May 29 2021
Sermon Date: May 30, 2021
1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, and the hem of his robe filled the temple. 2 Seraphim were standing above him; they each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3 And one called to another:
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Armies;
his glory fills the whole earth.
4 The foundations of the doorways shook at the sound of their voices, and the temple was filled with smoke.
5 Then I said:
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, and in his hand was a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said: Now that this has touched your lips, your iniquity is removed and your sin is atoned for.
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord asking:
May 22 2021
Sermon Date: May 23, 2021
Read Acts 2:1-21 for the Pentecost story.
May 15 2021
Sermon Date: May 16, 2021
Luke 24:44-47; Acts 1:6-11; Luke 24:52-53
He told them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. He also said to them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead the third day, and repentance for forgiveness of sins will be proclaimed in his name to all the nations. So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, are you restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After he had said this, he was taken up as they were watching, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going, they were gazing into heaven, and suddenly two men in white clothes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into heaven? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come in the same way that you have seen him going into heaven.” After worshiping him, they returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they were continually in the temple praising God.
2 Corinthians 8:9
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ: Though he was rich, for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these events are the beginning of labor pains. “Then they will hand you over to be persecuted, and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of my name. Then many will fall away, betray one another, and hate one another. Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Romans 8:35, 37-39
Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
May 8 2021
Sermon Date: May 9, 2021
Gospel without borders; mercy without borders; grace without borders; salvation without borders!
Read Acts 10:34-44 to see God at work in the lives of all. To this end the Church still goes out into the world sharing hope of Jesus to all.
May 1 2021
Sermon Date: May 2, 2021
The Gospel of Saint John 15:1-8 describe life connected to Jesus and placed in His vineyard = the world. In this vineyard we are the people cleaned by pruning and strengthened by the daily sustenance of God’s Word. Those who disconnect from Jesus, who is the vine, will find themselves removed and destroyed.
April 24 2021
Sermon Date: April 25, 2021
A basis for today’s Church; the people of God is to take the time to reflect on what we’re doing with Christ’s work that He has called us to share as His under-shepherds.
Matthew 25:31-46 forms the picture of the Church in action by true and false shepherds (sheep and goats) who live in the world.
April 17 2021
Sermon Date: April 18, 2021
Based on Luke 24:44-48. The disciples in fear concealed themselves from the world. Jesus, the Living Word found them and brought them out into the open. He continually reassured them of His resurrection power, peace, hope, love and forgiveness. He commissioned them to “open-carry” this word of hope to the world.
So, as Christians today do we open carry (the Word) or conceal it? Why would you if it is the only eternal hope for humanity?
April 10 2021
Sermon Date: April 11, 2021
Sermon Reference: John 20:19-31
Christ’s post-resurrection journey takes him to fear filled disciples hiding in a locked room. The Gospel of peace that Jesus offers to them is the same Gospel we take into the world to fearful people hiding in their metaphorical rooms of fear, despair, anxiety, lovelessness, and hopelessness. We offer the gift of love, compassion, peace, hope and forgiveness of sin.
April 3 2021
Sermon Date: April 4, 2021
He is risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!
The Easter Gospel with comment: Mark 16:1-7
[the sadness] When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they could go and anoint him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they went to the tomb at sunrise.
[the dilemma] They were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone from the entrance to the tomb for us?”
[the surprise] Looking up, they noticed that the stone — which was very large — had been rolled away.
[the fear] When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side; they were alarmed.
[the beginning of restoration and mission] “Don’t be alarmed,” he told them. “You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they put him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see him there just as he told you.’”
He is risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!