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Pastor Rojas+

By Pastor Rojas+
Sermons from Zion Lutheran Church & School (LCMS), Winter Garden, FL.
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Trinity 21—“Stronger Faith”
Trinity 21—“Stronger Faith”
25:27
October 10, 2021
Trinity 20—“The Wrong Clothes”
Trinity 20—“The Wrong Clothes”
25:59
October 3, 2021
St. Michael & All Angels 2021—“On Angels”
St. Michael & All Angels 2021—“On Angels”
23:54
September 26, 2021
Trinity 16—“Your Funeral”
Trinity 16—“Your Funeral”
26:09
September 19, 2021
Trinity 15—“Don’t Worry”
Trinity 15—“Don’t Worry”
22:22
September 12, 2021
Trinity 14—“Be Thankful”
Trinity 14—“Be Thankful”
23:49
September 5, 2021
The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist 2021—“Weapons Won’t Work”
The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist 2021—“Weapons Won’t Work”
23:23
August 29, 2021
Trinity 12—“Law & Gospel”
Trinity 12—“Law & Gospel”
22:26
August 22, 2021
Trinity 11—“Justified or Condemned”
Trinity 11—“Justified or Condemned”
19:24
August 15, 2021
Trinity 10—(Rev. Andy Wright)
Trinity 10—(Rev. Andy Wright)
15:04
August 8, 2021
Trinity 9 & Baptism of Astrid and Saga—“Baptism and Money”
Trinity 9 & Baptism of Astrid and Saga—“Baptism and Money”
21:33
August 1, 2021
Trinity 8—“False Doctrine”
Trinity 8—“False Doctrine”
20:45
July 25, 2021
Trinity 6—“A Better Righteousness”
Trinity 6—“A Better Righteousness”
20:36
July 11, 2021
Trinity 5—“A Pastor’s Job”
Trinity 5—“A Pastor’s Job”
25:42
July 4, 2021
Trinity 4—“On Judging”
Trinity 4—“On Judging”
20:51
June 27, 2021
Trinity 2—“Back to Church”
Trinity 2—“Back to Church”
21:31
June 13, 2021
Trinity 1—“The rich man and Lazarus”
Trinity 1—“The rich man and Lazarus”
18:41
June 6, 2021
Holy Trinity 2021—“Isaiah 6”
Holy Trinity 2021—“Isaiah 6”
21:53
May 30, 2021
Pentecost 2021 & Confirmation—“The Spoken Word”
Pentecost 2021 & Confirmation—“The Spoken Word”
19:45
May 23, 2021
Easter 7: Exaudi—“The Vale of Tears”
Easter 7: Exaudi—“The Vale of Tears”
23:24
May 16, 2021
The Ascension of Our Lord 2021—“Unlimited”
The Ascension of Our Lord 2021—“Unlimited”
18:46
May 13, 2021
Easter 6: Rogate & The Baptism of Evelyn Anastasia Sams—“Ask the Father in My Name”
Easter 6: Rogate & The Baptism of Evelyn Anastasia Sams—“Ask the Father in My Name”
19:39
May 9, 2021
Easter 5: Cantate—“Convicted By The Spirit”
Easter 5: Cantate—“Convicted By The Spirit”
22:00
May 2, 2021
Easter 4: Jubilate—“Life Without Jesus”
Easter 4: Jubilate—“Life Without Jesus”
23:03
April 25, 2021
Easter 3: Misericordias Domini—“My Voice”
Easter 3: Misericordias Domini—“My Voice”
18:28
April 18, 2021
+Everette Fischer+ | Funeral—“Faithful”
+Everette Fischer+ | Funeral—“Faithful”
18:02
April 16, 2021
Easter 2: Quasimodo Geniti—“Fides Specialis”
Easter 2: Quasimodo Geniti—“Fides Specialis”
19:49
April 11, 2021
Easter 2021—“True”
Easter 2021—“True”
23:43
April 4, 2021
Easter Vigil 2021—“All He Had”
Easter Vigil 2021—“All He Had”
09:03
April 3, 2021
Good Friday 2021—“Not By Force”
Good Friday 2021—“Not By Force”
11:38
April 2, 2021
Maundy Thursday 2021—“Clean”
Maundy Thursday 2021—“Clean”
17:31
April 1, 2021
Palm Sunday 2021—“God’s Choice”
Palm Sunday 2021—“God’s Choice”
14:38
March 28, 2021
Midweek Lent 5—“Infant Baptism” (Rev. David Preus)
Midweek Lent 5—“Infant Baptism” (Rev. David Preus)
17:50
March 24, 2021
Lent 5: Judica—“My Day”
Lent 5: Judica—“My Day”
16:46
March 21, 2021
Midweek Lent 4—“What Does Such Baptizing With Water Indicate?”
Midweek Lent 4—“What Does Such Baptizing With Water Indicate?”
21:58
March 17, 2021
Lent 4: Laetare—“Something Else”
Lent 4: Laetare—“Something Else”
15:41
March 14, 2021
Midweek Lent 3—“How Can Water Do Such Great Things?”
Midweek Lent 3—“How Can Water Do Such Great Things?”
14:11
March 10, 2021
Lent 3: Oculi—“Worse Than Before”
Lent 3: Oculi—“Worse Than Before”
22:35
March 7, 2021
Midweek Lent 2—“What Benefits Does Baptism Give?”
Midweek Lent 2—“What Benefits Does Baptism Give?”
18:12
March 3, 2021
Lent 2: Reminiscere—“Unanswered Prayers”
Lent 2: Reminiscere—“Unanswered Prayers”
18:33
February 28, 2021
Midweek Lent 1—“What is Baptism?”
Midweek Lent 1—“What is Baptism?”
15:53
February 24, 2021
Ash Wednesday 2021—“More Than You Know”
Ash Wednesday 2021—“More Than You Know”
15:37
February 18, 2021
Quinquagesima 2021—“On Christian Love”
Quinquagesima 2021—“On Christian Love”
22:24
February 14, 2021
Sexagesima 2021—“Why Christians Fall Away”
Sexagesima 2021—“Why Christians Fall Away”
22:31
February 7, 2021
Septuagesima 2021—“The Old Adam”
Septuagesima 2021—“The Old Adam”
19:04
January 31, 2021
Transfiguration 2021—“Avoiding the Cross”
Transfiguration 2021—“Avoiding the Cross”
16:23
January 24, 2021
Prayer Service 2021—“Still Here”
Prayer Service 2021—“Still Here”
20:43
January 20, 2021
Epiphany 2—“On Marriage”
Epiphany 2—“On Marriage”
24:45
January 17, 2021
Epiphany 1—“Bad Theologians”
Epiphany 1—“Bad Theologians”
21:57
January 10, 2021
Epiphany 2021—“Not By Chance”
Epiphany 2021—“Not By Chance”
20:12
January 7, 2021
Christmas 2—“The Problem of Evil”
Christmas 2—“The Problem of Evil”
27:44
January 3, 2021
Christmas 1—“The Sword”
Christmas 1—“The Sword”
16:30
December 27, 2020
Christmas Day 2020—“Feeling Christmas”
Christmas Day 2020—“Feeling Christmas”
14:43
December 25, 2020
Christmas Eve 2020—“No Room”
Christmas Eve 2020—“No Room”
13:34
December 25, 2020
Advent 4—“Like a Flower”
Advent 4—“Like a Flower”
20:10
December 20, 2020
Midweek Advent 3—“Unto Eternity”
Midweek Advent 3—“Unto Eternity”
17:53
December 17, 2020
Advent 3—“The Dark Night of the Soul”
Advent 3—“The Dark Night of the Soul”
18:22
December 13, 2020
Midweek Advent 2—“At the Last”
Midweek Advent 2—“At the Last”
13:56
December 9, 2020
Advent 2—“The Last Day”
Advent 2—“The Last Day”
17:22
December 6, 2020
Midweek Advent 1—“Now”
Midweek Advent 1—“Now”
14:16
December 2, 2020
Advent 1—“Wake Up”
Advent 1—“Wake Up”
19:54
November 29, 2020
Last Sunday & Baptism of Andromeda and Freja—“The Oil”
Last Sunday & Baptism of Andromeda and Freja—“The Oil”
23:01
November 22, 2020
Trinity 26—“The Final Judgment”
Trinity 26—“The Final Judgment”
20:40
November 15, 2020
Trinity 25—“On Idolatry”
Trinity 25—“On Idolatry”
19:22
November 8, 2020
All Saints’ Day 2020—“They Will Be Filled”
All Saints’ Day 2020—“They Will Be Filled”
18:57
November 1, 2020
Reformation 2020—“The devil’s Attacks”
Reformation 2020—“The devil’s Attacks”
21:58
October 25, 2020
Trinity 19—“What We Need Most”
Trinity 19—“What We Need Most”
17:42
October 18, 2020
Trinity 18—“Opinio Legis”
Trinity 18—“Opinio Legis”
16:08
October 11, 2020
Trinity 17 & Baptism of Anderson Rojas—“Not Works”
Trinity 17 & Baptism of Anderson Rojas—“Not Works”
18:15
October 4, 2020
Trinity 14—“More to Give”
Trinity 14—“More to Give”
17:41
September 13, 2020
Trinity 13—“Every Sinner”
Trinity 13—“Every Sinner”
19:27
September 6, 2020
Trinity 12—“Physical and Spiritual Deafness”
Trinity 12—“Physical and Spiritual Deafness”
20:51
August 30, 2020
Trinity 11—“Extra Nos”
Trinity 11—“Extra Nos”
20:30
August 23, 2020
+Isri Persaud+ | Memorial Service—“Remember Me”
+Isri Persaud+ | Memorial Service—“Remember Me”
15:28
August 22, 2020
Trinity 10—“God’s Alien Work”
Trinity 10—“God’s Alien Work”
22:54
August 16, 2020
Trinity 9—“Take Heed”
Trinity 9—“Take Heed”
18:53
August 9, 2020
Trinity 8—“Bad Pastors”
Trinity 8—“Bad Pastors”
26:25
August 2, 2020
Trinity 7—“No Means”
Trinity 7—“No Means”
22:59
July 26, 2020
Trinity 6—“Lowering the Bar”
Trinity 6—“Lowering the Bar”
22:45
July 19, 2020
Trinity 5—“Make A Defense”
Trinity 5—“Make A Defense”
23:26
July 12, 2020
Trinity 4—“Be Merciful”
Trinity 4—“Be Merciful”
22:09
July 5, 2020
Trinity 3—“Will God Forgive Me Again?”
