Welcome Advent, We’ve Been Waiting For You

Advent 1C November 29th 2015 Is it really the first Sunday of Advent? Are we sure about that? This week I opened a new folder on my computer; I have one for each church year which begins with the first Sunday of Advent and ends with Christ the King. “Sermons Year C 2015-2016” and only…

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Change in the Air

Pentecost 12A Jeremiah 15:15-21, Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 16:21-29 Before we get started looking at today’s scriptures, I have a confession to make: I do not like a single one of the texts for this week. Not one. In the first one, from the Old Testament, Jeremiah is whining on and on, as he does pretty…

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Mother of God

Each year on the Sunday closest to August 15th I get to preach a sermon about Mary, the mother of Jesus. Now, that may seem just fine to some and strange to others. Most Lutherans have never concerned themselves very much with Mary, just like most of Protestant Christianity. I will admit that for most…

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Well, That Was Unexpected

Pentecost Sunday Numbers 11:24-30  Acts 2:1-21  John 20:19-23 It is Pentecost Sunday! Everywhere you look, you can see red and doves. Red paraments, doves in the air, all symbols of the Holy Spirit. This is when we celebrate the birth of the church—the event that is described in our reading from Acts. Today is a…

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The Terrible Work

“Good Friday is the day you can do nothing. Bewailing and lamenting your manifold sins does not in itself make up for them. Scouring your soul in a frenzy of spring cleaning only sterilizes it; it does not give it life. On Good Friday, finally, we are all, mourners and mockers alike, reduced to the…

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