“The Prodigal Celebration” (Sermon on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Prodigal Celebration” (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32) Our text today is the Holy Gospel from Luke 15. It is the famous and well-loved Parable of the Prodigal Son. But today I want to suggest to you that we might also call … Continue reading

“The Transfiguration–and Exodus–of Our Lord” (Sermon on Luke 9:28-36, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Transfiguration–and Exodus–of Our Lord” (Luke 9:28-36) Today is the Transfiguration of Our Lord. This is the festival we celebrate every year on the last Sunday after the Epiphany. We have seen Christ’s glory as the incarnate Son of God … Continue reading

“Jesus’ Inaugural Address” (Sermon on Luke 4:16-30, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus’ Inaugural Address” (Luke 4:16-30) In just about one year from now, the new President of the United States of America will give his (or her) inaugural address. Having just been inaugurated into office, the new president will give a … Continue reading

“The Things of My Father” (Sermon on Luke 2:40-52, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Things of My Father” (Luke 2:40-52) Maybe you’ve seen the GEICO commercial of Peter Pan going to a class reunion. Peter Pan is portrayed as a twelve-year-old boy who has never grown up. His classmates, though, have aged naturally, … Continue reading

“Born for You a Savior” (Christmas Eve sermon on Luke 2:1-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Born for You a Savior” (Luke 2:1-20) “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” So the angel brought the good news of great joy to the shepherds. And … 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

“Or Shall We Look for Another?” (Sermon on Luke 7:18-35, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Or Shall We Look for Another?” (Luke 7:18-35) Options, options. Comparison shopping. Never satisfied. Always looking. The grass is always greener. That’s how people are these days. They swipe a new profile on an online dating site, and they think, … Continue reading

“Bear Fruits in Keeping with Repentance” (Sermon on Luke 3:1-14, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Bear Fruits in Keeping with Repentance” (Luke 3:1-14) It’s Advent. Advent is a season of hope and anticipation, as we look forward to our Lord’s coming, both at Christmas and on the Last Day. But besides hope and anticipation, Advent … Continue reading

“Blessed is the King Who Comes in the Name of the Lord!” (Sermon on Luke 19:28-40, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Blessed is the King Who Comes in the Name of the Lord!” (Luke 19:28-40) As you can tell from the change in the color of the paraments and from the presence of the Advent wreath and from one candle being … Continue reading

Responding to Legalized Sin

Today the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. Unless you’re under the illusion that America is a Christian nation, this decision should come as no surprise. This isn’t the first time our country has ignored God’s will … Continue reading

“The Past, Present, and Future of the Ascension” (Sermon on Luke 24, Ephesians 1, and Acts 1; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Past, Present, and Future of the Ascension” (Luke 24:44-53; Ephesians 1:15-23; Acts 1:1-11) “He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence he will come to judge the living and the … Continue reading

“To Understand the Scriptures” (Sermon on Luke 24:36-49, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“To Understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:36-49) Have you ever thought about what the Bible is all about? I mean, if you had to boil it down to just a few short sentences, what would you say is the main message … Continue reading

“A Twelve-Year-Old Boy, Filled with Wisdom” (Sermon on Luke 2:40-52, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Twelve-Year-Old Boy, Filled with Wisdom” (Luke 2:40-52) When I was twelve years old, I hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Pretty impressive, eh? No, pretty stupid, actually. Because, at twelve years old, I hiked to the bottom … Continue reading

“Depart in Peace” (Sermon on Luke 2:22-40, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Depart in Peace” (Luke 2:22-40) Are you ready to go? What I mean is, are you ready to leave? No, I don’t mean right at this very moment. It would be nice if you would stick around till the end … Continue reading

“What Christmas Is All About: God Saving Us, in a Humble Way, to Be His People” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“What Christmas Is All About: God Saving Us, in a Humble Way, to Be His People” (Luke 2:1-20; Titus 2:11-14; Isaiah 9:2-7) What is Christmas all about? How do people view Christmas and celebrate it? Why do they look forward … Continue reading

“Mary, What DID You Know?” (Sermon on Luke 1:26-38, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Mary, What DID You Know?” (Luke 1:26-38) Every year several of the radio stations in St. Louis start playing nothing but Christmas music. I think they start sometime around mid-August, but that’s beside the point. They play Christmas music, and … Continue reading

“But Deliver Us from Evil” (Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer and Luke 23:32-49, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“But Deliver Us from Evil” (The Lord’s Prayer; Luke 23:32-49) “But Deliver Us from Evil”: The seventh and final petition of the Lord’s Prayer. And how appropriate that we should come to this petition on this particular day, Good Friday. … Continue reading

“Lead Us Not into Temptation” (Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer and Luke 22:1-46, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Lead Us Not into Temptation” (The Lord’s Prayer; Luke 22:1-46) During this Lenten season we’ve been doing a series on the Lord’s Prayer called “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” And that’s exactly what our Lord does on this Holy Thursday … Continue reading

“The Day Is Coming” (Sermon on Malachi 4:1-6; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-28; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Day Is Coming” (Malachi 4:1-6; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-28) “The Day Is Coming.” “The Day Is Surely Drawing Near.” What day am I talking about? Thanksgiving? No, nobody cares much about Thanksgiving anymore, except for eating turkey and … Continue reading

“The God of the Living and the Sons of the Resurrection” (Sermon on Luke 20:27-40, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The God of the Living and the Sons of the Resurrection” (Luke 20:27-40) In these days of November, as we near the end of the church year, our thoughts turn to the end times, the return of Christ, and, as … Continue reading

“A Parable of Persistent Prayer” (Sermon on Luke 18:1-8, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Parable of Persistent Prayer” (Luke 18:1-8) The parable Jesus tells in the Holy Gospel for today, from Luke 18, is traditionally called the Parable of the Importunate Widow. “Importunate” is an old-timey kind of word. It means “persistent in … Continue reading

“Mercy for the Marginalized” (Sermon on Luke 17:11-19, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Mercy for the Marginalized” (Luke 17:11-19) The Holy Gospel for today from Luke 17, about the cleansing of the lepers, happens to be the assigned Gospel for the Day of Thanksgiving. And that makes sense. Jesus’ words about the one … Continue reading

“Faith for Living in Community” (Sermon on Luke 17:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Faith for Living in Community” (Luke 17:1-10) In our Gospel reading for today, from Luke 17, Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem, and he is giving instructions to his disciples. At first glance it may seem like these are … Continue reading

“Managing the Master’s Money” (Sermon on Luke 16:1-15, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Managing the Master’s Money” (Luke 16:1-15) Do you remember the name Bernie Madoff? He was in the news a few years back. Bernie Madoff was the investment-firm guy, the money manager, who, over the years, defrauded his wealthy clients out … Continue reading

“The Great Reversal: The Humble Exalted” (Sermon on Luke 14:1-14, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Great Reversal: The Humble Exalted” (Luke 14:1-14) Up is down, and down is up, in the kingdom of God. Or so it seems sometimes. Actually, the kingdom of God is all about turning things rightside-up. It’s just that rightside-up … Continue reading