Sermon for November 15, 2020

Sergio Rodriguez, Pastoral Intern
Series A, November 15, 2020,
Lectionary 33: Parable of the Talents

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ, our savior. Amen.

“The People, meaning the Gwich’in people, should hold together, and last winter they had not done so. They had inflicted an injust on themselves and the two old women…” Continue reading

Sermon for A Pentecost 23 – November 8, 2020

Duane Larson, Senior Pastor

Based on 1 Thess. 4:13-18 and Mt. 25:1-13
Among the things for which Jesus is known—and there are a few! — he is known to have taught uniquely with parables. His method was unique because parables could have many dimensions of meaning. Jesus meant them to “crack open” the hearer’s imagination. Indeed, he meant them to engage a person’s or a community’s own history so not only to stimulate imagination, but to illumine the very presence of the reign of God. Continue reading

Sermon for All Saints Sunday (P 22) November 1, 2020

Karin Liebster, Associate Pastor

Revelation 7:9-17, Psalm 34:1-10, 22, (1 John 3:1-3), Matthew 5:1-12

COVID-19

 

 

 

 

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

The gorgeous days of fall in Houston with their bright sunshine and temperatures that actually let us enjoy the outdoors betray the feeling of this time which is for most of us hard because of the many unknowns: the Corona pandemic – will it get worse yet, when will it be over; the economic downturn – how will industries, businesses, our cultural venues survive, how will the landscape of our city change; the election – what will the outcome be, will we be able to speak with each other again assuming a common floor of decency on which we can rely and relate? Continue reading

Sermon for Reformation Sunday, October 25, 2020

Senior Pastor Duane Larson
Based on Romans 3:21-26 and John 8:31-36

Today we celebrate Reformation Sunday. This is not a day of Lutheran nostalgia and triumphalism. It is a day to celebrate and reclaim indeed what Luther and reformers before him and after him reclaimed and recentered so that the Christian faith be celebrated and lived as freedom from authoritarian privileges and so for courageous love on behalf of the neighbor.
So, let’s start with a language lesson. Continue reading

Sermon for September 27, 2020

Sergio Rodriguez, Pastoral Intern

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

“For it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” I struggled this past week to comprehend how and in what fashion God is at work among us. From the death of Justice Ginsburg to the grand jury ruling in the case of Breonna Taylor, I yearned to know how God is working now even as I continue figure out how to be church safely at this time. Continue reading