Wait for It

The 20th Sunday after Pentecost (C)

Sermon Text: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4

Peace be unto you from our Triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

There are certainly many jobs that a person can have and we know that they are not all the same in terms of their degree of difficulty, safety, satisfaction, benefits and rewards, etc.

Some jobs seem better than others. We all probably have our “dream job.” But then, too, it would not be hard for any of us to fire off a list of jobs we would not like to do. There is even a television show, “Dirty Jobs,” where you can see what certain work entails and be glad that you do not have to do it.

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One God, One Mediator, One Ransom for All

The 18th Sunday after Pentecost (C)

Sermon Text: 1 Timothy 2:1-15

Peace be unto you from our Triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

In the early 1970’s, a man by the name of Art Fry was a member of a church choir in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mr. Fry, however, was frustrated. Not by the choir, but by his hymnal and the fact that bookmarks he placed on the pages of hymns the choir was set to sing, kept falling out.

But then, Mr. Fry remembered that a few years prior, a colleague of his by the name of Spencer Silver had developed an adhesive that was strong enough to stick to surfaces, but left no residue after removal and could be repositioned and reused.

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Say the Word

The 2nd Sunday after Pentecost (C)

Sermon Text: Luke 7:1-10

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

One of the true joys of hearing the Word of God, reading and studying the Word of God is the opportunity to marvel at what all you find on each and every page… in each and every chapter. It’s the opportunity to see the Word in action even in the simplest of ways. This includes what can take place after the simplest of transmissions of that Word. It is truly astounding.

By all indications, such is the case involving a certain Roman centurion who name we do not know, but certainly his actions… his faith.

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If Anyone Love Me

The Day of Pentecost

Sermon Text: John 14:23-31

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

He was speaking to Judas… at the beginning of our Gospel text that is. It says that “Jesus answered him” but the “him” is not the Judas who betrayed our Lord. It is most likely the other disciple Judas, the son of James, who with the other Apostles is listening to our Savior speak of His impending ascension and what that means for them and for the world.

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