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“Lead Us Not into Temptation” (Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer and Luke 22:1-46, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

April 18th, 2014 No comments

“Lead Us Not into Temptation” (The Lord’s Prayer; Luke 22:1-46) During this Lenten season we’ve been doing a series on the Lord’s Prayer called “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” And that’s exactly what our Lord does on this Holy Thursday evening. He teaches us to pray. That’s what he instructs us to do, that’s what he gives us an example of doing, and, even more than that, he prays for us. In particular, on this night Jesus instructs his disciples to pray for strength in the face of temptation. “Pray that you may not enter into temptation,” Jesus tells them   More…

“Who Is This?” (Sermon on Matthew 21:1-11 and 27:11-66, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

April 13th, 2014 No comments

“Who Is This?” (Matthew 21:1-11; 27:11-66) “Who is this?” That would seem to be the question of the day for this day that serves as both Palm Sunday and the Sunday of the Passion. “Who is this?” That’s what the people of Jerusalem were asking about the man who came riding into town on a donkey. That’s the question that swirled around this same man later in the week when he stood before Pilate and the crowd and when he went to the cross to suffer and to die. Who is this? Who is this man, Jesus of Nazareth, the   More…

“And Forgive Us Our Trespasses . . .” (Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

April 10th, 2014 No comments

“And Forgive Us Our Trespasses . . .” (The Lord’s Prayer) Today we continue our series on the Lord’s Prayer with the Fifth Petition, “And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” By the way, since this is the last of our Wednesday midweek services, and we’re only up to the Fifth Petition, you may be wondering how we’re going to finish out the Lord’s Prayer. Don’t worry. We’ll do the Sixth Petition, “And lead us not into temptation,” next week on Holy Thursday; the Seventh Petition, “But deliver us from evil,” on Good Friday;   More…

“Raising Lazarus–and Other Things as Well” (Sermon on John 11:1-53, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Raising Lazarus–and Other Things as Well” (John 11:1-53) Today we come to another one of those memorable chapters in the Gospel of John. So far during this Lenten season we’ve had: John 3, Jesus and Nicodemus; John 4, Jesus and the Samaritan woman; and John 9, Jesus heals the man born blind. Now today we have John 11, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. But that’s not all Jesus raises here in this chapter, as we’re about to hear. Thus our theme today: “Raising Lazarus–and Other Things as Well.” The chapter opens with Jesus far away from Lazarus. He only   More…

“Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” (Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” (The Lord’s Prayer) We continue with our Lenten series on the Lord’s Prayer, “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” Tonight we come to the Fourth Petition, “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread.” So finally we get around to praying for our own needs! Remember, up to this point, the first three petitions of the Lord’s Prayer all have been about God’s concerns: “Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done.” Those are Jesus’ top priorities for us to pray, and of course rightly so. That at the forefront of our   More…

“Thy Will Be Done” (Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

March 26th, 2014 No comments

“Thy Will Be Done” (The Lord’s Prayer) We continue in our series on the Lord’s Prayer, “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” And tonight we come to the Third Petition of the Lord’s Prayer, namely, “Thy Will Be Done.” “Thy will be done.” Are we sure we really want to pray this? You know, sometimes we think of “Thy will be done” as just a resigned afterthought, after we’ve prayed for what we really want. “Lord, here are the things I really want you to do for me, but I know you probably won’t answer me the way I would like,   More…

“The Samaritan Woman at the Well” (Sermon on John 4:5-30, 39-42, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

March 22nd, 2014 No comments

“The Samaritan Woman at the Well” (John 4:5-30, 39-42) Have you ever felt like you’re a bit of an outsider? Like you didn’t belong? That maybe you’re being looked down upon by others–whether fairly or unfairly. Maybe you’ve done something to bring some shame upon yourself. And maybe you feel some guilt before God. If this is the case, then I’ve got good news for you today. And we’ll find it out at the side of a well, where a Jewish man has come and meets “The Samaritan Woman at the Well.” The Jewish man, of course, is Jesus, a   More…

