The Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

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March 10, 2013
Robert G. Moore, Senior Pastor
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston

 

The Readings (New Revised Standard Version) and Psalm (ELW) for the Day:
Joshua 5:9–12
Psalm 32 Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the LORD. (Ps. 32:11)
2 Corinthians 5:16–21
Luke 15:1–3, 11b–32

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

As I was growing up in a “good” middle class home, I took in a lot of the lessons that my parents taught by their example but also their words. I do recall forming the belief that the world was neatly arranged into cause and effect patterns. Continue reading

The Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent

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Robert G. Moore, Senior Pastor

Readings (NRSV) and Psalm (ELW):
Deuteronomy 26:1–11
Psalm 91:1–2, 9–16 God will give the angels charge over you, to guard you in all your ways. (Ps. 91:11)
Romans 10:8b–13
Luke 4:1–13

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

When I was a chaplain in the Texas Medical Center, it did not take me long to arrive at a vivid awareness of our human struggle to know who we are in the midst of adversity. I knew already that prayer was essential to re-establishing that identity in a hospital room.
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The Religious Impact of Rice University on the Houston Community

Sundays, October 7 — November 11, 2012
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. in basement classroom

In celebration of the rich environment which Rice University has provided in the community, Sunday Forum presents five academic leaders to give their perspective on the influence that the university has exerted on the scene and how each one’s work continues to enrich our religious lives.

November 11 Matthias Henze

Matthias Henze holds the Watt J. and Lilly G. Jackson Chair in Biblical Studies at Rice University, where he teaches the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. In January of 2009, Matthias started the Program in Jewish Studies at Rice. Matthias will first talk about the Program, its mission and academic orientation. Then he will discuss The “Declaration of the ELCA to the Jewish Community” from 1994. He is a member of Christ the King Church and married to Pastor Karin Liebster.

October 21, 2012

The Sermon for the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
Robert G. Moore, Senior Pastor
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Houston, Texas

 

Readings (NRSV) and Psalm (ELW):
Isaiah 53:4–12
Psalm 91:9–16 You have made the LORD your refuge, and the Most High your habitation. (Ps. 91:9)
Hebrews 5:1–10
Mark 10:35–45

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

Jesus continues his journey to Jerusalem. Under most circumstances this should have been a happy pilgrimage to the Holy City where Jesus and his disciples would celebrate the covenant relationship between God and the chosen people of Israel.

The whole scene, however, is filled not with joy and celebration. There is a foreboding that hangs over this journey. Jesus has warned the disciples three times with portents of the fate that awaits him in the capital city. Jesus is undeterred in his path toward glory, but that is the problem in the gospel story. Jesus understands his march to Jerusalem as one of suffering and death passing into life. Jesus’ obedience to the will of God will result in God’s revelation of his glory.

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October 7, 2012

The Sermon for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Robert G. Moore, Senior Pastor
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Houston, Texas

 

 

Readings (NRSV) and Psalm (ELW):
Genesis 2:18–24
Psalm 8 You crown us with glory and honor. (Ps. 8:5)
Hebrews 1:1–4; 2:5–12
Mark 10:2–16

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

Jesus runs into trouble yet again as he carries out his mission to proclaim the good news that God’s rule has drawn near. Jesus is dedicated to bearing witness to the truth of God’s rule over creation. His faithfulness to his divine commission is so complete that he willingly sets himself up for conflict with those in charge of the world whether local, regional, national or international. It is for that reason that the power of Jesus’ message is measured by its effect on the powerful, on those with status, and on those who feel secure with respect to their positions in this world. Continue reading