“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

“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

“Words of Life” (Sermon on John 20:19-31; Acts 5:12-32; Revelation 1:4-18; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Words of Life” (John 20:19-31; Acts 5:12-32; Revelation 1:4-18) To those sitting in prison, facing a death sentence, filled with fear at what awaits them, nothing is more welcome than someone coming with a message of pardon and release. Those … Continue reading

“Marriage and the Family: The Cultural Slide and the Christian Response” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Marriage and the Family: The Cultural Slide and the Christian Response” (Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 128:1-6; John 2:1-11) The readings for today–the Old Testament Reading, the Psalm, and the Holy Gospel–these readings are filled with references to marriage and the family. … Continue reading

“Can Anything Good Come out of Nazareth?” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on John 1:43-51)

[This is a sermon of encouragement for all the “little churches,” the small, struggling congregations that seem to make up most of our synod (like the two that make up my dual parish). But I think it applies to big … Continue reading