Trinity 3—“Will God Forgive Me Again?”
15:36
June 28, 2020
Trinity 2—“Come to Church”
Trinity 2—“Come to Church”
21:15
June 21, 2020
Easter 7: Exaudi—"On Persecution"
Easter 7: Exaudi—"On Persecution" The Spirit of truth testifies of Jesus, who is the Truth. But the world does not receive the Truth. It loves its own and hates those who are of the Truth. Just as Jesus was scorned, so is His church. "The time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service." (Jn 15:26Ñ16:4) Yet it is by Jesus' suffering and death that we are saved. Therefore we rejoice to share in His sufferings, that we may also share in His resurrection glory. (1 Pet 4:7-14) Through the ministry of the Spirit of truth, we are cleansed from the deceit of our idols and given a new heart and a new spirit, the heart and Spirit of Christ. (Ezek 36:22-28) He is now at work in us to have fervent, self-giving love for one another, love which covers a multitude of sins, "that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen."
31:15
May 24, 2020
Easter 6: Rogate—"On Prayer"
Easter 6: Rogate—"On Prayer"
26:15
May 17, 2020
Easter 5: Cantate—"On Suffering"
Easter 5: Cantate—"On Suffering"
25:34
May 10, 2020
Easter 4: Jubilate—"On Despair"
The people of God are pilgrims and sojourners in this world, looking ahead to a destination yet to come. (1 Peter 2:11-20) Though we are now children of God, the fullness of what we shall be has not yet been revealed. (1 Jn 3:1-3) We are those who wait on the Lord. "The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him." (Lam 3:22-33) Jesus tells us that the wait is just a little while. "A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father."(Jn 16:16-22) Though you must experience sorrow for a time, though you must live as strangers in a world that is at enmity with Christ, yet your sorrow will be turned to joy when He returns. "Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength." (Is 40:25-31) The little while of weeping shall be replaced with an eternity of rejoicing in the presence of Christ the crucified and risen Savior. "And your joy no one will take from you."
23:26
May 3, 2020
Easter 3: Misericordias Domini—"I Have Other Sheep..."
The Good Shepherd Cares for His Sheep Our Lord Jesus is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11-16). He is not like the hireling, who cares nothing for the sheep and only for himself, who flees when he sees the wolf coming. Rather, Jesus is the Good Shepherd who seeks out His scattered sheep to deliver them (Ezek. 34:11-16). He gathers them and feeds them in rich pasture. He binds up the broken and strengthens the sick. He lays down His life for wandering and wayward sheep. On the cross, Christ bore in His body the attacks of the predators of sin and death and the devil for you that you might be saved. He now lives to restore your soul in the still waters of baptism, to lead you in the paths of righteousness by the voice of His Gospel, to prepare the table of His holy supper before you, that you may dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23). "For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls" (1 Peter 2:25).
25:17
April 26, 2020
Easter 2: Quasimodo Geniti—"Forgiving & Withholding Forgiveness"
Quasimodo Geniti Introit: Ps. 81:1, 7a, 10, 16b; antiphon: 1 Peter 2:2a Old Testament: Ezek. 37:1-14 Psalm 33 (antiphon: v. 6)\rEpistle: 1 John 5:4-10 ProperVerse: Matt. 28:7b, John 20:26a, c Gospel: John 20:19-31 The Wounds of Christ Give Us Life "For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood" (1 John 5:7). These three point to Christ and flow from Christ. Jesus shows His disciples His hands side, from which blood and water flowed, saying "Peace be with you." He presents the wounds which turn our fear to gladness and which restore us to the Father. Jesus breathes on His disciples and says, "Receive the Holy Spirit" (John 20:23). His breath, His words are Spirit and life. They raise up our dry, dead bones and give us new and everlasting life (Ezek. 37:1-14). Christ now gives His ministers to speak His forgiving, Spirit-filled words to the penitent in His stead. Our Lord continues to come to His people, presenting His wounds to us in the Sacraments of water and blood. He bids us to touch His side at His table, to receive His risen body and blood in true faith, that believing we may have life in His name.
21:43
April 19, 2020
Easter 2020—"My Redeemer"
Easter 2020—"My Redeemer"
21:21
April 12, 2020
Good Friday 2020—"Psalm 22"
Good Friday 2020—"Psalm 22"
19:49
April 10, 2020
Maundy Thursday 2020—"Examine Yourself"
Maundy Thursday 2020—"Examine Yourself"
17:54
April 9, 2020
Palm Sunday 2020—"This Week"
Palm Sunday 2020—"This Week"
13:17
April 5, 2020
Midweek Lent 5—"On the Work of the Holy Spirit"
Midweek Lent 5—"On the Work of the Holy Spirit"
17:20
April 1, 2020
The Wedding of David Sams & Monica Stuckwisch—March 29 A+D 2020
The Wedding of David Sams & Monica Stuckwisch—March 29 A+D 2020
19:43
March 29, 2020
Midweek Lent 4—"On the Holy Spirit"
Created to Be Redeemed Follow the Midweek Lenten Devotions for 2020 by clicking HERE.
23:11
March 25, 2020
Lent 4: Laetare—"Failing the Test"
The Lord provided bread from heaven for His people in the wilderness. (Ex 16:2-21) Now He who is Himself the Living Bread from heaven miraculously provides bread for the 5000. (Jn 6:1-15) This takes place near the time of the Passover, after a great multitude followed Jesus across the Sea, when He went up on a mountain. Thus we see that Jesus is our new and greater Moses, who releases us from the bondage of Mt. Sinai and makes us free children of the promise. (Gal 4:21-31) Five loaves become twelves baskets, that is, the five books of Moses find their goal and fulfillment in Christ, whose people continue steadfastly in the doctrine and fellowship of the twelve apostles, and in the breaking and receiving of the Bread of Life, which is the body of Christ together with His precious blood, and in the prayers. (Acts 2:41-47) So it is that God's people "shall neither hunger nor thirst." (Is 49:8-13) For He abundantly provides for them in both body and soul.
20:32
March 22, 2020
Midweek Lent 3—"On Christ's Exaltation"
Created to Be Redeemed Follow the Midweek Lenten Devotions for 2020 by clicking HERE.
20:27
March 18, 2020
Lent 3: Oculi—“We Will Not Fear”
Lent 3: Oculi—“We Will Not Fear”
21:52
March 15, 2020
Midweek Lent 2—“On Christ’s Humiliation”
Midweek Lent 2—“On Christ’s Humiliation”
15:12
March 11, 2020
Lent 2: Reminscere—“Great Faith”
Lent 2: Reminscere—“Great Faith”
23:20
March 8, 2020
Midweek Lent 1—“On Creation”
Created to Be Redeemed Follow the Midweek Lenten Devotions for 2020 by clicking HERE. 
