Category Archives: Sermons

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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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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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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