Sermon for Holy Trinity Sunday, 2019 - Isaiah 6; Romans 11; Matthew 28
I am always afraid when Trinity Sunday comes around. It’s the Sunday where we take time to try and explain this thing that is a mystery. Something that cannot be explained well. The Trinity. One God in three persons. God having a name - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And yet we say, not three gods, but one God. Then we try to use examples of things we find in nature. Water being solid, liquid and gas all at the same time. The egg heresy of the shell, the white and the yolk. The apple with the skin, the flesh, the seeds. Even what I did with the kids. Three stuffed animals, one Eeyore. No, they are three Eeyore's. We can see that. And so this Trinitarian understanding of ours that we confess our belief in, that we opened the service with, and even close it as I bless you in that Name. It is this mystery. This playfulness of God. Three persons, one God. This thing that I have come to consider to be the evidence of the newness of God. Because we use that word God, we may talk about Jesus and the Spirit, but every time we try to meditate on the idea of the Trinity, it should come to us as newness. As something new because we cannot explain it with science or math. Three things cannot occupy the same space at the same time, independent of one another, and yet God does.
Sermon for Pentecost - Given by the blessed Jenny Sherman at Bethany Lutheran Church
Please pray with me. Lord Jesus, please open our hearts today to receive your word, your love and your guidance. Lord, as we celebrate You and the entering of your Holy Spirit, be with us. In Jesus name. Amen
Let me just say, I am not a preacher, I am not a good speaker, I am just a person, like you. Today is Pentecost, Pastor Carleton is attending the Synod Convention and voting on who our new Bishop will be. I will not be speaking on much that has to do with Pentecost, just so you are all aware. As I said, I am not a preacher and don’t know the first thing about being one. I am here to share about my experience with God.
Sermon for the Sunday after the Ascension - John 15:26-16:4a
There is some truth to the old sports adage, “No pain, no gain.” When you are working out, or even just performing manual labor, as you stress your muscles you are actually damaging them. When your body recovers, or repairs that damage, you come back with more muscle fibers, bigger muscles, stronger bodies.
When you break a bone, it hurts, but I have been told that when your body repairs that break, the bone actually becomes stronger. Thicker. Tougher.