Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

Strangers Here Saint Luke 17:11-19 Last Sunday we heard a parable told by our Lord Jesus involving a Samaritan man and some Jewish men. Today we also hear a story involving a Samaritan man and some Jewish men, but this story is not made up; it is no parable, but a real event in the[…]

Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

The Good Samaritan Saint Luke 10:23–37 Hezekiah was a good and faithful king of Judah. He was 25 years old when he began to rule and he reigned in Jerusalem for 29 years. Of him we are told that, “he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that David[…]

Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

God Turning Things Upside Down Saint Mark 7:31–37 What would you think if someone told you that things had just turned “upside down” for them? Without any other information than “upside down,” you’d likely assume that something terrible had suddenly happened; such as it did with the residents of coastal Texas when Hurricane Harvey visited[…]

Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

Chief of Sinners Saint Luke 18:9–14 “Chief of sinners, though I be, Jesus shed His blood for me.” This is what Jesus has done for sinners like you and like me. He shed His blood; He suffered and died on the altar of Calvary’s cross for us, to atone for our sins and for the[…]

Funeral Sermon for Gerhard Storm

“Don’t Give Up!” Psalm 27 The day before Gerry was called home to heaven by our gracious Lord, I was with him in his hospital room with his dear children Marianne, Barbara, and David. And beside Gerry’s bedside we prayed Psalm 27, the Psalm that Gerry himself had chosen for this service today. After we[…]

Tenth Sunday after Trinity

The Stones of Jerusalem Saint Luke 19:41–48 Have you ever heard the expression, “If these walls could talk?” It’s what a person might think while walking through a great hall built ages ago—a place in which generation upon generation of people lived and experienced all sorts of things, from the mundane, everyday things of life,[…]

Ninth Sunday after Trinity

Salvation Shrewd Saint Luke 16:1-13 Can you imagine the Lord Jesus commending you for being deceitful—for participating in shady business deals and even committing the crime of fraud? Like me, you probably cannot. It seems ridiculous to think that Jesus would condone such behaviour, let alone praise it. It may seem as though this is[…]

Eighth Sunday after Trinity

You Are Holy In Christ Saint Matthew 7:15-23 The Word of God that we have before us this morning concerns the danger of false prophets in the midst of God’s holy people—wolves in sheep’s clothing, as our Lord Jesus calls them. Metaphorically, we are sheep and lambs in our Lord’s own flock; He is our[…]

Funeral Sermon for Annie Maria Howald

The Gift of God’s Grace Ephesians 2:4-10 In the first chapter of his letter to the Romans, the apostle Saint Paul proclaims “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” Our dear sister Anne was of the same mind. In my visits[…]

Seventh Sunday after Trinity

The Compassion of the Lord Saint Mark 8:1-9 There certainly seems to be a food emphasis in the three Scripture Readings today. In the Old Testament Reading we’re told about the Garden of Eden and the trees that the Lord God places there for Adam and Eve that are “pleasant to the sight and good[…]