Category Archives: Old Testament

Palm and Passion: Celebration to Victory

Listen here It was the palm branches that made this day unique, and then again, it wasn’t. For centuries, the church has memorialized today, the first day of Holy Week, as Palm Sunday because of the palm branches and cloaks … Continue reading

Posted in Lent, Liturgy, Old Testament, sermon

Jonah and Fishers of Men

Listen here: http://stpetersarlington.org/gone-fishin-epiphany-3-january-21-2018/ Jonah was a court prophet, with a nice cushy job advising the king. God had other plans. He wanted Jonah to go and preach to the Ninevites, the avowed enemies of Israel who were known for such … Continue reading

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Maundy Thursday

Exodus 12:1-14, 1 Cor. 11:23-32, John 13:1-17, 31-35 The night before God’s people left Egypt was a horrific and bloody night. Children, cattle, and lambs died. They died because Pharaoh’s heart was hard; because Adam and Eve had eaten the … Continue reading

Posted in Holy Week, Lord's Supper, Old Testament, sermon

Blessed is He Who Comes Rejected

Lent 2C: Luke 13:31-35, Jer. 26:8-15, Phil. 3:17-4:1 If you listened closely to the appointed scripture readings for today, the 2nd Sunday in Lent, there is a line in each reading that intimately connects them together.  The prophet Jeremiah speaks … Continue reading

Posted in Divine Service, Lent, Old Testament, Preaching, sermon

Getting a Little Preachy

Epiphany 4C: Jeremiah 1:4-10, Luke 4:31-44 “Don’t preach to me,” we say when someone speaks definitively, especially if it doesn’t fit our preconceived notions.  Or when one speaks for a long period of time we say they are getting preachy. … Continue reading

Posted in Epiphany, Luther, Old Testament, Preaching, sermon

Epiphany: Following the Word

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. There has been all kinds of attempts to explain and tell about the Wise Men. Part of it is because it seems so unexplained. How did … Continue reading

Posted in Christmas, Epiphany, Old Testament, sermon

Freely Fed

Proper 27B: 1 Kings 17:8-16, Mark 12:38-44 The theme this morning seems to be widows. The widow at Zarephath with whom the prophet Elijah stayed. The widows whose houses were devoured by the religious scribes who made a big show … Continue reading

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Back to Basic

Proper 22B: Mark 10:2-16, Gen. 2:18-25 There are many things that are basic in life. The basics are needed for a person to build on. Learning the ABCs is basic for education. Learning to boil water is a basic for … Continue reading

Posted in children, Old Testament, sermon

Easter Vigil: Darkness to Light

(For the fourth year in a row, we rejoice in celebrating baptisms on this night as well! Thanks be to God!) It is the most holy of nights. The stars are brightly shining. It’s not the night of our dear … Continue reading

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Midweek Lent 5: Incarnation to Holy Week

Isaiah 49:1-6 In the reading from Isaiah 49, the speaker calls us to attention: “Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar.” Are you listening? Who is it that is speaking? Listen and hear again, “The … Continue reading

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