17:57
March 5, 2020
Lent 1: Invocabit—“Jesus’ Temptation”
Invocabit Introit: Ps. 91:1-2, 9-10, 13; antiphon: Ps. 91: 15-16 Gradual: Ps. 91:11-12 Old Testament: Gen. 3:1-21       or 1 Sam. 17:40-51 Psalm 32 (antiphon: v. 7)       or Psalm 118:1-13 (antiphon: v. 5) Epistle: 2 Cor. 6:1-10       or Heb. 4:14-16 Tract: Ps. 91:1, 4a, 15a, 16 Gospel: Matt. 4:1-11 Jesus Does Battle in Our Place\rIn the Garden, man exalts himself to be a god in place of God (Gen. 3:1-21). He succumbs to the temptation of the devil, and eating of the forbidden fruit, he receives death. But in the sin-cursed wilderness, God humbles Himself to become man in place of man (Mt. 4:1-11). He does not eat but fasts and bears the onslaughts of the devil for us that we may be restored to life. Jesus stands as David in our place to do battle against the Goliath, Satan (1 Samuel 17:40-51). Though outwardly Jesus appears weak, yet He comes in the name of the Lord of hosts. He draws from the five smooth stones of the books of Moses and slings the Word of God. The stone sinks into the forehead, and the enemy falls. In Christ we are victorious over the devil. Let us therefore not receive the grace of God in vain (2 Cor. 6:1-10), but seeing that we have a great High Priest, let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain help in time of need (Heb 4:14-16).
22:53
March 1, 2020
Ash Wednesday 2020—“On Fasting”
Ash Wednesday 2020—“On Fasting”
18:51
February 27, 2020
Quinquagesima—“Saving Faith”
Introit: Ps. 31:1, 5, 9, 16; antiphon: Ps. 31:2b-3 Gradual: Ps. 77:14-15 Old Testament: 1 Sam. 16:1-13       or Is. 35:3-7 Psalm 89:18-29 (antiphon: 20)       or Psalm 146 (antiphon: v. 2) Epistle: 1 Cor. 13:1-13 Tract: Ps. 100:1-3 Gospel: Luke 18:31-43 Faith Alone The seeing are blind, while the one who is blind can see (Luke 18:31-43). Jesus tells the twelve that He is going up to Jerusalem to suffer and die and rise again, but they cannot understand or grasp what He is saying. The meaning of His words is hidden from their sight. However, as Jesus makes His way up to Jerusalem, a blind man calls out to Him for mercy. This blind man sees that Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior, for he calls Him "Son of David." Indeed, Jesus is the Lord's anointed, the keeper of sheep (1 Sam. 16:1-13) who goes to lay down His life for the sheep. He is the incarnate love of the Father who suffers long and is kind, who is not puffed up, who never fails us (1 Cor. 13:1-13). Jesus opens the eyes of the blind (Is. 35:3-7) to see Him not according to outward appearances of lowliness, but according to His heart of mercy and compassion. Those who behold Him thus by faith follow Him to the cross through death into life.
20:59
February 23, 2020
Sexagesima—“Keep on Hearing”
Introit: Ps. 44:1-2, 7-8; antiphon: Ps. 44:23, 25a, 26a Gradual: Ps. 83:18, 13 Old Testament: Is. 55:10-13 Psalm 84 (antiphon: v. 4) Epistle: 2 Cor. 11:19-12:9       or Heb. 4:9-13 Tract: Ps. 60:1-2, 5 Gospel: Luke 8:4-15 Scripture Alone The Sower sows the seed of His Word (Luke 8:4-15). This Word is living and powerful (Heb. 4:9-13) to conceive new life in those who hear it. But the planting of Christ is attacked by the devil, the world, and the flesh. Satan snatches the Word away from hard hearts. The riches and pleasures of this life choke off faith. Shallow and emotional belief withers in time of temptation and trouble. But see how Christ bears this attack for us! Christ's cross was planted in the hard and rocky soil of Golgotha. A crown of thorns was placed upon His head. Satan and His demons hellishly hounded and devoured Him. Yet, through His dying and rising again, He destroyed these enemies of ours. Jesus is Himself the Seed which fell to the ground and died in order that it might sprout forth to new life and produce much grain. In Him, the weak are strong (2 Cor. 11:19-12:9). He is the Word of the Father which does not return void (Is. 55:10-13) but yields a harvest hundredfold.
21:08
February 16, 2020
Septuagesima—“Grace Alone”
Introit: Ps. 18:1-2a, 27, 32, 49; antiphon: Ps. 18:5-6a Gradual: Ps. 9:9-10, 18-19a Old Testament: Ex. 17:1-7 Psalm 95:1-9 (antiphon: v. 6) Epistle: 1 Cor. 9:24-10:5 Tract: Ps. 130:1-4 Gospel: Matt. 20:1-16 Grace Alone The people of Israel contended with the Lord in the wilderness (Ex. 17:1-7). They were dissatisfied with His provision. In the same way, the first laborers in the vineyard complained against the landowner for the wage he provided them (Matt. 20:1-16). They charged him with being unfair, but in reality he was being generous. For the Lord does not wish to deal with us on the basis of what we deserve but on the basis of His abounding grace in Christ. The first-those who rely on their own merits-will be last. "For they were overthrown in the wilderness" (1 Cor. 10:5). But the last, those who rely on Christ, will be first. For Christ is the Rock (1 Cor. 9:24-10:5). He is the One who was struck and from whose side blood and water flowed that we may be cleansed of our sin.
18:53
February 9, 2020
Transfiguration 2020—“Here, Not There”
Introit: Ps. 84:1-2a, 4, 10-11; antiphon: Ps. 77:18 Gradual: Ps. 45:2a, 110:1 Old Testament: Ex. 34:29-35       or Ex. 3:1-14 Psalm 2 (antiphon: v. 7) Epistle: 2 Peter 1:16-21 ProperVerse: Ps. 96:2-3 Gospel: Matt. 17:1-9 Jesus Is Transfigured and Manifests His Glory The Lord appeared to Moses in the light of the burning bush (Ex. 3:1-14). Later Moses' face would shine with the light of God's glory when he came down from Mount Sinai (Ex. 34:29-35). At the Transfiguration, Moses and Elijah appeared with the One who is the Light of Light Himself (Matt. 17:1-9). Jesus' glory as God shines with brilliant splendor in and through His human nature. By this epiphany, our Lord confirmed the prophetic word (2 Pet. 1:16-21), revealing that He is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets. He manifested His majesty as the eternal Son of the Father, and He wonderfully foreshowed our adoption as sons (Collect). We who have been baptized into Christ's body are given a glimpse of the glory that we will share with Him in the resurrection on the Last Day.
18:49
February 2, 2020
Epiphany 3—“Darkness, Weeping & Gnashing of Teeth”
Introit: Ps. 97:1, 10-12; antiphon: Ps. 97:6,9 Gradual: Ps. 102:15-16 Old Testament: 2 Kings 5:1-15a Psalm 110:1-4 (antiphon: v. 2a) Epistle: Rom. 1:8-17       or Rom. 12:16-21 ProperVerse: Ps. 97:1 Gospel: Matt. 8:1-13 Jesus Came for Gentiles, Too The Gospel of Christ is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Gentile (Rom. 1:8-17). Even in the Old Testament, the Gentiles were beneficiaries of God's saving power. Though unimpressed at first with the Word of God, a Syrian commander is persuaded to receive that Word, and in the water he is cleansed and brought to faith in the God of Israel (2 Kings 5:1-15a). Evil is overcome by good (Rom 12:16-21). So also in the New Testament, a Roman centurion demonstrates great and humble faith in the Lord (Matt. 8:1-13). All he needs is the Word of Christ, for he trusts that Jesus' Word of healing has authority to accomplish what it says. And indeed it does. The centurion's faith is praised by our Lord above that of any Israelite. For the last shall be first, and the first last. Apart from faith in Christ, there is no salvation-not even for a Jew-but only weeping and gnashing of teeth.
21:12
January 26, 2020
Epiphany 2—“Insignificant”
Introit: Ps. 66:1-5, 20; antiphon: Ps. 66:4, 92:1 Gradual: Ps. 107:20-21 Old Testament: Ex. 33:12-23       or Amos 9:11-15 Psalm 67 (antiphon: v. 1)       or Psalm 111 (antiphon: v. 9) Epistle: Eph. 5:22-33       or Rom. 12:6-16 ProperVerse: Ps. 148:2 Gospel: John 2:1-11 Jesus' First Miracle Reveals God's Glory The coming of the Messianic kingdom means the restoration of creation. The sign of this restoration is that "the mountains shall drip sweet wine" (Amos 9:11-15). When the elements of a fallen creation fail and run short at a wedding feast, our Lord Jesus steps in to restore creation and miraculously changes water into an abundance of the very best wine (John 2:1-11). With this sign, Christ manifests His glory. The "back" of God (Ex. 33:12-23) is revealed to those who believe. The hour will come when Jesus will again manifest His glory by taking creation's curse into His own body to release us from its power. The Bridegroom will give His life for the Bride (Eph. 5:22-32), and from His side will flow water and blood, the holy sacraments by which she is cleansed and made one with Him. Through this sacrificial love of Christ we are enabled to "love one another with brotherly affection . . ." and to "outdo one another in showing honor" (Rom. 12:6-16).
