“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken?” (Sermon on Luke 23:1-56, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken?” (Luke 23:1-56) “O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken?” Short answer: None. But then why all this pain and sorrow and death on this day when Jesus is sentenced and crucified … Continue reading

“The New Covenant in My Blood” (Sermon on Luke 22:7-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The New Covenant in My Blood” (Luke 22:7-20) “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” So said Jesus on this night, this night on which he was betrayed, this Holy Thursday when … Continue reading

“The Joy of Zacchaeus” (Sermon on Luke 19:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Joy of Zacchaeus” (Luke 19:1-10) The story of Zacchaeus is a very famous and familiar story in the Bible. Most of us probably remember it from our Sunday School lessons and from that children’s song we all learned. You … Continue reading

“What Will the Owner of the Vineyard Do?” (Sermon on Luke 20:9-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“What Will the Owner of the Vineyard Do?” (Luke 20:9-20) In the Holy Gospel for today, from Luke 20, Jesus tells a parable. It’s the Parable of the Tenants, also called the Parable of the Vineyard. It goes like this: … Continue reading

“The Joy of Jesus” (Sermon on Luke 10:21-24, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Joy of Jesus” (Luke 10:21-24) Our theme for this midweek Lenten series is “A Little Lenten Lukan Joy.” We’ve been looking at the passages in the Gospel of Luke where the words “joy” or “rejoice” occur. And in most … Continue reading

“The Joy of Names Written in Heaven” (Sermon on Luke 10:1-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Joy of Names Written in Heaven” (Luke 10:1-20) President Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” And, in the civil realm, that’s fine. But is it … Continue reading