“Who Is This?” (Sermon on Matthew 21:1-11 and 27:11-66, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Who Is This?” (Matthew 21:1-11; 27:11-66) “Who is this?” That would seem to be the question of the day for this day that serves as both Palm Sunday and the Sunday of the Passion. “Who is this?” That’s what the … Continue reading

“If You Are the Son of God” (Sermon on Matthew 4:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“If You Are the Son of God” (Matthew 4:1-11) Apparently there is a movie out in the theaters now called “Son of God.” I haven’t seen the movie, and I don’t plan to, but it’s supposed to tell the story … Continue reading

“Our Father Who Art in Heaven” (Sermon on Matthew 6:1-21; The Lord’s Prayer; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Our Father Who Art in Heaven” (Matthew 6:1-21; The Lord’s Prayer) You know, during Lent there is a strong tradition to do a series on some part of the Catechism. And that’s what we’re going to do for this Lenten … Continue reading

“Jesus Really Means What He Says” (Sermon on Matthew 5:38-48, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus Really Means What He Says” (Matthew 5:38-48) Listen again to what Jesus says to us in today’s Gospel reading, and tell me what you think: “But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But … Continue reading

“On Us a Light Has Dawned” (Sermon on Matthew 4:12-25, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“On Us a Light Has Dawned” (Matthew 4:12-25) After Jesus was born in Bethlehem and grew up in Nazareth and was baptized in the Jordan, now it is time for him to undertake his public ministry. So the question arises: … Continue reading

“To Fulfill All Righteousness” (Sermon on Matthew 3:13-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“To Fulfill All Righteousness” (Matthew 3:13-17) The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ is an event recorded in, or referred to, in all four gospels. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, the account of the baptism itself is recorded. In John’s … Continue reading

“Rachel Weeping, and a Son Called out of Egypt” (Sermon on Matthew 2:13-23, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Rachel Weeping, and a Son Called out of Egypt” (Matthew 2:13-23) “To us a child is born, to us a son is given.” And his name is Jesus, of course. This child born in Bethlehem at Christmas. This son–Son of … Continue reading

“Where Is God? Answer: Immanuel” (Sermon on Matthew 1:18-25, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Where Is God? Answer: Immanuel” (Matthew 1:18-25) Where is God in the midst of all of this? You hear this question all the time these days. Whenever there is a tragedy in the news, you hear people asking this question. … Continue reading

“Advent Trees” (Sermon on Matthew 3:1-12 and Isaiah 11:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Advent Trees” (Matthew 3:1-12; Isaiah 11:1-10) You’ve heard of Christmas trees. But have you heard of “Advent trees”? No? Well, I hadn’t either. In fact, I just made that term up as I was thinking about our lessons for today. … Continue reading

“Who Is This Jesus?” (Sermon on Matthew 21:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Who Is This Jesus?” (Matthew 21:1-11) Today is the First Sunday in Advent. As it’s the beginning of Advent, and the word “Advent” means “Coming,” our readings today–particularly the Holy Gospel–focus our attention on the one who will be coming … Continue reading

“The Gentile Christmas” (Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12 and Isaiah 60:1-6, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Gentile Christmas” (Matthew 2:1-12; Isaiah 60:1-6) It is often called “the Gentile Christmas.” I’m talking about Epiphany, of course, the festival we are celebrating today. The Epiphany of Our Lord is one of the major festivals in the church … Continue reading