Sermons

 Cranach-Altarpiece

To believe that Christ was crucified for us, that He died and was damned for us, requires the power of God. Thus St. Paul says to the Corinthians: “We preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles” (1 Cor. 1:23). And yet this proclamation penetrates the heart; for “it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith”    Martin Luther, Sermon on John 3:14

“We Preach Christ Crucified.”  1 Corinthians 1:23

February 18, 2018 – Mark 1:9-15 – “Repent and Believe
In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Dear Friends in Christ,

Christmas is a joyful time in the church year. . . . read more

February 14, 2018 – Joel 2:12-19 – “Return To The Lord – Who Is Gracious
In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Dear Friends in Christ,

The prophet Joel records the words of the Lord. . . . read more

February 11, 2018 – Mark 9:2-9 – “See G0d’s Glory
In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Dear Friends in Christ,

“Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. . . . read more

February 4, 2018 – Mark 1:29-39 – “Jesus Heals
In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Dear Friends in Christ,

The  prophet Isaiah reminds us . . . read more

January 28, 2018 – Mark 1:21-28 – “He Taught With Authority
In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Dear Friends in Christ,

Moses had spent forty years as God’s prophet . . . read more

January 21, 2018 – Jonah 3:1-5, 10 – “The Uncooperative Saint
In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Dear Friends in Christ,

The Lord came to them . . . read more

January 14, 2018 – John 1:43-51 – “Come and See
In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Dear Friends in Christ,

Jesus came to the Jordan River and . . . read more

January 7, 2018 – John 1:1-14 – “Baptized for You
In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Dear Friends in Christ,

The Christmas season is over. . . . read more

December 31, 2017 – Luke 2:22-40 – “The Time Has Come
In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Dear Friends in Christ,

In case you didn’t remember, . . . read more

December 25, 2017 – John 1:1-14 – “He Dwells With You
In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Dear Friends in Christ,

Far back before the world was created, . . . read more

December 24, 2017 – Luke 2:1-20 – “Not Once Upon A Time
In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Dear Friends in Christ,

“Once upon a Time,” that’s how many stories and fairy tales begin. . . . read more

December 24, 2017 – Luke 1:26-38 – “Why Was Mary Favored?
In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Dear Friends in Christ,

Our Christian faith is connected with history. . . . read more

November 12, 2017 – Matthew 25:1-13 – “The Bridegroom is Coming
In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Dear Friends in Christ,
We all too often give only lip service to the words we speak. . . . read more

November 5, 2017 – Revelation 7:9-17 – “Who Are These”
In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Dear Friends in Christ,
While the Apostle John was exiled on the island of Patmos, . . .  read more

October 29, 2017 – Romans 3:19-28 – “Apart From the Law”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

Every year on the Sunday closest to October 31 we observe the Reformation. . . . read more

October 16, 2017 – John 14:1-7 – “Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled” – Charles Schott Funeral

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

    Grace, Mercy and Peace to you from God our Father . . . read more

October 15, 2017 – Matthew 22:1-14 – “The King’s Banquet

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

Through the prophet Isaiah, the people of Israel heard God promise . . . read more

October 8, 2017 – Matthew 8, 2017 – “They Killed The Son”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

The temple in Jerusalem had been built by God’s design . . . read more

March 1, 2017 – Joel 2:12-19 – “Say You’re Sorry”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

   Imagine this scene: two children are playing in the backyard.  . . . read more

February 26, 2017 – Matthew 17:01-09 – “Rise, And Have No Fear”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

   “After six days Jesus took with him Peter, and James and John.  . . . read more

February 19 – Matthew 5:38-48 – “Fairness or Mercy”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

   We want what’s fair.  “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.”  . . . read more

February 12, 2017 – Matthew 5:21-37 – “A New Heart”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

   At the end of last week’s gospel reading, we heard Jesus say these words.  . . . read more

February 5, 2017 – Matthew 5:13-20 – “Fulfilling The Law”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

