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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost: “Commended for Prudence” (Luke 16:1-15)

Audio: sermon-9-22-19.mp3 The text for our consideration today is the gospel reading from Luke 16 – “The Parable of the Dishonest Manager.”  In this story, Jesus introduces us to a fictitious man who is caught red handed in ‘mismanagement’ of what was entrusted to him.   The story has three scenes. Scene one opens, “There was a […]

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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost: “Jesus, Sinners Doth Receive” (Luke 10:1-10)

Audio: sermon-9-15-19.mp3 The prophet Isaiah and the apostle John both have their visions of God seated on His throne. And in both visions, the angels are hovering over the throne, and in unending worship, they sing the ‘Sanctus,’ “holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts…”  “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God, almighty.” (Is.6:3; Rev. […]

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost: “Unless You Hate…” (Luke 14:25-35)

Audio: sermon-9-8-19.mp3 I must confess to you that on this Sunday when we want to promote and encourage the ‘mission and outreach work’ that we are all called to do as disciples of our Lord, my first reaction when I saw that the Gospel text appointed for today was this one was, ‘oh boy.  Not exactly […]

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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost/Labor Day: The Holiness of Labor (Colossians 3:23-24)

Audio: sermon-9-1-19.mp3 It has been a while since we have used the national holiday of “Labor Day” as the occasion to preach on the doctrine of ‘vocation.’ But that is what we intend to do and so the text for our consideration today is from Colossians 3:23-24. Would you take out your bible and turn to […]

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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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