19:19
January 19, 2020
The Baptism of Our Lord 2020—“Not Self-Washing”
Introit: Ps. 89:1, 26-28; antiphon: Liturgical text, Ps. 89:20 Gradual: Ps. 72:18-19 Old Testament: Joshua 3:1-3, 7-8, 13-17       or Is. 42:1-7 Psalm 85 (antiphon: v. 9) Epistle: 1 Cor. 1:26-31 ProperVerse: Ps. 143:10 Gospel: Matt. 3:13-17 In His Baptism, Jesus Takes His Place with Sinners Our Lord Jesus is baptized "to fulfill all righteousness" (Matt. 3:13-17). He partakes of a baptism for sinners in order that He might be our substitute and bear the judgment we deserve. In the water, Jesus trades places with us. Our sin becomes His sin. His righteousness becomes our righteousness. Our glory, therefore, is in "Christ Jesus, who became to us . . . righteousness and sanctification and redemption" (1 Cor. 1:26-31). Jesus is the "chosen" One sent from the Father to release us from the prison house of sin and death (Is. 42:1-7). Baptized into Christ, we also become the chosen ones, beloved of the Father. We cross the Jordan with Jesus (Joshua 3) through death into the promised land of new life with God.
22:50
January 12, 2020
Christmas 2—“Martyrdom”
Introit: Ps. 8:1, 4-6; antiphon: Ps. 8:2 Gradual: Ps. 106:47; Is. 63:16b Old Testament: Gen. 46:1-7 Psalm 77:11-20 (antiphon: v. 13) Epistle: 1 Peter 4:12-19 ProperVerse: Ps. 145:21 Gospel: Matt. 2:13-23 Jesus Is the Perfect Israel Israel and all his family went and dwelt in Egypt (Gen. 46:1-7). God made a great nation of him there, but that nation would prove unfaithful to the Lord. Therefore, the New Israel came. In fleeing the murderous Herod, our young Lord goes to Egypt (Matt. 2:13-23), that the prophecy might be fulfilled, "Out of Egypt I called my Son" (Hos. 11:1). Jesus brings to perfection what old Israel could not. He is the faithful Israel, the embodiment of the people of God. He offers His perfect and holy life in place of our own. He submits Himself to persecution and suffering in order to save us. Therefore, we should not think it strange when we who are in Christ experience trials because of the faith (1 Pet. 4:12-19). Rather, we rejoice to share in Christ's sufferings, knowing that we will also share in His glory.
20:27
January 5, 2020
Christmas 1—“Ready”
Introit: Ps. 93:1, 3-4; antiphon: Ps. 93:5, 2 Gradual: Ps. 45:2a, 1b Old Testament: Is. 11:1-5       or 2 Sam. 7:1-16 Psalm 89:1-8 (antiphon: v. 8) Epistle: Gal. 4:1-7 ProperVerse: Ps. 93:1 Gospel: Luke 2:(22-32) 33-40 The Seed of David Comes to His Temple A Rod has come forth from the stem of Jesse (Is. 11:1-5)-the Seed of David whose kingdom shall be established forever (2 Sam. 7:1-16). In the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son Jesus to redeem us from the judgment of the Law (Gal. 4:1-7). Now He is presented in the temple in fulfillment of the Law and revealed to be "a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel" (Luke 2:22-40). Christ has enlightened us in baptism, giving us to be adopted as sons of God and heirs of eternal life. Receiving the Holy Sacrament of His body and blood, we are prepared to depart this world in peace, for our eyes have seen the salvation of God in Him.
18:29
December 29, 2019
Christmas Day 2019—“Flesh and Glory”
Introit: Ps. 24:1, 3-5; antiphon: Ps. 2:6-7 Gradual: Ps. 98:3b, 4a, 2 Old Testament: Is. 7:10-14 Psalm 110:1-4 (antiphon: v. 2a) Epistle: 1 John 4:7-16 ProperVerse: Ps. 2:7 Gospel: Matt. 1:18-25 The Word of the Lord Is Fulfilled in the Flesh of Jesus Though Ahaz would not ask, the Lord gives a sign to the house of David, that "the Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel" (Is. 7:14). With this promise, He signifies that salvation is by His grace alone; it is no work or achievement of man, but the Lord's own work and free gift. The promise is fulfilled as the Son of God is conceived and born of the Virgin Mary, and the sign is received in faith by the house of David in the person of Joseph (Matt. 1:20-24). "Incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary" (Nicene Creed), God is with us (Immanuel) in the flesh of Jesus, Mary's Son. Joseph believes that Word of God and so demonstrates a marvelous example in his immediate and quiet obedience, taking Mary to be his wife and caring for her in faith and love. He loves her because the love of God is manifest in this, that "the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world," "to be the propitiation for our sins" (1 John 4:9-10).
17:28
December 25, 2019
Christmas Eve 2019—“The Reason”
Introit: Ps. 24:1, 3-5; antiphon: Ps. 2:6-7 Gradual: Ps. 98:3b, 4a, 2 Old Testament: Is. 7:10-14 Psalm 110:1-4 (antiphon: v. 2a) Epistle: 1 John 4:7-16 ProperVerse: Ps. 2:7 Gospel: Matt. 1:18-25 The Word of the Lord Is Fulfilled in the Flesh of Jesus Though Ahaz would not ask, the Lord gives a sign to the house of David, that "the Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel" (Is. 7:14). With this promise, He signifies that salvation is by His grace alone; it is no work or achievement of man, but the Lord's own work and free gift. The promise is fulfilled as the Son of God is conceived and born of the Virgin Mary, and the sign is received in faith by the house of David in the person of Joseph (Matt. 1:20-24). "Incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary" (Nicene Creed), God is with us (Immanuel) in the flesh of Jesus, Mary's Son. Joseph believes that Word of God and so demonstrates a marvelous example in his immediate and quiet obedience, taking Mary to be his wife and caring for her in faith and love. He loves her because the love of God is manifest in this, that "the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world," "to be the propitiation for our sins" (1 John 4:9-10).
12:15
December 25, 2019
Midweek Advent 3—“Wives”
Midweek Advent 3—“Wives”
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December 19, 2019
Advent 3—“Offended By Jesus”
Gaudete Introit: Ps. 85:1-2, 6, 8; antiphon: Phil. 4:4-5\rGradual: Ps. 80:1-2 Old Testament: Is. 40:1-8 (9-11) Psalm 85 (antiphon: v. 9) Epistle: 1 Cor. 4:1-5 ProperVerse: Ps. 80:2b Gospel: Matt. 11:2-10 (11) John the Baptizer Prepares the Way for the Lord The voice of the Baptizer cried out in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the Lord . . ." (Isa. 40:1). John called the people to be made ready for the Messiah's coming through repentance, for "all flesh is grass" (Isa. 40:6). Now He asks from prison, "Are you the one who is to come . . .?" (Matt. 11:2). Jesus' works bear witness that He is. The sick are made well; the dead are raised, and the poor have the Gospel preached to them. Their iniquity is pardoned; they have received from the Lord's hand double forgiveness for all their sins. The "stewards of the mysteries of God" (1 Cor. 4:1) still deliver Christ's overflowing forgiveness to the poor in spirit, comforting God's people with the word of the Gospel which stands forever. This Gospel produces rejoicing among all those who believe.
21:53
December 15, 2019
Midweek Advent 2—“Husbands”
Midweek Advent 2—“Husbands”
18:24
December 12, 2019
Advent 2—“The Castle”
Populus Zion Introit: Ps. 80:1, 3, 14, 17; antiphon: Is. 62:11b; 30:30, 29 Gradual: Ps. 50:2-3a , 5 Old Testament: Mal. 4:1-6 Psalm 50:1-15 (antiphon: v. 15) Epistle: Rom. 15:4-13 ProperVerse: Luke 21:26b-27 Gospel: Luke 21:25-36 The Lord Comes on the Last Day\rThe day on which our Lord returns will be a "great and awesome day" (Mal. 4:5). For He will come in a cloud with great power and glory. To the wicked and the proud, it will be a Day of judgment that will "set them ablaze" (Mal. 4:1). The signs preceding this Day will bring them fear and fainting. But to those who believe, who fear the name of the Lord, this Day is one to look forward to and rejoice in: ". . . straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near" (Luke 21:28). Christ our Redeemer is coming; the Sun of Righteousness will bring healing in His wings. Let us, then, give attention to the words of the Lord, which do not pass away. Let us "through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures" (Rom. 15:4) be strengthened in our hope by the Holy Spirit and watch diligently for Jesus' coming. Then, by God's grace, we shall escape all these things that will come to pass and stand before the Son of Man.
