Sermon – November 10, 2019 – Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

Grace and peace to you, this day and every day, from God our Creator, from Christ our Savior, and from the Holy Spirit who gathers us together. Amen.   The year was 2009. The date, June 18th. Our group entered the building’s large interior. The place was packed. In addition to being … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 3, 2019 – All Saints and Stewardship Weekend

All Saints Sunday – Stewardship – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Ephesians 1:11-23   Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. Amen. A couple months I was listening to a science podcast that happened to be about … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 27, 2019 – Reformation and Farewell & Godspeed Pastor Bob

Reformation Sunday and Farewell “ . . . for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more . . . “For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 20, 2019 – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Christ the Same So, we have a couple of the usual suspects in our lesson today from Luke.  When judges come up in the New Testament context it’s usually in a negative fashion, so this guy is no exception. He is self-described as one who does not fear God and doesn’t care about people, so our … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 13, 2019 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

What Are the Odds? A few years back now, novelist and writer on the spiritual life Anne Lamott wrote a book suggesting that all human prayer, when distilled to its essence, comes down to three simple words.  No matter what our life circumstances, no matter how many words we pour into our … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 6, 2019 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Grace and peace to you, this day and every day, from God our Father, Christ our Savior, and from the Holy Spirit who gives us faith. Amen.   As we grow closer and closer to Pastor Bob’s final worship service with us, one of the things that keeps crossing my mind, is that we might not ever … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 29, 2019 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Lazarus and the rich man There is a truly unfortunate form of Christianity these days that makes the claim that God wants us to be rich, and that our riches, thus, are evidence of God’s blessing. So, the implication seems to be, pursue wealth in order to demonstrate God’s favor. That is such an … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 22, 2019 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

“Sweat the Small Stuff” On more than one occasion in my days as a journalist, my news director would look over my copy and tell me that I had buried the lead. That's Newspeak for not getting the most important fact in the most important place, at the top of the story. I think in this story today, … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 15, 2019 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The Character of God Having been around town for 19 years, I’ve come to know quite a few people in the community who don’t belong to St. Matthew.  Not surprisingly, our conversations with these folks often turn to church and when they do, I will sometimes invite people to visit our fellowship.  … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 1, 2019 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

  A Place at the Table I am beginning to clean out some of the cluttered corners of my desk where I would stuff notes to myself, or ideas for sermons, or reminders of something that I probably forgot to do. I found one other day from Mr. Rogers who said, “when I was a boy and I heard … [Read more...]