

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…

11-21-21 Last Sunday

November 21, 2021
Jesus tells many parables about the Last Day, and in all of them he stresses two things. The first is that it will be unexpected. You don’t know the day or the hour, we just heard. He says it will come like a thief in the night. He says two people will be working in a field and suddenly one will be taken up in the air and the other left. He compares it to…

11-14-21 Trinity 24

November 14, 2021
Jesus had just been explaining why his disciples don’t fast. The disciples of John the Baptist had come to him, apparently offended, and asked, “Why do we fast and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples don’t fast?” And Jesus answered them with a question, “Can the sons of the bridegroom mourn when the bridegroom is with them?” The answer is, of course, “No,” they can’t. When Jesus is with you, it’s a time of rejoicing.…

10-24-21 Trinity 21

October 24, 2021
The request of the royal official was for Jesus to come down to Capernaum and heal his son. And Jesus refuses his request. He doesn’t go down to Capernaum to heal the man’s son. Jesus makes it very clear, in fact, that He is annoyed at the man’s request – “Unless you see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.” The key word there is not “signs and wonders” but the word “see.”…

10-17-21 Trinity 20

October 17, 2021
Jesus tells a short history of the world in our Gospel for this morning. And this history beautifully culminates with people coming to church. What we are doing right now is what God has ordered all the history of all the world toward. There is nothing greater on earth, no goal more prestigious, no ladder to climb higher, no compulsion to accomplish something more. No, here it is all complete, here is rest from all…

10-10-21 Trinity 19

October 10, 2021
Jesus had just been asked to leave the land of the Gadarenes. That’s why he got into a boat and sailed across the sea to his town of Capernaum. In the land of the Gadarenes, Jesus had healed a demoniac, a man with a legion of demons tormenting him. The man lived in the caves. They had tried to chain him down, because he would attack anyone who came near him, but he broke the…
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