Category Archives: Liturgy

Easter Vigil: What is it We Receive and Celebrate

It’s not just empty ceremony, the creation. Because behind it stands the Creators full love for you. It’s not just empty ceremony, the flood. Behind those waters, stands the full washing away of sin for you, so that you can … Continue reading

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Lord, Don’t You Care?

Proper 7B: Job 38:1-11, 2 Cor. 6:1-13, Mark 4:35-41 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Nature can bring about great fear. Be it flooding rains, scorching droughts, damaging winds, or tornados, there … Continue reading

Posted in Baptism, Liturgy, sermon

Doubts? Plenty Abound. Peace Be With You.

Easter 2B: 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31 To all the faithful at Bethlehem Lutheran, peace be with you. Amen. These disciples were among the cowards and those who doubted, it wasn’t just Thomas. Remember on Easter day we heard of … Continue reading

Posted in Day of Resurrection, Liturgy, sermon

Palm and Passion: The Whirl Wind Tour

It’s a victory parade. That’s what the palms proclaim at least. Palms were cut to wave and proclaim victory after a great battle or even after the Olympic events in Greece they were given as prizes as the wreaths were … Continue reading

Posted in Ash Wednesday, Divine Service, Holy Week, Lent, Liturgy, Lord's Supper, resurrection, sermon, Weekly Communion

All Saints

Readings: Revelation 7:2-17; Matthew 5:1-12 Dear saints of God, blessed are you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where … Continue reading

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Lord, Save Me, In the Darkness

Proper 14A: Matthew 14:22-33, Job 38:4-18 Video Well, Jesus finally gets a chance for some solitude to pray. He’s been trying for a whole chapter to get some peace and quite but the crowds keep following Him. Word of cousin John’s … Continue reading

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Ask And I Will Do It… Really?

John 14:1-14; Acts 7:51-60 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Nowhere is the devastation of sin seen more clearly than in our difficulty with prayer. Do you have a sense for how much … Continue reading

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Doubts, Fear, and Hiding. Peace.

Reading: John 20:19-31 (Acts 5:29-42) Alleluia, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, alleluia! Ever have your doubts? Of course you do. You’ve waited for personal revelation. You’ve hoped to have an experience, perhaps without the tragedy and hardship, of … Continue reading

Posted in Day of Resurrection, Divine Service, Holy Week, Liturgy, sermon

All Things New – Easter 2014

Readings: Acts 10:34-43; Colossians 3:1-4; Matthew 28:1-10 Alleluia, Christ is risen!He is risen indeed, alleluia! Ever get tired of it? Of course you do. There’s a reason for so many Christmas and Easter Christians. You get tired of it. We are … Continue reading

Posted in Baptism, Christmas, Divine Service, Holy Week, Liturgy, resurrection, sermon

First Sunday After Christmas

On the 6th day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me… What does this mean? Lord, now you let your servant depart in peace… Christmas 1 Sermon here Text: Exodus 3:1-3,11-15; Luke 2:22-40

Posted in Catechism, Divine Service, Liturgy, Lord's Supper, sermon