Maundy Thursday Sermon

Today, we rarely use the word “mercy” in our everyday speech.  But in the Church, it’s as common as the air we breathe.  We pray in the liturgy: “Lord, have mercy on us.”  When we do that, we echo the blind men who sought physical sight from Jesus in Matthew 9 and Luke 18.  For we also seek healing. But our blindness isn’t physical;… [more]

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Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter

As Holy week of 2014 draws near to a close, we will have our final services of the week: Maundy Thursday, April 17th, is at 7:00 PM.  This is a service when we commemorate Jesus instituting the New Covenant for us: His Holy Supper. Good Friday, April 18th, is when we observe Christ's crucifixion and death to give us His life. Easter Day,… [more]

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter

Matthew 21:1-11: Jesus Still Comes to Us

People confess what is within them by what they do.  People show what they believe by what they do with their hands, feet, and head.  For example, when a Lutheran kneels at the Communion rail, he confesses that before him is God, Jesus’ body and blood in the bread and wine.  Look at what people do with their bodies and you can see what they believe… [more]

Matthew 21:1-11: Jesus Still Comes to Us Matthew 21:1-11: Jesus Still Comes to Us

Augsburg Confession, Articles 1 and 2

Introduction to the Augsburg Confession  When Luther finally realized that a person is made right before God because of Jesus Christ, he came to see more clearly how the Roman-Catholic Church had veered away from the historic, Christian faith.  Rome’s teachings on repentance and the forgiveness of sins, especially as tied to indulgences, led… [more]

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Psalm 22:6-8: My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

All true Christians trust that Jesus is pure and holy.  But not everyone agrees.  And it was the same at Calvary, 2,000 years ago.  Those who passed by that day, hurled their insults at Jesus, shaking their heads and mocking Him: They said, “He saved others, but he can’t save himself.  So he’s the king of Israel?  If he comes down from the… [more]

Psalm 22:6-8: My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Psalm 22:6-8: My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?