Sermon – October 4, 2015 – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Pentecost 19 The Apple of My Eye   I know that all of you are familiar with the Stevie Wonder song, “you are the sunshine of my life.” You are the sunshine of my life. That’s why I'll always be around. You are the apple of my eye. Forever you'll stay in my heart. . . . . You are the … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 27, 2015 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-19 Pastor Maggie Falenschek While I was serving my pastoral internship my supervisor and I would meet months in advance to assign which weekends we would each be preaching. This process was pretty random or at least was based mostly on our schedules and I thought the … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 20, 2015 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Pentecost 17 B Pastor Bob Rasmus I’ve got to tell you,  I walked all around this Gospel lesson this week. I looked at it from up and down and sideways, just as I was trained to do. I listened for the voices of the characters. I found the connections of other places where the disciples were … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 13, 2015 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Pentecost 16 Who do you say that I am? Mark 8:27-38 With regular frequency, it seems that Jesus ends up on the cover of a national magazine here and there, asking the question that Jesus posed to the disciples in our Gospel lesson. Who is this guy? There are dozens of answer to that question, … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 6, 2015 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

  Pentecost 15 September 6, 2015 Pastor Bob Rasmus On the wall behind the altar at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, where my brother lives and my mom used to, there are tall icon paintings of saints of the church. There are the usual suspects Matthew, Mark, Luke, … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 30, 2015 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Pentecost 13 August 30, 2016 Pastor Bob Rasmus A Change of Heart I’m finally catching up with the 2013 movies.  One gets a little behind when one has children, you see.  Saw Oz the Great and Powerful a couple of weeks ago.  If you haven’t seen it, it is a recasting of the Wizard of Oz story … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 23, 2015 – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

John 6:56-69 8-23-15 “Lord, to whom shall we go.” One of my friends grew up in a church but stopped attending once she reached her teens—a common phenomenon that I suppose many of us could relate to.  She continued to live her life sans religion well into her young adult years until one day she … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 16, 2015 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Pentecost 12 August 16, 2015 Pastor Bob Rasmus Flesh and Blood I’ve always had something of a low-grade fear that on the Sunday that we read this particular part of the sixth chapter of John, someone who is never darkened the door of the church before in her life is going to sit down wondering … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 9, 2015 – Installation of Pastor Maggie

Installation of Maggie Falenschek August 9, 2015 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I bring greetings to you from all your sisters and brothers in Christ across the Central/Southern Illinois Synod of the ELCA. If you have been here when I have been here in the … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 2, 2015 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Pentecost 10 August 2, 2015 John 6:24-35 As many of you know, I just spent the last four years of my life living, learning, and ministering in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Bay Area is notorious for being one of the largest metropolitan areas with the smallest number of people of faith. Less … [Read more...]