“The One Who Serves”

The Sunday of the Passion (C)
“The One Who Serves”
April 14, 2019
Luke 22:1-17

Peace be unto you from the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

I know that you join me, first, at the start of the Lenten Season and then again, at the start of Holy Week, truly desiring to make the most of this time. To not let it pass without due consideration and retrospection. To, in any way we can with the help of the Holy Spirit, make this time more meaningful for us than ever before.

But how does that happen? How do we do that? To understand the all-important aspects and impact of Christ’s Passion? And that includes the concept and reality of “servanthood” in that it plays a key role in all of this.

From the outset, let’s be clear about a few things. Holy Week is all about God serving man. It is all about the Son of God dying for all mankind. There is no greater service… no greater love than this. Not then… not now… not ever.

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“So with His Servants, So with His Son”

The Fifth Sunday in Lent (C)
“So with His Servants, So with His Son”
April 7, 2019

Sermon Text: Luke 20:9–20

Peace be unto you from the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

Look what is before us this morning… the perfect text and perfect timing… and this of no surprise in that our Lord does all things well… all things perfectly.

As we observe the Fifth Sunday in Lent, we know that time is growing short and our Lord’s Passion looms in the not too distant future. So, in preparation of the same… in preparation of Him going to the cross for you, me and all the world, He shares this parable.

What a most amazing one it is for in short order Christ here summarizes all of history, the entire time from the fall of mankind in the garden to His entering Jerusalem, there to suffer and die for us.

“A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants” (Luke 20:9)

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“The Patience of a Father”

The Third Sunday in Lent (C)
“The Patience of a Father”
March 24, 2019

Sermon Text: Luke 13:1-9

Peace be unto you from the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Friends in Christ,

Take a moment, if you will, and reflect on how patient you have been this week. Consider how patient you have been at home… at work… at school… at the store… in traffic. How patient you have been toward family members… your spouse, children, relatives as well as friends, colleagues, and even perfect strangers.

Those who exhibit great restraint… we oftentimes say that they have the “patience of a saint.”  Are people saying that of you? I thought I would ask because I know the answer regarding myself and it isn’t always… many times… what I want to hear.

In our Gospel lesson for today, we have for our consideration, not the patience of a “saint”… but rather the patience of a “father”… our heavenly Father.

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“Patterns to Follow”

The Second Sunday in Lent (C)
“Patterns to Follow”
March 17, 2019

Sermon Text: Jeremiah 26:1-15, Philippians 3:17:4:1, Luke 13:31-35

Peace be unto you from the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

I hardly have to convince you of the importance of patterns in our lives… the importance… the necessity, many times, of following a pattern… of using… referring to… an exact diagram, model or template if you want something to turn out just right… in a desired way.

For example, without a pattern, one can easily ruin an expensive piece of material and even jeopardize a whole project… having nothing to follow… nothing to guide one’s eye… one’s hand… or even one’s heart and mind in the right direction.

What this morning’s lesson, taken from all three Scripture readings for today, reveals to us is that there are very important and essential life patterns, divine patterns for us to follow… patterns that will make all the difference in our life.

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“Long Term Grace, Short Term Memory”

The First Sunday in Lent (C)
“Long Term Grace, Short Term Memory”
March 10, 2019

Sermon Text: Deuteronomy 26:1-11

Peace be unto you from the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, Christ Jesus. Amen.

The text for our consideration this morning is our Old Testament lesson, as well as some of the verses before it. In fact, Deuteronomy 26 begins with Moses declaring to the people,

“When you have entered the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance and have taken possession of it and settled in it, take some of the firstfruits of all that you produce from the soil of the land the Lord your God is giving you and put them in a basket. Then go to the place the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name and say to the priest in office at the time, “I declare today to the Lord your God that I have come to the land the Lord swore to our forefathers to give us.” The priest shall take the basket from your hands and set it down in front of the altar of the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 26:1‑4)   This is the word of the Lord.

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“He Wouldn’t Come Down”

“He Wouldn’t Come Down”Mark 15:1-47

Sermon Notes – Palm Sunday (B)  3/25/18

Pastor Mark H. Hein, St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Lockport, IL

“If I only knew” How many times have we said, thought this? And most times having to do with averting that which caused us heartaches, headaches, pain, problems, and even very serious consequences of our actions. In contrast to this…

The Son of God… the Second Person of the Holy Trinity… knew. Jesus, our Lord and Savior… knew… perfectly. And not just from the beginning… at this, the start of Holy Week… what will happen as He makes His way into Jerusalem.

Not just from then, but always. The eternal Godhead knew… has always known… what would happen in the minutes, hours and days we are about to observe.

Jesus knew. And still He came not only to Jerusalem now, but to earth, then! He left the heavenly, holy realms to come to the stinking cesspool of sin here on earth… to those, all those, who were under the curse of sin – every man, women, child and infant. He took on our flesh and is about to take on our sins.

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“The Message of the Cross”

The Third Sunday in Lent (B)
“The Message of the Cross”
March 4, 2018

Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 1:18–31

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,

So this whole idea that from nothing, God created everything that is… everything that exists. It is all the work of His hands.

This whole idea that the creation of the entire universe, our solar system, this planet and all things on this planet came to be by the Word of God over just six natural, normal days.

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