Category Archives: Sermons

A Different Kind of Highway

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Second Sunday of Advent December 10, 2017 Listen to today’s gospel reading and sermon here: 1The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.   2As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,  “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,   who will prepare your way;  3the voice of one […]

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Rending the Fabric of Our Reality

First Sunday of Advent December 3, 2017  1O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,   so that the mountains would quake at your presence—  2as when fire kindles brushwood   and the fire causes water to boil—  to make your name known to your adversaries,   so that the nations might tremble at your presence! […]

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Kinship with Jesus

Reign of Christ Sunday  November 26, 2017 In addition to my sermon below, if you have time for a podcast, check out the Nov. 26 rebroadcast of On Being’s interview of Fr. Greg Boyle. Though today’s gospel reading is mentioned specifically at the end, it echoes throughout the entire interview. Listen to the gospel reading […]

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Risking Failure

Sunday, November 19, 2017 24th Sunday after Pentecost This weekend members of Immanuel, including Pastor Steven, traveled to Christ the King Lutheran Church in Gladwin, MI, our partner congregation in the Face-to-Face project. We volunteered together at the community food distribution, shared meals together, stayed in their homes, worshipped with them, and joined them for […]

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Prepared for Abundance

Sunday, November 12, 2017 23rd Sunday after Pentecost  Listen to today’s gospel reading and sermon here: [Jesus said to the disciples:] 1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3When the foolish took their […]

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Upside Down

All Saints Sunday November 5, 2017 Listen to today’s gospel reading and sermon: 1When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:   3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of […]

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I’ll Meet You There

From Conflict to Communion: A Joint Lutheran-Roman Catholic Prayer Service Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Newman Catholic Center October 29, 2017 1I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. 2He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. […]

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What’s Next?!?!?

Reformation Sunday October 29, 2017 A brief note: Today we commemorated the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the 95 theses intended to initiate a reform of the church. We remember with gratitude his commitment to God’s grace through faith as a free gift to all people. We lament the ways his movement resulted […]

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Two Faces

20th Sunday after Pentecost October 22, 2017 Listen here for today’s gospel reading and sermon: 12Moses said to the Lord, “See, you have said to me, ‘Bring up this people’; but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have […]

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Words and Actions

17th Sunday after Pentecost Blessing of the Animals for the Commemoration of St. Francis Sunday, October 1, 2017 Listen to today’s gospel reading and sermon here: 23When [Jesus] entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing […]

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