“Sir, We Would See Jesus”

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (C)
“Sir, We Would See Jesus”
July 28, 2019

Sermon Text: Colossians 2:6–19

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,

On the day of my installation as pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lockport, Illinois, the Reverend William Royer, regional vice present of the Northern Illinois District, gave me a little plaque to go in the pulpit to remind me what being here is all about… what preaching is all about… here in God’s House… here in this sanctuary.

Inscribed on the plaque was the Scripture passage, “Sir, we would see Jesus” … in other words… “we want to see Jesus.”  It is what the Apostle John records as what was said by some Greeks who came to Philip with this request… their sincere request. (John 12:21)

They were only interested in one thing… they came to Philip for one thing… to see Jesus… hear Jesus… know Jesus… because He… Jesus… is the only Person who counts.  The only thing in all of life that counts.

And this is true for all time, certainly our time, certainly every day since that day when a much younger version of myself stepped into the pulpit at the start of Holy Week no less, in 1994.

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“With Thankfulness in Our Hearts”

The First Sunday after Christmas (C)
“With Thankfulness in Our Hearts”
December 16, 2018

Sermon Text: Colossians 3:16-17, Luke 2:22-40

Today’s Gospel lesson declares, “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)  So far, our text.

Peace be unto you from the Savior of the World, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

“Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

And this my friends, in light of the great love and mercy God our Father has shown toward us in sending His only begotten Son, our Savior… Jesus… into the world.

In fact, we just celebrated Christ’s holy nativity. We did so on Christmas Eve and then Christmas Day and in reality, it never ends… our celebration, that is… and our thankfulness… they know no end.

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