Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: First Sunday in Advent – Jesus, our Coming King

Matthew 21:1-9 New King James Version 1 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you … Continue reading

“Mary, What DID You Know?” (Sermon on Luke 1:26-38, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Mary, What DID You Know?” (Luke 1:26-38) Every year several of the radio stations in St. Louis start playing nothing but Christmas music. I think they start sometime around mid-August, but that’s beside the point. They play Christmas music, and … Continue reading

“The Great Christmas Gift Exchange” (Sermon on Isaiah 61:1-4, 10-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Great Christmas Gift Exchange” (Isaiah 61:1-4, 10-11) There is a game that is played at this time of year at Christmas parties all across the land. The game goes by several names, but I think most often it is … Continue reading

“Who Are You, John?” (Sermon on John 1:6-8, 19-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Who Are You, John?” (John 1:6-8, 19-28) How would you like to be defined in terms of someone else? I mean, who you are, your life and identity–when people think of you, they always compare you to somebody else? Are … Continue reading

“Comfort, Comfort My People” (Sermon on Isaiah 40:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Comfort, Comfort My People” (Isaiah 40:1-11) “Comfort, comfort my people.” Yes, comfort. A word so nice, they said it twice. Who did? Why, Isaiah did. Well, actually God said it, through his prophet Isaiah. You heard it at the start … Continue reading

Krampus: A Better Law/Gospel Paradigm Than Santa Claus

December 6th is the day the Church remembers and gives thanks to God for the life and confession of St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra. This is from Concordia Publishing House’s Treasury of Daily Prayer: “Of the many saints commemorated by … Continue reading

“Restore Us, O God” (Sermon on Psalms 80, 85, 126, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Restore Us, O God” (Psalms 80, 85, 126) We’ve just heard three psalms that are appointed for this Advent season, Psalms 80, 85, and 126. Did you happen to catch what they have in common? There was a connecting theme … Continue reading

“A Prayer to the God Who Acts” (Sermon on Isaiah 64:1-9, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Prayer to the God Who Acts” (Isaiah 64:1-9) Today is the First Sunday in Advent, the first day of a brand new church year. And this season of Advent is a time of waiting, a time of penitential preparation, … Continue reading

O Emmanuel: December 23rd, The “O Antiphons”

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Hymn Verse: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel. Latin Text: O Emmanuel, … Continue reading

O Rex Gentium: December 22nd, The “O Antiphons”

Come, Desire Of Nations Hymn Verse: O Come, Desire of nations, bind All peoples in one heart and mind; Bid Thou our sad divisions cease, And be Thyself our King of Peace. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O … Continue reading

“Rejoicing in the God Who Has Taught Us” (Sermon on Psalm 71:17-18, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Rejoicing in the God Who Has Taught Us” (Psalm 71:17-18) “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” These words from Philippians remind us that we have much to be joyful over. And indeed we do. Think of … Continue reading

O Oriens: December 21st, The “O Antiphons”

O Come, Thou Dayspring From On High Hymn Verse: O Come, Thou Dayspring from on high, and cheer us by thy drawing nigh; disperse the gloomy clouds of night and death’s dark shadow put to flight. Latin Text: O Oriens, splendor … Continue reading

O Clavis David: December 20th, The “O Antiphons”

O Come, Thou Key of David, Come Hymn Verse: O Come, Thou Key of David, come, And open wide our heav’nly home, Make safe the way that leads on high, And close the path to misery. Latin Text: O Clavis David, et … Continue reading

O Radix Jesse: December 19th, The “O Antiphons”

O Come, Thou Rod of Jesse’s Stem Hymn Verse: O Come, Thou Rod of Jesse’s stem, From ev’ry foe deliver them That trust Thy mighty power to save, And give them vict’ry o’er the grave. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come … Continue reading

A LampLight Conversation on the lessons for the Fourth Sunday in Advent

This week on LampLight Conversations, Pastor Adam Reichart joined our conversation on the lessons for the Fourth Sunday in Advent. Pastor Reichart serves at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hoxie, KS. As we approach the last Sunday in Advent, the Sunday of … Continue reading

O Adonai: December 18th, The “O Antiphons”

O Come, O Come, Thou Lord of Might The Hymn: O come, O come, Thou Lord of might, Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height In ancient times didst give the law In cloud and majesty and awe. Rejoice! Rejoice! … Continue reading

O Sapientia: December 17th, The “O Antiphons”

O Come, Thou Wisdom From on High The Hymn: O come, Thou Wisdom from on high, Who orderest all things mightily; To us the path of knowledge show, And teach us in her ways to go. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall … Continue reading

Rejoicing in the Violence of the Cross: A Sermon for Gaudete on Matthew 11:2-10

The introduction to this sermon has been adapted from Pastor Ken Kelly’s excellent Gaudete homily. You can read the whole thing at: That John the Baptist was in prison should come as an absolute shock to everyone who reads the Gospel of Matthew. John doesn’t … Continue reading

A LampLight Conversation on the lessons for the Third Sunday in Advent

This week on LampLight Conversations, Pastor Clint Poppe joined our conversation on the lessons for the Third Sunday in Advent. Pastor Poppe serves as Senior Pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lincoln, NE, and also as the Chairman of … Continue reading

“Hope of the Gentiles” (Sermon on Romans 15:4-13, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Hope of the Gentiles” (Romans 15:4-13) In the reading from Romans that we just heard, there are two words that jump out at me. One of those words is found in the first verse of our text, which reads: “Whatever … Continue reading

“Advent Trees” (Sermon on Matthew 3:1-12 and Isaiah 11:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Advent Trees” (Matthew 3:1-12; Isaiah 11:1-10) You’ve heard of Christmas trees. But have you heard of “Advent trees”? No? Well, I hadn’t either. In fact, I just made that term up as I was thinking about our lessons for today. … Continue reading

Jesus: Crucifying the Great Divide — A LampLight Conversation (Sermon helps)

In my last post, I briefly recounted why KNGN developed the show: LampLight Conversations. I, however, did not introduce you to the regular conversationalists. There’s Adam Spanier, the station manager of KNGN, who brings a layman’s point of view to … Continue reading

Advent in the home — Guest article by Holly Scheer

Advent has begun again. It’s easy and tempting to treat Advent as a pre-Christmas but it’s so much more. Advent is waiting for the coming of Christ. It’s a time of remembrance and expectation. It’s exciting, all on it’s own. … Continue reading

“Light in the Darkness” (Sermon on Romans 13:8-14, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Light in the Darkness” (Romans 13:8-14) Advent is a season of light. In fact, you could say that Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany–the whole three-month sequence centered around Christmas–each of these seasons could be called a season of light. Think of … Continue reading

“Who Is This Jesus?” (Sermon on Matthew 21:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Who Is This Jesus?” (Matthew 21:1-11) Today is the First Sunday in Advent. As it’s the beginning of Advent, and the word “Advent” means “Coming,” our readings today–particularly the Holy Gospel–focus our attention on the one who will be coming … Continue reading