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“Justification: The Heart of the Reformation” (Sermon on Romans 3:19-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

October 26th, 2014 No comments

“Justification: The Heart of the Reformation” (Romans 3:19-28) Today is the last Sunday in October, and so we are observing Reformation Day. It will be 497 years ago this Friday, on October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, thus setting in motion the great Reformation of the Christian church. We are the heirs of that Reformation, blessed to be so, and so we join with faithful Lutherans all around the globe in celebrating that historic event and all the blessings of pure doctrine and sound practice that came   More…

“Render–But Don’t Surrender–unto Caesar” (Sermon on Matthew 22:15-22, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

October 18th, 2014 1 comment

“Render–But Don’t Surrender–unto Caesar” (Matthew 22:15-22) “Render unto Caesar”: I think most of us have heard that expression. In fact, I would say that most Americans, whether they’re in the church or not, have heard it. “Render unto Caesar.” The average person might say: “Let’s see, I think that has something to do with what we’re supposed to owe the government.” And they would be right. It does have to do with what we owe the government. But don’t stop the saying there. It goes on, you know. “Render unto Caesar . . . the things that are Caesar’s.” And   More…

“St. Paul’s Rubbish Sale” (Sermon on Philippians 3:4b-13, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

October 5th, 2014 No comments

“St. Paul’s Rubbish Sale” (Philippians 3:4b-13) Yesterday our Ladies’ Guild here at St. Matthew’s held a rummage sale. You know how a rummage sale works. People donate their old, obsolete items that they don’t want or need anymore, and then those items are resold, usually at a much lower price than the original purchase price. And when I say much lower, I mean much lower! I saw a television set downstairs that someone may have paid a couple hundred bucks for originally, but now it was being sold for a mere $5.00. And that was at the start of the   More…

#Five-Eaux and #Tiki14 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

September 29th, 2014 6 comments

‘ #Five-Eaux and #Tiki14 Saturday night I went to a tiki bar to meet up with some friends. When I got there, the band was playing “Blue Hawaii.” I knew I was in the right place. The next song was “Pipeline.” Alright! The band, a group called Five-Eaux (Hawaii, get it?), was very good at what they did. Traditional Hawaiian steel guitar, surf guitar, reverb–just what I was hoping for at a tiki bar. And the place itself looked the part. We sat in the outdoor patio, which had bamboo walls and flaming torches for lights. People were wearing Hawaiian   More…

“You Shine as Lights in the World” (Sermon on Philippians 2:1-18, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

September 27th, 2014 3 comments

“You Shine as Lights in the World” (Philippians 2:1-18) In our Epistle for today, from Philippians 2, St. Paul appeals to us Christians to live as who we are, namely, “children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life.” Did you hear that? “You Shine as Lights in the World.” Yes, you do! And today we’ll find out why and how. But before you can shine, first you have to be children of God. How did that happen? God   More…

“Following Jesus with St. Matthew” (Sermon on Matthew 9:9-13, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

September 21st, 2014 No comments

“Following Jesus with St. Matthew” (Matthew 9:9-13) On the church year calendar, September 21 is the day for commemorating St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. And since this year September 21 falls on a Sunday, today we are celebrating the Festival of St. Matthew. Who exactly was this St. Matthew, you ask, and why should we remember him? Well, first of all, as to who he is, as I mentioned, we refer to him as St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. Each of those terms, apostle and evangelist, puts Matthew in pretty select company. St. Matthew is an apostle, and there were   More…

“But We Preach Christ Crucified” (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

September 14th, 2014 1 comment

“But We Preach Christ Crucified” (1 Corinthians 1:18-25) You’ll notice that the color of our paraments today is red–in other words, something different from the ordinary green that we use in the non-festival half of the church year. This means that we’re observing a special festival today, one that happens to fall on a Sunday this year. And this festival is called Holy Cross Day. What is Holy Cross Day, you ask? Well, let me tell you the background of this observance. Back in the early 300s, the Roman Emperor Constantine became a Christian. Then in the year 326, his   More…

“Love Is the Fulfilling of the Law” (Sermon on Romans 13:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

September 7th, 2014 1 comment

“Love Is the Fulfilling of the Law” (Romans 13:1-10) Do you want to know what you should be doing this week? I can tell you with sure confidence what God’s will is for you this week. It’s pretty simple, actually. I can sum it up in one word: Love. That’s right. Love. In terms of how you deal with the people you encounter this week, that’s about the size of it: Love them. How can I be so sure of this? Because God’s Word tells me this is so, that this is God’s will for each one of us. It’s   More…

