“A Kingdom of Priests” (Sermon on Exodus 19:2-8, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Kingdom of Priests” (Exodus 19:2-8) “You shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” What did this mean for … Continue reading

“Created, Redeemed, and Sanctified by the Triune God” (Funeral sermon on the Apostles’ Creed, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Created, Redeemed, and Sanctified by the Triune God” (Apostles’ Creed) Bob, Karen, Michele, friends and family of our dear sister Dottie: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. A Christian funeral service is … Continue reading

Hymn for the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This year, the 500th anniversary year of the Lutheran Reformation (1517), the commemoration of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession (1530), June 25, falls on a Sunday. Here is a hymn I wrote that is appropriate for the occasion (or … Continue reading

“The Athanasian Creed: Incomprehensible?” (Sermon for the Holy Trinity, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Athanasian Creed: Incomprehensible?” Today is Trinity Sunday–or, more properly called, the Feast of the Holy Trinity–and as such, this is the one day in the year when we confess the Athanasian Creed. Actually, we believe, teach, and confess the … Continue reading

“From Tabernacles to Pentecost” (Sermon on John 7:37-39, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“From Tabernacles to Pentecost” (John 7:37-39) Today is the Feast of Pentecost, a major festival in the Christian church year. Today we celebrate the giving of the Holy Spirit, whom our ascended Lord Jesus Christ poured out on his church, … Continue reading

“Our Anxieties and God’s Care” (Sermon on 1 Peter 4-5 and John 17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Our Anxieties and God’s Care” (1 Peter 4:12-19; 5:6-11; John 17:1-11) What are your anxieties? What are you worried about? Anxiety is really another way to say worry. They pretty much mean the same thing. To be anxious, to be … Continue reading

“Ascension Day, the Forgotten Festival” (Sermon on Luke 24:44-53 and Acts 1:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Ascension Day, the Forgotten Festival” (Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-11) Welcome to the Forgotten Festival! Today is Ascension Day, or, as it’s more properly called, the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. But there is reason to call it, as … Continue reading

“A Living, Loving Family” (Sermon on John 14:15-21, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Living, Loving Family” (John 14:15-21) Christ establishes his church to be “A Living, Loving Family.” And you are a part of it. A living, loving family. Now how do you hear that? Do you hear it as heavy demand, … Continue reading

“Hope for the Future and a Present Priesthood” (Sermon on John 14:1-14 and 1 Peter 2:2-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Hope for the Future and a Present Priesthood” (John 14:1-14; 1 Peter 2:2-10) You gotta have hope. Hope is faith facing the future. You and I, we need something to look forward to. Otherwise, we lose heart, we get depressed, … Continue reading

“The Good Shepherd Gives Gifts to His Sheep” (Funeral sermon on John 10:1-18, 22-30, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Good Shepherd Gives Gifts to His Sheep” (John 10:1-18, 22-30) “The forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” So we just said we believe when we confessed the Apostles’ Creed. This is the faith … Continue reading

“The Good Shepherd for Straying and Suffering Sheep” (Sermon on 1 Peter 2:19-25, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Good Shepherd for Straying and Suffering Sheep” (1 Peter 2:19-25) I’m guessing by now you’ve picked up on the theme of the day. You’ve heard it throughout the service so far. For example, in the Introit, the words of … Continue reading

“Opening the Scriptures, Breaking the Bread” (Sermon on Luke 24:13-35, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Opening the Scriptures, Breaking the Bread” (Luke 24:13-35) One of my favorite paintings is one we happen to have hanging in the hallway here at St. Matthew’s. I’ve brought it forward this morning, because it goes with the Gospel reading … Continue reading

“Easter Joy Continues!” (Sermon on John 20, Acts 5, and 1 Peter 1, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Easter Joy Continues!” (John 20:19-31; Acts 5:29-42; 1 Peter 1:3-9) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Yes, he is risen indeed! And guess what? He is still risen! Christ didn’t stop being risen once Easter Day was … Continue reading

“Raised with Our Risen Lord” (Sermon on Colossians 3:1-4, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Raised with Our Risen Lord” (Colossians 3:1-4) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Yes, indeed Christ is risen! And because he is, guess what? You are risen too! That’s our message this morning on this beautiful Easter … Continue reading

“The Suffering, Sacrificing, Saving Servant” (Sermon on Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Suffering, Sacrificing, Saving Servant” (Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12) “Behold, my servant,” says the Lord. Yes, behold him today. Behold the servant of the Lord serving in a most unexpected way: serving by suffering. Today on this Good Friday we … Continue reading

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Sacrament of the Altar” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Sacrament of the Altar” Tonight we conclude our series on “The Catechism in Six Parts.” So far in the Catechism we’ve looked at the Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Sacrament of … Continue reading

“Holy Week: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb” (Sermon on Matthew 21:1-11 and 27:11-66, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Holy Week: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb” (Matthew 21:1-11; 27:11-66) “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” Have you heard that saying before? It refers to the month of March. The idea is that March usually … Continue reading

“The Catechism in Six Parts: Confession” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Catechism in Six Parts: Confession” Tonight we come to the part of the Catechism that is probably the least known to us today, and that is Confession. The practice of Confession may be unfamiliar to you. Confession is unfamiliar … Continue reading

“The Raising of Lazarus” (Sermon on John 11:1-53, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Raising of Lazarus” (John 11:1-53) Our text today is the account of “The Raising of Lazarus,” from John chapter 11. In this chapter, Jesus does three things: He raises the dead. He arouses faith. And he rouses the opposition. … Continue reading

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Sacrament of Holy Baptism” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Sacrament of Holy Baptism” So far in our series on the catechism, we’ve covered the Ten Commandments, the Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer. Tonight we come to the sacraments. We begin, fittingly enough, with … Continue reading

“A Real Eye-Opener” (Sermon on John 9:1-41, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Real Eye-Opener” (John 9:1-41) Our text today is a real eye-opener. It’s the story of Jesus healing the man born blind, from John chapter 9. It’s an eye-opener in several senses. Just the fact that Jesus can heal the … Continue reading

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Lord’s Prayer” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Lord’s Prayer” So far in our series on the Catechism we’ve had the Ten Commandments and the Apostles’ Creed. The Commandments show us God’s good will for our lives, but the problem is, we … Continue reading

“The Samaritan Woman: A Well-Known Story” (Sermon on John 4, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Samaritan Woman: A Well-Known Story” (John 4:5-26, 27-30, 39-42) Does God really accept me? I mean, I’m able to hide my faults and shortcomings from people–well, most of my faults from most people, at least. And I’m able to … Continue reading

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Creed” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Creed” The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, in a big national survey a few years ago–the Pew Survey found that 92% of Americans say they “believe in God or a universal spirit.” … Continue reading

“When the Tempter Comes Calling” (Sermon on Matthew 4:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“When the Tempter Comes Calling” (Matthew 4:1-11) What are you going to do when the tempter comes calling? Oh, be assured, he will come. The tempter came for Adam and Eve. The tempter came for ancient Israel. He even came … Continue reading