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Contributed on Jun 4, 2017
A sermon based on all three Year A lectionary pericopes for the Day of Pentecost: Numbers 11:24-30; Acts 2:1-21; John 7:37-39.
Day of Pentecost Yr A, 4/06/2017 Num 11:24-30; Acts 2:1-21; Jn 7:37-39 Rev. Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson “The amazing Holy Spirit” Today we celebrate the third major festival of the church year, the Day of Pentecost. Pentecost means fifty, and so it is an appropriate name, since Pentecost Sunday ...read more
Contributed on May 7, 2016
Sermon focusing on how Jesus comes in our lives.
7 Easter Yr C, 8/05/2016 Rev 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 Rev. Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson "Marana-tha--Our Lord, come!" I don’t know if you noticed it while I was reading our passage from Revelation—the words “coming” and “come” are mentioned 6 times. That got me ...read more
Contributed on Apr 7, 2016
Easter is the best Good News we could possibly hear, therefore it is worth sharing with others.
Easter, is it the best good news ever told, or is it the best-kept secret? I think that is an important question for you and me and for everyone. If we take our passages seriously from Psalm 118 and Luke 24; then I suggest to you today that God’s way is that of resurrection; he is able to ...read more
Contributed on Mar 21, 2016
Jesus enters Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday, riding on a donkey, symbol of humility and peace. Jesus as the true Messiah-King is different than all would-be Messiahs and Kings.
Palm/Passion Sunday Yr C, 20/03/2016 Lk 19:28-40 Rev. Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson “Jesus the Messiah-King” The first hymn that we sang today, “All glory, laud, and honour, to you, Redeemer King,” is a favourite one for Palm Sunday. Christians sing the hymn around the ...read more
Contributed on Mar 5, 2016
A few details of this beautiful parable that we may miss or take for granted because we think the story is so familiar.
The so-called parable of the prodigal son is one of the—if not the—most beautiful stories in the whole Bible. God, it is pointed out, is like the father in the story. The beauty and power of this story is made very clear in the description and actions of the father. One of the dangers ...read more
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Contributed on Nov 23, 2007
Jeremiah says: “The LORD IS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” God sees us as righteous by looking at Jesus. Unlike all other kings, King Jesus is without sin. What he has and is—namely, his righteousness—becomes what we shall receive as a gift of grace. He is OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS because he is the only one who ...read more
Contributed on Apr 6, 2007
Martin Luther, commenting on Isaiah 65, had this to say: Through his Gospel God can make the supreme tyrants of the world subject to a simple man and preacher, even though these tyrants were lions and wolves. God can turn enemies into friends. They shall feed together ... The kingdom of peace ...read more
Contributed on Nov 13, 2006
Some people don’t need much of an excuse to stay home from church. If it even looks like it might rain, they don’t want to risk getting a little wet. The hymn writer Frances Havergal gave several reasons for attending church—especially on rainy days. 1. God has blessed the Lord’s Day, making no ...read more
Contributed on Sep 29, 2006
The lovely words of praise and faith found in the hymn Now Thank We All Our God would lead us to believe that this hymn was written during a time of victory. Quite the opposite was the case. Martin Rinkart, a Lutheran pastor in Eilenburg, Germany, wrote the hymn during the Thirty Year War which ...read more
Contributed on Dec 1, 2003
Paul and the Philippians remembered and supported one another in prayer. A joyful, loving, and caring church is one which keeps each other in prayer. Oftentimes, we fail to be a joyful, loving, caring Christian community because we fail to remember and support each other in prayer. There are many ...read more