“Who Are These, Clothed in White Robes?” (Sermon on Revelation 7:9-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Who Are These, Clothed in White Robes?” (Revelation 7:9-17) Today, on this first Sunday in November, we observe All Saints’ Day. On All Saints’ Day, we rejoice that we are part of that great communion of saints that is the … Continue reading

“The Greatest Victory Celebration” (Sermon on Revelation 7:9-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Greatest Victory Celebration” (Revelation 7:9-17) On Wednesday night, late on Wednesday night, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. As I was sitting there watching it on TV, as soon as the ball went into Anthony Rizzo’s glove for … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: All Saints’ Day -Saints and Martyrs

November 1 All Saints’ Day Matthew 5:1-12 New King James Version 5 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught … Continue reading

“Church Militant, Church Triumphant: All Saints” (Sermon on Revelation 7:2-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Church Militant, Church Triumphant: All Saints” (Revelation 7:2-17) Today, November 1, is All Saints’ Day on the church-year calendar. This is a day for remembering our departed fellow Christians–those saints of old, as well as those from our own past–who … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies: All Hallows’ Eve in the Mediaeval Church and the Reformation

On All Hallows’ Eve 1517 a monk named Martin Luther posted a list of points for discussion and debate at the University of Wittenberg campus church. The campus church is named All Saints’ Church. The regular bulletin board for such … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies: All Saints’ Day/Eve and Samhain

All Saints’ Eve, All Saints’ Day: Origins and Samhain-ization Today it seems that everyone knows that Halloween is originally a Celtic pagan holy day named Samhain [pronounced: Sow-in] which the Christian Church supplanted for the sake of forcing pagans to … Continue reading

“Who We Are and What We Will Be” (Sermon on 1 John 3:1-3, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Who We Are and What We Will Be” (1 John 3:1-3) Today as we observe All Saints’ Day, we look back and remember with thanksgiving the saints who have gone before us, who now rest from their labors and are … Continue reading

“The Saints: Signed, Sealed, Delivered” (Sermon for All Saints’ Day, on Revelation 7:2-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Saints: Signed, Sealed, Delivered” (Revelation 7:2-17) I’m sure you’ve all heard the old spiritual, “When the Saints Go Marching in.” The chorus goes like this: Oh, when the saints go marching in, Oh, when the saints go marching in, … Continue reading