Category Archives: Saints

Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled – Funeral Rosemary Smith

John 14:1-6 To the saints of God at Bethlehem Lutheran, dear people of Carson City, grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. It matters not that this day has been looming for … Continue reading

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Holy Innocents: The Painful Reality of Christmas

Holy Innocents: Jeremiah 31:15-17, Matthew 2:13-18 How often do we read Scripture and just wonder, why? Why all this death? It doesn’t seem very Christmasy to be talking of such killings and death. We’ve spent this past week celebrating the … Continue reading

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Advent 3 – Patience For the One Who Comes

Advent 3: John 1:6-8, 19-28; Isaiah 61 Video here Dear people of God at Bethlehem, grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Waiting is not something most of us do well. Our … Continue reading

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Advent 2: John the Baptist and Elijah

Readings: Isaiah 40:1-11; Mark 1:1-8 Dear saints, through the righteousness of God and of our Savior Jesus Christ you have received a precious faith; Grace and peace to you in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our … Continue reading

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Happy New Year, St. Andrew’s Day

St. Andrew’s Day and First Sunday of Advent Happy New Year! No, I haven’t slipped a month. Nor did you slip into a turkey induced coma and sleep right through the so-called “holiday season.” Today is the Feast of St. … Continue reading

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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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Reformation: Freedom That Cannot Be Taken

Dear heirs of the Reformation, set free by Son of God, grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. It is the time of year again when we at Bethlehem have a convergence … Continue reading

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St. Matthew: For Sinners Only

St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist Matthew 9:9-13 On September 21st, our Churches remember and give thanks for the Blessed Apostle and Evangelist, St. Matthew. His dual title is worth some pondering. You see, Matthew was not only one of the … Continue reading

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Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

Mark 6:14-29, Romans 6:1-5 Let’s be honest, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment. Often you can look back, recognize a mistake, laugh about, learn from, and no lasting damage is done. Or if there is at least … Continue reading

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Festival of Saint Bartholomew

Readings: Proverbs 3:1-8, John 1:43-51 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths” (Prov. 3:5). We have our notions of how … Continue reading

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