Sharing God's love as a caring faith community

St. Matthews Lutheran Church

 

Sermons Blog

Archives

  • Oct25Sun

    God in the Midst of the Mess

    October 25, 2020

    Psalm 46, John 8:31-36 

     


    God in the Midst of the Mess
     

    The Psalm assigned for this morning, is the one that inspired Deacon Scott’s composition that you just heard. It is also the one that inspired Luther to write, A Mighty Fortress.  The hymn, which according to Ulrich Leupold, "epitomizes Luther's thought and...

  • Oct19Mon

    Give to God what is God’s: the church in a quandary

    Foundation Sunday/ AGM Sermon October 19, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    I think we need to stop hoarding.

    And to remember the preschool adage, 

    that sharing is caring.

  • Oct15Thu

    Thanksgiving is COVID-Wilderness Remembrance Day

    Thanksgiving/ Re-opening Sunday October 15, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    Our first reading speaks to today’s situation, of having come through the wilderness of a closed church building, 

    these 7 months of worship desert,… 

    and now we are (almost) back in the promised  land, 

    back in church, at least,

    well …some of us, and for how long, …remains to be seen.

  • Oct4Sun

    Fruits of the Kin-dom

    October 4, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    18th Sunday after Pentecost

    Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20, Psalm 19, Philippians 3:4b-14, Matthew 21:33-46

     

          

    Introduction

    When I hear this parable the refrains that runs through my mind is: 

    It doesn’t have to be that way.

     

    And while I appreciate the imagery of the vineyard used to envision our life...

  • Sep28Mon

    God is humble and knows our struggles

    A sermon on Philippians 2 September 28, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    We see that with Jesus Christ.

    Jesus got down low, just like a good football lineman,

    Jesus humbled himself by taking on human form.

    And thus became much more powerful, 

    more able to take on the enemies of sin, death 

    and all that separates us from God and one another.

  • Sep21Mon

    We Complain…and God Provides.

    A sermon on being hangry and Exodus 16 September 21, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    One of the most popular and successful marketing campaigns of the last decade was made to promote the chocolate candy bar Snickers.

    Part of a major overhaul of their brand, 

    the motto for the new advertisements were:

    “You are not you when you’re hungry.”

  • Sep13Sun

    God Forgives

    September 13, 2020

    15th Sunday after Pentecost

    Forgiven

     

    The readings this morning focus on the theme of forgiveness.

    We wonder:

    What is forgiveness? 

    What is forgiveness not? 

     

    Forgiveness is…

    Martin Luther King Jr. said:

    Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.


    As people of faith, the thought of life without...

  • Aug30Sun

    The Great I AM

    God calls Moses and gives his name August 30, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    God calls, and humans respond.

    God is revealed in times of trouble, when people cry out in pain, 

    out of fear, out of anger over injustice.

  • Jul12Sun

    God's Wild Abandon

    July 12, 2020

    Introduction

    One of Martin Luther’s often repeated quotes is,  

    Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces,  I would still plant my apple tree.

     

    While the world is not ending, Covid has certainly caused upheaval. During this Covid lockdown, Sebastian and I have planted a few more trees at our home. Trees are...

  • Come to Jesus, if you are weary, worn, or sad!

    A sermon for July 5th, Pentecost 5 July 5, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    Jesus’ comfort is like that of a caring father who will hold on to our hand when we’re asleep, undergoing a painful operation. 

    Jesus won’t let go of our hand, even if he has the opportunity to. 

    His promise means something, and he won’t break his promise.