Do Christians really randomly pick and choose what commandments to keep? Sometimes it seems so. A Lutheran pastor here illustrates a method to the sometimes apparent madness (or Biblical wisdom) of knowing which Word of God to apply first or in which circumstance when God’s commandments appear to contradict in a “rock-and-a-hard place” kind of way—Like a pandemic!
Palm Sunday service with Confirmation Below you can view the online Participants' Bulletin or download the Google docs file here.
In these days, event the best and the brightest stand a bit shaken and uncertain. Those supposed to possess wisdom are found wanting for now. Preachers and priests too discover they possess no quick fix for our faintheartedness or easy answer to our anxieties. Small wonder you may feel foolish and out of sorts, even … Continue reading Midweek Lent 6 Online Service and Bulletin
People starting to get on your nerves? Being cooped up in close proximity with born sinners is a recipe for temptation and conflict. Tough sometimes not to lash out with hard words or deeds. Resentment can build even when we hold our tongues or stop ourselves short of being hurtful. Bitterness, anger, guilt, shame well … Continue reading Fifth Sunday in Lent Online Service and Bulletin
A Lenten Vespers Service for Contemplation of Our Lord’s High Priestly Work Priests don’t tend to be good role models throughout the Gospels and in the book of Acts. Rather, priests accuse and antagonize Jesus and his disciples by their fierce focus on the Law. Yet Jesus warns us all against lawlessness. We learn about … Continue reading Priests Welcome the Lamb’s Lawful Direction
An Encouraging Service of Prayer and Preaching With thousands in need, the disciples troubleshooot the situation and come up empty. One offers everything at hand. In the midst of uncertainty, Jesus makes satisfying use of it all. Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Churchwwww.immanuellutheranlaurelne.com Hear the full Service of Prayer and Preaching (Lutheran Service Book, p.260ff) for the … Continue reading One Boy, Two Fish, Five Loaves and Jesus
We're all compelled now to change our ways and to take a hard look at things unseen by the naked eye. Godless prophets of doom abound; their predictions get worse every day. The worst is coming soon... "Cleanliness is next to godliness," so goes the world's sermon day after day. Some suggest your own clean … Continue reading You are Godly Priests for a Godless World
The world is afflicted, suspicious and afraid of more trouble to come. In Jesus, the kingdom of God comes upon us with deliverance from sin, death and the Devil. He is the Stronger Man who overcomes internal burdens and external evils--even disease, death and the grave. The battle is joined as He gathers the afflicted … Continue reading Gathered with the Stronger Man
"Offer Yourself, O Priest!" Say "priest" and minds tend to go anywhere but Jesus. "Priest" is that guy (probably catholic) wearing a black shirt with a white clerical collar. Hear "priest" and perhaps one pictures a Buddhist sort with shaved head, chanting single syllables or sitting silent in lotus position. Some hear "priest" and think … Continue reading Lent 2020: “Offer Yourself, O Priest!”
God knows no better gift for you than His Son--and true sonship by faith in His name... Click to hear the full audio of "To All Who Received Him" A sermon on John 1:1-14 / Nativity of our Lord / 25 December 2019 John 1:1-14 (ESV) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word … Continue reading To All Who Received Him