November 24, 2013
Using the 50 anniversary of JFK’s assassination and the 35th anniversary of the Jonestown suicide/massacre as a backdrop, the festival of Christ the King takes place between the two thieves at Calvary, “If” and “Remember.”
November 10, 2013
Today we have the Sadducees questioning Jesus about the resurrection because they did not believe in it. So they pose a situation to Jesus that uses the law of Moses to show how a woman could have been married several times and then they want to know in the resurrection whose wife she would be. […]
November 3, 2013
With special visits from broadcasting icons Myron Cope and Harry Caray, this All Saints sermon encourages the listener to shine with the saints: “You are witnesses”
October 27, 2013
A “hearing” on the question: “Should the doctrine of justification by faith, the doctrine by which the church stands or falls continue to be the doctrine by which the church stands or falls?” The hearing includes a debate between the prosecutor and the counselor for defense, Mr. Lutheran.
October 20, 2013
Today our Gospel lesson starts out by letting the reader know that Jesus told the disciples this parable as a way to teach them “about their need to pray always and not to lose heart” because we have a God who will quickly grant justice to his children. This is a good reminder to us […]
October 13, 2013
Using Psalm 111 and the story of the cured Samaritan leper being made well, (double blessing) the sermon encourages the congregation of the faithful to praise the Lord. (Note: prior to this liturgy, a moving testimony was made by Jan Wherthey as a part of our stewardship “Angels Among Us”)
October 6, 2013
Today we have an interesting text for our Gospel lesson. In it we hear the apostles ask Jesus to increase their faith. This at first does not seem like a terrible request, for it is not as if they are asking Jesus to increase their income or their power, but rather their faith!
September 29, 2013
While we don’t have wings, or a heavenly glow, we too can be angels, or messengers of God. Sometimes our tasks as angels might be to engage folks with a smile and a warm greeting who might otherwise be disconnected from one another. Or at other times we might be called to be messengers of […]
September 22, 2013
Using a dialog with Jesus about the particularly troubling parable of the dishonest steward, this sermon probes the story from a different point of view.
September 8, 2013
This special message from Daniel Heckert, a member of St. John’s and the Southwestern PA Synod Youth Committee as well as co-leader of the Holy KOWS Youth Group asks the question, did Jesus really just tell us to “hate”? In the very first sentence of the Gospel, we hear Jesus tell a large crowd that […]