The Sabbath of Waiting (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this afternoon, at a "Holy Saturday Healing Service." The texts I used were Ezekiel 37:1-14; Zephaniah 3:14-20; and Isaiah 61:1-4, 9-11. A man went to his doctor because of an unusual ache, and she ordered a test to see if it might be cancer. The doctor … Continue reading The Sabbath of Waiting (Sermon)

Name Your Fears

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached on Sunday, July 1, 2018. The gospel reading was Mark 5:21-43. I'm in the midst of a sermon series called "Words, Words, Words." The second commandment says this: You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God. Or, as an … Continue reading Name Your Fears

Wait, and See What God Will Do

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached Holy Saturday, March 31, 2018. The readings that were read were Ezekiel 37:1-14; Zephaniah 3:14-20; and Isaiah 61:1-4, 9-11. This service included the Rite of Healing. And so we gather today on the Sabbath. The seventh day of the week. Genesis tells us that after … Continue reading Wait, and See What God Will Do

Healing a Broken Church

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached at a special service called Order of Corporate Reconciliation. We offered this worship experience at my congregation as one of several opportunities for healing following a very contentious and conflicted congregational vote a few months ago. The most powerful moment in the service for me was during … Continue reading Healing a Broken Church

They Worshiped, but they Doubted

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, a day known as The Holy Trinity. The gospel reading was Matthew 28:16-20. The elephant in the room this morning was a very contentious vote the congregation took last week. Had the motion before the congregation passed, we would have become a Reconciling … Continue reading They Worshiped, but they Doubted

The Victory of Life and Peace (Holy Saturday)

I preached four times this weekend, during the "Great Three Days" worship service that lasts from Thursday evening through Sunday morning. In current Evangelical Lutheran liturgical understanding, this is one long service that begins with Maundy Thursday and ends with the Vigil of Easter. Click here for Maundy Thursday. Click here for Good Friday. This is Holy … Continue reading The Victory of Life and Peace (Holy Saturday)

Hidden with Christ #6: The Leftovers

This is one of a series of posts I’m writing this week about a retreat I attended at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY on March 3-5, 2017. The theme of the retreat was “Living Hidden in Christ with God,” a reference to Colossians 3:1-4. I can’t talk about it all in a single blog post, because there … Continue reading Hidden with Christ #6: The Leftovers