Jul15SunThe Death of John the Baptist (Mark 6) July 15, 2018 Pastor Sebastian
So today, in a lazy mid-Summer hot Sunday service,
we have the best, or perhaps worst,
story of sex and violence in the New Testament,
a story which has inspired artwork and artistic interpretations throughout the ages, from painters like Lucas Cranach to composers like Richard Strauss:
“The Dance that caused the prophet’s death”
Jul5ThuMark 5: 21-43 July 5, 2018 Pastor Sebastian
Do we keep our faith when miracle healings DON’T happen?
is our faith all in vain, when these intercessions don’t become reality?
What happens if the sick woman for whom I am praying dies?
Jun18MonA sermon for World Refugee Sunday June 18, 2018 Pastor Sebastian
We need to help refugees and to oppose policies that degrade human rights of refugees and immigrants (for example the current inhuman practices along the US-Mexican border, and the immoral and wicked separation of children and parents).
May15TuePsalm 1: The way of the wicked and the way of the righteous May 15, 2018
I’d like you now to think about this:
who for you is wicked?
if you had to name somebody who is wicked, who would that be?
who is wicked?
Apr3TuePastor Sebastian's first Easter Sermon at St. Matthews April 3, 2018
By being silent, the women leave room for God.
The story is then not as much about what the women did or saw,
but it’s about what God did!
The focus is on God!
But if God is love and loves the whole world,
how can anyone perish?
If God is all love for all,
how can anybody be excluded?
The ashen cross points to resurrection and eternal life.
Jan23TueBaptism of our Lord January 7 2018 January 23, 2018 Pastor Sebastian
Use four sentences.
Sentence one begins: I’m sorry for… (fill in the blank)
Sentence 2 begins. This is wrong because… (da-da-da)
Sentence 3 begins: In the future I will… [gesture]
Sentence 4 is simple: Will you forgive me?
Dec24SunPastor Sebastian's first Christmas Eve sermon December 24, 2017 Pastor Sebastian
Our Gospel reading from Luke about the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem is perhaps the most famous and most popular Christian story.
We hear it year in, year out on Christmas Eve.
Sunday School Pageants retell the story of how God so loved the world,
that God came to earth, and was born a human child, just like any of us,