17:20
December 8, 2019
Midweek Advent 1—"Marriage"
Midweek Advent 1—"Marriage"
17:13
December 5, 2019
Advent 1—“The Same Thing”
Ad Te Levavi Introit: Ps. 25:4-5, 21-22; antiphon: Ps. 25:1-3a Gradual: Ps. 25:3-4 Old Testament: Jer. 23:5-8 Psalm 24 (antiphon: v. 7) Epistle: Rom. 13:(8-10) 11-14 ProperVerse: Ps. 85:7 Gospel: Matt. 21:1-9 The Lord Jesus Comes in Humility to Redeem Us The new Church Year begins by focusing on the humble coming of our Lord. "Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey" (Matt. 21:5). Even as He was born in a lowly manger, so Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a beast of burden. For He bears the sin of the world. He is the Son of David riding to His enthronement on the cross, where He shows Himself to be "The LORD is our Righteousness" (Jer. 23:5-6). Our Lord still comes in great humility to deliver His righteousness to us in the Word and Sacraments. Before receiving Christ's body and blood, we also sing, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" (Matt. 21:9) And as we receive the Sacrament, we set our hearts on His return in glory, for "our salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed" (Rom. 13:11).
18:30
December 1, 2019
Last Sunday of the Church Year 2019—“The Last Sunday”
Introit: Ps. 39:4-5, 7-8; antiphon: Isaiah 35:10 Gradual: Ps. 45:14-15 Old Testament: Is. 65:17-25 Psalm 149 (antiphon: v. 2) Epistle: 1 Thess. 5:1-11  ProperVerse: Rev. 21:2 Gospel: Matt. 25:1-13 By Faith We Are Prepared for Christ's Return "The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night" (1 Thess. 5:1_11). The arrival of the bridegroom will be sudden and unexpected. Therefore you are to be watchful and ready like the five wise virgins. "For you know neither the day nor the hour" when the Son of Man is to return. (Matt. 25:1_13). The lamps are the Word of Christ. The oil in the lamps is the Holy Spirit, who works through the Word to create and sustain the flame of faith in Christ. The foolish are those who do not give proper attention to the working of the Holy Spirit in baptism, preaching, and the supper, and so their faith does not endure. The wise, however, are those who diligently attend to these gifts of the Spirit, and who therefore have an abundance of oil. The flame of faith endures to the end. By God's grace they are received into the eternal wedding feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, the new heavens and the new earth created by the Lord for the joy of His people (Is. 65:17_25).
22:35
November 24, 2019
Trinity 26—“What God Waits For”
Trinity 26—“What God Waits For”
17:41
November 17, 2019
Trinity 25—“The Sign”
Trinity 25—“The Sign”
18:01
November 10, 2019
Reformation 2019—“One Little Word”
First Reading: Revelation 14:6-7 Psalm 46 (antiphon: v. 7) Epistle: Romans 3:19-28  Gospel: John 8:31-36 or      Matthew 11:12-19\n The Son of God Has Set Us Free from Sin and Death by His Grace "Wisdom is justified by her deeds" (Matt. 11:19), and the true Wisdom of God, Christ Jesus the incarnate Son, justifies us by His deeds. He prepares His way by the preaching of repentance, but He has suffered the violence of the Law and voluntarily handed Himself over to violent men, that we might eat and drink with Him in His Kingdom and "remain in the house forever" (John 8:35).  For He is "a friend of tax collectors and sinners" (Matt. 11:19), and He has rescued us by His grace from the slavery of sin and death. By the proclamation of His eternal Gospel "to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people" (Rev. 14:6), "the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law" (Rom. 3:21), "that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus" (Rom. 3:26). And by hearing the Gospel of Christ Jesus, "whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith" (Rom. 3:25), "you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:31_32).
22:14
October 27, 2019
Trinity 18—“God and Neighbor”
Introit: Ps. 130:1-2, 7-8; antiphon: Ps. 130:3-4 Gradual: Ps. 133:1, 3b Old Testament: Micah 6:6-8 Psalm 116:12-19 (antiphon: v. 13) Epistle: Phil. 1:3-11 ProperVerse: Ps. 147:3 Gospel: Matt. 18:21-35 Walking humbly with our God and forgiving one another With what shall we come before the Lord (Micah 6:6) who forgives all our sins, and how often shall our fellow Christians sin against us and we forgive them (Matt. 18:21)? Our gracious God on high does not need our "burnt offerings" or "thousands of rams" (Micah 6:6-7), which we could legitimately offer in thanksgiving. He is the Savior who gave His only-begotten Son for our transgression. He offers the fruit of His body, once hanging dead on a cross but now living and giving life in His holy Meal, for the sin of our souls (Micah 6:7). Because He releases us from our enormous debt of sin against Him, we need not imprison our fellow sinners with our lack of love and refusal of forgiveness (Matt. 18:24, 27, 30). As partakers of His grace, we yearn for one another "with the affection of Christ Jesus" (Phil. 1:8). As forgiven sinners, "filled with the fruit of Christ's righteousness," our "love may abound more and more, with knowledge and discernment" (Phil. 1:11, 9), for He leads us "to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with [our] God" (Micah 6:8).
18:51
October 20, 2019
Trinity 17—“Law or Love”
Introit: Ps. 119:1-2, 5-6; antiphon: Ps. 119:137, 124 Gradual: Ps. 33:12, 6 Old Testament: Prov. 25:6-14 Psalm 2 (antiphon: v.11) Epistle: Eph. 4:1-6 ProperVerse: Ps. 116:1 Gospel: Luke 14:1-11 Whoever Humbles Himself Will Be Exalted "Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence" (Prov. 25:6_14). Rather, take the lowest position at the table. Humble yourself before Him. For your place is not for you to take but for Him to give. Conduct yourself with all lowliness and gentleness, bearing with one another in love (Eph. 4:1_6), that the King may give you glory in the presence of those at the table with you. "For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted" (Luke 14:1_11). Is this not the way of Christ? He is the one who took the lowest place, who humbled Himself even to the point of death for us. He is now exalted to the highest place at the right hand of the Father that penitent believers may be exalted together with Him in the resurrection. To the humble at His Supper He says, "Friend, move up higher," giving you His very body and blood for your forgiveness that you may ascend to take part in the great wedding feast which has no end.
18:03
October 13, 2019
Trinity 16—“Don’t Get Used To It”
Introit: Ps. 86:1, 7, 12, 13; antiphon: Ps. 86:3, 5 Gradual: Ps. 102:15-16 Old Testament: 1 Kings 17:17-24 Psalm 30 (antiphon: v. 5b) Epistle: Eph. 3:13-21 ProperVerse: Ps. 115:11 Gospel: Luke 7:11-17 Jesus Calls forth Life from Death A large funeral procession carrying the only son of a widow is confronted by another large procession, Jesus and His followers. Death and Life meet face to face at the gate of the city (Luke 7:11_17). Filled with compassion, Jesus comes into direct contact with our mortality in order to overcome it. He touches the coffin and speaks His creative words of life, "Young man, I say to you, arise." Jesus does what is neither expected nor requested. For through Christ, God the Father "is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think" (Eph. 3:14_21). Jesus bore our death in His body that we may share in His resurrection. Even as Elijah stretched himself out three times over the Zarephath woman's son (2 Kings 17:17_24), God stretched Himself out over us in the threefold application of His name in the baptismal water, breathing new and everlasting life into us. "To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen."
17:19
October 6, 2019
Trinity 15—“Little Faith”
Introit: Ps. 86:4, 6, 15a, 16; antiphon: Ps. 86:1a, 2b, 3 Gradual: Ps. 118:8-9 Old Testament: 1 Kings 17:8-16 Psalm 146 (antiphon: v. 9a) Epistle: Gal. 5:25-6:10 ProperVerse: Ps. 95:1 Gospel: Matt. 6:24-34 Anxious Bondage vs. Confident Trust "You cannot serve God and money" (Matt. 6:24_34), for they require two contrary forms of service. Worry is the worship given to the false god of mammon, an unbelieving anxiousness and focus on the things of this world. Faith is the worship of the true God, a confident trust that He is a loving Father who will care for all of our needs in both body and soul. The widow of Zarephath served God„ that is, she believed the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah that the bin of flour would not be used up nor would the jar of oil run dry (1 Kings 17:8_16). He who feeds the birds and clothes the flowers will certainly provide for our daily needs. For He has already provided for our eternal needs, clothing us with Christ's righteousness in Baptism and feeding us His body and blood for our forgiveness. With such confidence we are liberated from worry and freed to do good with our material resources, especially to those who are of the household of faith (Gal. 5:25_6:10).
