“His Word Possessed Authority” (Sermon on Luke 4:31-44, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“His Word Possessed Authority” (Luke 4:31-44) In today’s Gospel, we catch a glimpse of what the public ministry of Jesus was like. We follow Jesus on what might have been a fairly typical day for him, a very busy day … Continue reading

“Today This Scripture Is Fulfilled in Your Hearing” (Sermon on Luke 4:16-30, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Today This Scripture Is Fulfilled in Your Hearing” (Luke 4:16-30) The Holy Gospel for today is the account of Jesus at the Nazareth synagogue, right as he was starting his public ministry. Jesus gets up to read one of the … Continue reading

“Marriage and the Family: The Cultural Slide and the Christian Response” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Marriage and the Family: The Cultural Slide and the Christian Response” (Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 128:1-6; John 2:1-11) The readings for today–the Old Testament Reading, the Psalm, and the Holy Gospel–these readings are filled with references to marriage and the family. … 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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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