“Thy Kingdom Come” (Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

March 19th, 2014 No comments

“Thy Kingdom Come” (The Lord’s Prayer) We continue our Lenten series on the Lord’s Prayer, a series that we’re calling “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” We come now to the Second Petition, “Thy Kingdom Come.” I have three main points to make about this petition: 1) In this petition, our Lord is teaching us to seek first the kingdom of God. 2) In this petition, we are praying that God’s kingdom would come in our midst now. And 3) In this petition, we’re praying that God’s kingdom would come with Christ’s return at the Last Day. We’ll take these points   More…

Congregations ratify ‘circuit visitor’ convention action

March 13th, 2014 2 comments

[A March 6 news article from the Reporter:] Congregations ratify ‘circuit visitor’ convention action By a vote of 1,496 to 517, LCMS congregations have ratified the 2013 LCMS convention’s approval to amend Article XII of the Synod Constitution. That vote of approval from the convention and the congregations changes the term “circuit counselor” to “circuit visitor” in two paragraphs of Article XII. On March 5, Synod Secretary Rev. Dr. Raymond L. Hartwig announced the congregation’s vote of approval, which was by more than the two-thirds margin called for in Article XV of the Constitution. March 1 was the deadline for   More…

“Hallowed Be Thy Name” (Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

March 12th, 2014 No comments

“Hallowed Be Thy Name” (The Lord’s Prayer) For our midweek Lenten services this year we’re doing a sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer. I’m calling it “Lord, Teach Us to Pray,” because that was the request of the disciples to Jesus, as you heard in the reading from Luke 11. And Jesus responded by giving them the words of the Lord’s Prayer. Notice, by the way, that the request was “Lord, teach us to pray,” not just “Lord, teach us about prayer.” And notice that Jesus’ response starts out, “When you pray, say. . . .” Not “When you think   More…

“If You Are the Son of God” (Sermon on Matthew 4:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

March 8th, 2014 4 comments

“If You Are the Son of God” (Matthew 4:1-11) Apparently there is a movie out in the theaters now called “Son of God.” I haven’t seen the movie, and I don’t plan to, but it’s supposed to tell the story of Jesus. However, I understand that this movie doesn’t even include the account of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness–which is pretty ironic for a movie that calls itself “Son of God,” since a central issue in the account of the temptation is precisely Jesus’ identity as the Son of God. Well, I haven’t seen the movie, but I have   More…

“Our Father Who Art in Heaven” (Sermon on Matthew 6:1-21; The Lord’s Prayer; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

March 5th, 2014 2 comments

“Our Father Who Art in Heaven” (Matthew 6:1-21; The Lord’s Prayer) You know, during Lent there is a strong tradition to do a series on some part of the Catechism. And that’s what we’re going to do for this Lenten season. Today we begin a nine-part sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer. I’m calling it “Lord, Teach Us to Pray,” which is what the disciples asked Jesus to teach them. And Jesus responded by giving them the Lord’s Prayer, as well as other teaching about prayer. Apparently, Jesus wants his Christians to pray. He thinks it’s important. He gives us   More…

“Full of Good Works, Dearly Missed, in Resurrection Hope” (Funeral sermon on Acts 9:36-42, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

February 28th, 2014 No comments

“Full of Good Works, Dearly Missed, in Resurrection Hope” (Acts 9:36-42) Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the   More…

“Jesus Really Means What He Says” (Sermon on Matthew 5:38-48, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

February 22nd, 2014 2 comments

“Jesus Really Means What He Says” (Matthew 5:38-48) Listen again to what Jesus says to us in today’s Gospel reading, and tell me what you think: “But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who   More…

“Life and Blessing in God’s Commandments” (Sermon on Deuteronomy 30:15-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

February 15th, 2014 2 comments

“Life and Blessing in God’s Commandments” (Deuteronomy 30:15-20) I am going to say something that may surprise you today: There is life and blessing in God’s commandments. “What?!” you say. That’s right, I said there is life and blessing in God’s commandments. But you respond, “But, Pastor, I thought the Commandments were there to show us our sin, that God’s Law actually condemns us. How can there be life and blessing in that?” Spoken like a true Lutheran. And true enough, as far as it goes. But there is even more to say about the Ten Commandments than just that.   More…