But take heed; I have told you all things beforehand
Sermon / November 18, 2018

Mark 13:14-23 We are nearing the end of the liturgical year, being the 26th Sunday after Pentecost. Next Sunday will celebrate Christ the King, which caps off the year with a reminder of who is our true King, the one who loves us, protects us, and saves us. The reading from the Gospel of St. Mark today is from chapter 13, where there is a long discourse of Jesus teaching about the end times. This occurs on the Mount of Olives, East of Jerusalem. At the very beginning of this chapter, Jesus came out of the temple, where the widow had just placed her two coins, when a disciple said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and wonderful buildings.” I can imagine the big smile on this disciples face when he said this! Then I  can imagine the frown when he heard Jesus’ answer. This great building will be thrown down so that no stone remains on top of another. This is a prophecy of the destruction of the temple that was to come. According to a certain Roman historian, the temple was destroyed in around 70 AD by the Romans after a revolt by the Jews. Sometime later…

The LORD loves the righteous; the LORD cares for the stranger
Sermon / November 11, 2018

The LORD loves the righteous; the LORD cares for the stranger; * he sustains the orphan and widow, but frustrates the way of the wicked. Ps 146:8 If there is one saying of Jesus that always gives your priests pause, it is the one you just heard from the Gospel. “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes…” But before I get into all of that, let me acknowledge this special day, which is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, which ended the fighting between the Allies and the Germans, and prompted the release of Allied prisoners of war, and of interned civilians in Germany. The actual end of the war was not until June 28, 1919, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed. Since 1954, this day has been know as Veterans Day, and today we salute our veterans and their families in our congregation. Thank you all for your service to America.

Submit Yourselves Therefore to God
Sermon / November 3, 2018

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into dejection. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” – James 4:7-12 (13-5:6) In the 4th chapter of the letter of St. James, our author continues his advice for living with a reminder of to whom we belong. Submission in this sense means that we are under the authority of our God and Father. He is our head, our commanding officer, our director and ruler of our hearts.