“Tribulation and Peace, Guaranteed” (Sermon on John 16:23-33, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Tribulation and Peace, Guaranteed” (John 16:23-33) There are very few guarantees in life, very few things you can be sure of. For instance, there are no guarantees about the success of your baseball team. The Chicago Cubs were riding high … Continue reading

“Our Guiding, Guarding Good Shepherd” (Sermon on John 10:22-30; Acts 20:17-35; Revelation 7:9-17; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Our Guiding, Guarding Good Shepherd” (John 10:22-30; Acts 20:17-35; Revelation 7:9-17) Today is “Good Shepherd Sunday.” Every year on this Sunday in the Easter season we focus our attention on Jesus as our good shepherd. On this day every year … Continue reading

“Not One of His Bones Will Be Broken” (Sermon on John 19:31-37, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Not One of His Bones Will Be Broken” (John 19:31-37) It’s Friday, and darkness falls over the land. On a cross, a man who has been nailed there is dying a shameful and agonizing death. Yet this is no criminal. … Continue reading

“Love One Another, as I Have Loved You” (Sermon on John 13:1-17, 31b-35, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Love One Another, as I Have Loved You” (John 13:1-17, 31b-35) “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” So said Jesus to … Continue reading

“The Wedding at Cana” (Sermon on John 2:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Wedding at Cana” (John 2:1-11) It is sometimes the case with a biblical text that one can draw various points from it without exhausting all the points that are there to be had. I think that is the case … Continue reading

“The Word Became Flesh and Tabernacled among Us” (Christmas Day sermon on John 1:1-18, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Word Became Flesh and Tabernacled among Us” (John 1:1-18) “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” This … Continue reading

“Wisdom for Your Walk” (Sermon on Proverbs 9, Ephesians 5, and John 6, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Wisdom for Your Walk” (Proverbs 9:1-10; Ephesians 5:6-21; John 6:51-69) If I had to sum up a theme running through our lessons for today, and one that will be helpful for you, it is that here you will find “Wisdom … Continue reading

“The Bread of Life” (Sermon on John 6:35-51, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Bread of Life” (John 6:35-51) Today is the second of three straight Sundays in which the Holy Gospel is a portion of Jesus’ “Bread of Life” discourse from John chapter 6. “I am the bread of life,” Jesus declares, … Continue reading

“Receiving God’s Gifts: Grumbling or Grateful?” (Sermon on Exodus 16, John 6, Ephesians 4; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Receiving God’s Gifts: Grumbling or Grateful?” (Exodus 16:2-15; John 6:22-35; Ephesians 4:1-16) There is a theme that runs through all three of our lessons today. Did you spot it? It is the theme of God’s gifts. In the reading from … Continue reading

“The Loving Father, the Lifted-Up Son, and the Life-Giving Spirit” (Sermon on John 3:1-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Loving Father, the Lifted-Up Son, and the Life-Giving Spirit” (John 3:1-17) The triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for our salvation. That’s what this Feast of the Holy Trinity is all about. This is not an occasion to … Continue reading

“The Helper: The Paraclete of Pentecost” (Sermon on John 15:26-27 and 16:4b-15, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Helper: The Paraclete of Pentecost” (John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15) “To You, O Paraclete, we raise / Unending songs of thanks and praise.” Did you catch that last line of the hymn we just sang? And did you wonder who or … Continue reading

“Confidence, Unity, and Joy: God’s Gifts to Our Church” (Sermon on 1 John 5 and John 17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Confidence, Unity, and Joy: God’s Gifts to Our Church” (1 John 5:9-15; John 17:11b-19) Today we are very happy to receive yet another family into our congregation. That makes seventeen new members added to our little church so far this … Continue reading

“One Name, One Flock, One Shepherd” (Sermon on Acts 4:1-12 and John 10:11-18, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“One Name, One Flock, One Shepherd” (Acts 4:1-12; John 10:11-18) Today is the Fourth Sunday of Easter, also known as “Good Shepherd Sunday,” the day in the church year every year when the propers–that is, the various parts of the … Continue reading

“Faith, Fellowship, and Forgiveness” (Sermon on John 20:19-31; 1 John 1:1 – 2:2; Acts 4:32-35; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Faith, Fellowship, and Forgiveness” (John 20:19-31; 1 John 1:1 – 2:2; Acts 4:32-35) Did you get any gifts for Easter? Maybe an Easter basket, filled with chocolate bunnies and jelly beans and Easter eggs that you open up and there’s … Continue reading

“A Fruitful Tree” (Sermon on Galatians 5:16-25; John 15:1-5; Psalm 1; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Fruitful Tree” (Galatians 5:16-25; John 15:1-5; Psalm 1) We just heard a bunch of readings from a variety of places in the Bible–Psalm 1, Proverbs, Jeremiah, Paul’s letter to the Galatians, and words of Jesus from the gospels of … Continue reading

“Watershed Moments: Jesus’ Birth and Our Own” (Sermon on John 1:1-18 and Titus 3:4-7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Watershed Moments: Jesus’ Birth and Our Own” (John 1:1-18; Titus 3:4-7) Today is Christmas Day. This is the day for celebrating the greatest birth in the history of the world, the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The … 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

“Raising Lazarus–and Other Things as Well” (Sermon on John 11:1-53, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Raising Lazarus–and Other Things as Well” (John 11:1-53) Today we come to another one of those memorable chapters in the Gospel of John. So far during this Lenten season we’ve had: John 3, Jesus and Nicodemus; John 4, Jesus and … Continue reading

“The Samaritan Woman at the Well” (Sermon on John 4:5-30, 39-42, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Samaritan Woman at the Well” (John 4:5-30, 39-42) Have you ever felt like you’re a bit of an outsider? Like you didn’t belong? That maybe you’re being looked down upon by others–whether fairly or unfairly. Maybe you’ve done something … Continue reading

“Gifted Speakers” (Sermon on John 1:29-42a and 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Gifted Speakers” (John 1:29-42a; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9) Have you ever heard of the St. Louis Speakers Series? Every year there’s a series of lectures, held in St. Louis, given by famous speakers from around the country. Well-known authors, politicians, broadcasters, … Continue reading

“The Miracles of Christmas” (Sermon on John 1:1-18, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Miracles of Christmas” (John 1:1-18) On this Christmas morning, I want to tell you about the miracles of Christmas. That’s right, “miracles,” plural. There are two great Christmas miracles proclaimed in our text today from John chapter 1. One … Continue reading

“A Reformation in Catechesis” (Sermon on John 8:31-36, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Reformation in Catechesis” (John 8:31-36) “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” This is the word of our Lord Jesus Christ, which … Continue reading

“Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled” (Funeral sermon on John 14:1-6, 27, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled” (John 14:1-6, 27) Let not your hearts be troubled. That is my message to you today–to you, the friends and family members; to you, the fellow members of Redeemer; and especially to you, Robert–to … Continue reading

“Jesus Prays for Us” (Sermon on John 17:20-26, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus Prays for Us” (John 17:20-26) Did you know you are mentioned in the Gospel reading for today? You are. Jesus is talking about you–in fact, he is praying for you–in the passage known as his “High Priestly Prayer” in … Continue reading

“In Jesus, Peace; In the World, Tribulation” (Sermon on John 16:23-33, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“In Jesus, Peace; In the World, Tribulation” (John 16:23-33) Hear again the words of Jesus at the end of John 16, verse 33: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world … Continue reading