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Baptism of Our Lord: “Jesus’ Baptism and Ours” (Matthew 2:13-17)

Audio: sermon-1-12-20.mp3 In case you hadn’t noticed, today is all about ‘BAPTISM’ – Jesus’ baptism AND our baptism. The curtain opens on the wilderness of Judea to which steady streams of people are traveling from “Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan River…”  Which is odd, because normally the traffic flows from […]

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Christmas 2: “Lost and Found” (Luke 2:40-51)

Audio: sermon-1-5-20.mp3 It’s not every year that we get two Sunday’s to revel in the celebration of Christmas.  More often than not, we just get one Sunday before we’re off to the season of Epiphany.  It’s like that Christmas dinner that took hours to prepare and that was over and done with in under 20 minutes.  […]

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Advent 3: “Patience in Prison” (Matthew 11:2-15)

Audio: sermon-12-15-19.mp3 Last Sunday, we met John the Baptizer in the wilderness, calling people to repent. “In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For John, repentance begins with “confession”.  “Confession” is a legal word.  Policemen and lawyers and judges are interested […]

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Advent 2: “The Kingdom of Heaven is At Hand” (Isaiah 11:1-10)

Audio: sermon-12-8-19.mp3 YouTube: https://youtu.be/8-auK0QpZyU When WWI was finally over in 1918, President Woodrow Wilson declared that the time had come to establish, in his words, “a new world order.” He proposed the establishment of a League of Nations that would work together to maintain a safe and peaceful world, to the end that, the 1st World […]

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Advent 1: “Do You Know The Time?” (Romans 13:11-14)

Audio: sermon-12-1-19.mp3 YouTube: https://youtu.be/K3fqYktdu1c Maybe it’s because I just spent the last couple of days in Chicago and rode the Chicago Transit Authority around town that I thought of the musical group “Chicago.” And maybe it was because our Epistle reading for today begins with these words, “Besides this, you know the time…” that I got […]

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Last Sunday of the Church Year: “Father, Forgive Them” (Luke 23:27-43)

Audio: sermon-11-24-19.mp3 YouTube: https://youtu.be/FZIxjwPBNiE I have counted 21 Sundays now that we have been following our Lord ever since we heard that He “set His face to go to Jerusalem.” And today, on this “Last Sunday of the Church Year” we come to the end of the journey to Jerusalem. From here, the journey continues from […]

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Pentecost 23: “Your Redemption Is Drawing Near” (Luke 21:5-28)

Audio: sermon-11-17-19.mp3 YouTube: https://youtu.be/sFdv3fg3ko0 Today’s gospel reading is full of what any reasonable person would certainly call ‘bad news.’  It starts off with the bad news about the Temple in Jerusalem – as noble and impressive as the building is, it’s going to be destroyed. And then it goes on to say that before that happens […]

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Pentecost 22: “Eternal Life” (Luke 20:27-40)

Audio: sermon-11-10-19.mp3 YouTube: https://youtu.be/MeD7BRKW5QE It was all the way back in July that we got the Word that Jesus “set His face to go to Jerusalem,” and we set our face to follow Him. We took a two week, side trip to visit the Reformation and commemorate All Saints. But now we’re back on the road […]

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All Saints: “The Church Victorious” (Revelation 7:9-17)

Audio: sermon-11-3-19.mp3 YouTube: https://youtu.be/ToM5WBTz9-4 The Festival of All Saints is really the most comprehensive of all of the Festival days on the church’s calendar.  It’s the celebration of Easter and the resurrection of those who have not only died with Christ but who have also been raised with Him and are with Him where He sits at […]

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Reformation 2019: “Don’t Jump” (Romans 3:19-28)

Audio: sermon-10-27-19.mp3 YouTube: https://youtu.be/BKO-A1nZ1eo Ten people are trapped on the roof of a 20 story high burning building.  The only way to safety is to jump across a 25’ chasm onto the roof of the adjacent building.  One person jumps ten feet and falls to his death.  Another jumps 12 feet and falls to his death.  […]

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