Sermon for Holy Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020

Karin Liebster,   Pastor for Faith Formation
Genesis 1:1-2:4a
Psalm 8
(2 Corinthians 13:11-14)
Matthew 28:16-20

COVID-19 time
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Inside me, in the pit of my stomach is a knot. It is similar to the feeling that settles deep inside, when something happens to my/our children. Something that might change the course of life forever, but hopefully, surely, please not, please turn out ok. Continue reading

Needed: A Pentecost Pandemic

May 31, 2020
The Sermon for Pentecost Sunday, Addressing Today’s Toxicity

Based on Acts 2:1-21 and John 20:19-23
It would be best to read the above appointed lessons before reading below.

Pentecost is the birthday of the Church, when The Spirit of Truth and Power of Forgiveness promised by Jesus came to his followers. We Lutherans have not given it a whole lot of attention. Oh, we rev up some excitement. We wear red. We speak in known languages. We roll out our most tear-jerking Lutheran tunes. Now we even wave some streamers. Continue reading

Sermon for the Resurrection of Our Lord April 12, 2020

Duane Larson, Senior Pastor 

Based on Matthew 28:1-10
The Grace of our Risen Lord Jesus Christ be with you all! Dear ones in Christ, Christ IS risen! Can you hear me? Christ IS Risen. And guess what! I can hear you respond, “He is Risen Indeed!” No, I do not have super hearing. My wife will vouch for that. But I hear you. My memory rings loud with your faithful voice. We have said and sung faith enough with each other that we can all hear. Listen. Listen to what stirs beneath and behind and within the confines wrought by infection and dispersion. Hear where you have been in this holy space and other holy spaces. See the flowering and berobed beauty. Smell the lilies and the Vigil’s incense, see the victorious cross and torches as they process by. Re-member the many and varied presences of Christ within your walls and on your tongue. Whoever and wherever you are, you have known this. Continue reading

Sermon – Holy Week during Corona Pandemic – Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020

Karin Liebster, Associate Pastor
Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
Matthew 26:17-30

Holy Week during Corona Pandemic

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

My dear sisters and brothers in Christ near and far,

we gather together tonight in the solemnity of Holy Week, following the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, not in real time as in the real events that took place, but enough in real time that we throw ourselves over the next three days into the drama of the shared meal, the betrayal and arrest, the anxious praying in Gethsemane, the trial, the crucifixion, the dying, and then the being raised from the dead. Continue reading