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Die Taufe: Frisches Wasser im finstern Tal

Freunde, wir leben in schwierige Zeiten. Das letztes mal, dass wir zusammen waren, war es 1. März. Der Frühling war endlich da. Als ich bei Memorial Lutheran alles aufgerüstet hat, kamen vielen vorbei an den Fahrrädern. Die Nachbarschaft war voller Lärm von Rasenmäher, Kinder, und Vögel. Ein Marienkäfer hat mir besucht im Narthex. Winter war vorbei und die Welt war voller Hoffnung. Zwei Tage später kam der Tornado. Die Macht Gottes Schöpfung war klar zu sehen. Read more...

Posted: Sun, May 3, 2020, Words: ~700, Reading Time: 4 min

Baptism: Fresh Water in the Valley

Friends, we live in difficult times. The last time we were together was March 1st. Spring was finally here. When I setup everything at Memorial Lutheran, many people were out on their bicycles. The neighborhood was full of noise from lawn mowers, children, and birds. A ladybug visited me in the narthex. Winter was over and the world was full of hope. The tornado came two days later. The power of God’s creation was clearly seen. Read more...

Posted: Sun, May 3, 2020, Words: ~700, Reading Time: 4 min

Angst vor den Tod

Während der Adventszeit haben wir „O Komm, O Komm Immanuel“ gesungen. In die Weihnachten sangen wir von eine „Stille Nacht“ ob sich Christus geboren war. Am 6. Januar fingen wir mit der Epiphanie — oder die Erscheinung des Herrn — an. Ein Retter wird kommen. Ein Retter ist gekommen. Gekommen, aber nicht wie wir gedacht haben. Wir stehen jetzt in die Mitte der Epiphaniezeit. Die drei Weisen aus dem Morgenland sind schon gekommen. Read more...

Posted: Sun, Feb 2, 2020, Words: ~700, Reading Time: 3 min

His Word has Made it So

“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19 (RSV) In this room alone, how many sermons have we heard on this passage? Dozens? Maybe even hundreds? And, yet, these words are impactful each time. Why? There are two main reasons, I think. The first is guilt. The second is hope. For many people, their hearts sink at hearing this passage. They remember times they were called by Christ, but did not listen. Read more...

Posted: Sun, Jan 26, 2020, Words: ~900, Reading Time: 5 min

Eine königliche Familie

Jesus war geboren in Bethlehem zur Zeit des Königs Herodes. In Judäa gab es nur ein König. Aus der Sicht die jüdische Bevölkerung, Herodes war ein Verräter. Herodes hat - in Name des Römisches Reich - sein eigenes Volk erobert. Der war Vasallenkönig unter Kaiser. Als Vasallenkönig, verlangt Herodes Steuer für Rom auf die Leute. Verräter, Steuereinnehmer, Knecht unter Kaiser. Herodes war kein David. Er wusste es und sein Volk wussten es auch. Read more...

Posted: Sun, Jan 5, 2020, Words: ~700, Reading Time: 3 min

Jederzeit Bereit Sein

In mein Haus ist es kein Geheimnis dass ich kein Fan von den säkularen Weihnachten bin. Ich bin außerhalb der Kirche erwachsen. Als ich ein Kind war, liebte ich die Weihnachten. Die Musik. Die schönen Farben. Nostalgie für eine „bessere Zeit.“ Die Ideen von Freude, Familie, und Frieden. Und, natürlich, die Geschenke. Aber dann, antwortete ich den Anruf Jesu. Die Weihnachten, kam ich zu verstehen, war nicht nur eine Erinnerung von einem netten Mann der schönen Sprüche ausgegeben hat und eine gute Lebensweise ausgeführt hat. Read more...

Posted: Sun, Dec 1, 2019, Words: ~700, Reading Time: 4 min

Allerheiligen: Geeignet mit Christi

Heute feiern wir das Fest, Allerheiligen. Heute pausen wir und nachdenken über unsere christlichen Voreltern; Muttern, Vätern, Omas, Opas, Brüdern, Schwestern, Freunde, usw. „Niemand ist eine Insel,“ sagte der Englischer Priester Pater John Donne. Keiner von uns ist selbstgemacht. Die Gemeinden unsere Erziehung haben uns stark beeinflusst. Heute, aber, reden wir nicht nur über die Vergangenheit. Wir reden um die Jetzt. Was für Leute sind wir? Was für eine Gemeinde bewohnen wir? Read more...