“Peter Gets the ‘Who’ But Not the ‘How'” (Sermon on Matthew 16:21-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

August 31st, 2014 No comments

“Peter Gets the ‘Who’ But Not the ‘How’” (Matthew 16:21-28) Last week’s Gospel was Matthew 16:13-20. Today’s Gospel is the verses that follow, Matthew 16:21-28. Last week we heard Peter say something that brought a hearty commendation from Jesus, who told Peter that he was the rock on which he would build his church. This week Peter says something that brings a harsh rebuke from Jesus, with Jesus basically calling Peter “Satan” and telling him to get behind him. So in just a few verses, Peter goes from commendation to rebuke, from being called a rock to being called Satan.   More…

“Jesus and the Church: Inseparable” (Sermon on Matthew 16:13-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

August 24th, 2014 4 comments

“Jesus and the Church: Inseparable” (Matthew 16:13-20) “I love your Christ, but I dislike your Christianity.” That is a quote that has been attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, the leading figure from India of the 20th century. Sometimes it’s quoted as “I like your Jesus. I don’t like your Christians.” Or something like that. Whether Gandhi actually said this or not, the point is the same: Some people want to have Jesus–or at least the Jesus of their imagination–they want to have Jesus, but without the church. They try to pit the two against each other, Jesus and the church. Now   More…

“Jesus and People on the Fringe” (Sermon on Matthew 15:21-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

August 17th, 2014 1 comment

“Jesus and People on the Fringe” (Matthew 15:21-28) People on the fringe. That’s what you might call them. People on the fringe of respectable society. Sometimes beyond the fringe. These are not the good, upstanding people who have their act all together and are living their best life now. No, these are people with problems in their life. People who have gotten off track and maybe now are regretting the bad choices they have made. Perhaps they’re looking for a better way, but they don’t know where to find it. People on the fringe. And guess what? Jesus specialized in   More…

“The Parable of the Weeds and the Wheat” (Sermon on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Parable of the Weeds and the Wheat” (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43) Last week we heard the Parable of the Sower, from Matthew 13. Today it’s the Parable of the Weeds and the Wheat, also from Matthew 13. In fact, Matthew 13 is a chapter full of parables, seven of them altogether. Some of these parables are shorter, some are longer. Some are explained by Jesus, some of them are left unexplained. Today’s parable is one of the longer ones, and Jesus does explain it. So now let’s consider this parable and what Jesus is saying to us in it, in   More…

“When Sowing the Seed Seems Useless” (Sermon on Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“When Sowing the Seed Seems Useless” (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23) It can be very discouraging to be a Christian these days. It seems like our whole culture has turned against the Christian faith. It can be very discouraging to be a member of a congregation these days. It seems like every church all across the country is having to deal with lower attendance and financial difficulties. It can be very discouraging to be a pastor these days. It seems like all your work is falling on deaf ears, and you wonder where the zeal for the gospel is, even among your   More…

“Rest for the Heavy Laden” (Sermon on Matthew 11:25-30 and Romans 7:14-25a, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Rest for the Heavy Laden” (Matthew 11:25-30; Romans 7:14-25a) In New York Harbor there stands a famous statue, the Statue of Liberty. In her one hand, Lady Liberty is holding a tablet bearing the date July 4, 1776, the day of America’s founding. In her other hand, she is holding aloft a torch, symbolizing liberty enlightening the world. In the harbor, the Statue of Liberty stands right next to Ellis Island, our nation’s largest immigration station for many years. Millions of immigrants made the long sea voyage from Europe in those days and came through Ellis Island, passing the Statue   More…

“St. Peter and St. Paul: Losing Their Lives for Jesus’ Sake” (Sermon on Matthew 10:38-39, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

June 29th, 2014 2 comments

“St. Peter and St. Paul: Losing Their Lives for Jesus’ Sake” (Matthew 10:38-39) Today is the Third Sunday after Pentecost, but it is also June 29. And June 29 is the day in the church year for observing the Festival of St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles. So that is what we are doing today. We just sang the hymn “By All Your Saints in Warfare” with the stanza for St. Peter and St. Paul. We heard lessons from Acts, 2 Timothy, and the Gospel of John that prominently feature Peter and Paul. We used those readings in place of   More…