“Gabriel’s Gracious Greeting” (Sermon on Luke 1:26-38, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Gabriel’s Gracious Greeting” (Luke 1:26-38) Every year on the Fourth Sunday in Advent, the Holy Gospel is a reading about Mary. Last year it was the message to Joseph that Mary would bear a son. Next year it will be … Continue reading

“He Will Surely Do It” (Sermon on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“He Will Surely Do It” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-24) This has been an Advent series about the Second Advent, the Second Coming of Christ. Each Wednesday we’ve looked at the Epistle reading from the previous Sunday, and the connecting theme that … Continue reading

“When the Messiah Gives You a Makeover” (Sermon on Isaiah 61:1-4, 10-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“When the Messiah Gives You a Makeover” (Isaiah 61:1-4, 10-11) Have you ever seen one of those makeover shows on TV? My daughter used to watch one. It was called “What Not to Wear.” The idea of the show was … Continue reading

“New Heavens and a New Earth” (Sermon on 2 Peter 3:8-14, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“New Heavens and a New Earth” (2 Peter 3:8-14) This year’s theme for our Advent midweek services is “Waiting for the Day of the Lord.” We’re looking at the Epistle readings for the first three weeks of Advent, all of … Continue reading

“A Baptism of Repentance for the Forgiveness of Sins” (Sermon on Mark 1:1-8, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Baptism of Repentance for the Forgiveness of Sins” (Mark 1:1-8) Well, here comes John the Baptist again. He always shows up around this time of year. Always with kind of a depressing message: “Repent! Get your life straightened out!” … Continue reading

“A Day of Judgment and Salvation” (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Day of Judgment and Salvation” (1 Corinthians 1:3-9) In thinking about a theme for our three midweek Advent services this year, I decided to go with the Epistle readings for the first three Sundays in Advent. For there is … Continue reading

Advent 1 Midweek “For unto us a Son is Given” : The Laughter of Isaac

The following sermon corresponds to Advent 1 Midweek according to the Advent service plan “For unto us a Son is Given.” Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. “Long ago, your fathers lived … Continue reading

“Oh That You Would Rend the Heavens and Come Down” (Sermon on Isaiah 64:1-9, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Oh That You Would Rend the Heavens and Come Down” (Isaiah 64:1-9) The Old Testament Reading for today, from Isaiah 64, is an intense prayer. The prophet is begging God to intervene on behalf of his people. As such, it … Continue reading

“Isaiah’s Immanuel Prophecy” (Sermon on Isaiah 7:10-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Isaiah’s Immanuel Prophecy” (Isaiah 7:10-17) Oh, come, oh, 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! There’s that word “Emmanuel.” And … Continue reading

“He Comes, We Come” (Sermon on Isaiah 35:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“He Comes, We Come” (Isaiah 35:1-10) “You go, we go.” That’s what the Chicago Cubs told their centerfielder and leadoff man Dexter Fowler the last couple of years. “You go, we go.” In other words, “As you go, Dexter, so … Continue reading

“Be Patient until the Coming of the Lord” (Sermon on James 5:7-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Be Patient until the Coming of the Lord” (James 5:7-11) Advent is a season of waiting. We’re waiting for Christmas. This is a time of penitential preparation awaiting that festive celebration. The season of Advent always begins on the Sunday … Continue reading

“The Shoot and the Root of Jesse” (Sermon on Isaiah 11:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Shoot and the Root of Jesse” (Isaiah 11:1-10) Today we continue our series on “Isaiah’s Advent Prophecies.” Today’s prophecy comes from Isaiah 11, and it begins, “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a … Continue reading

“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand” (Sermon on Matthew 3:1-12, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand” (Matthew 3:1-12) “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand”: That was the message of John the Baptist as he came preaching in the wilderness. “Repent, for the kingdom of … Continue reading

“The Mountain of the House of the Lord” (Sermon on Isaiah 2:1-5, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Mountain of the House of the Lord” (Isaiah 2:1-5) Today we’re beginning a series of sermons I’m calling “Isaiah’s Advent Prophecies.” We’re taking the Old Testament readings for this season of Advent, all taken from the prophet Isaiah, and … Continue reading

“‘Hosanna!’ Our Advent Prayer and Praise” (Sermon on Matthew 21:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“‘Hosanna!’ Our Advent Prayer and Praise” (Matthew 21:1-11) Today is the First Sunday in Advent, the season leading up to Christmas. But you’ll notice that the Holy Gospel for this day is actually a reading about Palm Sunday. What gives? … Continue reading

Preaching, God’s Laxative for Your Heart

Before next Sunday, we will once again celebrate that most significant of events in human history, the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the wonderful proclamation that for your sake, God came down from heaven, was incarnate by … Continue reading

“Spirit-Given Faith Greets the Savior” (Sermon on Luke 1:39-56, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Spirit-Given Faith Greets the Savior” (Luke 1:39-56) We’re coming near the end of Advent, and it’s time to greet the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ–not only at Christmas, but also when he comes again. Are you ready? Are you … Continue reading

“A Ruler from Bethlehem” (Sermon on Micah 5:2-5a, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Ruler from Bethlehem” (Micah 5:2-5a) So which is it? “Too little” or “by no means least”? We’re talking about Bethlehem here. On the one hand, the prophet Micah says that Bethlehem is “too little to be among the clans … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Fourth Sunday in Advent – Rejoice!

Rorate coeli John 1:19-28 New King James Version 19 Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, … Continue reading