Category Archives: Sermons

Pentecost 14: Christian Marriage Counseling (Ephesians 5:22-33)

sermon-8-26-18.mp3 The text for our consideration today is our Epistle reading, Ephesians 5:22-33 – where St. Paul gives us a picture of marriage as it can only be seen through the eyes of faith.  No Sociology text book or Political playbook is ever going to describe ‘marriage’ the way Paul does here. Paul calls marriage […]

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Pentecost 11: Grumbling in the Wilderness (Exodus 16:2-15 / John 6:22-35)

sermon-8-5-18.mp3 “And the whole congregation of the people of Israel GRUMBLED against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.” Which is a shame really, because Moses never really wanted to be a pastor to begin with.  He didn’t like public speaking and was content simply shepherding his father-in-law’s sheep.  But the Lord called him, even from […]

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Pentecost 10: God’s Peace to Noah’s Trauma (Genesis 9:8-17)

sermon-7-29-18.mp3 “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” is a term that we’ve become familiar with as we learn more about the effects that ‘TRAUMA’ can have on a person. Those who serve or have served in the military are particularly vulnerable to PTSD because of the  TRAUMATIC things they have seen and experienced – and ‘trauma’ has its […]

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Pentecost 8: A Matter of Identity (Ephesians 1:3-14)

sermon-7-15-18.mp3 In Arthur Miller’s famous play, ‘Death of A Salesman,” Willie Lohman spends his whole adult life searching for status and recognition from others.  For Willie, life is all about how many people admire and respect him, the measure of which is how many people will turn out for his funeral.  “When I die,” he […]

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Pentecost 7: Praying for Thorns (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

sermon-7-8-18.mp3 After a bit of modest bragging about his exclusive, backstage tour of heaven, Paul writes, “To keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded […]

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Pentecost 6: Helper of the Helpless (Mark 5:21-43)

sermon-7-1-18.mp3 He was at his wits end.  He and his wife had done everything they knew to do for their daughter.  She was only twelve years old, and as soon as it became obvious that there was something wrong, they took her to see every doctor and tried every remedy and exhausted every avenue no […]

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Pentecost 4: Thinking About Death (2 Corinthians 5:1-10)

sermon-6-17-18.mp3 It may not be the most pleasant and cheery topic to talk about, but today we’re going to talk about death.  What are we to think about it?  How are we to think about it?  And maybe the most important thing to say here is simply that we should think about death, because it’s […]

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Pentecost 2: Keeping The Sabbath Day Holy (Mark 2:23-28)

sermon-6-3-18.mp3 The theme that underlies our Old Testament and Gospel readings today has to do with “the proper observation of the Sabbath.”  How do we ‘keep the Sabbath holy’? In our Old Testament reading, Moses preaches to the congregation, telling them that they MUST keep the Sabbath holy and HOW to keep it holy.  In […]

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Trinity Sunday: The Mystery of the Trinity (Athanasian Creed)

sermon-5-27-18.mp3 On Trinity Sunday, we recite the Athanasian Creed and say strange things like, ‘the catholic faith is this, that we worship one God, in three persons and three persons in one God, neither confusing the persons nor dividing the substance.’  Rather than trying to ‘simply things’ and say them with familiar language, today we […]

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Pentecost: The Day of Pentecost (Ezekiel 37)

sermon-5-20-18.mp3 “When the Day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.” It may surprise you to learn that the Day of Pentecost has been on the Church’s calendar a lot longer than Easter or Christmas.  The Festival of Pentecost was established in the Old Testament, when Israel was in the desert making […]

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