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June 20, 2021

 

Mark 4: 35 – 41

 

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.”  And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was.  And other boats were with him.  And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.  But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion.  And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”  And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!”  And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.  He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”  And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Link to sermon will be available Sunday afternoon / 20 June 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 13, 2021

 

Mark 4: 26 – 34

 

And he said, “The Kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground.  He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how.  The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.  But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

 

And he said, “With what can we compare the Kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it?  It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the sees on the earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

 

Which many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it.  He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third Sunday After Pentecost Sermon:  "The Seedy Side of Faith"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 6, 2021

 

Genesis 3: 8 – 15

 

And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.  But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”  And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”  He said, “Who told you that you were naked?  Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”  The man said, “The woman whom you gave me to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”  Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?”  The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

 

The LORD God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this,

Cursed are you above all livestock

And above all the beasts of the field;

On your belly you shall go,

And dust you shall eat

All the days of your life.

I will put enmity between you and the woman,

And between your offspring and her offspring,

He shall bruise your head,

And you shall bruise his heel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apology:  the sermon is unavailable due to disk error.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 30, 2021

 

Acts 2: 14a, 22 – 36

 

But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them:

 

“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves know – this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.  God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.  For David says concerning him,

“’I saw the Lord always before me,

     for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;

Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;

     my flesh also will dwell in hope.

For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,

     or let your Holy One see corruption.

You have made known to me the paths of life;

     you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’

“Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.  Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.  This Jesus God raised up, and of that we are all witnesses.  Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.  For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,

“’ The Lord said to my Lord,

“Sit at my right hand,

     until I make your enemies your footstool.’”

Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holy Trinity Sunday Sermon: "Killers..."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 23, 2021

 

John 15: 26 – 27; 16: 4b - 15

 

“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.  And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.

 

I have said all these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.

 

I did nto say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.  But now I am going to him who sent me, and not of you asks me, “Where are you going?”  But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.  Nevertheless, I tell you the truth; it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you.  And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

 

I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.  HE will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.  All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday of Pentecost: "Spirit of Truth"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 16, 2021

 

John 17: 11b – 19

 

“Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.  While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me.  I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.  But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.  I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.  I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, just I am not of the world.  Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.  As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.  And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

 

 

 

 

 

Seventh Sunday of Easter: "My Joy"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 9, 2021

 

John 15: 9 – 17

 

  “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.  These things I have spoken to you, and that your joy may be full.

 

  This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command you.  No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.  These things I command you, so that you will love one another.”

 

Sixth Sunday Of Easter: "Love One Another"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2, 2021

 

John 15: 1 – 8

 

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.  Every branch in me that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.  Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.  Abide in me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.  I am the vine; you are the branches.  Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not abide in Me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.  If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fifth Sunday Of Sunday Sermon: "Abide"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 25, 2021

John 10: 11 – 18

 

“I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.  He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.  I am the good shepherd.  I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.  And I have other sheep that are not of this fold.  I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice.  So there will be one flock, one shepherd.  For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again.  No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it up again.  This charge I have received from my Father.”

 

 

 

Fourth Sunday After Easter Sermon:  “Our Good Shepherd”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 18, 2021

Luke 24:  36 – 49

 

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

 

  As they were talking about these things, Jesus Himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. “Why are you troubled and why do doubts arise in your hearts?  See my hands and feed, that it is I myself.  Touch me, and see.  For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”    And when He had said this He showed them His hands and feet. 

 

  And while they were disbelieving for joy and were marveling, He said to them, “Have you anything to eat?”  They gave Him a piece of broiled fish and He took it and ate before them.

 

  Then He said to them, “These are the words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 

 

  Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.

 

 

 

 

 

Third Sunday After Easter Sermon: “Flesh And Blood”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 11, 2021

John 20: 19 – 31

 

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

 

  On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews.  Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them.  “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

 

Jesus and Thomas

 

  Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.  But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into His side, I will never believe.

 

  Eight days later, His disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them.  Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see My hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side.  Do not disbelieve, but believe.”  Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and my God!”  Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen Me?”  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

 

The Purpose of This Book

 

  Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Sunday After Easter: "Peace Be With You"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 4, 2021

Mark 16: 1 – 8

 

The Resurrection

 

  When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome brought spices, so that they might go and anoint Him.  And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.  And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”  And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back – it was very large.  And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed.  And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed.  You seek Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified.  He has risen; He is not here.  See the place where they laid Him.  But go, tell His disciples and Peter that He is going before you to Galilee.  There you will see Him, just as He told you.”

 

  And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

 

 

 

Resurrection Sunday 2021 Sermon: "Keep Your Eyes On The Resurrection"