Posted: Sun, Nov 3, 2019, Words: ~700, Reading Time: 4 min

The Common Life of God's Friends — Luke 14:1; 7-14

Audio This week’s Gospel lesson finds us at a fancy Sunday dinner party with Jesus. In the verses omitted from our reading, Jesus meets a sick man on his way to dinner. In an interaction all too common in Jesus’ ministry, Jesus heals the man only to find himself again debating whether that was an appropriate thing to do on the sabbath or not. Sitting down at dinner, the drama of healing a man on the sabbath is fresh on Jesus’ mind. Read more...

Posted: Sun, Sep 1, 2019, Words: ~1700, Reading Time: 8 min

Metaphysical Table of Communion with God and the Saints

The Book of Revelation — or more traditionally the Apocalypse of St. John (better highlighting the genre of apocalypse Fr. Justin spoke about last week) — is a brilliant book to be reading during the season of Easter. Moderns tend to read St. John’s Apocalypse primarily as a prophecy about the “end times.” They aren’t wrong, but to read Revelation and leave with only an urgency to be ready for Christ’s return is to miss the point. Read more...

Posted: Sun, May 19, 2019, Words: ~1600, Reading Time: 8 min

Easter Peace be With You

Readings for Easter II, Year C Sermon Audio Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Amen. Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” There are many sermons that could be preached from today’s readings. St. John’s account of Jesus’ appearance to the disciples and his interactions with Thomas gives us pause to reflect on the many times and ways our faith in Christ has fallen short. Read more...

Posted: Sun, Apr 28, 2019, Words: ~1800, Reading Time: 9 min

Stone: Downfall of the Wicked (Luke 20:9-19)

Luke 20:9-19 — Sermon Audio Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Amen. Days after cleansing the temple, the “chief priests and the scribes with the elders” approach Jesus to question him. In the last several days, especially, Jesus has made a direct and very public critique of how the temple is run. Read more...

Posted: Sun, Apr 7, 2019, Words: ~1700, Reading Time: 8 min

God's Time: Lewis Bell's Funeral

Unexpected death is difficult to process. This time last week, Lewis was responding to a picture of my daughter’s birthday with an animated gif of Cinderella. Now, I stand here. I know I am not alone in this room. We share in the suddenness of it all. In the grand scheme of the world nothing has changed. And yet, in our little corner of things much has changed. For Charlotte, Vickie, Bettie and those closest to Lewis, everything has changed. Read more...

Posted: Sat, Mar 23, 2019, Words: ~1000, Reading Time: 5 min

Jesus Revealing Himself in our Midst

Sermon Audio “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in your sight O Lord, our rock and our redeemer.” The season of Epiphany has been all about God revealing himself to his people. In Advent we await the coming King. At Christmastide we stand awestruck as God enters our filth. In Epiphany we see the perfect revelation of God in Jesus Christ. Read more...

Posted: Sun, Feb 10, 2019, Words: ~1300, Reading Time: 6 min

The Bread of Life II (John 6:35, 41-51)

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Amen. Last week we talked about Jesus being the bread of life. Jesus was trying to show those around him that they were working for the favor of others. The hole they felt — the sense of not belonging — could only be permanently filled by God’s love, the bread of life. Read more...

Posted: Fri, Aug 17, 2018, Words: ~1300, Reading Time: 7 min

The Bread of Life (John 6:24-35)

Let us pray, Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Amen. On Sunday my priest preached a sermon from Ephesians 4 and something from that sermon has sat with me all week. I’d like to share it with you in the context of today’s gospel reading from St. John. Ephesians 4 is all about unity in the Body of Christ. Read more...

Posted: Thu, Aug 2, 2018, Words: ~1400, Reading Time: 7 min