Dear Members and Friends of Christ the King Lutheran Church,
I write this pastoral letter to you with a heavy heart, in my own voice and on behalf of my dear ministry colleagues here at Christ the King Church. This admittedly long letter likely meets a similar sadness in you. While there is much in our national society to cause concern, the outbreak of bigotry with violence and death in Charlottesville, VA uniquely has horrified us and made us ashamed.
Racism, anti-Semitism, hatred, and bigotry of any kind are faces of the same evil that Christians are always called to counter with prayer and with care for the neighbor targeted by hate. It is the same evil that each of us reject when we reaffirm our baptismal vows; we “renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God;” “the powers of this world that rebel against God,” and “the ways of sin that draw us from God.” Continue reading
On Sunday, September 3, Msgr. Dennis Mikulanis will be the first in a series of outstanding guest speakers for Christ the King Lutheran Church’s Reformation 500 observances. Msgr. Mikulanis will preach at both services on Sunday morning (8:30 and 10:50), speak at the 9:45 a.m. Sunday Forum, and address a luncheon following worship at 12:15 p.m. The luncheon will be open to the public as well as to those unable to attend the morning’s Sunday Forum. An informal luncheon conversation for area clergy and lay leaders is also scheduled for Saturday, September 2, at 11:30 a.m. Continue reading
Join us Sunday, March 19 at 9:45 a.m. as Cantor Rick Erickson will lead Sunday Forum in an appreciation of Martin Luther’s hymns on some of the chief pieces of the Small Catechism. The sudden bursting forth of the Lutheran chorale is one of the most thrilling chapters in the history of the Reformation. It began in December of 1523; by late in the summer of the following year, Luther had written twenty-four of the thirty-six hymns that would come from his pen. Martin Luther understood the unique way in which music helped people memorize things. Thus he used it to teach the tenets of our Christian faith.
Walter Brueggemann is a contemporary theologian who does not hedge his words. He is one of the most prolific and prophetic preachers alive. A popular quote of his aligns closely with the point of our scripture lessons today. He says, “The crisis in the church has almost nothing to do with being liberal or conservative; it has everything to do with giving up on the faith and practice of our Christian baptism and settling for a common, generic U.S. identity that is part patriotism, part consumerism, part violence, and part affluence.” Continue reading
Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
January 29, 2017
Micah 6:1-8; Psalm 15; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Matthew 5:1-12
Jesus is preaching to us on the mountain.
Our mountain is now this nave, a holy place, set aside for the intimate encounter with God, a place filled with the real expectation that a revelation from God right now right here is not out of the question.
We surround Jesus who is seated, and he speaks to you and to me, personally. He speaks to me about people, but it is fine to include ourselves. Go ahead, please do include yourself among the blessed ones. Continue reading