Gospel Notes for the Day of Pentecost

The Gospel Notes for the Day of Pentecost (Whitsunday) from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter VII

May 28, 2017 — Easter VII Sermon Text — John 17:1-11 In the Name X of Jesus.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the 17th chapter. The Glory Road Beloved in the … Continue reading

“Ascension Day, the Forgotten Festival” (Sermon on Luke 24:44-53 and Acts 1:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Ascension Day, the Forgotten Festival” (Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-11) Welcome to the Forgotten Festival! Today is Ascension Day, or, as it’s more properly called, the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. But there is reason to call it, as … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Ascension of our Lord

The Gospel Notes for the Ascension of our Lord from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Ascension Day

May 25, 2017 — The Festival of the Ascension of our Lord Sermon Text — Psalm 68:17-20   Captives No More! Hear the Word of the Lord! The chariots of God are twice ten thousand, thousands upon thousands; the Lord … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter VI

May 21, 2017 — Easter VI Sermon Text — John 14:15-21   Faith and Love Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the 14th chapter. Beloved … Continue reading

Who’s Catholic and Apostolic?

Here’s a story which may or may not be completely metaphorical. Pseudonymous pastors Kris and Theo were overseers of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic church, in nearby countries.  Both professed allegiance to the Old Roman Creed, and believed that … Continue reading

Paper or Plastic with Your Fair Trade Baby?

The flagship newspaper of Utilitarianism never disappoints. In its latest edition, The Economist makes the case for fair trade human reproduction. It argues that it is time for a system that allows the “commissioning parents” of a surrogate child to … Continue reading

“A Living, Loving Family” (Sermon on John 14:15-21, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Living, Loving Family” (John 14:15-21) Christ establishes his church to be “A Living, Loving Family.” And you are a part of it. A living, loving family. Now how do you hear that? Do you hear it as heavy demand, … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Exaudi — The Seventh Sunday of Easter

This entry is part of 14 in the series Lambs at Pasture

This is part of 14 in the series Lambs at PastureLambs at Pasture for Exaudi — The Seventh Sunday of Easter and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids familiarity and memorization of … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Exaudi (Easter 7)

This entry is part of 8 in the series Gospel Notes

This is part of 8 in the series Gospel Notes The Gospel Notes for the Seventh Sunday of Easter (Exaudi) from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White … Continue reading

Our Righteousness Descends to Us

Martin Luther published his edited lectures on Galatians in 1519. In these lectures, we may examine Dr. Luther’s new understanding of justification by faith alone in Christ’s promises.  When he commented on Galatians 2:16-21, Luther discussed the difference between divine … Continue reading

“Hope for the Future and a Present Priesthood” (Sermon on John 14:1-14 and 1 Peter 2:2-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Hope for the Future and a Present Priesthood” (John 14:1-14; 1 Peter 2:2-10) You gotta have hope. Hope is faith facing the future. You and I, we need something to look forward to. Otherwise, we lose heart, we get depressed, … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Rogate — The Sixth Sunday of Easter

This entry is part 13 of 14 in the series Lambs at Pasture

This is part 13 of 14 in the series Lambs at PastureLambs at Pasture for Rogate — The Sixth Sunday of Easter and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids familiarity and memorization … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter V

May 14, 2017 — Easter V Sermon Text — John 14:1-14   The Trouble with Words Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the 14th chapter. … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Rogate (Easter 6)

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Gospel Notes

This is part 7 of 8 in the series Gospel Notes The Gospel Notes for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (Rogate) from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and … Continue reading

“The Good Shepherd Gives Gifts to His Sheep” (Funeral sermon on John 10:1-18, 22-30, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Good Shepherd Gives Gifts to His Sheep” (John 10:1-18, 22-30) “The forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” So we just said we believe when we confessed the Apostles’ Creed. This is the faith … Continue reading

Who Goes with You into Surgery?

One of my vain ideas was to reach 60 without being an inpatient of a hospital. Didn’t work. Two Januaries in a row, I was hospitalized. I was a suffering puppy, though still nothing like many around me. My condition … Continue reading

Slow and Steady Wins the Catechetical Race — by Pastor Ryan Loeslie

The following is a guest article by Rev. Ryan Loeslie, Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Merna, Nebraska. Most of us are familiar with Aesop’s Fable of the tortoise and the hare.  The hare boasted of his speed repeatedly.  But tiring … Continue reading

“The Good Shepherd for Straying and Suffering Sheep” (Sermon on 1 Peter 2:19-25, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Good Shepherd for Straying and Suffering Sheep” (1 Peter 2:19-25) I’m guessing by now you’ve picked up on the theme of the day. You’ve heard it throughout the service so far. For example, in the Introit, the words of … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Cantate (Easter 5)

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Gospel Notes

This is part 6 of 8 in the series Gospel Notes The Gospel Notes for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (Cantate) from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Cantate — The Fifth Sunday of Easter

This entry is part 12 of 14 in the series Lambs at Pasture

This is part 12 of 14 in the series Lambs at PastureLambs at Pasture for Cantate — The Fifth Sunday of Easter and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids familiarity and memorization … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter IV

May 7, 2017 — Easter IV Sermon Text — John 10:1-10   A Shepherd for Thieves Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the 10th chapter. … Continue reading

“Opening the Scriptures, Breaking the Bread” (Sermon on Luke 24:13-35, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Opening the Scriptures, Breaking the Bread” (Luke 24:13-35) One of my favorite paintings is one we happen to have hanging in the hallway here at St. Matthew’s. I’ve brought it forward this morning, because it goes with the Gospel reading … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Jubilate — The Fourth Sunday of Easter

This entry is part 11 of 14 in the series Lambs at Pasture

This is part 11 of 14 in the series Lambs at PastureLambs at Pasture for Jubilate — The Fourth Sunday of Easter and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids familiarity and memorization … Continue reading