Category Archives: Sermons

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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You get God’s grace! You get God’s grace!

Sunday, September 24, 2017 16th Sunday after Pentecost [Jesus said to the disciples:] 1“The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 3When he went out about […]

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Throwing Out the Record Books

Sunday, September 17, 2017 15th Sunday after Pentecost Listen to today’s gospel reading and sermon: 21Peter came and said to [Jesus], “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.   […]

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Entering the Mess

September 10, 2017 14th Sunday after Pentecost Listen to today’s gospel reading and sermon here: [Jesus said to the disciples:] 15“If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. 16But if […]

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Rock Bottom

12th Sunday after Pentecost August 27, 2017 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15He said to them, “But who […]

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Room for Ice Cream

Sunday, August 20, 2017 Season after Pentecost Listen to today’s gospel reading and sermon here: *Today’s sermon is adapted from a preaching commentary for this Sunday’s texts which I wrote, included for Sundays and Seasons Preaching Year A 2017, published by Augsburg Fortress. 21Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre […]

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