Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Holy Trinity - Luke 5:1-11
Sermon for the 4th Sunday after Holy Trinity - Luke 6:36-42
Judge not lest ye be judged. America’s favorite phrase. Don’t judge me. Probably the most overused statement, and the only sermon of Christ even non-Christians know. When we order three Big Mac’s at McDonald’s and our friends look at us funny…don’t judge me. When we sit down with a bucket of ice cream, a serving spoon, and Netflix…don’t judge me. When we go to a white tablecloth restaurant and order a Coors Light…don’t judge me. When we spend too long out in the sun and get a brutal mailman burn…don’t judge me.
Sermon for the 3rd Sunday after Trinity - Luke 15
Three encounters these last couple of weeks. Last Saturday I met a woman at Paul Bunyan Days who shared with me how she felt cast aside sometimes by the church. It started with a discussion about what she might hate about religion. She is a woman in recovery, and also suffers from anxiety and depression. She is new to the church. New to Christianity. She felt judged by the church for not knowing all the words we use. She felt judged by the church for not knowing the bible. She also worried about what the church might think of her and her sins. With her past and the struggles she has. And it was amazing to hear her talk about how she was struggling. How she knew her sins and we talked about how the life of the Christian, as Martin Luther said, is to be one of daily repentance. Daily and regularly turning and fighting against the worst parts of us because in Jesus, our sins still haunt us. Yet she worried about what we might think of her, and she fought what so many others were telling her. A woman on a journey being worked upon by the Spirit, not having the right words or answers and yet one whom Jesus found.
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.
Sermon for Rogation Sunday - Isaiah 55; John 16
Two-thirds of Japan is covered in mountains, did you know that? It is said that those mountains are the reason why Japanese fish tastes so good. The reason why the fisheries of Japan are so well-stocked. It isn’t because the mountains are bigger than other mountains. It isn’t because the mountains come to life and tend the fish. It isn’t because the fish live in the mountains. It is because of the meltwater. Snow falls on those mountains, and then in spring that snow melts and runs down the mountains into the sea. This water carries along with-it minerals and energy that feeds and grows the population of plankton that inhabits the coastlines. This plankton being the source of food for the fish. Well-fed plankton breeding well-fed healthy fish, breeding good tasting fish. Hence, the fish are good because of the mountains. The fish don’t know that. They just show up and eat the plankton. They know where to eat and get their fill. They aren’t even thinking, “Wow. I am going to taste good on someone’s sushi.” No. They are receiving their nutrients and not worried about what the plankton looks like or whether it is free-range plankton or Japanese plankton, or American plankton. It’s food and they’re being gifted it for no reason other than the fact the Lord makes it snow on the mountains, makes the snow melt, which feeds the plankton, which feeds the fish.