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Why Church? A Sermon for the Third Sunday after Epiphany on St. Matthew 8:1—13

January 25th, 2014 1 comment

If you ask people why they come to church, they might say, “It makes me feel good.” There’s nothing quite like gathering together around Word & Sacrament with God’s people. Church often makes us feel good, and when it does, thanks be to God! But there’s any number of reasons why you might not feel good when you come to church. Maybe the kids were acting up the whole service. Maybe you recently got some bad news. Maybe you’re mourning the loss of a loved one. Maybe you’re depressed or in poor health. Maybe money’s tight or life at home isn’t what it should   More…

Keeping Mercy & Life Together Together

October 23rd, 2013 No comments

  I recently had the privilege of attending “In the World for Good”, a conference on Urban Ministry at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN. The keynote speaker was Dr. John Nunes, the recently appointed Emil and Elfriede Jochum Chair at Valparaiso University. I’d like to offer a few reflections on something Nunes highlighted in his presentation, namely, the connection between mercy and life together. It is easy for us to separate mercy and life together. On the one hand, we know the importance of showing mercy, but what’s often missing is any real desire to do life together.   More…

Former German bishop warns Lutherans against ‘losing our identity’

November 2nd, 2012 11 comments

Found as a LCMS.org news release:   Schöne reminds assembly that there is no Life Together apart from Christ PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (November 1, 2012)—In a world filled with secularism, relativism, liberalism and atheism, Lutherans can be in danger of “losing our identity and making compromises in good intention but being misled by our feelings,” warned the Rev. Dr. Jobst Schöne, bishop emeritus of the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELK) of Germany.Schöne, the headlining speaker for the second day of the International Conference on Confessional Leadership, held in Peachtree City, Ga., spoke to a room of 120 confessional leaders representing   More…

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“Acts of Witness, Mercy, Life Together” (Sermon on Acts 4:32-35, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

April 15th, 2012 No comments

“Acts of Witness, Mercy, Life Together” (Acts 4:32-35) As many of you may know, for the last couple of years our Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has been organizing its work under the banner of “Witness, Mercy, Life Together.” You can see the symbol that is being used for this emphasis on your bulletin insert, encircled by those three terms. But this is more than a slogan in a marketing campaign. No, “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” really describes what the church does, whether on the national and international levels, as our synod operates, or on the local level, as, for instance, here   More…

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together: Our Life as Church” (A sermon on Acts, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together: Our Life as Church” (Acts) “Witness, Mercy, Life Together”: This is the threefold emphasis now being used for our national church body, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” has also served well as the basis for our sermon series here at St. Matthew’s this Easter season. We have seen these themes emerge in our readings from the Book of Acts, for “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” can be said to characterize the life of the early church. But not only so, these aspects of the early church’s life are true for us as well. And   More…

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together: The Case of Stephen” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Acts 6-7)

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together: The Case of Stephen” (Acts 6:1-9; 7:2a, 51-60) “Witness, Mercy, Life Together”: This is an emphasis right now for our Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, since the work of our national church body can be gathered under these three headings. In connection with this, our synod is using the New Testament Greek words associated with these aspects of the church’s life: Martyria, “Witness,” the bold testimony that Christians give to their Savior, often in the face of hostility and persecution. Diakonia, literally “Service,” but especially, service in the form of works of “Mercy.” And third, Koinonia, “Fellowship,” or   More…

“Koinonia: The Church’s Life Together” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Acts 2:42-47)

“Koinonia: The Church’s Life Together” (Acts 2:42-47) During this Easter season, we’re tracking the readings from the Book of Acts, under the theme, “Witness, Mercy, Life Together.” Witness: The church bearing verbal witness to Christ the Savior. Mercy: The church showing the compassion of Christ in serving people in need. Life Together: The church being the fellowship, the family, that Christ has formed for himself. We see each of these aspects of the church’s life well on display here in the Book of Acts. The last couple of weeks, the readings have focused on “Witness,” the church boldly proclaiming the   More…

“Witnesses Worthy of the Name” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Acts 5:29-42)

“Witnesses Worthy of the Name” (Acts 5:29-42) Today we begin a series of sermons based on readings from the Book of Acts. Recently many of you went through a several-month-long Bible study on the Book of Acts, and hopefully that will still be somewhat fresh in your mind. In any case, I think it will be timely and helpful for us to reflect on these glimpses of life in the early church, for in many ways the time of the early church, the conditions they faced, parallels the situation of the church in our day. They lived in a world   More…

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together”: A Hymn (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

April 29th, 2011 10 comments

President Harrison’s “Emphasis for the Church” is summed up in three terms, “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” (Martyria, Diakonia, Koinonia are the related Greek terms). The President’s Office has set up a blog, wmlt.org, to carry forward the theme of “Witness, Mercy, Life Together: In Christ, for the Church and the World.” I’m going to be referring to this threefold emphasis in my preaching over the coming weeks, as I start a sermon series on the Book of Acts. So I thought it would be good to have a hymn to accompany the series. I’m aware that there are already a   More…