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Easter 2019: By His Wounds We Are Healed (Isaiah 53:4-5)

Audio: sermon-4-21-19.mp3 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yHkpX3ddQo The text for our consideration on the Easter Sunday is from the prophet Isaiah, the 53rd chapter, verses 4-5, which reads, “Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted.  But He was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed […]

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Community Clergy Training Program April 26 @ Hope Lutheran Church

Community Clergy Training Program: Military Culture and the Wounds of War/Building Community Partnerships Many Veterans and their family members seek help for their problems from clergy because they feel the faith community can provide anonymity, confidentiality and a stigma-free environment. Yet clergy members sometimes have limited knowledge about readjustment difficulties and the unique health issues- […]

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Palm Sunday (Luke 19:28-40)

sermon-4-14-19.mp3 It was a busy time for Jerusalem as the annual Passover feast was about to begin.  Thousands of devout Jews from all over the world would travel to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover there.  In fact, many had already arrived.  And in a day long before ‘twitter’ and ‘facebook,’ they heard unbelievable reports about […]

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Free Community Supper April 20

Hope Lutheran Church hosts a free community supper on the third Saturday of every month.  The event is open to all, from 5:00 to 6:30 PM.  We hope to see you here.  Just bring your appetite!

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Lent 4: The Loving Father (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32)

sermon-3-31-19.mp3 “Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him.  And the Pharisees and scribes grumbled saying, ‘This man receives sinners and eats with them.’” What the Pharisees and Scribes didn’t understand, and what many still fail to understand, is that Jesus came into this world to save sinners. “Those who […]

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Lent 3: Living Under God’s Justice and Grace (Luke 13:1-9)

sermon-3-24-19.mp3 Today’s gospel deals with the issue of Divine Justice and how it works.  Do we get what we deserve?  That’s the question that we wrestle with in our system of human justice.  If you poke someone in the eye, it’s not fair if he kills you in return, but it is fair if he […]

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Transfiguration (Luke 9:28-36)

sermon-3-3-19.mp3 “And Jesus said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.  (Luke 9:23-24)  “Come follow me.” It’s the call to discipleship, […]

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Festival of St. Matthias – 2019: No Vacancy (Acts 1:15-26)

sermon-2-24-19.mp3 St. Luke writes a sequel to his gospel that is called “The Acts of the Apostles.”  “In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus BEGAN to do and teach until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles […]

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Epiphany 6: Blessed Are You (Luke 6:17-26)

sermon-2-17-19.mp3 The text is our gospel reading.  Our Lord has just been on a mountain where He prayed through the night.  In the morning, He called His disciples to gather around Him.  Luke doesn’t tell us how many that was but from these disciples He chose 12 who are now referred to as ‘Apostles.’ “And […]

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Epiphany 5: The Fishing Is Too Good (Luke 5:1-11)

sermon-2-10-19.mp3 As we come now to this 5th Sunday in the season of Epiphany, it might be good for us to recall what this season is all about.  The season of Epiphany is all about revealing the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  From the season of Christmas, which was all about […]

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