Seventh Sunday after Pentecost July 28, 2019

Karin Liebster, Associate Pastor

Genesis 18:(16-19) 20-32
Psalm 138
Colossians 2:6-19
Luke 11:1-13

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

Prayer is asking – as in the Lord’s Prayer; and prayer is intercession – as in Abraham’s prayer for his neighbors in Sodom.

Prayer is praise as in the psalm, and thanksgiving as in the Eucharist.

Prayer is public, prayer is private.

Prayer is talking, prayer is singing. Continue reading

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost July 21, 2019

Karin Liebster, Associate Pastor

Genesis 18:1-10a
Psalm 15
Colossians 1:15-28
Luke 10:38-42

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

What brings you here? What is the core of our life here at Christ the King Church for which you keep coming back? When we ask this question, the answer we often get is worship. And rightly so. Worship is at the center out of which all else flows. It is this mix of word and music, the progression from gathering to hearing to praying to sharing a meal to being blessed and sent, – music, singing, chanting woven through and through. It is the mix of order and beauty, of form and freedom, of seriousness and exuberance. And sometimes, in all this, the mystery of God is revealed right in our midst, we know it, and do not even know how it happens. The visitors (or was it just one) at Abraham and Sarah’s tent by the terebinth of Mamre, did they just stop by here? Continue reading

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost July 14, 2019

Karin Liebster, Associate Pastor

Deuteronomy 30:9-14
Psalm 25:1-10
Colossians 1:1-14
Luke 10:25-37

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

Like apprentices in the faith we are led by our lectionary selections during these weeks, circling back yet once more to key questions of our relationship with God, and God’s relationship to us. Today we deal with aspects of love of neighbor, next week, as in a sequel, we deal with the aspect of love of God in the story of Mary and Martha who host Jesus in their house. Continue reading

Third Sunday after Pentecost June 30, 2019

Karin Liebster, Associate Pastor

1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21
Psalm 16
Galatians 5:1, 13-25
Luke 9:51-62

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

For freedom Christ has set us free. (Gal 5:1)

That sounds pretty good at the outset of this week when the United States will celebrate Independence Day on July 4th. 243 years since the Continental Congress declared independence from the British monarchy in 1776, including for everyone inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Continue reading

Sermon for C Trinity Sunday June 16, 2019

Duane Larson, Senior Pastor

Based on John 16:12-15
Despite our common practice suggesting otherwise, it is difficult for rational people to speak “Christianly” about God. Ninety-Nine-point nine percent of the time we speak as if God were not in the room. Sooner or later we will embarrass ourselves; like saying something about someone, then all the facial expressions you see lead you to realize and say, “She is standing right behind me now. Isn’t she!” That moment is what we call “awkward.” Continue reading