The Sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Pastor Robert Moore

April 28, 2013
Robert G. Moore, Senior Pastor
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Houston, Texas

The Readings (New Revised Standard Version) and Psalm (ELW) for the Day:
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
Psalm 148 The splendor of the LORD is over earth and heaven. (Ps. 148:13)
Revelation 21:1–6
John 13:31–35

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

We have heard the word this morning in the marvelous readings of sacred scripture. That is, of course, why we have gathered, to hear the voice of God addressing us, just the way we yearn to hear a parent speak to us lovingly with the words, “my son, my daughter” or simply “Bobby” or “Kay.”

I grew up in a time that perhaps is past but perhaps is not completely behind us. In our society for some reason it was difficult to deal with the words, “I love you.” Continue reading

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 21, 2013
Robert G. Moore, Senior Pastor
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Houston, Texas

The Readings (New Revised Standard Version) and Psalm (ELW) for the Day:
Numbers 27:12-23
Psalm 23 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. (Ps. 23:1)
Revelation 7:9–17
John 10:22–30

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

The presence of the risen Christ is God’s confirmation that Jesus is the one to follow through this life. In the Gospel of John we never know whether we are hearing the voice of the earthly Jesus or the risen Christ. For John they are always one and the same voice giving witness to eternal life which is offered in Jesus name. Continue reading

The Sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter

The Rev. Dr. Robert G. Moore

The Rv. Dr. Robert G. Moore

April 14, 2013
Robert G. Moore, Senior Pastor
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Houston, Texas

The Readings (New Revised Standard Version) and Psalm (ELW) for the Day:
Jeremiah 32:36-41
Psalm 30 You have turned my wailing into dancing. (Ps. 30:11)
Revelation 5:11–14
John 21:1–19

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

You thought we were finished with the story last week when we read the words,

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:30-31)

The witness of the Gospel of John is to the ongoing presence of the risen Christ among the community of the beloved disciples. No sooner has the Gospel seemingly concluded with the promise of life than does John tell yet another story. Judging by rhetorical principles, the whole point of the addendum is to stress the presence of Christ. Three times the Gospel makes reference to the appearance of Jesus. Continue reading

The Sermon for Easter Day, The Resurrection of Our Lord

Robert.Moore.2011_2March 31, 2013
Robert G. Moore, Senior Pastor
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Houston, Texas

The Readings (New Revised Standard Version) and Psalm (ELW) for the Day:
Isaiah 65:17–25
Psalm 118:1B2, 14B24
1 Corinthians 15:19B26
Luke 24:1B12

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

There once was a man who was walking through downtown Chicago as the sun was going down. Already it was dark in the cavernous streets of the “Windy City.” As he passed by one of the famous bars on State Street, he saw a man desperately searching for something underneath the glow of the street lamp.

“Did you lose something, my friend?” asked the man.
“Yes, indeed. I’ve lost my keys,” replied the man, crawling along on all fours.
“Did you hear them drop?” ask the man.
“No, I didn’t,” he responded.
The night grew darker.
“Were you standing here long?”
“No,” said the man. “I was in the parking lot.”
“So why are you looking here?” he queried.
“Well, obviously the light is much better here.”

Brothers and sisters, it was the women who went to the tomb of Jesus in order to face squarely the reality of death by bringing fragrant spices for his body. They looked for Jesus where they expected dead people to be, in the cemetery. Continue reading

The Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

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March 17, 2013
Robert G. Moore, Senior Pastor
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston

The Readings (New Revised Standard Version) and Psalm (ELW) for the Day:
Isaiah 43:16–21
Psalm 126 Those who sowed with tears will reap with songs of joy. (Ps. 126:5)
Philippians 3:4b–14
John 12:1–8

 

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

There is something awesome yet terrifying about being human. Think of it for a moment — in the evolutionary development of the homo sapiens we have become unique. We share biologically with the creatures of this world. Our pets Continue reading