19:24
September 29, 2019
Trinity 14—“A Means to an End”
Introit: Ps. 84: 1-2a, 4, 10b, 11b; antiphon: Ps. 84:9-10a\nGradual: Ps. 92:1-2 Old Testament: Prov. 4:10-23 Psalm 119:9-16 (antiphon: v. 12) Epistle: Gal. 5:16-24 ProperVerse: Ps. 65:1 Gospel: Luke 17:11-19 The Cry of Faith: Lord, Have Mercy The ten lepers cried out from a distance, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" (Luke 17:11_19). Their condition cut them off from God and others. So also do the works of the flesh cut us off from God and others. "Those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God" (Gal. 5:16_24). Thus we cry out with the lepers, "Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy," eagerly seeking His good gifts. Jesus said to the lepers, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed. So too, we walk by faith and not by sight, being confident of Jesus' help before we see any evidence of it, trusting that Jesus' cleansing words of forgiveness will restore us to wholeness in the resurrection. Let us be as the one leper who returned to the true High Priest to give Him thanks and glory. For Jesus bore our infirmities in His sacrifice at Calvary. His words are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh (Prov. 4:10_23).
17:09
September 22, 2019
Trinity 13—“Everybody Else”
Introit: Ps. 74:1-2, 19b, 21b; antiphon: Ps. 74:20a, 21a, 22a, 23a Gradual: Ps. 77:14-15 Old Testament: 2 Chron. 28:8-15 Psalm 32 (antiphon: v. 2) Epistle: Gal. 3:15-22 ProperVerse: Ps. 88:1 Gospel: Luke 10:23-37 Jesus Is Our Good Samaritan The Law cannot help us or give us life. Rather, it confines everyone under sin as wounded and naked before God (Gal. 3:15_22). So it is that two figures of the Law, the priest and the Levite, passed by the injured man on the side of the road (Luke 10:23_37). Only the promised Seed of Abraham can rescue us and make us righteous before God. Only the Samaritan, our Lord Jesus, had compassion, as did the Samaritans of old (2 Chronicles 28:8_15). He came down to us in our lost and dying condition, pouring on the oil and wine of the Sacraments. He placed us on His own animal, bearing our sin and brokenness in His body on the cross to restore us. Jesus brought us to the inn, that is, the Church, and gave the innkeeper two denarii, that His double forgiveness might continue to be ministered to us. In this way the Lord, by whose Law we are torn and stricken, heals us and revives us by His Gospel and raises us up with Himself.
18:55
September 15, 2019
Trinity 11—“The Bear, the Disease, and the Pharisee.”
Introit: Ps. 68:1, 3, 7a, 10b, 19; antiphon: Ps. 68:5b, 6a, 35b Gradual: Ps. 28:7b, 1a, 2a Old Testament: Gen. 4:1-15 Psalm 50:7-23 (antiphon: v. 14) Epistle: Eph. 2:1-10       or 1 Cor. 15:1-10 ProperVerse: Ps. 90:1 Gospel: Luke 18:9-14 The Lord Lifts Up the Lowly "And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard" (Gen. 4:1_15). For unlike Abel, Cain's offering did not proceed from a heart that revered and trusted in the Lord. Thus, the lowly tax collector who prayed, "God, be merciful to me, a sinner!" was the one who went down to his house justified before God, not the respectable, outwardly righteous Pharisee who trusted in himself and his own good living (Luke 18:9_14). "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast" (Eph. 2:1_10). The one who penitently despairs of his own righteousness and relies completely on the atoning mercy of God in Christ is the one who is declared righteous. For Christ died for our sins and rose again the third day (1 Cor. 15:1_10). Therefore, "everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."
16:20
September 1, 2019
Trinity 10—“The Saddest Sunday”
Introit: Ps. 55:1, 4-5, 16; antiphon: Ps. 55:16a, 17b, 18a, 22a Gradual: Ps. 17:8, 2 Old Testament: Jer. 8:4-12       or Jer. 7:1-11 Psalm 92 (antiphon: v. 4) Epistle: Rom. 9:30-10:4       or 1 Cor. 12:1-11 ProperVerse: Ps. 88:1 Gospel: Luke 19:41-48 Jesus Weeps for Jerusalem Our Lord wept over Jerusalem for the destruction that would soon come upon her. For she did not recognize the time of God's visitation in Christ, who had come to bring her peace (Luke 19:41_48). Through His prophets God had consistently called His people to turn from their deceit and false worship. "But My people do not know the judgments of the Lord" (Jer. 8:4_12). They sought to establish their own righteousness rather than receive Christ's righteousness through faith (Rom. 9:30_10:4). So it was that God was in His temple to cleanse it, a precursor to the once-for-all cleansing from sin which He would accomplish in the temple of His own body on the cross. God grant us to know the things that make for our peace„His visitation in the Word and Sacraments„that by the Holy Spirit we may penitently confess "Jesus is Lord" (1 Cor. 12:1_11).
18:31
August 25, 2019
Trinity 9—“Money”
Introit: Ps. 54:1-3, 7; antiphon: Ps. 54:4-5 Gradual: Ps. 8:1 Old Testament: 2 Sam. 22:26-34 Psalm 51:1-12 (antiphon: v. 18) Epistle: 1 Cor. 10:6-13 ProperVerse: Ps. 112:1 Gospel: Luke 16:1-9 (10-13) The Steward's Shrewdness Sanctified "The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness" (Luke 16:1_9). The steward's shrewdness is praiseworthy for two reasons. First, he knew the master would be merciful. He trusted that the master would honor the debts he forgave in the master's name. In the same way, though we have squandered our heavenly Father's possessions in selfishness and sin, Jesus is the Steward who has canceled our debt, knowing that His forgiveness will be honored by the Father because of the holy cross. Secondly, the steward was shrewd in using oil and wheat to provide for his earthly welfare. So also do these earthly elements aid us when pressed into heavenly use in the anointing of baptism and the wheat of the Lord's Supper. Those who have the Sacraments will have an eternal home when their earthly home fails. These provide us aid in times of temptation (1 Cor. 10:6_13). For the Lord is our strength and a shield to all who trust in Him (2 Sam. 22:26_34).
16:45
August 18, 2019
Trinity 8—“The Worst Thing”
Introit: Ps. 48:1, 3, 11, 14; antiphon: Ps. 48:9-10 Gradual: Ps. 31:2b,1a Old Testament: Jer. 23:16-29 Psalm 26 (antiphon: v. 12) NT or Ep: Acts 20:27-38       or Rom. 8:12-17 ProperVerse: Ps. 78:1 Gospel: Matt. 7:15-23 Beware of False Prophets "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves" (Matt. 7:15). Deceit has its strength in masquerading as the truth. False prophets speak a vision of their own heart, not from the mouth of the Lord (Jer. 23:16_29). They deny the judgment of the Lord, speaking peace to the unrepentant, when in truth there is condemnation and wrath. "You will recognize them by their fruits" (Matt. 7:20). The "fruits" of a true prophet are not outward righteousness or success but faithfulness in proclaiming the Word of the Lord. This is the will of the Father in heaven, that pastors take heed to the flock, the Father's adopted ones (Rom. 8:12_17), warning them against the wolves and their lies, and shepherding the Church of God which He purchased with His own blood (Acts 20:27_38). For indeed, the cross is that good tree bearing good fruit„namely, the body and blood of Christ, given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.
19:04
August 11, 2019
Trinity 7—“What God Cares For”
Introit: Ps. 47:3, 6-8; antiphon: Ps. 47:1-2 Gradual: Ps. 34:11, 5 Old Testament: Gen. 2:7-17 Psalm 33:1-11 (antiphon: v. 6) Epistle: Rom. 6:19-23 ProperVerse: Ps. 47:1 Gospel: Mark 8:1-9 Jesus Restores Paradise and Feeds Us Freely In the Garden of Eden, our first parents received food freely from the gracious hand of God, apart from any burdensome work (Gen 2:7_17). But after the fall, food would be received only through toil and labor. The curse declared, "By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground . . ." (Gen. 3:19). In other words, "The wages of sin is death" (Rom. 6:23). But into this wilderness world came Jesus the Messiah to restore creation. Having compassion on the weary multitudes, He renewed the bounty of Eden on the third day, freely granting an abundance of bread to the 4,000 (Mark 8:1_9). So also our Lord Jesus, having endured the burden of our sin, was raised on the third day to bring us back to Paradise. He now miraculously turns the bread of death into the Bread of Life in the Sacrament, giving you His very body and blood for your forgiveness. For "the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom. 6:23).
