Sermon for Ninth Sunday after Pentecost August 2, 2020

Karin Liebster,   Pastor for Faith Formation

Romans 9:1-5   Psalm 145:8-9;14-21  Matthew 14:13-21
COVID-19 time

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

Let’s picture this, dear friends.

Jesus hears of the horrific way his cousin and fellow kingdom of God proclaimer John dies at the hands of Herod. Now he wants to retreat to a place somewhat out of public view, to process and stay under the radar for a while. Continue reading

Sermon for Tenth Sunday after Pentecost August 9, 2020

Karin Liebster, Associate Pastor

Romans 10:5-15    Psalm 85:8-13    Matthew 14:22-33
COVID-19

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

“Storms rage around us and within us and cause us to be afraid.” The prayer of the day could not have summarized our situation any better.

It is good to sail together at this time in the ship that is the church, that is our faith. The storms of this time and the rage how we deal with them, often feel as if the bottom is in the process of being pulled out from under us. The metaphor of the boat tossed about, “tortured” as the text says literally, for endless hours in the dead of the night on the Sea of Galilee readily applies itself to hospital situations, to kitchen tables piled with unpaid bills, to city hall deliberations, police departments, demonstrations mourning the shooting of loved ones, the halls of congress, the space of national cyber security. Storms rage around us. Continue reading

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost July 12, 2020

The Same Word Sown on Different Soils
Karin Liebster, Pastor for Faith Formation

Isaiah 55:10-13
Psalm 65:1-2, 8-13
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

COVID-19 time

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

My father was a pastor, my mother was a trained Christian educator and taught religion in elementary schools. On my father’s paternal side there is a line of pastors going all the way back to the Reformation century, zig-zagging across the family tree in the generational succession. I have two sisters. We were all raised in the same house, exposed in the same manner to faith, faith practices, church, the same dinner conversations, etc. Only I became a pastor, and none of my sisters are actively involved in a congregation. Continue reading

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – July 5, 2020

Karin Liebster,   Pastor for Faith Formation

Zechariah 9:9-12
Psalm 145:8-14
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

COVID-19 time
Celebrating ELCA ordination milestones: 50-40-10

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

What a welcome call, invitation, beckoning. Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens. I will give you rest.

We are in the weirdest time of our lives. Continue reading