What is preaching? St. Paul writes in Romans: “Whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14-15)

Therefore our Lutheran Confessions state: “It is also taught among us that one holy Christian church will be and remain forever. This is the assembly of all believers among whom the Gospel is preached in its purity and the holy sacraments are administered according to the Gospel.” (Augsburg Confession VII:1-3)

“The Gracious Vineyard” / Septuagesima 2017 / Mt. 20:1-16

February 12, 2017
Mt 20:1-16

In Name of the + Jesus. Amen.

“For the kingdom of heaven is like…” Jesus likens the holy Christian Church to a vineyard. You heard the call of the Holy Gospel and heeded its invitation by faith. You have been made members and coworkers in Christ’s kingdom. Within the Christian congregation, you are given the gifts of Jesus to strengthen and keep you safe with Him.…

“The Glory Days Are Now” / Transfiguration 2017 / Matthew 17:1-9

February 5, 2017
Matthew 17:1-9

In Name of the + Jesus. Amen.

“Lord, it is good for us to be here!” Our friend St. Peter longs for the “glory days.” He remembers when there was peace. He remembers when his people were wealthy and prosperous. He remembers when there were so many people gathered to the tabernacle that there was no where to sit.

“Jesus Sleeps But Is Always Awake” / Epiphany 4 2017 / Matthew 8:23-27

January 29th, 2016
Epiphany 4
Matthew 8:23-27

In Name of the + Jesus. Amen.

The disciples, astute fishermen, prepared a boat as a great place for quiet contemplation and rest. They were ready to rest after a long day. Earlier in the day Christ had healed the leper and the Centurion’s servant. He continued teaching and healing throughout the afternoon and into the evening.…

“The Authority of Christ” / Epiphany 3 2017 / Matthew 8:1-13

January 22, 2017
Epiphany 3
Matthew 8:1-13

Summary: This Gentile Centurion confesses Jesus Christ, His authority, and His power better than all of Israel and probably all of us. He recognizes in Jesus the authority of the one and only God. Jesus is God in the flesh, the Word that spoke all things into being and that knit his own life together in his mother’s womb.…

“Why Should We Listen to Him??!?!” / St. Timothy, Pastor and Confessor (observed)

Acts 16:1–5
Psalm 71:15–24 (antiphon: v. 6)
1 Timothy 6:11–16
Matthew 24:42– 47

Collect: Lord Jesus Christ, You have always given to Your Church on earth faithful shepherds such as Timothy to guide and feed Your flock. Make all pastors diligent to preach Your holy Word and administer Your means of grace, and grant Your people wisdom to follow in the way that leads to life eternal; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit , one God, now and forever.…

“The Son of God, the Wedding, and the Wine of Gladness” / Epiphany 2 2017 / John 2:1-11

January 15, 2017
Epiphany 2
John 2:1-11

In Name of the + Jesus. Amen.

Today’s Holy Gospel is written for your benefit. As St. John the Evangelist later says, “These [signs] are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:31) Therefore, today’s tale of water into wine at a wedding in Cana isn’t just any story.…