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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost: “The Good Samaritan” (Luke 10:25-37)

Audio: sermon-7-14-19.mp3 “When the days drew near for Him to be taken up, He set His face to go to Jerusalem.”  Luke’s ‘travelogue’ of the journey of Jesus continues. Last Sunday, we heard that Jesus sent 72 disciples, “like lambs among wolves,’ to prepare the way before Him by announcing His message of ‘peace.’  “When you […]

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Luke 10:1-20)

Audio: sermon-7-7-19.mp3 I want to begin by establishing the ‘lay of the land’ as we set out on this journey through the season of Pentecost.  Since the Church Year began on the 1st Sunday of Advent, St. Luke’s gospel has been our guide as we follow Jesus.  Next year it’ll be St. Matthew’s gospel and after […]

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Second Sunday after Pentecost: What Have You To Do With Me? (Luke 8:26-39)

Audio: sermon-6-23-19.mp3 I don’t know about you, but sometimes I think that “the world has gone crazy.”  And I know that every generation since Noah has said the same thing – ‘how much worse can it get?’ And I know that every ‘next generation’ seems to take that as a challenge.  And yesterday’s insanity becomes today’s […]

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Pentecost: The Work of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-21)

Audio: sermon-6-9-19.mp3 The Festival of Pentecost was originally one of the two ‘harvest festivals’ established by Moses to serve as a benchmark for the people of God to give thanks for His provision and care for their physical bodies with food. The “Festival of the First Fruits” marked the beginning of the harvest.  On the day […]

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Easter 5: A Little While (John 16:16-22)

Audio: sermon-5-19-19.mp3 The text we want to carefully consider today is our Gospel reading from St. John’s 16th chapter. The setting is the Upper Room in Jerusalem where the Lord is gathered with His apostles for the annual Passover Meal.  This is now the third time they have celebrated the Passover together since He called them […]

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Easter 3: Tying Up the Loose Ends (John 21:1-19)

Audio: sermon-5-5-19.mp3 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVZlPlu09WQ John’s gospel is a bit like some of those movies based on actual history where, after the movie is over and the credits are rolling, the story continues. Actual photos of the people and the places that were portrayed in the movie come onto the screen and some biographical information about what […]

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Easter 2: Easter Perfected in You (John 20:19-29)

Audio: sermon-4-28-19.mp3 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88q5trAmOV4 The sanctuary that was full on Easter Sunday is not as full today.  I wonder why?  I know families who never go to church but who had family over last Sunday for Easter dinner.  I wonder why? Then again, there were lots of people in church on Easter Sunday in Sri […]

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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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