“Created, Redeemed, and Sanctified by the Triune God” (Funeral sermon on the Apostles’ Creed, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Created, Redeemed, and Sanctified by the Triune God” (Apostles’ Creed) Bob, Karen, Michele, friends and family of our dear sister Dottie: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. A Christian funeral service is … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Pentecost 2

June 18, 2017 — Proper 6 — Pentecost 2
Sermon Text — Matthew 9:35-10:1-20

God’s Mission of Love

The Mission of Jesus– Preach, Teach, Heal

The savior is on a mission.  His face is set.  His eyes are fixed.  His hands are outstretched.  His voice is lifted high.  The Savior is on a mission and His mission is the salvation of the world.  He is no Moses – though many would prefer Moses to Jesus.  Moses gives you something to do, something to work for, something measurable.  The Law came through Moses.  Jesus is no Moses.  Jesus gives you something to believe.  The Law measures what you deserve.  Faith on the other hand receives what the heart knows we don’t deserve.  With Jesus it’s not about what you deserve.  With Jesus is all about what He has to give and what we are to receive by faith.  It’s not about deserving, it’s about believing.  God is love.  Jesus is God made flesh.  Jesus is love incarnate.  We are given to believe this, to believe in Love made flesh for us.

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“The Athanasian Creed: Incomprehensible?” (Sermon for the Holy Trinity, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Athanasian Creed: Incomprehensible?” Today is Trinity Sunday–or, more properly called, the Feast of the Holy Trinity–and as such, this is the one day in the year when we confess the Athanasian Creed. Actually, we believe, teach, and confess the … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Trinity Sunday

June 11, 2017 — Trinity Sunday
Sermon Text — Matthew 28:16-20

All Authority has been given to Me

Some worshipped and some doubted.  All were gathered on the mountain.  All saw the resurrected Jesus yet some worshipped and some doubted.  Why did some doubt?  Why, do you doubt?  What they saw with their eyes we are given to behold by faith, to see with our ears so to speak.  Yet some worship and some doubt.

While some are worshipping and some are doubting the Lord of all creation knows their hearts.  Your Lord knows your heart.  Knowing the hearts of men, women and children, our resurrected Jesus speaks.  He addresses our doubts with His Word.  His Word gives us what we need and eases our doubts intending to quicken and stir up faith.

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“From Tabernacles to Pentecost” (Sermon on John 7:37-39, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“From Tabernacles to Pentecost” (John 7:37-39) Today is the Feast of Pentecost, a major festival in the Christian church year. Today we celebrate the giving of the Holy Spirit, whom our ascended Lord Jesus Christ poured out on his church, … Continue reading

“Our Anxieties and God’s Care” (Sermon on 1 Peter 4-5 and John 17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Our Anxieties and God’s Care” (1 Peter 4:12-19; 5:6-11; John 17:1-11) What are your anxieties? What are you worried about? Anxiety is really another way to say worry. They pretty much mean the same thing. To be anxious, to be … Continue reading

“Ascension Day, the Forgotten Festival” (Sermon on Luke 24:44-53 and Acts 1:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Ascension Day, the Forgotten Festival” (Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-11) Welcome to the Forgotten Festival! Today is Ascension Day, or, as it’s more properly called, the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. But there is reason to call it, as … Continue reading

“A Living, Loving Family” (Sermon on John 14:15-21, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Living, Loving Family” (John 14:15-21) Christ establishes his church to be “A Living, Loving Family.” And you are a part of it. A living, loving family. Now how do you hear that? Do you hear it as heavy demand, … Continue reading

“Hope for the Future and a Present Priesthood” (Sermon on John 14:1-14 and 1 Peter 2:2-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Hope for the Future and a Present Priesthood” (John 14:1-14; 1 Peter 2:2-10) You gotta have hope. Hope is faith facing the future. You and I, we need something to look forward to. Otherwise, we lose heart, we get depressed, … Continue reading

“The Good Shepherd Gives Gifts to His Sheep” (Funeral sermon on John 10:1-18, 22-30, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Good Shepherd Gives Gifts to His Sheep” (John 10:1-18, 22-30) “The forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” So we just said we believe when we confessed the Apostles’ Creed. This is the faith … Continue reading

“The Good Shepherd for Straying and Suffering Sheep” (Sermon on 1 Peter 2:19-25, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Good Shepherd for Straying and Suffering Sheep” (1 Peter 2:19-25) I’m guessing by now you’ve picked up on the theme of the day. You’ve heard it throughout the service so far. For example, in the Introit, the words of … Continue reading

“Opening the Scriptures, Breaking the Bread” (Sermon on Luke 24:13-35, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Opening the Scriptures, Breaking the Bread” (Luke 24:13-35) One of my favorite paintings is one we happen to have hanging in the hallway here at St. Matthew’s. I’ve brought it forward this morning, because it goes with the Gospel reading … Continue reading

“Easter Joy Continues!” (Sermon on John 20, Acts 5, and 1 Peter 1, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Easter Joy Continues!” (John 20:19-31; Acts 5:29-42; 1 Peter 1:3-9) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Yes, he is risen indeed! And guess what? He is still risen! Christ didn’t stop being risen once Easter Day was … Continue reading

“Raised with Our Risen Lord” (Sermon on Colossians 3:1-4, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Raised with Our Risen Lord” (Colossians 3:1-4) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Yes, indeed Christ is risen! And because he is, guess what? You are risen too! That’s our message this morning on this beautiful Easter … Continue reading

“The Suffering, Sacrificing, Saving Servant” (Sermon on Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Suffering, Sacrificing, Saving Servant” (Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12) “Behold, my servant,” says the Lord. Yes, behold him today. Behold the servant of the Lord serving in a most unexpected way: serving by suffering. Today on this Good Friday we … Continue reading

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Sacrament of the Altar” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Sacrament of the Altar” Tonight we conclude our series on “The Catechism in Six Parts.” So far in the Catechism we’ve looked at the Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Sacrament of … Continue reading