Archive for Sermons

Sermon February 18 2018 — First Sunday in Lent

If you were present for Pastor Mark’s sermon, you know just how powerful it was. If not, we suggest you listen to it here.

Part of Pastor Mark’s message was that we’ve seen our flag at half-mast almost more than it’s been at full-staff. Listen to his message to understand why.

As We Gather

“Here am I.” This is the simple, yet faith-filled, response of Abraham as the Lord calls him. Not knowing what the Lord will call him to do, but simply trusting the Word of the Lord, Abaham says, “Here am I.” As we look through the pages of Scripture those same three little words, “Here am I,” are echoed by others: Jacob, Moses, and Samuel—to name just a few. As people who the Larod has called in Baptism, may we also answer with the same faith-filled reponse, “Here am I!” We may not always know where God will lead, but we do know that the One who has called us with be with us as we follow where He guides.

Sermon February 12 2018 — Transfiguration of Our Lord

In case you missed Pastor Mark’s sermon, here’s the recording.

As We Gather

Jesus entered human history when He was born; He entered public ministry when he was baptized. But the reality of His divinity was not revealed to His disciples until Jesus was transfigured before Elijah and Moses. This vision revealed to the disciples and to all believers the true divine nature of Jesus the Christ. As we hear His Word and receive Him under bread and wine, Jesus enters our personal history today, with judgment, grace, glory and forgiveness. Soon, we plunge into Lent. But for today, we focus on the revelation of our Savior as true man and true God.

 

Sermon January 14 2018 — Second Sunday After the Epiphany

Here’s Pastor Mark’s sermon from January 14, the Second Sunday After the Epiphany.

As We Gather

The prophets like Samuel and apostles like Philip, Nathanael, and Peter were all called directly—immediately by God to serve Him. Pastors in the Office of the Ministry today are also called by God, but mediately through the Church. Apart from those special calls, all Christians are called by God through their Baptism to serve in their specific vocation in life. We discover and “hear” that call where God has promised to be found, namely, in His holy house, through the World of Jesus and He guides us through the various circumstances of our life of faith. The prophets and apostles were commanded to proclaim the World of God. So, too, are we sent “that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of the darkness into His marvelous light.”

 

Sermon January 7 2018 — The Baptism of Our Lord

Here is Pastor Mark’s sermon on Epiphany Sunday.

Calming Chaos

When we think of the “In the beginning” of God’s creation, we usually think of the perfection and paradise of the Garden of Eden. But the Bible tells us more about God’s work of creation. We can peek under the curtain of what was even before God’s creative work. The Bible tells us, “The earth was without form and void.” The Hebrew word means primeval chaos-formlessness, confusion, unreality, emptiness. Life cannot exist in chaos. We know that as a practical matter. Lies, accidents, and frustrations—sin—does not produce life. The wages of sin is death!

God’s Word, however, “Let there be,” brought order, peace, and the paradise of His creation. As God spoke His creative Word in the beginning, so at our Lord’s Baptism, God spoke again, “You are My beloved Son.” By Baptism into God’s beloved Son, God’s Word is spoken over you, bringing order, peace, and salvation. That’s because Jesus took all our chaos-our sin-into Himself to the depths of its wages, namely, death on a cross. By faith in the crucified Lord, our sin and the power of the chaos around us is taken away. In Christ, we have peace.

 

Sermon December 31 2017 — The First Sunday After Christmas

Today’s sermon was provided by Seminarian Josh. Recording below.

As We Gather

Christmas is a once-a-year event. Just a few days ago, we celebrated the birth of Jesus with great joy. Tempting as it is to put Christmas behind us and move on, today’s readings remind us that what happened at Christmas impacts every day of our lives. The consequences of Jesus’ birth were not over for Mary and Joseph. They took Him to Jerusalem, and there He was blessed by Simeon. There Anna gives thanks to God for Him and told everyone who encountered about Him. With Simeon, we are called daily to bless Jesus. With Anna, we are called daily to give thanks for His redeeming us, and to tell others the good news of it. In the Galatians reading, we are reminded that Jesus was born to redeem sinners and to adopt us as sons and daughters of God. This redemption, the status as adopted by God, is there for us every day throughout the year. The Old Testament Reading declares that God “clothes us with garments of salvation” and “covers us with the robe of righteousness,” and in Christ we are assured that this clothing, a covering, is our daily attire all year long. Christmas is a once-a-year event, but its gifts remain with us throughout the year — Christmas Every Day.