Sermon for A Epiphany 2 January 19, 2020

Based on Isaiah 49:1-7; 1 Cor. 1:1-9; John 1:29-42

It is right there in the words you heard from Isaiah. God says that it is not enough that you should encourage and restore God’s people. More than that—which is quite a lot!—God gives you as a light to the nations so that God’s mercy and justice will embrace all the earth. That’s what Isaiah 49: 6 means. If you don’t like it, I lovingly invite you to take it up with God. And, today, each of the other biblical readings agree. Continue reading

Christ the King Sunday: November 24, 2019

Karin Liebster, Associate Pastor

Jeremiah 23:1-6
Psalm 46
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43

 

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

Christ the King Sunday is a gift from Pope Pius XI. Only ninety-four years ago, in 1925, he established a new festival to be celebrated on a Sunday late in the year, called Christ the King. Christus rex, Cristo rey.

Pius gave this gift to the church and to the world to declare that Christ the King is the true focal point of the desires of history and civilization. His was an act of protest and objection against the destructive forces of the modern world.

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Sermon for All Saints Sunday (C) November 3, 2019

Duane Larson, Senior Pastor                     

Based on Luke 6:20-31

Robert Frost wrote that “Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.”

As true as this is, on this day, All Saints Sunday, we are more mindful than usual that the saints triumphant who have so much to say are indeed saying it. In fact, they are singing it. They are singing the promises fulfilled of the God who blesses the hungry, the grieving and the abused. Can you hear the singing of the saints? Can you feel the weight of their love for God and you? Do you sense the gravity of the grace in which they and we are steeped? Do you know that their faith now fulfilled in God’s radical generosity means to move each of us in that same direction? Continue reading

Sermon for the Feast of Michael and All Angels September 29, 2019

Duane Larson, Senior Pastor

Daniel 10:10-14; 12:1-3; Revelation 12:7-12; Luke 10:17-20.Today is the feast day of St. Michael and All Angels. It is a “Lesser Festival” always on September 29 and happens today to fall on a Sunday Lutherans typically don’t talk seriously about angels. But why not, and since today’s is convenient for it? Angels heavily populate popular culture; from Precious Moments figurines through myopic cupids, Christmas cards, and creches. There is serious and thoughtful talk about angels throughout almost all religions. And there is, of course, not so thoughtful talk. I personally am not easy with the old Amy Grant song that angels are “watching over me, every move I make.” But let that drippy popsicle simply accent that people everywhere are familiar with the language and the imagery of angels. Continue reading