“Tradition! Tradition!” (Sermon on Mark 7:1-13, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Tradition! Tradition!” (Mark 7:1-13) In the musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” the lead character, Tevye, sings out, “Tradition! Tradition!” And then he explains: “Because of our traditions, we’ve kept our balance for many, many years. Here in Anatevka we have … Continue reading

“Singing and Making Melody to the Lord” (Sermon on Ephesians 5:18b-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Singing and Making Melody to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:18b-20) For our sermon text today I’m using a portion of one of next week’s readings, actually. But since I won’t be here next week, and the reading has what I want … Continue reading

“The Work That Is Not a Work” (Sermon on John 6:22-35, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Work That Is Not a Work” (John 6:22-35) Question: When is a work not a work? Answer: When it is faith. Faith is “The Work That Is Not a Work.” This seeming riddle is not so puzzling when you … Continue reading

“Grieve Not as Those Who Have No Hope” (Funeral sermon on 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Grieve Not as Those Who Have No Hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) Louise lived a good, long life. Eighty-seven years is an above-average lifespan. And yet death always comes as a bit of a shock. True, Louise was not in good … Continue reading

“Rooted and Grounded in Love” (Sermon on Ephesians 3:14-21, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Rooted and Grounded in Love” (Ephesians 3:14-21) On this day when we have the confirmation of our two adult catechumens, I want to take this opportunity to remind all of us of how we have been “Rooted and Grounded in … Continue reading

“When a Prophet Speaks Truth to Power” (Sermon on Mark 6:14-29, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“When a Prophet Speaks Truth to Power” (Mark 6:14-29) “Speak truth to power!” It is a phrase that has become a cliché, an overused, hackneyed expression of the political left in this country. The saying “Speak truth to power!” has … Continue reading

“Talitha Cumi” (Funeral sermon on Mark 5:35-43, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Talitha Cumi” (Mark 5:35-43) So Jesus is ministering up in the region of Galilee, and here comes a synagogue ruler by the name of Jairus, coming to Jesus for help. “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come … Continue reading

“Astonishing Wisdom, Astonishing Works, Astonishing Unbelief” (Sermon on Mark 6:1-13, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Astonishing Wisdom, Astonishing Works, Astonishing Unbelief” (Mark 6:1-13) What was the last astonishing, amazing thing you’ve seen or heard about that caused you to marvel? Something jaw-dropping, eye-popping astonishing. Was it video of the tsunami in Japan last year? That … Continue reading

“It’s a Gift!” (Sermon on 2 Corinthians 8:1-9, 13-15, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“It’s a Gift!” (2 Corinthians 8:1-9, 13-15) There was a lot of talk this past week about how the federal government can force you to buy a product that maybe you don’t want to buy, and they do that by … Continue reading

“St. John the Baptist: Born to Forerun” (Sermon for the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, on Luke 1:57-80, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“St. John the Baptist: Born to Forerun” (Luke 1:57-80) Merry Saintjohnthebaptistmas! “What?” you say, “What did he say?” I said, Merry Saintjohnthebaptistmas! You heard me right. If we celebrate Christmas, the birth of Christ, on December 25, then six months … Continue reading

“Acts of Witness, Mercy, Life Together” (Sermon on Acts 4:32-35, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Acts of Witness, Mercy, Life Together” (Acts 4:32-35) As many of you may know, for the last couple of years our Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has been organizing its work under the banner of “Witness, Mercy, Life Together.” You can see … Continue reading

“I Will Give You the Crown of Life” (Sermon on Rev. 1:4-18 and 2:8-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“I Will Give You the Crown of Life” (Revelation 1:4-18; 2:8-11) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) What a joyful day this is, this Easter Day, the greatest day of the year! For today we celebrate, with … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Great Expectations

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the 12th chapter (John 12:12-19).   Beloved in the … Continue reading

“Who Are the April Fools? How Do You View Jesus?” (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Who Are the April Fools? How Do You View Jesus?” (1 Corinthians 1:18-25) “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and … Continue reading

A Theological Coversation with Jesus: John 3

Since I haven’t posted in a while, here is a sermon I preached in chapel this morning.  The text is John 3:1-16, and once again it was supervised by Pastor Torgerson.  I can’t wait to be able to preach on … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Who Needs Idols When the Lord Gives Jesus?

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the second chapter (John 2:13-25).   Beloved in the … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Peter’s Glory and Satan’s Delight in the Heart and Mind of Men

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. Mark’s gospel account (Mark 8:27-38) the eighth chapter.     Beloved … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Lent 1

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. Mark’s gospel account the first chapter (Mark 1:9-15)   Beloved in the … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Escape to Which Mountain

Grace, mercy, and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. Mark’s gospel account the 9th chapter. (Mark 9:2-9)     Beloved in the … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Martin Noland — The Least of These My Brothers

Text: Mark 1:40-45 [Sermon for Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, with commentary on the present abortion issue]   When Christians look at the many stories about Jesus in the Gospels, one of the questions they should ask themselves is, “What is … Continue reading

“And He Healed Many” (Sermon on Mark 1:29-39, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“And He Healed Many” (Mark 1:29-39) Yesterday, on a pastors’ e-mail list that I’m a part of, one of the men, Pastor Jay Webber of Arizona, brought a prayer request to our group on behalf of his son Paul and … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Epiphany 5

Beloved, The sermon for this morning is based upon Mark 1:29-39. Blessings, Pr. Sikora     Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon … Continue reading

“Net Growth” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Mark 1:14-20)

“Net Growth” (Mark 1:14-20) Where are the fish? Where have all the fish gone? This is the question on the mind of most every church in America these days. And no, I’m not talking about trout and catfish. I’m talking … 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

Sermon — Pastor Tony Sikora — The Baptism of Our Lord

Beloved, St. Mark gets us right to Jesus in the Water. The sermon below proclaims Him in the Water. Blessings, Pr. Sikora   Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, … Continue reading