“A ‘Call Sermon’ for a post-Easter Church!”

Second Sunday of Easter                                          11 April 2021 (Acts 4:32-35   Psalm 133   1 John 1:1-2:2   John 20 19-31) “A ‘Call Sermon’ for a post-Easter Church!” It was exactly 17 years ago this weekend, minus one week when I stood in this worship space and preached a ‘call’ sermon as part of the process of being called … More “A ‘Call Sermon’ for a post-Easter Church!”

“What I know about Easter!”

The Resurrection of our Lord                                                           4 April 2021 (Acts 10:34-43   Psalm 118   1Corinthians 15:1-11   Mark 16:1-8) “What I know about Easter!” If my mother were standing here beside me right now and feeling what I’m feeling, she’d say, “you are a sight for sore eyes!”   That means, “it sure is good to see you!”  It … More “What I know about Easter!”

Palm Sunday: Sacrificial Love – May we do the same…

Mark 11:1-11 Pastor Mike shared in one of his more recent sermons, in response to some particularly difficult moments in this particularly difficult year, that he wasn’t ok.  That the things happening in our world – Covid-19 and its many impacts, heightened political discourse, and the exposure of discrimination left hidden for so long — … More Palm Sunday: Sacrificial Love – May we do the same…

“Sir, we want to see Jesus!”

Fifth Sunday in Lent                                                                                     21 March 2021 (Jeremiah 31:31-34   Psalm 51   Hebrews 5:5-10   John 12:20-33) “Sir, we want to see Jesus!” Today we have before us today an exciting Gospel episode!  It begins with grand anticipation!  Here’s the story.  We are outside the walls of the grand capital city of Jerusalem!  All travel restrictions … More “Sir, we want to see Jesus!”

The Discipline of Love

John 3:14-21 Pastor Wolfgang Herz-Lane – previous bishop of Delaware-Maryland Synod, now serving as lead pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Cary North Carolina – recently shared a news article on Facebook, in which he reflects on experiences in ministry throughout a year of COVID.  Reflections, all of us pastors can relate to. … More The Discipline of Love

A Come To Jesus Moment

Exodus 20:1-17, John 2:13-22 So, a Rabbi and a Pastor were arguing about the ways of religion;  About how to worship – what is appropriate and what is not.  About the character of God – who God is, and how God interacts with what has been created.  About what God expects from God’s people – … More A Come To Jesus Moment

“Not Safe … But Good!”

Second Sunday in Lent                                                         28 February 2021 (Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16   Psalm 22   Romans 4:13-25   Mark 8:31-38) “Not Safe … But Good!” The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, is an absolutely wonderful set of fantasy books for children!  Unfortunately, I did not read them until I was in the seminary, but now, I say with … More “Not Safe … But Good!”

The Flood of Faithfulness

Mark 1:9-15, Genesis 8:6-18, 9:8-13 So, as Pastor Mike shared in his announcements, today marks the first Sunday of the season of Lent.  The 40-day season of penitence and preparation for the Great Three Days of Holy Week and Easter.  The season of fasting, repentance, study, and self-reflection.  A time meant to renew our faith, … More The Flood of Faithfulness

“Gratitude as a Lenten Discipline!”

Ash Wednesday                                                                               17 February 2021 (Joel 2:12-19) “Gratitude as a Lenten Discipline!” I certainly do not need to remind anyone today that this last year has been one of tremendous loss.  We have lost jobs and school and money.  We have gone without hugs and handshakes.  We have gone without grandparents, grandkids and parties.  … More “Gratitude as a Lenten Discipline!”

“The Real Work of Love!”

Transfiguration of our Lord                                                         14 February 2021 (2 Kings 2:1-12   Psalm 50   2 Corinthians 4:3-6   Mark 9:2-9) “The Real Work of Love!” Ok, I know today is Valentine’s Day.  I know you all would really like to hear a heart-throbbing sermon on love.  I would really like to give a pulsating sermon on love!  Well, … More “The Real Work of Love!”