Sermon for the 20th Sunday of Pentecost

October 7, 2018
Based on Mark 10:2-16

It was a setup. The kind in which we could take some delight. And some delight this week surely is welcome. I refer to the artist “Banksy.” Banksy is a famed graffiti artist and prankster. He pranked bigtime this week. His picture of a girl reaching for a heart-shaped balloon was auctioned. When it sold for $1.4 million and was legalized, the art self-destructed. A shredder hidden inside the frame bottom remotely started up and destroyed most of the picture, its shreds hanging now below the frame. Continue reading

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost September 30, 2018

Karin Liebster
Pastor for Faith Formation

Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
Psalm 19:7-14
James 5:13-20
Mark 9:38-50

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

Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.

Dear friends, we have come here to this place today trusting that it lets us find solace, hope, peace. Peace within us and peace among us.

Have salt in yourselves, disciples, and be at peace with one another.

After this week’s events in the nation’s capital, we find ourselves yearning for a secure pilot, something we can focus our attention on to understand what it is that is actually going on, and – something to pilot a way forward. Continue reading

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost September 23, 2018

Karin Liebster, Pastor for Faith Formation
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston, Texas

Jeremiah 11:18-20
Psalm 54
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
Mark 9:30-37

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

A child in the first century Mediterranean world is a nobody. A child’s life is characterized by a complete lack of rights and lack of legal status. It is quite the opposite of how we welcome children in our Western world in the 21st century. Children have rights, and for those who have children in their lives, they are at the center of attention. Continue reading

Sermon for B Pentecost 17 “Location and Vocation”

Sermon for B Pentecost 17      “Location and Vocation”     September 16, 2018 Based on Mark 8: 27-38 

Mark seems not to care about an accurate travel itinerary for Jesus and his followers. Last week we learned of Jesus going from Israel into the Gentile northwest, then walked hundreds of miles to the gentile southeast corner of the Galilee by going further north to Sidon. Today we learn that Jesus is back up north, this time more to the northeast near Mt. Hermon, at a place called Caesarea Philippi. This would have been quite the detour again for Jesus, as if his route mimicked the path of a hummingbird. Continue reading

“Re-membering, Montgomery, and National Funerals”

“Re-membering, Montgomery, and National Funerals” 

Sermon for B Pentecost 15      September 2, 2018   Based on Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Today I do not speak with the Gospel text, though I move with Jesus to something deeper than the sanitation policies of 1st century Judaism, about which of course, the Pharisees and Scribes were correct. We must go more to the theme of sanitary souls. Indeed, I am compelled to speak about re-membering. There has much re-membering these past days. These past days the nation has remembered much. Over a week ago, with my dear colleagues Rabbi Oren Hayon, Fr. Neil Willard, and Pr. Michael Dunn, I had a profound experience of re-membering in our Pilgrimage of Lament to the so-called Lynching Museum in Montgomery, AL. The meaning of much of it came together for me when reminded that this past Tuesday was the feast day of St. Augustine. Augustine is one of the four great “doctors” of the early church, and in whose legacy we are deeply shaped as students of an Augustinian monk by the name of Martin Luther. Augustine shaped us spiritually in many ways, one of those most importantly being on the matter of re-membering. Continue reading