Second Sunday of Advent

The Word of Christ For the Coming Day Saint Luke 21:25-36 With the readings before us this morning, it seems like we’re revisiting ground upon which we’ve already walked in the Sundays leading up to the start of Advent. We’re back to looking ahead to the coming of the end of the world and the[…]

First Sunday in Advent

And That’s What It’s All About Saint Matthew 21:1-9 If it’s in the city of David, the little town of Bethlehem, where our thoughts are drawn on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, to gaze in faith upon the Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger, it must be to Jerusalem and our[…]

Feast of Christ the King

The King’s Judgment Saint Matthew 25:31-46 Over the course of the last three Sundays, we’ve been moving toward the end of the world and the Judgment. Our progress toward this great and awesome day has, of course, been both literal and with regard to the theme of the Church Year, as reflected in the appointed[…]

Second Last Sunday of the Church Year

The Bridegroom Comes! Saint Matthew 25:1-13 Over the course of the last three Sundays of the Church Year, beginning with last Sunday, our thoughts have been and continue to be guided to consider the coming end of this world and the beginning of the next. In today’s Old Testament Reading, you’re given a glimpse of[…]

Third Last Sunday of the Church Year

Safety in a Dangerous Place Saint Luke 17:20-30 We’re nearing the end of the Church Year. Advent will soon be upon us, and then Christmas. Things are moving fast and you can’t help but wonder, “Will I be ready for it?” Will I be ready when that big day arrives? It’s important to be ready[…]

Feast of All Saints (observed)

Blessed In Christ Saint Matthew 5:1-12 The Feast of All Saints goes back a long, long way in the history of the Christian Church. Initially, believers who died because of their faith in Christ were remembered every year on the day in which they were martyred. Some of those first Christian martyrs are still commemorated[…]

Feast of the Reformation

A Life of Repentance Saint John 8:31-36 Church conventions, especially Synodical conventions, generally include opportunities for visiting dignitaries to bring greetings to the assembled delegates and other attendees. At the recently held convention of Lutheran Church-Canada, one such greeting was from the bishop of our sister synod in Germany, the SELK, or Independent Evangelical Lutheran[…]

Thanksgiving Sunday

Oh Give Thanks To the Lord Saint Luke 12:13-21 To the people whom he calls the “redeemed of the Lord”—to those rescued from sin and death, like you and me, the Psalmist declares, “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Where true faith exists, so also[…]

Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

Jesus Comes To Save Us Saint Luke 7:11–17 The point of today’s Gospel account of the raising of the widow of Nain’s son from the dead is, as Luther comments, for us to “know that we need not be afraid of death and the judgment. For Christ does not come to judge and condemn us;[…]