10/17/21 – Pentecost 21 – “Wealth and the Kingdom” – Mark 10:23-31

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Our text for this morning is the Gospel Reading, which once again comes from Mark chapter 10, this time from verses 23-31.

1. As I mentioned last week, this text is the continuation of the story we heard in our Gospel Reading last week where the nameless rich man comes to Jesus asking about what he needs to do to inherit eternal life. At the end of last week’s text, we see the man leaving in sorrow because Jesus knew this man’s greatest idol—his god, if you will—was his possessions. Jesus had challenged the man to sell his possessions and give to the poor, then come, follow Jesus. And the man went away in sorrow because he had many possessions. Continue reading

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10/10/21 – Pentecost 20 – “Following Jesus” – Mark 10:17-22

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Our text for this morning is the Gospel Reading – Mark 10:17-22, which picks up immediately after last week’s reading. As you might recall, the first twelve verses of Mark 10 deal with the topics of divorce and the sixth commandment, which we discussed at length last week. But at the end of last week’s reading, there is a short account which provides a buffer between last week’s text and ours. Continue reading

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10/3/21 – Pentecost 19 – “The Heart of the Matter” – Mark 10:2-12

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Our text for this morning is the Gospel Reading, Mark 10:2-12.

1. Let’s be honest, this is an extremely uncomfortable text for most people. I say this because in it Jesus specifically addresses the topic of marriage and divorce, and really he is addressing the sixth commandment in general. The reality is nearly every one of us knows all too well what it looks like and what it feels like to sin against the sixth commandment. Whether it’s thoughts in our minds, images found online, or physical acts with another person, we know all too well what it’s like to sin in this way. Continue reading

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9/26/21 – St. Michael and All Angels – “Living in a Time of Trouble” – Daniel 12:1-3

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Our text for this morning is the final section of the Old Testament Reading: Daniel 12:1-3.

1. Our Old Testament Reading for this morning gives us (more or less) the beginning and ending of Daniel’s final vision. But there is much that has happened in Daniel’s life and his previous visions which build up to this moment. At the start of the book of Daniel, we are introduced to Daniel, who was just an ordinary, young Jewish man living in Jerusalem and, presumably, doing his own thing. Daniel was an intelligent, wise young man. Continue reading

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9/19/21 – Pentecost 17- “Whose Friend are You?” – James 4:1-10

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Our text for this morning comes from the Epistle Reading: James 4:1-10.

1. What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not a discussion about finances with your spouse? Is it not broaching the topic of religion around your non-Christian friends? But maybe most of all right now, is it not a discussion about COVID-19 and the inevitable political conversation that follows which causes quarrels and fights among us? Continue reading

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9/12/21 – Pentecost 16 – Mark 9:14-29 – Sermon by Rev. Tyler McMiller

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9/5/21 – Pentecost 15 – “Faith Works” – James 2:14-18

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Our text for today is the Epistle Reading from James chapter 2. We will be focusing on the final section, verses 14-18, under the theme Faith Works.

1. I’m reminded of a story, I’m not quite sure of the origin of it, but the story is of a tight-rope walker who was performing at Niagara Falls. I don’t know if you have ever been to Niagara Falls, but it is one of the most intimidating places I have ever been. The sheer volume of water that flows through combined with the incredible height of the falls is enough to make anyone queasy, especially when you’re standing at the edge looking over. Continue reading

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8/29/21 – The Martyrdom of St. John The Baptist – “Canceling Ourselves” – Mark 6:14-29

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

1. Today we celebrate the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, which, admittedly, might seem like a strange thing to celebrate. But it has been the church’s practice for nearly 2,000 years to celebrate the day of death of saints. Why? The day of a saint’s death has always been viewed by the church as their birthday into eternity. But still, this is a foreign concept to many of us. After all, in twenty-first century American culture, we view anything relating to self-denial, suffering, or death as to be avoided. But this is why it is important that we Christians celebrate days like today. The life, and consequently the death, of St. John the Baptist remind us of the importance of humility, submitting to the will of the Lord, and, to use a more modern phrase, canceling ourselves. Continue reading

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8/22/21 – Pentecost 13 – “Doing vs. Being” – Mark 7:1-13

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

1. Our text for this morning is the Gospel Reading from Mark chapter 7. At the beginning of this reading, we see the Pharisees and Scribes come from Jerusalem to confront Jesus. They are essentially an official fact-finding commission of theologians. But we see clearly from the start that they are biased and suspicious. You could say that they have a fault-finding attitude, as usually is the case when the Pharisees interact with Jesus. But this shouldn’t surprise us. Continue reading

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8/15/21 – Pentecost 12 – ” I am the True Vine” – John 15:1-5


Sermon by Rev. Dan Schmeltzer from Capstone Ministries

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