“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

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

“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

“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

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

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter III

April 30, 2017 — Easter III Sermon Text — Luke 24:13-35   Blinded by Unbelief Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia.  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. Luke’s gospel account the 24th chapter. Beloved … Continue reading

“Easter Joy Continues!” (Sermon on John 20, Acts 5, and 1 Peter 1, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Easter Joy Continues!” (John 20:19-31; Acts 5:29-42; 1 Peter 1:3-9) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Yes, he is risen indeed! And guess what? He is still risen! Christ didn’t stop being risen once Easter Day was … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter II

April 23, 2017 — Easter II Sermon Text — St. John 20:19-31 “These things did Thomas count as real: The warmth of blood, the chill of steel, The grain of wood, the heft of stone, The last frail twitch of … Continue reading

“Raised with Our Risen Lord” (Sermon on Colossians 3:1-4, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Raised with Our Risen Lord” (Colossians 3:1-4) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Yes, indeed Christ is risen! And because he is, guess what? You are risen too! That’s our message this morning on this beautiful Easter … Continue reading

“The Suffering, Sacrificing, Saving Servant” (Sermon on Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Suffering, Sacrificing, Saving Servant” (Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12) “Behold, my servant,” says the Lord. Yes, behold him today. Behold the servant of the Lord serving in a most unexpected way: serving by suffering. Today on this Good Friday we … Continue reading

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Sacrament of the Altar” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Sacrament of the Altar” Tonight we conclude our series on “The Catechism in Six Parts.” So far in the Catechism we’ve looked at the Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Sacrament of … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — The Resurrection of Our Lord

April 16, 2017 — The Resurrection of Our Lord Sermon Text — Matthew 28:1-10   Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed Alleuia! Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. Matthew’s gospel account the 28th chapter. Beloved … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Good Friday

April 14, 2017 — Good Friday   Bringing to Nothing the Things that Are In the Name X of Jesus.   AMEN! Beloved in the Lord, Smitten with Glory They couldn’t contain themselves.  A riot was fomenting within their ranks.  Pilate … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Maundy Thursday

April 13, 2017 — Maundy Thursday Sermon Text — Matthew 26:17-30   Is it I?  Is it for Me? In the Name of X Jesus.  AMEN! Beloved in the Lord, Jesus with His Twelve It is evening and the day … Continue reading

“Holy Week: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb” (Sermon on Matthew 21:1-11 and 27:11-66, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Holy Week: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb” (Matthew 21:1-11; 27:11-66) “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” Have you heard that saying before? It refers to the month of March. The idea is that March usually … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Palm Sunday

April 9, 2017 — Palm Sunday Sermon Text — John 12:12-19 Grace, mercy, and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from … Continue reading

“The Catechism in Six Parts: Confession” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Catechism in Six Parts: Confession” Tonight we come to the part of the Catechism that is probably the least known to us today, and that is Confession. The practice of Confession may be unfamiliar to you. Confession is unfamiliar … Continue reading

“The Raising of Lazarus” (Sermon on John 11:1-53, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Raising of Lazarus” (John 11:1-53) Our text today is the account of “The Raising of Lazarus,” from John chapter 11. In this chapter, Jesus does three things: He raises the dead. He arouses faith. And he rouses the opposition. … Continue reading

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Sacrament of Holy Baptism” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Sacrament of Holy Baptism” So far in our series on the catechism, we’ve covered the Ten Commandments, the Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer. Tonight we come to the sacraments. We begin, fittingly enough, with … Continue reading

“A Real Eye-Opener” (Sermon on John 9:1-41, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Real Eye-Opener” (John 9:1-41) Our text today is a real eye-opener. It’s the story of Jesus healing the man born blind, from John chapter 9. It’s an eye-opener in several senses. Just the fact that Jesus can heal the … Continue reading

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Lord’s Prayer” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Lord’s Prayer” So far in our series on the Catechism we’ve had the Ten Commandments and the Apostles’ Creed. The Commandments show us God’s good will for our lives, but the problem is, we … Continue reading

“The Samaritan Woman: A Well-Known Story” (Sermon on John 4, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Samaritan Woman: A Well-Known Story” (John 4:5-26, 27-30, 39-42) Does God really accept me? I mean, I’m able to hide my faults and shortcomings from people–well, most of my faults from most people, at least. And I’m able to … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Lent 2

March 12, 2017 — Lent II Sermon Text — John 3:1-17   Be a Baby! Grace, mercy, and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s … Continue reading

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Creed” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Creed” The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, in a big national survey a few years ago–the Pew Survey found that 92% of Americans say they “believe in God or a universal spirit.” … Continue reading