Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — The Baptism that fills Every Baptism

In the Name of the Father and of the X Son and of the Holy Spirit.  AMEN.  Our text for this morning sermon is taken from St. Luke’s gospel account the third chapter (Luke 3:15-22). Beloved in the Lord, Jesus … Continue reading

“Christ the Baptized and Baptizer” (Sermon on Luke 3:15-22, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Christ the Baptized and Baptizer” (Luke 3:15-22) Today in the church year is the Baptism of Our Lord, which we always celebrate on this, the First Sunday after the Epiphany. The Baptism of Our Lord is that auspicious occasion when … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Said One Magi to Another, “It just feels Like we Should be in Jerusalem”

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 St. Matthew’s gospel account the second chapter (Matthew 2:1-12).   Beloved … Continue reading

“The Gentile Christmas” (Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12 and Isaiah 60:1-6, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Gentile Christmas” (Matthew 2:1-12; Isaiah 60:1-6) It is often called “the Gentile Christmas.” I’m talking about Epiphany, of course, the festival we are celebrating today. The Epiphany of Our Lord is one of the major festivals in the church … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Beginning Again with a Baby

Christmas Morning In the Name X of Jesus.  Amen!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the first chapter (John 1:1-14). Beloved in the Lord, Our God, the God of creation, does not deal … Continue reading

“Simeon’s Song: What a Way to Go!” (Sermon on Luke 2:22-40, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Simeon’s Song: What a Way to Go!” (Luke 2:22-40) This month we have been spending the Advent and Christmas seasons in the Gospel of Luke. All of our sermons have come from there, particularly from Luke’s so-called “Infancy Narrative,” chapters … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Simeon’s Savior

Christmas I — 12-30-2012 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 St. Luke’s gospel account the second chapter … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — A Good Word for an Evil World

Christmas Eve — Luke 2:1-20 In the Name of the Father and of the X Son and of the Holy Spirit.  AMEN Beloved in the Lord, Our God has good news for us tonight.  The Lord has a good word … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — First Blood

New Year’s Eve — Luke 2:21 In the Name of Jesus! AMEN! Beloved in the Lord, St. Luke records for us our Gospel reading.  It is only one verse, but it is a verse packed tight with theology, a theology … Continue reading

“The Ripple Effect of Christmas” (Sermon on Luke 2:15-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Ripple Effect of Christmas” (Luke 2:15-20) Our text this morning is the second part of the Christmas Gospel we heard last night, that is, Luke 2, reading now verses 15 through 20: “When the angels went away from them … Continue reading

“The Gift, the Announcement, and the Exclamation Mark” (Sermon on Luke 2:1-14, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Gift, the Announcement, and the Exclamation Mark” (Luke 2:1-14) Suppose I got a Christmas present for you, but I didn’t tell you about it. I didn’t tell you that I had something for you, and I didn’t tell you … Continue reading

“A Blessed Visitation” (Sermon on Luke 1:39-45, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Blessed Visitation” (Luke 1:39-45) It was a meeting of the moms. Two expectant mothers, one old, one young. One was six months along; the other, newly pregnant. And the fact that they were expecting was totally unexpected! Both of … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — The Incarnate Ark Meets His Prophet While Mothers Rejoice!

In the Name of Jesus!  AMEN!  Our text is Luke 1:39-45.   Beloved in the Lord, Behold the greatness of our God’s humility!  Though the heavens and the earth cannot contain the glory of our God, He chooses to hide … Continue reading

“Zechariah’s Song: The Benedictus” (Sermon on Luke 1:57-80)

“Zechariah’s Song: The Benedictus” (Luke 1:57-80) We continue our Advent journey, heading toward Christmas. So far in Advent, we have seen John the Baptist preparing the way for the Lord, both in his preaching of repentance and then in his … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Matt Gunia — Sermon in Response to the School Shooting

Rev. Matthew Gunia Sermon in Response to the School Shooting in Newton, Connecticut Advent 3, Series C Preached at St. John, Niles, IL 16 December 2012 Grace, mercy, and peace be yours from God, our Father, and Jesus Christ, out … Continue reading

“Advent through a Rose-colored Candle” (Sermon on Luke 7:18-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Advent through a Rose-colored Candle” (Luke 7:18-28) Today is the Sunday of the rose-colored candle. On the other Sundays in Advent, we light violet, or purple, candles on the Advent wreath. Today, though, we light the one that is the … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — The Prison of Hell’s Illusion and Hope’s Enlightening Word

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. Luke’s gospel account (Luke 7:18-35) the seventh chapter.   Beloved in … Continue reading

“Mary’s Song Prepares Us for Mary’s Son” (Sermon on Luke 1:46-55, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Mary’s Song Prepares Us for Mary’s Son” (Luke 1:46-55) One of the things we’re doing this month in our Advent and Christmas services is looking at a number of texts from Luke’s “Infancy Narrative,” that is, the first two chapters … Continue reading

“Bear Fruits in Keeping with Repentance” (Sermon on Luke 3:1-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Bear Fruits in Keeping with Repentance” (Luke 3:1-20) Advent is a penitential season, and every year on this Second Sunday in Advent, John the Baptist shows up, leading the call to repentance. John came to prepare the way of the … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Preparing the Way

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 St. Luke’s gospel account the third chapter (Luke 3:1-14).   Beloved … Continue reading

“The Chronicle of Luke: ‘That You May Have Certainty'” (Sermon on Luke 1:1-4, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Chronicle of Luke: ‘That You May Have Certainty’” (Luke 1:1-4) This past Sunday was the First Sunday in Advent, and thus it was the beginning of a whole new church year. In our congregation, and in thousands of churches … Continue reading

“The King Who Comes in the Name of the Lord” (Sermon on Luke 19:28-40, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The King Who Comes in the Name of the Lord” (Luke 19:28-40) Today is the first day in a brand-new church year. That’s because today is the First Sunday in Advent. The church year begins with the season of Advent, … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Getting Past the North Pole and Making it to Jerusalem

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 St. Luke’s gospel account the 19th (Luke 19:28-40) chapter.   Beloved in … Continue reading

“The End of the World’s Coming” (Sermon for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, on Mark 13:24-37, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The End of the World’s Coming” (Mark 13:24-37) “In those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Quickening Words for Sleepy People

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 St. Mark’s gospel account the 13th chapter (Mark 13:24-37).   Beloved … Continue reading