Sermon for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost 8/7/2022

Sermon for the Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
August 7, 2022
By: Deacon Ben Remmert

Genesis 15:1-6, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40

Grace and peace to you from our Lord and Savior, Jesus who is the Christ. Amen

It is difficult to believe that the beginning of a new school year is nearly upon us. For the past several weeks we have seen advertisements for back-to-school specials and have noticed the aisles stocked with school supplies at the stores where we shop. We have been helping Christian Community Services Center (CCSC) in their back-to-school drive. In a few weeks, we will be blessing all our students and teachers for another year as Houston area schools begin. We even have students in north Houston that are starting school on Monday. Though it may seem too soon, another school year is upon us whether we want it to be or not.

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Sermon for the Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

Sermon for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
July 31, 2022
Pastor Amandus Derr

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23; Psalm 49:1-11; Colossians 3:1-11; Saint Luke 12:13-2

I’ve said every one of these to myself. Sometimes, “relax, eat, drink, and be merry” precisely describes my experience. Just as often, life feels like “a chasing after wind.” Occasionally, I’ve even experienced all of these in a single day. I’m sure that, in this respect, I’m not particularly unique. One can hardly be a human living these days in this society without experiencing life as exhilaration and frustration, as well as everything else in between. Today’s readings affirm the reality of each of these experiences and simultaneously invite us to use the resources God gives for the living of these days, resources for living that make us “rich toward God.”

It’s all, you see, a matter of orientation.

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Sermon for the Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

Sermon for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
July 24, 2022
Pastor Amandus Derr

Genesis 18:20-23; Psalm 138; Colossians 2:6-19: Saint Luke 11: 1-13

There are two historic impediments to hearing the Gospel today. The first is bad preaching; and by “bad preaching” I mean one or both of two things: Either preaching that makes the Gospel useless; or preaching that turns the Gospel into law; implying that we’ve got to do something to get God to pay attention to us; “if…then” preaching, suggesting that our relationship with God is transactional: we do something for God or to God so God will do something for us. I’ve heard more bad sermons based on today’s Gospel text than on any other. So let’s deal with that impediment now. In today’s Gospel, Jesus is not telling us that if we bug God long enough, God will give us what we want. That’s not Gospel, that’s law, “works righteousness” in Lutheran terms, the exact opposite of Jesus’ absolutely unqualified Good News statement “how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask!” Free gift, not human-like transaction! If you’ve heard that with God “persistence pays off,” please put that notion out of your mind. It’s useless!

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Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost | Rev. Dr. Robert Moore

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
The Rev. Dr. Robert G. Moore, Director
ELCA Wittenberg Center 

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

Kathy and I are delighted to be back among you after a year since our last visit. It is amazing what has happened here in one year’s time. As I preached then concerning the greatness of this congregation, I see once again that your future is taking shape and matters are developing steadily as you look toward the future. I want to look with you into that future and, therefore, am most grateful to Pastor Derr for his trust and for the invitation to preach this morning.

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

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Sermon- July 3, 2022

By: Deacon Ben Remmert

Isaiah 66:10-14      Galatians 6:1-16      Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Grace and peace to you from our Lord and Savior, Jesus who is the Christ. Amen

As I was preparing to write today’s sermon, I came across an article on my Facebook page entitled 20 Actors who Missed Out on Epic Film Roles. It was a fascinating reading how:

  1. 1.Hugh Jackman turned down the role of James Bond in Casino Royale because the script felt unbelievable.
  2.  Robert De Niro was too expensive for the lead role in Big.
  3. Mel Gibson felt he was too old to play Maximus in Gladiator.
  4. Al Pacino passed on being Han Solo in Star Wars for being too weird.
  5. Johnny Depp passed on playing Ferris Bueller due to schedule conflicts.

We all have opportunities that we’ve missed in our lives. Opportunities in school, at work, in love. Just like these actors, we don’t always make the most of every opportunity. Well, this morning we are going to see that God gives us opportunities to serve our fellow man and God wants us to make the most of every opportunity through today’s message in Paul’s letter to the Galatians.

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