Luke 6:17-26 The Gospel we heard today begins on a level place, sometimes called the Plain. Earlier in this chapter, we heard that Jesus had gone to a mountain to pray, and had called his disciples, whom he also designated his Apostles. As would become the norm, a large crowd gathered around Jesus. He taught them, and he healed them. In fact so many were trying to touch him that power came out from him and he healed all of them. This was a wonder...

Luke 5:1-11 I am not much of a fisherman. I have tried a few times, and while I enjoy being on the water, in a boat, with someone who is a good fisherman, I have a hard time seeing the joy in it. I have a couple of friends who really enjoy it. One has taken me out for the day, and I almost caught one fish. I enjoyed the company anyway. There is a lot of stuff needed to be a successful fisherman. There is the all important rod and reel, the hooks,...

1 Corinthians 14:12b-20 This is an exciting day! Today we get to welcome a new Christian into our fellowship. And this is a wonderful time of year to do just that. We have just recently celebrated the birthday of Jesus, and his baptism, and his revelation to the world. Baptism is the sacrament of New Birth, that cleanses us from the stain of original sin, and regenerates us into the new life in Christ Jesus. In addition to the Baptism, I will sea...

Prepare the Way of the Lord
Sermon / December 4, 2016

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: `Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'” From the Gospel of St. Matthew. St. Matthew here quotes from the prophet Isaiah in Chapter 40. Verses 3 – 5 are these: A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, Make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the unev...

Put on the Amour of Light
Sermon / November 27, 2016

Let us then lay aside the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light.” From St. Paul’s letter to the Romans. Today marks the first Sunday in Advent. The theme of the coming of the Day of the Lord, or the advent of the Lord to judge the living and the dead is a constant in our teaching of the Gospel. Jesus describes it in the context of the great flood in the days of Noah. No one expected the flood that would destroy the world,...

Christ the King Sunday
Sermon / November 20, 2016

This is the King of the Jews, from the Gospel of St. Luke Today is what is known as Christ the King Sunday. It is also the last Sunday of the Church year, as next week Advent begins. Today we celebrate the Kingship of our Lord Jesus, who ascended into heaven and is seated on the right hand of the Father, as we say in the Nicene Creed. We Americans do not have much experience with Kings and Royalty and such. We know that 240 years ago we...