18:01
August 4, 2019
Trinity 6—“Fake Humility”
Introit: Ps. 28:1-2, 7; antiphon: Ps. 28:8-9 Gradual: Ps. 90:13, 1, 2b Old Testament: Ex. 20:1-17 Psalm 19 (antiphon: v. 8) Epistle: Rom. 6:(1-2) 3-11 ProperVerse: Ps. 31:1 Gospel: Matt. 5:(17-19) 20-26 Our Only Hope Is in Christ's Righteousness  "Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matt 5:20). God demands nothing less than perfection and holiness from you in regard to His commandments (Ex. 20:1_17). Your only hope, then, is not in your own goodness but in the goodness of Christ, who did not come to destroy the Law and the Prophets, but to fulfill them for you. In Christ, your righteousness does indeed exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees. For you have been baptized into Christ's death and your sinful nature crucified. Therefore, he who has died has been freed from sin (Rom. 6:1_11). You are now raised with Christ to walk in newness of life and to share in His resurrection on the Last Day. Christ has brought you through the baptismal sea "out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery" (Ex. 20:2). Therefore, "consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus" (Rom. 6:11).
17:45
July 28, 2019
Trinity 5—“Fisher of Men”
Introit: Ps. 27:1a, 11-12, 14; Ps. 27:7, 9 Gradual: Ps. 84:9, 8 Old Testament: 1 Kings 19:11-21 Psalm 16 (antiphon, v. 11) Epistle: 1 Cor. 1:18-25       or 1 Peter 3:8-15 ProperVerse: Ps. 21:1 Gospel: Luke 5:1-11 Jesus Makes Fishers of Men The Lord called fishermen to be fishers of men (Luke 5:1_11). The net they would use is the message of the cross, which is foolishness and a stumbling block to the world (1 Cor. 1:18_25). The power of God to save is not in spectacular signs like wind and fire and earthquakes (1 Kings 19:11_21), nor is it to be found in human intelligence and wisdom. The power of God to save comes in the still, small voice of the preaching of Christ crucified. In worldly darkness the disciples could catch nothing. But in the light of Christ, whose Word was attached to the water, the boats were filled with fish. So it is that in Baptism you have been drawn in to the ship of the Church. Though the nets are breaking and some who hear the Word do not believe, pastors continue to cast the net of the Gospel and the Sacraments, that Christians may abide in the boat of the Church and that we may be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks a reason for the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:8_15).
18:39
July 21, 2019
Trinity 3—“If You Were God”
Introit: Ps. 25:1-2a, 5b, 15, 20; antiphon: Ps. 25:16, 18\nGradual: Ps. 55:22a, 16, 18a Old Testament: Micah 7:18-20 Psalm 103:1-13 (antiphon: v. 8) Epistle: 1 Tim. 1:12-17       or 1 Peter 5:6-11\nProperVerse: Ps. 18:1-2a Gospel: Luke 15:1-10       or Luke 15:11-32\n Jesus Receives Sinners "This man receives sinners and eats with them" (Luke 15:2). The Pharisees' statement of judgment against Jesus is in fact a proclamation of Gospel truth. For our God is one who delights in mercy, who casts all our sins into the depths of the sea through the cross (Micah 7:18_20). "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" (1 Tim. 1:15). Those who refuse to be counted as sinners also refuse Jesus who came only for sinners. Those like the older son (Luke 15:11_32), who think they are righteous of themselves, will not join in the heavenly celebration over the sinner who repents and so remain outside of the Father's house. Let us therefore be on guard against self_righteously trusting in our own merits. "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you" (1 Peter 5:6). Rejoice that Jesus receives sinners like us and that He still sits at table with us in the Holy Supper, bestowing His forgiveness and life.
18:00
July 7, 2019
Trinity 2—“The Reason Behind The Excuse”
Introit: Ps. 18:1-2a, 27, 30a, 49; antiphon: Ps. 18:18-19\nGradual: Ps. 120:1-2 Old Testament: Prov. 9:1-10  Psalm 34:12-22 (antiphon: v. 11) Epistle: Eph. 2:13-22        or 1 John 3:13-18 ProperVerse: Ps. 7:17 Gospel: Luke 14:15-24 The Gospel Call Goes Out to All\nWisdom has issued an invitation to the divine feast: "Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight" (Prov. 9:5_6). This is the call of the Spirit of Christ to believe the Gospel and to receive His saving gifts in the Holy Supper. Many make excuses and reject this invitation, even as the Jews did in the days of Jesus, yet the Master's house will be filled. The Gospel call therefore goes out to the lowly and despised, into the highways, even to all the Gentiles (Luke 14:15_24). For "you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ" (Eph. 2:13_22). In Christ, believing Jews and Gentiles are no longer strangers but fellow members of the household of God. The enmity of class and race is put to death through the cross. Having been reconciled in the one Body of Christ, we are enabled to love one another (1 John 3:13_18) as we await the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom which will have no end.
18:18
June 30, 2019
Trinity 1—“Dead Faith”
Introit: Ps. 13:1-4; antiphon: Ps. 13:5-6 Gradual: Ps. 41:4, 1 Old Testament: Gen. 15:1-6 Psalm 33:12-22 (antiphon: v. 20) Epistle: 1 John 4:16-21 ProperVerse: Ps. 7:1 Gospel: Luke 16:19-31 Faith Trusts in Christ for Life Eternal When the beggar Lazarus died, he was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. For he was truly Abraham's seed. Like Abraham, he believed in the Lord, and the Lord "counted it to him as righteousness" (Gen. 15:6). The name Lazarus means "God is my help." The unnamed rich man, on the other hand, did not love and trust in God. For he evidently cared little for the beggar at his gate. And "he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen" (1 John 4:20). He who loved and trusted in possessions and prestige died and was in torments in Hades (Luke 16:19_31). Repentance and faith are worked only through Moses and the prophets„that is, the Word of God, for it points us to Christ. Only through His death and resurrection are we brought the comfort of life everlasting.
17:33
June 23, 2019
Holy Trinity 2019—“How Do You Stand Before God?”
Holy Trinity 2019—“How Do You Stand Before God?”
19:17
June 16, 2019
Pentecost 2019—(Rev. Andy Wright)
Pentecost 2019—Rev. Andy Wright
19:01
June 9, 2019
Easter 7: Exaudi—“You’re Not Welcome”
Easter 7: Exaudi—“You’re Not Welcome”
14:55
June 2, 2019
Easter 6: Rogate—“How Often Do You Pray?”
Easter 6: Rogate—“How Often Do You Pray?”
17:19
May 26, 2019
Easter 5: Cantate—“The Church God Goes To”
Easter 5: Cantate—“The Church God Goes To”
19:32
May 19, 2019
Easter 4: Jubilate—“Birthing Pains and Bearing Christ”
Easter 4: Jubilate—“Birthing Pains and Bearing Christ”
11:43
May 12, 2019
Easter 3: Misericordias Domini—“Again?”
Easter 3: Misericordias Domini—“Again?”
16:39
May 5, 2019
Easter 2019: The Resurrection of Our Lord—“Once For All”
Easter 2019: The Resurrection of Our Lord—“Once For All”
16:60
April 21, 2019
Easter Vigil 2019—“The Descent”
Easter Vigil 2019—“Christ’s Descent into Hell”
13:33
April 21, 2019
Good Friday 2019—“One More Sermon”
Good Friday 2019—“One More Sermon”
14:23
April 20, 2019
Maundy Thursday 2019—“Unexpected”
Maundy Thursday 2019—“Unexpected”
18:55
April 19, 2019
Palm Sunday 2019—“O Lord, How Shall I Meet You?”
Palm Sunday 2019—“O Lord, How Shall I Meet You?”
15:22
April 14, 2019
Midweek Lent 5—“The 8th, 9th, & 10th Commandments”
Midweek Lent 5—“The 8th, 9th, & 10th Commandments”
18:47
April 11, 2019
Midweek Lent 4—“The 6th & 7th Commandments”
Midweek Lent 4—“The 6th & 7th Commandments”
17:09
April 3, 2019
Lent 4: Laetare—“Too Little”
Lent 4: Laetare—“Too Little”
16:56
March 31, 2019
Midweek Lent 3—“The 4th & 5th Commandments”
Midweek Lent 3—“The 4th & 5th Commandments”
17:54
March 27, 2019
Lent 3: Oculi—“Meh.”