   Last week we began reading what is called The Sermon on the Mount.  . . . read more

January 29, 2017 – Matthew 5:1-12 – “The Blessed One”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

   Each time we pray the Lord’s Prayer we say these words, “Thy kingdom come.”   . . . read more

January 22, 2017 – Matthew 4:12-25 – “Follow Me”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

   This past week I heard a person say how wonderful it was that at 5:30 in the evening it was still light outside.   . . . read more

January 15, 2017 – John 01:29-42a – “What Are You Seeking?”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

    For centuries in the Christian Church, November 1ST, has been designated as All Saints Day.  . . . read more

January 8, 2017 – Matthew 3:13-17 – “A Striking Appearance”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

    The Christmas season is over. The Advent wreath with its candles and the Christmas tree with its lights and ornaments have been put away  . . . read more

January 1, 2017 – Luke 2:21 – “Born Under The Law”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

   Today the church is not focused on New Year’s Day 2017, resolutions, football games, or parades.  . . . read more

November 6, 2016 – Revelation 7:9-17 – “Saints In Glory, Saints Victorious”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

    For centuries in the Christian Church, November 1ST, has been designated as All Saints Day.  . . . read more

September 18, 2016 – Luke 16:1-15 – “Faithful Stewards”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

    As the gospel reading begins,  . . . read more

September 4, 2016 – Luke 14:25-35 – “Hate – A Strong Word”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

    Some of you may be familiar with the book The Cost of Discipleship  . . . read more

August 28, 2016 – Luke 14:1-14 – “It’s Hard to be Humble”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

    The gospel reading begins this way,  . . . read more

August 21, 2016 – Luke 13:22-30 – “The Narrow Door”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

    Pastors are often asked questions about heaven – What will it be like, what will we look like, what will we do?  . . . read more

May 15, 2016 – John 14:23-31 – “Keep Christ’s Word”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

     “Now the whole world had one language and the same words.” . . . read more

May 8, 2016 – John 17:20-26 – “He Prays For You”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

     Last week we heard Jesus tell his disciples to pray.  . . . read more

May 5, 2016 – Acts 1:1-11 – “After The Ascension”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

     It has been forty days since we gathered here on Easter.  . . . read more

May 1, 2016 – John 16:23-33 – “That They May Have Peace”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

     This week we are going to do something new at Gloria Dei.  . . . read more

April 24, 2016 – John 16:12-22 – “In A Little While”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

     Today’s gospel reading takes us back to Maundy Thursday.  . . .  read more

April 17, 2016 – John 10:22-30 – “I Know Them”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

     We are still in the season of Easter.  . . .  read more

April 10, 2016 – John 21:1-14 – “It Is The Lord!”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

     History is about facts.   … read more

April 3, 2016 – John 20:19-31 – “A Rag-tag Group”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

     Last Sunday was Easter Sunday. … read more

March 27, 2016 – Luke 24:1-12 – “They Thought He Was Dead”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

     It began with the centurion … read more

March 25, 2016 – Luke 23:34 – “Forgive Them”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

     The hour had finally come. … read more

March 24, 2016 – Luke 22:7-20 – “Given For You”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

     During this Lenten season,  … read more

March 2o, 2016 – Mark 11:1-11 – “Blessed Is He – Blessed Are We”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

     The question I struggled with … read more

March 16, 2016 – Luke 22:63-23:25 – “On Trial

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

     Most of us know something about … read more

March 13, 2016 – Luke 20:9-20 – “Fruit of Faith

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

     In Isaiah chapter five, the prophet describes … read more

March 9, 2016 – Luke 22:54-62 – “Peter’s Denial

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

     On the past few Wednesday evenings,  … read more

March 6, 2016 – Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 – “A Reason To Rejoice

