Sermon – December 24, 2016 – Christmas Eve

Nativity I Year A Luke 2:1-20   We humans have a real flare for the extraordinary and Christmastime is no exception. The holiday season, especially, comes with some extraordinary expectations. Expectations that gifts are immaculate, decorations are spectacular, travel goes … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 11, 2016 – Third Sunday of Advent

Advent 3 A   The One   A favorite and common motif of book and screenplay authors is the coming of the unlikely hero who will emerge to challenge the predatory and oppressive powers of darkness and evil and chaos.  Think of Neo in the Matrix series, snatched from his techie job … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 4, 2016 – Second Sunday of Advent

Advent 2 A   Peaceable Kingdom Have you ever had the experience of getting a song stuck in your head? One that you just can’t get out? Well, I have a picture in my head. It is of Edward Hicks” peaceable kingdom”. You know the pictures that I’m talking about, don’t you? It is the one … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 27, 2016 – First Sunday of Advent

Advent 1 Year A Romans 13:11-14, Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:36-44   Today marks the first Sunday of Advent, the season in which we wait and prepare for Christ’s coming. It seems simple but Advent is much more multidimensional. Advent is not just simply a time for us to prepare for … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 20, 2016 – Commitment Weekend/Christ the King

Consecration Weekend On behalf of Bishop Roth and your brothers and sisters in the other 125 congregations of the Central/Southern Illinois Synod, I bring you greetings and thanks for the ministry that we share.   I also thank you for the privilege and the opportunity to share in this … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 13, 2016 – Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Pentecost 26 Who Are We? Why Are We Here? What Shall We Do? So, how was your week?  Sleepless, anxious, excited, hopeful?  I’ve hear all of this, some more than others. Couple of years ago, the bishop shared with us a suggestion for how to proceed with congregational reflection. He … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 6, 2016 – All Saints

All Saint Sunday The work of the saints I want to show you something this morning. This is my father's small catechism. In fact it was the catechism for a lot of kids in the homesteads around Cave Hills Lutheran Church in South Dakota. It looks like they passed it around. The Big Blue name in … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 30, 2016 – Reformation

Reformation 2016 The Usual Suspects Included in just about everyone's top 10 list of favorite films has to be the movie Casablanca., starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. It is set in a North African town during World War II – a town managed by the Vichy French who were sympathizers … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 23, 2016 – Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

Pentecost 23, Soliloquy To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? That, at the risk of stating the obvious, is a soliloquy from … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 16, 2016 – Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 18:1-8 Year C In our gospel reading for today, Jesus tells his disciples a parable about prayer, justice, and the nature of God. Seeking after justice is a fundamental response to Christian life. It’s at the core of who we are. With the faith we are given through Christ we are sent out into … [Read more...]