“We Are Baptized for This Moment” (Sermon on Acts 2:14a, 22-47, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“We Are Baptized for This Moment” (Acts 2:14a, 22-47) Today is Holy Trinity Sunday, the day in the church year when we most give attention to the great biblical doctrine of the Holy Trinity, the truth that the one true … Continue reading

“Parthians and Medes at Pentecost” (Sermon on Acts 2:1-21, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Parthians and Medes at Pentecost” (Acts 2:1-21) One of the ironic things about the readings for the Day of Pentecost is when the lector–that is, the person reading the lessons–when the lector comes to Acts 2, verse 9, and has … Continue reading

“Jesus Prays for Us” (Sermon on John 17:20-26, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus Prays for Us” (John 17:20-26) Did you know you are mentioned in the Gospel reading for today? You are. Jesus is talking about you–in fact, he is praying for you–in the passage known as his “High Priestly Prayer” in … Continue reading

“In Jesus, Peace; In the World, Tribulation” (Sermon on John 16:23-33, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“In Jesus, Peace; In the World, Tribulation” (John 16:23-33) Hear again the words of Jesus at the end of John 16, verse 33: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world … Continue reading

“A Little While” (Sermon on John 16:12-22, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Little While” (John 16:12-22) “We do not know what he is talking about.” Maybe you say that sometimes towards the end of my sermons. “We don’t know what he’s talking about!” Well, if so, then I’m in good company, … Continue reading

“Words of Life” (Sermon on John 20:19-31; Acts 5:12-32; Revelation 1:4-18; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Words of Life” (John 20:19-31; Acts 5:12-32; Revelation 1:4-18) To those sitting in prison, facing a death sentence, filled with fear at what awaits them, nothing is more welcome than someone coming with a message of pardon and release. Those … Continue reading

“Lessons from the Paschal Candle” (Sermon on John 1:4-5, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Lessons from the Paschal Candle” (John 1:4-5) “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John chapter 1, verses 4 and 5. On … 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

“From Palms to Passion” (Sermon on Luke 19:28-40 and 22:1 – 23:56, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“From Palms to Passion” (Luke 19:28-40; 22:1 – 23:56) Today is a day that goes by two names. The one that we’re probably more familiar with is “Palm Sunday.” For it was on this day that Jesus made his triumphal … 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

“Jesus’ Take on Mass Tragedies: ‘Repent or Perish'” (Sermon on Luke 13:1-9, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus’ Take on Mass Tragedies: ‘Repent or Perish’” (Luke 13:1-9) Whenever there’s a mass tragedy in the news–a building collapse or a mass murder, for instance—it’s become customary in our society to get opinions and comments from various high-profile individuals, … Continue reading

“The Joy of Persecution” (Sermon on Luke 6:20-36, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Joy of Persecution” (Luke 6:20-36) Two weeks ago, on Ash Wednesday, we started this series on “A Little Lenten Lukan Joy.” And you may have thought that the theme that night, “The Joy of Repentance,” was a little strange. … Continue reading

“The Joy of Christmas” (Sermon on Luke 1:39-56 and 2:1-14, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Joy of Christmas” (Luke 1:39-56; 2:1-14) Our theme for our midweek Lenten services this year is “A Little Lenten Lukan Joy.” What we’re doing is going through the Gospel of Luke and tracing the motif of joy that runs … Continue reading

“The Joy of Repentance” (Sermon on Luke 15:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Joy of Repentance” (Luke 15:1-10) Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent. And today we begin a series of six midweek services under the theme, “A Little Lenten Lukan Joy.” Let me explain. This … Continue reading

“The Vision and the Voice of the Transfiguration” (Sermon on Luke 9:28-36, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Vision and the Voice of the Transfiguration” (Luke 9:28-36) Today is the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, the day we observe the Transfiguration of Our Lord. The Transfiguration is that event when our Lord Jesus Christ was transformed in … Continue reading

“His Word Possessed Authority” (Sermon on Luke 4:31-44, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“His Word Possessed Authority” (Luke 4:31-44) In today’s Gospel, we catch a glimpse of what the public ministry of Jesus was like. We follow Jesus on what might have been a fairly typical day for him, a very busy day … Continue reading