Lent 3: Oculi—“Meh.”
15:55
March 24, 2019
Midweek Lent 2—“The 2nd & 3rd Commandments”
Midweek Lent 2—“The 2nd & 3rd Commandments”
19:19
March 21, 2019
Lent 2: Reminscere—“Not Offended”
Lent 2: Reminscere—“Not Offended”
18:10
March 21, 2019
Midweek Lent 1—“The 1st Commandment”
Midweek Lent 1—“The First Commandment”
15:28
March 21, 2019
Lent 1: Invocabit—“The Greatest Temptation”
Lent 1: Invocabit—“The Greatest Temptation”
15:34
March 21, 2019
Ash Wednesday 2019—“God Resists The Proud”
Ash Wednesday 2019—“God Resists the Proud”
15:34
March 7, 2019
Sexagesima—(Rev. Andrew Preus)
Sexagesima—Rev. Andrew Preus
17:37
February 24, 2019
Septuagesima—“Unfair”
Septuagesima—“Unfair”
19:38
February 17, 2019
Transfiguration 2019—“Listen to Him”
Transfiguration 2019—“Listen to Him”
16:02
February 10, 2019
Epiphany 4—“Out of Control”
Epiphany 4—“Out of Control”
15:31
February 3, 2019
Epiphany 3—(Rev. David Warner)
Epiphany 3—Rev. David Warner (Missionary to Spain)
12:36
January 28, 2019
Epiphany 2—“No Wine, New Wine”
Epiphany 2—“No Wine, New Wine”
12:38
January 20, 2019
The Baptism of Our Lord 2019—“Backwards”
The Baptism of Our Lord 2019—“Backwards”
14:35
January 13, 2019
Christmas 1 & Holy Baptism—“Sons, not Slaves”
Christmas 1 & Holy Baptism—“Sons, not Slaves”
12:31
December 30, 2018
Christmas Day 2018—“Fullness of Time”
Christmas Day 2018—“Fullness of Time”
10:54
December 25, 2018
Christmas Eve 2018—“Nothing’s Changed”
Christmas Eve 2018—“Nothing’s Changed”
10:60
December 25, 2018
Advent 4—“Who are you?”
Advent 4—“Who are you?”
16:40
December 23, 2018
Midweek Advent 3—“#PrayForUs”
Midweek Advent 3—“#PrayForUs”
15:10
December 20, 2018
Advent 3—“Joy”
Advent 3: Gaudete Isaiah 40:1-10 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 Matthew 11:2-11
13:46
December 16, 2018
Advent Midweek 2—“I Have Faith...”
Midweek Advent 2 The Creeds
16:14
December 13, 2018
Advent 2—“The Last Day and Two Responses”
Advent 2—Populus Zion Malachi 4:1-6 Romans 15:4-13 Luke 21:25-36
17:14
December 9, 2018
Advent Midweek 1—“If...”
Midweek Advent 1 The Law & The 10 Commandments
12:05
December 6, 2018
Advent 1—“The Lord Needs Them”
Advent 1—Ad Te Levavi Jeremiah 23:5-8 Romans 13:8-14 Matthew 21:1-9
10:38
December 2, 2018
Trinity 26—“Mr. Rogers”
Trinity 26 Daniel 7:9-14 2 Peter 3:3-14 Matthew 25:31-46
21:58
November 18, 2018
Trinity 25—“Tough Words”
Trinity 25 Exodus 32:1-20 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Matthew 24:15-28
18:51
November 11, 2018
All Saints’ Day 2018—“A Promise God Never Made”
All Saints' Day Revelation 7:2-17 1 John 3:1-3 Matthew 5:1-12
16:32
November 4, 2018
Reformation 2018—“The devil’s Voice”
Reformation Revelation 14:6-7 Romans 3:19-28 Matthew 11:12-19
17:50
October 28, 2018
Pentecost 22 (3 yr)—“Camels in Heaven” (Rev. Jared Hartman)
Rev. Jared Hartman of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Wisner, NE preaches on Mark 10, the reading for Pentecost 22 of the Three-Year Lectionary.
21:36
October 21, 2018
Trinity 20—“What Are You Wearing?”
Trinity 20 Isaiah 55:1-9 Ephesians 5:15-21 Matthew 22:1-14
18:51
October 14, 2018
Trinity 19 & Holy Baptism—“What God Can’t Do”
Trinity 19 Genesis 28:10-17 Ephesians 4:22-28 Matthew 9:1-8
16:50
October 7, 2018
Trinity 18—“Rules and Love”
Trinity 18 Deuteronomy 10:12-21 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 Matthew 22:34-46
17:10
September 30, 2018
Trinity 17—“The Law Isn’t For You”
Trinity 17 Proverbs 25:6-14 Ephesians 4:1-6 Luke 14:1-11
15:14
September 23, 2018
Trinity 16 & Holy Baptism—“Not Invited”
Trinity 16 1 Kings 17:17-24 Ephesians 3:13-21 Luke 7:11-17
14:27
September 16, 2018
Trinity 15—“Mammon’s Command”
Trinity 15
14:14
September 9, 2018
Trinity 14—“Turn Around”
16:60
September 2, 2018
Trinity 12—“Ugh.”
Trinity 12—Mark 7:31-37
16:31
August 19, 2018
Trinity 11—“Self-Righteousness”
Trinity 11—Luke 18:9-14
16:16
August 12, 2018
Trinity 9—“Copy the World”
Trinity 9—Luke 16:1-13
14:44
July 29, 2018
Trinity 8—“Beware”
Trinity 8—Matthew 7:15-23
18:47
July 22, 2018
Trinity 6—“Not Good Enough”
Trinity 6—Matthew 5:17-26
19:52
July 8, 2018
Trinity 3—"Three Lives, One Father"
Trinity 3—Luke 15:11-32
14:52
June 17, 2018
Trinity 2—"Excuse Me"
Trinity 2—Luke 14:15-24
17:25
June 10, 2018
Trinity 1—(Rev. Andy Wright)
Trinity 1—Luke 16:19-31 (Rev. Andy Wright)
15:18
June 3, 2018
Pentecost 2018—"Love = Keep"
Pentecost 2018—John 14:23-31
15:57
May 20, 2018
Mother's Day—"A Woman's Greatest Honor"
Mother's Day 2018—"A Woman's Greatest Honor"
14:19
May 14, 2018
Easter 7—"Don't Be Surprised"
Easter 7 (Exaudi)—John 15:26–16:4
16:40
May 13, 2018
Ascension 2018—"Gone"
Ascension 2018—Psalm 110
12:27
May 10, 2018
Easter 6—"Ask"
Easter 6 (Rogate)—John 16:23-33
13:27
May 6, 2018
Easter 5—"The School of the Holy Spirit"
Easter 5: Cantate—John 16:5-15
14:08
April 29, 2018
Easter 4—"A Little While"
Easter 4: Cantate—John 16:16-22
13:49
April 22, 2018
+Rita Beverly Fletcher+ | Memorial Service—“A New Song”
+Rita Beverly Fletcher+ | Memorial Service—“A New Song”
13:28
April 21, 2018
Easter 3—"The Shepherd's Voice"
Easter 3: Misericordias Domini—John 10:11-16
16:10
April 15, 2018
Easter 2—"Satan's Plan B"
Easter 2: Quasimodo Geniti—John 20:19-31
17:27
April 8, 2018
Holy Saturday 2018—"The devil's Party"
Holy Saturday—1 Peter 3:18-20
08:31
April 1, 2018
Good Friday 2018—"Becoming Sin"
Good Friday—2 Corinthians 5:21 & The 7th Petition
13:01
March 31, 2018
Maundy Thursday 2018—"Betraying God"
Maundy Thursday—John 13:1-17 & The 6th Petition
18:40
March 30, 2018
Palm Sunday 2018 & Baptism—"Your King comes to you"
Palm Sunday—Matthew 21:1-9
10:25
March 25, 2018
Midweek Lent 5—"Forgive us our trespasses..."
The 5th Petition of the Lord's Prayer
12:53
March 22, 2018
Lent 5—"When Jesus Argues"
Lent 5: Judica—John 8:42-59
14:05
March 18, 2018
Midweek Lent 4—"Give us this day our daily bread"
The Fourth Petition of the Lord's Prayer
11:18
March 15, 2018
Lent 4—"When God Tests Us"
Lent 4: Laetare—John 6:1-15
13:43
March 11, 2018
Midweek Lent 3—"Thy Will be done"
The Third Petition of the Lord's Prayer
12:35
March 8, 2018