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

     Now tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to him … read more

March 2, 2016 – Luke 22:47-53 – “Betrayal

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

     It was evening.  Jesus and his disciples … read more


February 28, 2016 – Luke 13:-1-9 – “Unless You Repent

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

     Last Sunday morning, we heard the tragic news … read more

February 24, 2016 – Luke 22:39-46 – “Not My Will

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

     It was Thursday evening … read more

February 21, 2016 – Luke 13:31-35 – “He Would Not Leave Us”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

     No one likes to hear bad news. … read more

February 17, 2016 – Luke 22:24-27 – “As One Who Serves”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

     Jesus and his disciples were in Jerusalem, along with thousands … read more

February 14, 2016 – Luke 4:1-13 – “God’s Beloved”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

     In the first verse of the gospel reading for today, we read … read more

February 10, 2016 – Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 – “Beware of Your Righteousness”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

    Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth … read more

January 17, 2016 – John 2:1-11 – “Fix It”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

     An elderly priest named Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth gave birth to a son. … read more

January 10, 2016 – Luke 3:15-22 – “An Unexpected Savior”

     In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Friends in Christ,

     An elderly priest named Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth gave birth to a son. … read more

January 3, 2016 – Luke 2:40-52 – “Whose Sin Is It?”

In the name of the Father, and of the † Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear Friends in Christ,

Last Sunday, we read the story of Mary and Joseph taking the 40-day-old Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem. … read more

October 25, 2015 – Romans 3:19-28 – “The Rest of the Story”

In the name of the Father and of † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

     Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

     In this morning’s epistle reading, we heard Saint Paul describe the work of the law. Not just any law, but God’s Law. … read more

September 27, 2015 – Mark 9:38-50 – “A Place for Sinners”

In the name of the Father, and of the † Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Jesus speaks about hell. It’s real not make-believe. He describes it as a place of unquenchable fire and where worms do not die. Jesus speaks about being thrown into hell similar to someone who is thrown into jail. There is no escape once the gates of hell have closed behind the prisoner. … read more

September 20, 2015 – Mark 9:30-37 – “Servant of All”

In the name of the Father, and of the † Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Jesus and his disciples were heading home to Capernaum. The disciples had followed Jesus from town to town. They heard him teach about the kingdom of God and watched him heal the sick. It was time for Jesus to speak to his disciples alone. …  read more

September 13, 2015 – Mark 9:14-29 – “Help My Unbelief”

In the name of the Father, and of the † Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In today’s gospel reading we hear about a family who was suffering. One of the children, a son, was afflicted with an evil spirit, a demon that controlled his body. This spirit prevented the boy from speaking. It caused him to have convulsions where he fell to the ground and rolled around uncontrollably.read more

September 6, 2015 – Mark 7:31-37 – “Healing”

In the name of the Father, and of † the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In today’s lesson from Isaiah, we hear words that are meant for us as well as the people of Israel who lived at the time of Isaiah. The Lord told Isaiah to speak to the people who had “an anxious heart.” His words are meant to give comfort and strength.

All of us are people with “an anxious heart.” … read more

August 30, 2015 – Mark 7:14-23 – “A Matter Of The Heart 2”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

If you put your fingers on the inside of your wrist or on the side of your neck you’ll feel a little thump, thump, thump. Those thumps tell you that your heart is pumping blood to every part of your body. Of all the muscles in our bodies, this is the busiest. … read more

August 23, 2015 – Mark 7:1-13 – “A Matter Of The Heart 1”

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear Friends in Christ, 

Tradition, tradition, tradition (sung). These are the words sung by Tevya in the musical Fiddler on the Roof. Tevya was a Russian Jew who was trying to marry off his five daughters into traditional Jewish marriages. … read more

August 16, 2015 – John 6:51-69- “A Hard Saying”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Words are amazing.  Words are p0werful.  They don’t seem like much when you stop and think about them.  Sound waves travel through the air, they enter our ear, and in our mind we hear words.  Little marks in the shape of letters …  read more

August 9, 2015 – John 6:35-51 – “Not Joseph’s Son”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Elijah is one of the best known prophet of the Old testament.  He lived during the time of King Ahab and his wife Jezebel.  They lead the people of Israel into worshipping false gods – the god Baal and the goddess Asherah. …  read more

