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Sermons


July 9, 2017

Sermon: Come To Me

I harken back to a sermon I preached last summer. On the parable of the Mustard Seed called, “A Nest in the Shade”, In which I suggested that this is a place where people can come and sit down And rest for a while in the cool shade of God’s unconditional love and grace. And now, I want to add this one to it. Its’ entitled, “Come to me”...

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July 2, 2017

Sermon: Hospitality

Hospitality…It's little things: A warm, friendly greeting, An invitation to come sit down and rest, A little something to drink and a little something to eat, A genuine interest in someone’s well-being. Its little things. But don’t be misled, hospitality isn’t a little thing...

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June 18, 2017

Sermon: Our Father's Love

On this Father’s Day, I am reminded that earthly fathers come in all shapes and sizes. I am also reminded that they are not all as loving or as caring or as supportive as they should be. And for that I am truly sorry. It shouldn’t be that way...

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May 28, 2017

Sermon: Bind Us Together

Unity. Today, I’d like us all to do some thinking about the unity we share,  And those times when staying together and staying united becomes so important to us, And what it is exactly that unites people like us, And just might be strong enough to keep us together no matter what...

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May 14, 2017

Sermon: God's Presence

Our message today is as simple as 1 2 3. 1. The Lord was made known to them. 2. The Lord is made known to us. 3. Our mission is to make the Lord known to others...

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April 30, 2017

Sermon: The Resurrection of Hope

Did you catch it? There is more than one resurrection in the Gospel today! Not just a bodily resurrection, But also, a resurrection of hope, A resurrection of the hope of two disciples, who had lost their hope...

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April 16, 2017

Sermon: Easter Candles

(Light a Magic Relight birthday candle and hold it up.)
You’ve seen how these birthday candles work, haven’t you?
You blow them out, but they don’t stay that way.
(Blow it out.)
Just when you think they’re out, suddenly, the flame rises again...

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April 2, 2017

Sermon: Jesus Raises Lazarus

Let’s begin with the obvious. This story proves that God has the power to raise the dead to life. And its’ not just a story, it’s a historical account. Not like the dream that the prophet Ezekiel had about the valley filled with dry bones that came to life. That was a vision. This is an event witnessed by many and recorded in the scriptures...

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February 26, 2017

Sermon: It's What's Inside That Counts

Today, the church celebrates the festival known as “The Transfiguration of Our Lord”. But the word transfiguration is not one that most of us are familiar with. So, what is transfiguration? Simply this,
A sudden and dramatic change in form or outward appearance. And in this case, it was dramatic...

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February 12, 2017

Sermon: Law and Gospel

This fall, we will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation that led to the birth of our Lutheran Christian church. So needless to say, this is a big year for us, and a lot of other protestant denominations too...

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January 29, 2017

Sermon: The Teacher

Who are some of the teachers you remember and why do you remember them? For me, they fall into two categories. I remember the ones I liked and who seemed to like me, and then, the ones who were the hardest. That’s’ what we used to call them, the hard teachers...

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January 22, 2017

Sermon: The Light of a New Day

It’s movie night.  Imagine yourself sitting down in front of a big screen with the remote on one knee and a bowl of popcorn on the other.  You pick up the remote and press play.
As the movie opens, a new day is dawning in a place called Capernaum by the sea...

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