Sermon for the Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Sermon for the Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost
October 9, 2022
By: Pr. Sergio Rodriguez

“…When he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a Loud voice (Lk 17:15).”

Hallelujah! Let us give thanks to the Lord, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with our whole hearts. Amen.

The Samaritan’s faith, as deeply rooted in Gratitude, Gratitude for God’s restoration through Jesus, is the heart of my message today, entitled: “Gratitude: The deeply rooted response of faith.” In particular, I would like for you to consider two key gestures of gratitude embodied by the Samaritan:

First, Recognition. The Samaritan, as soon as began to his that his flesh was transformed, recognized Jesus as the conduit for God’s gifts.

Second, Response. The Samaritan had to rush back and with his entire being responded with a bodily praise. His faith in God has rooted in him God’s restorative neighbor, the kingdom if you will.

Consider last week’s announcement that, “our revival task now…the stewardship task ahead: to translate our rootedness and revival in faith more deliberately into the way we see ourselves and use the time, talent, and treasure we have been given.” This task of translation begins in gratitude. First, in recognition of God as source for all that we briefly possess during our life on earth. And then in a response of praise where we bear witness to what has occurred within us. It is through Gratitude, that not only do we bring forth fruits to feed the world, but we are even more so deeply rooted in God.

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In Memoriam: Joen Marie Larson

Revelation 21:1-4, 22-26 ; Psalm 90; Saint John 14:1-3

I only met Joen Larson once — on the day we said “Farewell and Godspeed” to her and to Duane on his final day as senior pastor. I didn’t have the privilege of knowing her as so many of you did. I certainly didn’t experience the love you, Duane, and she shared. I never experienced her passion for inclusion of all and equality for all, especially women. Several of you have shared with me your experiences with her — a strong, independent, dependable, and trustworthy confidante, always attentive, an active listener. With deep admiration, you have written of her as an accomplished and admired educator, education administrator, and educator of educators. You tell about the depth and breadth of her caring, especially for young adults, particularly those experiencing disruptive and seemingly endless transitions; how she was “there” for them. You each have fond and very personal memories of Joen, memories I cannot share nor dare interpret. I didn’t know her. But I do know of her courage as she faced the power of death; I do know her faith and yours; and I do know Christ, as you all do; and because of all of that; and because we are determined, even at the grave to sing “alleluia,” I want to tell you a story — a conversation overheard, or at least imagined, a private conversation between a husband and wife– she on her deathbed, he seated close beside, both of them hoping still to say what needed saying most before the end.

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Sermon from Holy Cross / Rally Day Sunday

September 11, 2022  By: Pr. Amandus Derr
Readings: Numbers 21:4b-9; Psalm 98:1-4; 1 Corinthians 1:18-24; Saint John 3:13-17

In nomine Jesu!

Today, every reading and psalm, today’s Gospel, rally day 2022, the blessing of the choir, even this 21st anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks – can be summed up in these five words, “Don’t look back, look up;” ought to be one of our guiding principles for us at Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church as we begin program year 2022-2023 today.

“Don’t look back, look up” is exactly what God is calling us, nourishing us, and filling us with the Holy Spirit to do today but, as we see in both our first reading and in today’s Gospel, doing so is not quite as easy as it may seem. Hence our need for Christ’s nourishment and the Holy Spirit’s energy and direction.

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Sermon for the Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost
September 4, 2022
By: Pr. Amandus Derr
Readings: Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 1; Philemon 1-21; Saint Luke 14:24-33

The loudest, most attention-getting strain of American Christianity today — the kind of “Christianity” that most of our children and grandchildren and their peers want nothing to do with, is triumphalist, defined as “a theology where a church tradition, religious group, or denomination perceive themselves as the ‘victorious’ and superior religion and expression of faith.” Christian triumphalism is nothing new; it has plagued Christ’s Church and its practitioners have plagued God’s world since Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of Rome. Ever since then, Christian triumphalists have taught that they should be in charge of everything; that their interpretation of Scripture and God’s laws must apply to everyone (although they have often exempted themselves); and they are and always have been unabashedly political. They view Jesus, chiefly through the prism of their interpretation of the Book of Revelation, as primarily a warrior; they view the cross – the empty cross – as a military ensign or banner. We hear from them a lot these days, but before we get too caught up in “us” versus “them,” thinking, please take a moment to remember how you once felt – as I once felt – when you sang Arthur Sullivan’s great 19th Century hymn (banned from most hymn books in the mid-1970’s) and lustily belted out:

“Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the Cross of Jesus, going on before.”

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Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost
August 28, 2022
By: Deacon Ben Remmert

Readings: Proverbs 25:6-7, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-1

Grace be unto you and peace, from God our Father and from our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

One of my favorite sung graces that we have learned at camp begins with the words “Be present at our table Lord, be here and everywhere adored…” But considering our Gospel lesson for this morning, I wonder if this is a very wise thing to pray for. Do we really want Jesus to come to our dinner table? Let’s face it, Jesus was not always the most pleasant of dinner guests.

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