August 2, 2015 – John 6:22-35 – “Believe In Him”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We are consumers.  We are nation of buyers.  A good share of our time is spent shopping – shopping for food, personal hygiene items, household cleaning items, clothing, furniture, cars, houses or apartments.  Those are some of the more important  …  read more

 

July 26, 2015 – Mark 6:45-56 – “The Shepherd Provides”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“No rest for the weary, ” it’s a familiar phrase.  It had been a long day for the disciples. They had returned from days of visiting towns and villages telling people abut Jesus.  The day began  …  read more

July 19, 2015 – Mark 6:30-44- “The Shepherd Provides”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!”  These are the words of our Lord, recorded for us by the prophet Jeremiah.  The Lord often used the words “shepherd and sheep” to describe  …  read more

July 12, 2015 – Mark 6:14-29 – “A Tormented Conscience”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Today’s gospel reading has the details of the imprisonment and murder of John the Baptizer.  We remember the joy that Zechariah and Elizabeth had when their son was born.  Not only was John a special blessing to this couple, but his birth …  read more

July 5, 2015 – Mark 6:1-13 – “The Hometown Boy”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

What makes a person an expert?  What makes a person an authority?  What makes people listen to and respect  …  read more

June 28, 2015 – Mark 5:25-43 – “Unending Mercy”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

When I visit our grandchildren, I marvel at the complexity of their toys.  You throw a switch or push a button and the toys come alive.  They move on their own, make every imaginable sound, sing songs, or light up in brilliant colors.  Even the books  … read more

June 21, 2015 – Mark 4:35-41 – “Are You Perishing?”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Jesus had been teaching by the shore of the Sea of Galilee.  When the crowds grew and gathered closer, Jesus got into a boat and went out a ways to continue teaching them.  Evening came … read more

June 14, 2015 – Mark 4:26-34 – “He Provides A Nest”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“Thy kingdom come.” Those words are heard every time the Lord’s Prayer is spoken.  People around the world from every nation or tribe and in their own language pray “Thy kingdom come.” … read more

June 7, 2015 – Mark 3:20-35 – “Satan’s House Plundered”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The young man from Nazareth was no longer a carpenter.  He was now fully about the business of his heavenly Father.  After his baptism in the Jordan River … read more

May 31, 2015 – John 3:1-17 – “He Has Shown His Mercy”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This past Sunday was Holy Trinity Sunday. On that day we make a somewhat feeble attempt to answer questions about God, questions like – “Who is God? – “What is God like?” “What does God do?” Think about it for a moment read more

May 24, 2015  –   Acts 2:1-21  –  ” The Witnesses Testify”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Through movies and television, the courtroom has become a familiar place. Each side in a case is allowed to present evidence and witnesses. read more

May 17, 2015 – John 17:11b-19 -“The Apostolic Church

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Dear Friends in Christ,

This past Thursday was forty days after we gathered to celebrate the Lord’s resurrection. It is remembered as Ascension Day, because on that day read more

 

May 10, 2015 – John 10:9-17 – “A Father’s Love”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 Dear Friends in Christ,

 A Father’s Love, that’s the title that I’ve given to today’s sermon. To some, it might seem out of place when most calendars say that today is read more

April 19, 2015 – Luke 24:36-49 – “Everything Is Written”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear Friends in Christ,

At least three times in the gospels we read how Jesus told his disciples that he would suffer many things and be killed. He said that he must be delivered into the hands of the high priests and the scribes who would condemn him to death. Jesus told them read more

April 12, 2015 – John 20:19-31 – “Don’t Doubt Your Advocate”

In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear Fellow Redeemed,

We all do it. We all have our favorite passages from Scripture; our favorite phrases. It seems a little disrespectful to say that we love one part of God’s Word more than another part, but I don’t think we mean any disrespect. We are creatures of habit including read more