7/18/21 – Pentecost 8 – “Rest and Hope at the Lord’s Table” – Mark 6:30-44

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

1. There’s something special about sitting around a table and eating with others, isn’t there? I’ve been reminded of this a number of times recently. A couple of weeks ago, my family was on vacation visiting family and friends in the Midwest. While we were there, we had the opportunity to go to a friend’s wedding reception. And while we were at the reception, we had a chance to sit around a big round table and eat dinner with some friends that we hadn’t seen in quite a while. There’s something special about sharing a meal with those old friends that allows you to re-connect in a special way. Continue reading

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7/11/21 – Pentecost 7 – “The Covenant Standard” – Amos 7:7-9

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

1. One of the most used tools is my trusty level. The cool thing about this level is that I can use it to determine if something is level (that is, straight horizontally) or I can use it to determine if something is plumb (that is, straight vertically). I used it just yesterday when Matthew and I were fixing one of our back steps that had busted. I can’t tell you how many times I have used it simply as a straight edge. But in the last year, I have probably used my level most for hanging pictures. And I have to admit, I’ve never liked hanging pictures. Several months ago I had an experience hanging a picture that exemplifies why I don’t like hanging pictures. Continue reading

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7/4/21 – Pentecost 6 – Sermon by Rev. Ted Evertsen

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6/27/21 – Pentecost 5 – “Saved by Faith” – Mark 5:21-43

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

1. Our text for today is from Mark 5:21-43. Today’s Gospel Reading picks up a little bit after last week’s reading. You might remember last week’s Gospel Reading—the famous story of Jesus calming the storm. It’s the story where Jesus and his disciples are going to cross over the Sea of Galilee. Jesus is tired, so he decides to take a nap on the boat. But while they’re in the middle of the lake, a storm breaks out. The wind and the waves are crashing against the boat and the disciples are starting the freak out because they think the boat is going to capsize. Continue reading

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6/20/21 – Pentecost 4 – “Trust Amid Suffering” – Job 38:1-11

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

1. Our text for this morning is the Old Testament Reading from Job 38. This moment in the book of Job occurs toward the end of the book—it’s the beginning of the end, really. So, to fully understand and appreciate today’s text, we need to go back and understand the context of Job’s story. In the book of Job, we are invited into Job’s suffering so that we might learn from it. Continue reading

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6/13/21 – Pentecost 3 – “There’s No Place Like Home” – 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

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

1. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved tent camping. When I was a kid, my family would go camping just about every summer. I love the adventure of camping—getting to be so closely connected with nature, listening to the raindrops fall on the tent fly while falling asleep, waking up to the sound of birds singing, and getting up every morning knowing that some new adventure awaits. I realize, though, that not everyone enjoys camping. Continue reading

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6/6/21 – Pentecost 2 – 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

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5/30/21 – Holy Trinity – “The Mystery of the Holy Trinity” – John 3:1-17

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

1. Each year on the first Sunday after Pentecost, the church celebrates Holy Trinity Sunday. And on this day, we’re taught to confess the mystery of God’s being. We believe in one God and three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person is God, and each person is not the others, but there is only one God. The Athanasian Creed does a thorough job of articulating this, but if you’re like me, all of its theological jargon and seemingly redundant language just ends up confusing you. So, the question that I think many of us ask on Trinity Sunday is, How do we understand the Trinity? How do we make sense of our Triune God’s nature? Continue reading

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5/23/21 – Pentecost – “A Life of Letdowns” – Ezekiel 37:1-14

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

1. Do you ever feel like your life is nothing but a massive letdown? Do you ever feel as if nothing in your life is ever as good as you hoped or imagined it would be? Maybe it was a home renovation project. You had these grand plans for how it was going to go—every detail was planned. And when it was done it was going to be beautiful. But then reality struck. The project didn’t go as you planned. You hit hiccup after hiccup and by the time you finally finished the project, part of you was just happy to have it done, but the other part of you was a disappointed as you stood there thinking, “This is not what I hoped or imagined it would be.” O Continue reading

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5/16/21 – Ascension – “This Can’t Be How it Ends” – Acts 1:6-11

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

1. When I was younger, I enjoyed the TV series “24.” It’s a show that centers around the main character, Jack Bauer, played by Kiefer Sutherland. He’s an agent for the Counter Terrorist Unit, and his job is basically to singlehandedly save the country from a terrorist threat and to discover all sorts of other unknown issues over the course of a 24-hour day (thus the show’s name, “24”). For all that I remember the show for, there’s one thing that always sticks out—it’s cliff-hanger endings. Maybe you’ve seen shows that do the same thing. About 10 or even 5 minutes left in the show, everything is starting to resolve. Things are looking like they’re going to be okay, until Continue reading

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