“A Pastor’s Message”

“A Pastor’s Message”  Ephesians 5:6-21
The 13th Sunday after Pentecost (B)  8/19/18
Pastor Mark H. Hein, St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Lockport, IL

It was the first thing chanted in our liturgy this morning as we heard in the Introit that, The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding.”  (Psalm 111:10)

And then in the Gradual came the clear injunction to “Fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing!” (Psalm 34:9)

 Finally, in this morning’s reading from the Book of Proverbs, what did it say? “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” (Proverbs 9:10)

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“The Preaching of Peace”

“The Preaching of Peace”  Ephesians 2:11-22
The 9th Sunday after Pentecost (B)  7/22/18
Pastor Mark H. Hein, St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Lockport, IL

“And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.” (Ephesians 2:17)

The “he” is Jesus. The “you” refers to far more than the first recipients of this apostolic letter – Paul writing to the Christians at Ephesus some 1,960 years ago.

The “you” refers to Jew and Gentile alike, the circumcised and the uncircumcised down throughout the ages.

The “you” refers to all men and women, all teenagers and children of every race, color and ethnic origin. Yes, the “you” … refers to YOU… and to me… to us who once were far off, once lost and condemned creatures.

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Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ

The Festival of the Reformation

Sermon Text: Ephesians 2:8-9

Peace be unto you from the Lord of the Church, its Sovereign Head, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

So, what should we talk about? Odd question, I know, on this very special day. The word “reformation” certainly gives it away, but it may not say it all. To this, it would be fitting to add the words “restoration” and “preservation.”

What was reformed was the Christian church here on earth as it was cleansed of so many impurities and pollutants that had been added over time, sad to say, by the very men who were entrusted to keep it pure and undefiled.

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