“The Transfiguration: The Bridge between Epiphany and Lent” (Sermon on Mark 9:2-9, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Transfiguration: The Bridge between Epiphany and Lent” (Mark 9:2-9) Today is the Festival of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, remembering that day when our Lord Jesus Christ was transfigured, that is, his appearance was changed, up on a mountain. … Continue reading

“Jesus Comes Today with Healing” (Sermon on Mark 1:29-39, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus Comes Today with Healing” (Mark 1:29-39) Well, look at all those people Jesus healed! On a Sabbath afternoon, Simon Peter’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and Jesus healed her. And then that evening at sundown, after the Sabbath … Continue reading

“The Amazing, Astonishing Authority of Jesus” (Sermon on Mark 1:21-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Amazing, Astonishing Authority of Jesus” (Mark 1:21-28) Authority. What is your reaction when you hear that word, “authority”? I’m guessing that many of us would have a negative reaction to it. We Americans, in our culture, tend not to … Continue reading

“Repent, Believe, and Follow” (Sermon on Mark 1:14-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Repent, Believe, and Follow” (Mark 1:14-20) In the early chapters of the gospels, we track Jesus’ early ministry, as he goes about Galilee, preaching, teaching, and healing. As sort of a subset of his healing ministry, Jesus also casts out … Continue reading

False Christs and Wrong Answers: A Sermon for the Confession of St. Peter on St. Mark 8:27-35

From the very beginning of St. Mark’s Gospel, things hadn’t been going particularly well for our Lord. In chapter 1 He’s tempted by Satan, opposed by demons, and disobeyed by even those He had healed. In chapter 2, the scribes … Continue reading

“Glorify God in Your Body” (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Glorify God in Your Body” (1 Corinthians 6:12-20) “Flee from sexual immorality.” “Glorify God in your body.” Now those are two direct quotations from today’s Epistle reading, 1 Corinthians 6. “Flee from sexual immorality.” “Glorify God in your body.” Two … Continue reading

In This Together: A Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord on St. Matthew 3:13-17

So far this liturgical year we’ve prepared for the Lord’s coming, celebrated His Incarnation, witnessed the slaughter of the Holy Innocents, and looked on as God drew the Magi to worship Him by the leading of a star. Today, for the first … Continue reading

“Something in the Water” (Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Something in the Water” (Mark 1:4-11; Romans 6:1-11; Genesis 1:1-5) I don’t listen to pop music or country music on the radio, but recently I read that there is a song that’s popular on the airwaves right now that makes … Continue reading

“What’s the Big Deal about Epiphany?” (Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“What’s the Big Deal about Epiphany?” (Matthew 2:1-12) “What’s the Big Deal about Epiphany?” I mean, what’s so special about this festival that we should have a special service for it, and on a day other than Sunday? In January, … 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

Jesus in the Lions’ Den: A Sermon for the Nativity of Our Lord

Our celebration of the Savior’s birth can become so routine that we become numb to the joy—and the horror— of it all. On the one hand, it’s really odd that the Incarnation of our Lord is one of the Church’s … 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

“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

“The Great Christmas Gift Exchange” (Sermon on Isaiah 61:1-4, 10-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Great Christmas Gift Exchange” (Isaiah 61:1-4, 10-11) There is a game that is played at this time of year at Christmas parties all across the land. The game goes by several names, but I think most often it is … Continue reading

“Comfort, Comfort My People” (Sermon on Isaiah 40:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Comfort, Comfort My People” (Isaiah 40:1-11) “Comfort, comfort my people.” Yes, comfort. A word so nice, they said it twice. Who did? Why, Isaiah did. Well, actually God said it, through his prophet Isaiah. You heard it at the start … Continue reading

“Restore Us, O God” (Sermon on Psalms 80, 85, 126, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Restore Us, O God” (Psalms 80, 85, 126) We’ve just heard three psalms that are appointed for this Advent season, Psalms 80, 85, and 126. Did you happen to catch what they have in common? There was a connecting theme … Continue reading

“A Very Ferguson Thanksgiving” (Sermon on Habakkuk 1:2-4, 9-11; 3:17-19; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Very Ferguson Thanksgiving” (Habakkuk 1:2-4, 9-11; 3:17-19) I’m sure many of us were watching on our televisions the other night when we saw what was supposed to be a peaceful protest in Ferguson suddenly and not unexpectedly turn quite … Continue reading

“Separating the Sheep from the Goats” (Sermon on Matthew 25:31-46, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Separating the Sheep from the Goats” (Matthew 25:31-46) Judgment Day is coming! Are you ready? This is an important question, because the Day of Judgment is indeed coming, and you will be judged. Now that judgment could be positive or … Continue reading

“Christ Has Brought Us out of Darkness” (Sermon and hymn on 1 Thess. 5:1-11, Matt. 25:14-30, Zeph. 1:7-16; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Christ Has Brought Us out of Darkness” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30; Zephaniah 1:7-16) Well, here we are in the middle of November. It’s cold. It’s dark outside. The trees are growing bare. The days are growing shorter. The earth … Continue reading