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Hidden Parables

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Our texts on Sunday came from Matthew chapter 13 and it is a collection of parables.
Parables are challenging to preach on, because usually an explanation accompanies them limiting how you can translate or interpret that into our time and our place.
All of these parables are talking about the kingdom of God and all these parables talk about how the kingdom is hidden.

The first one we have is how the kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, small but grows up to be a mighty bush. It calls to mind the story about how if we have faith the size of a mustard seed. Mustard seeds are not the smallest seeds in the world, but they are pretty mighty; in addition to growing huge bushes, they also took the bland foods of Biblical times and added spice to it. Bishop Richard Jaech at our Southwestern Washington Synod Assembly stated that we, as Lutherans, need to be like mustard seeds, “spicy”. The kingdom of God is small, and its mighty, and its flavorful, and its spicy; so is our role within it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 1, 2017 in Sermon Summaries

 

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Doubt? Ask and Seek

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Our text this Sunday is a common and familiar one, which is read each year the Sunday after the Resurrection. We know this story as “Doubting Thomas”.

On Palm Sunday, I talked about we all have had our moments when we have been Judas (the betrayer) and Peter (the denier); well, we all are “doubting” Thomas.

My question is, who is Thomas before the Resurrection, during this account, and afterwards?

Well, Thomas (according to John) is one of the twelve disciples of Christ, who prior to the Resurrection [Doubting Thomas] story we have two lines from him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2017 in Sermon Summaries

 

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Resurrected into New Life

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We begun our service with the sanctuary darkened, the stain-glass windows covered, and the items of the crucifixion central to our space; in silence, those were removed while symbols of the Resurrection were brought in.

I led the congregation in a Thanksgiving for/Reminder of our Baptism, while in all black; afterwards, I put on the alb (the white robe).

This was all symbolic of our texts for “He is Risen! He has Risen Indeed! Alleluia!”.

Matthew’s account (chapter 28), Mary Magdalene and the other Mary go to the tomb to fulfil their responsibility to care for, to anoint the body. The men are hidden away in a dark room fearful of what the future holds. Now, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary would not have been in any more or less danger than those (male) disciples. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2017 in Sermon Summaries

 

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Dark Room or Tomb?

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Sunday was Palm Sunday and we celebrated it as both Palm and Passion Sunday, embracing the whole of Holy Week primarily focusing on Maundy Thursday [and] Good Friday.

We begun the service with Christ entering triumphantly into the holy city and making preparations for Passover, which Passover this year begins today for our Jewish brothers and sisters.

We begun with our service with that, but we quickly moved to Maundy Thursday with Holy Communion and then moved into Good Friday: the betrayal of Judas, the arrest of Christ, the denial of Peter, the passion/the punishment/the physical endurance of Christ prior to being crucified and then Christ crucified. We ended the service with Christ’s body laying in the dark tomb.

How do you preach such a range of emotions? I primarily let the scriptural readings, the covering of our symbols, the bringing forth of the items from the crucifixion do most of the ‘proclaiming of the Word’.

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Posted by on April 25, 2017 in Sermon Summaries

 

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Death, Life, and Officially Alive

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Our texts this week deals with death and life. Our Ezekiel 37 text is Ezekiel prophesying to dry bones in a vision, which becomes flesh and bone and breathing mortal beings. In John 11, Jesus tells the disciples that Lazarus is asleep meaning Lazarus has died; they travel to Bethany, where Jesus raises Lazarus from the grave.

We, as society, a humanity, struggle with  death to the point that we don’t plainly call death, death. We say loved ones have “passed on”, “crossed over”, “are in a better place”, or with inanimate objects my grandmother would say “has gone the way of the ghost”. Jesus has to tell the disciples that Lazarus has died.

This notion of death and life, or death and resurrection, are not new to Christianity. It is the foundation of our faith, our teaching, [and] our preaching. We are called to die each and everyday to our sinfulness, our selfishness, [and] our self-centeredness in order to be resurrected in new life that is marked by relationship with God and neighbor, one that brings true joy to ourselves.

But, there is another type of death and resurrection, or death and new life that I want to speak to today. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2017 in Sermon Summaries

 

Unexpected and Exposing the Darkness

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This week I had a couple of themes interwoven into my sermon.

The first theme begins with 1 Samuel 16. Samuel, a prophet of our Lord, anoints David as king while King Saul is still on the throne.

David not of the royal family, but of a family of shepherds. David was the youngest of eight sons and the runt of the litter, not who we would imagine God choosing as our king. We know the mighty things that David would come to do. We also know how flawed and sinful of a man he was.  A Dominican (Catholic Order) monk classmate once said “you can sin like King David, if you can repent like him”. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2017 in Sermon Summaries

 

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Royal Robe and Crown

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During Wednesdays in Lent, we’re exploring the items of the passion and crucifixion of Christ. We begin with the royal robe and crown of thorns with the soldiers mocking Christ.

This story made me think about my own life and how, in hindsight, things change. When I was working as a cashier at The Home Depot, I was speaking with a co-worker about how a friend and I just realized we went to elementary school together. Another co-worker said “that makes perfect sense”, to which I replied “what do you mean?”.

The co-worker said “well, the hot cheerleader never knows the average joe”. I started laughing. I explained to him that if he knew me, he would know I wasn’t a cheerleader but I was actually a tom-boy redneck. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2017 in Sermon Summaries

 

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