Blessed are you

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
January 29, 2017
Micah 6:1-8; Psalm 15; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Matthew 5:1-12

Karin Liebster 2013-9-1Jesus is preaching to us on the mountain.
Our mountain is now this nave, a holy place, set aside for the intimate encounter with God, a place filled with the real expectation that a revelation from God right now right here is not out of the question.
We surround Jesus who is seated, and he speaks to you and to me, personally. He speaks to me about people, but it is fine to include ourselves. Go ahead, please do include yourself among the blessed ones. Continue reading

Lectio Divina in Lent

During Lent members and friends of the congregation are invited to participate in the spiritual practice of Lectio Divina. This ancient, reflective way of reading scripture elicits personal responses to the reading in the setting of a small, safe group. One group meets Wednesday nights in the basement youth room, 6:15-7:00 p.m. with a 20 minute Lenten Vespers service following. The other group meets Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in room 212 on the second floor. The theme for both Lenten classes will be “Hearing the Promise,” reading the Old Testament lessons for the following Sunday.

Genesis 9:8-17 Covenant with Noah
Genesis 17:1-7,15-26 Promise and Covenant with Abraham
Exodus 20:1-17 Ten Commandments
Numbers 21:4-9 Healing Serpent
Jeremiah 31:31-34 A New Covenant

The Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, August 31, 2014


The Rev. Karin I. Liebster
Pastor for Faith Formation
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Houston, Texas

The Readings:
Jeremiah 15:15-21
Psalm 26:1-8
Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 16:21-28

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

In case you had not noticed, this Jesus demands a lot. The stakes are high.

Jesus tells those who want to follow him, deny yourselves, take up your cross and follow me. And: If your goal is to work hard on saving your own life it will keep you busy until your days’ end without ever having found what you are looking for, and you will have lost it all. I tell you, leave this approach to life and salvation behind and follow me. Tell your hurt egos good bye, stop licking the wounds you have suffered, reacting to the insults, pouring more oil into the fire. Continue reading

Sunday Forum

Violence in the World of God’s Creation

October 13: Justifications for Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is a global problem that knows no economic or racial boundaries.  Although intimate partner violence has declined over the last decade in the United States, the Department of Justice reports that nearly 50% of cases go unreported. Shame and social ostracism are important factors in victims’ reluctance to report abuse. Sociological studies suggest that religious communities and the way they interpret their religious texts can influence whether victims–and perpetrators–seek help. Dr. Shira Lander, Anna Smith Fine Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies at Rice University, will explore biblical texts which have been used to justify domestic violence and offer an alternative, more healing, hermeneutic. Shira received her doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute for Religion. 

October 20: An Update on Gun Violence
Gun violence impacts individuals and society as a whole.  Christ the King Church member Kellye Bowman Burke will give an update on gun violence in America and review what the American Academy of Pediatrics, Harvard School of Public health and other medical, scientific, and law enforcement organizations are saying about it.  Additionally, she will give an overview of current and proposed gun regulations including the recently failed “Toomey-Manchin Background Check” bill.

Martin Luther 
October 27: Martin Luther   A Man for All Seasons
In four years, 2017, we will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the posting of the 95 Theses by Martin Luther on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.   What does this and various other celebrations of the Reformation have do with us? Surely we are past the time of boasting about Lutheran “exceptionalism.”   Still, the man who was so instrumental in changing the history of the church and the world may compel us to examine again the principal teachings and personality of this theological giant.  Pastor Arthur Preisinger will present a view of Martin Luther the Reformer and the man of faith, as well as a look at Luther’s ideas on worship, ethics and marriage. 

Sermon for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 15, 2013
Exodus 32:7-14
Psalm 51:1-10
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke 15:1-10


Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Welcome sinners. Welcome. “By grace you have been saved.” (Confession and Forgiveness, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 96)
Welcome to Christ and welcome to Christ’s table.

I simply take the liberty to greet you in this way today, sisters and brothers, because of the gospel we just heard: Continue reading