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Proper 10 • Isaiah 55:10–13 • July 13, 2014
July 1, 2014 – 10:00 am | No Comment

By James W. Voelz
Preliminary Thoughts
It is easy to treat this text non- or a-historically, preaching a generalized sermon about the word of God and its power, especially in verses 10–11. Such a sermon would not be unorthodox, but …

Proper 9 • Zechariah 9:9–12 • July 6, 2014
June 24, 2014 – 10:00 am | No Comment

By David Peter
Context Considerations
It might come as a surprise that this Old Testament text is appointed for the fourth Sunday after Pentecost when we are used to it being read on Palm Sunday. Why does it make an …

Proper 8 • Jeremiah 28:5–9 • June 29, 2014
June 17, 2014 – 10:00 am | No Comment

By William W. Schumacher
On May 13, 1940, Winston Churchill addressed the British parliament as he was about to become prime minister. Hitler’s troops had already invaded Poland, and they had just begun their Blitzkrieg advance into France, Belgium, …

Proper 7 • Jeremiah 20:7–13 • June 22, 2014
June 10, 2014 – 10:00 am | No Comment

By Victor Raj
Conflicting Messages
On this day the church in worship ponders God’s “unfailing love” (gradual) and “never-failing providence” (collect). The church prays to God to put away from her all hurtful things and provide for her all …

Holy Trinity • Genesis 1:1–2:4a • June 15, 2014
June 3, 2014 – 10:00 am | One Comment

By Jason Broge
As with any pericope there are a number of directions a sermon based on this text could take. When one considers the average parishioner’s familiarity with the creation account—and given that this is Trinity Sunday—one is …

Pentecost • Numbers 11:24–30 • June 8, 2014
May 27, 2014 – 10:00 am | No Comment

By William Wrede
Gift giving frequently accompanies celebrations. The birth of a child, the joining of man in woman in marriage, confirmation, graduation, and the like are all occasions for giving and receiving gifts. Some gifts are received …

Easter 7 • Acts 1:12–26 • June 1, 2014
May 20, 2014 – 8:30 am | 2 Comments

By Paul R. Raabe
Acts 1:12–26 narrates what the followers of Jesus did after his ascension. They remained in Jerusalem as Jesus had commanded (Acts 1:4). Luke names the eleven disciples and then summarizes that they were together in …

Easter 6 • Acts 17:16–31 • May 25, 2014
May 13, 2014 – 10:00 am | One Comment

By Michael J. Redeker
Ascension Day is fast upon us. In the Gospel reading for today, Jesus assures his disciples that, even though he is leaving them, he will not leave them as orphans. He will send them …

Easter 5 • Acts 6:1–9; 7:2a, 51–60 • May 18, 2014
May 6, 2014 – 8:30 am | No Comment

By Todd Jones
We all like to be a part of a winning team. Up to this point in the book of Acts, the church was the winning team. Yes, there had been arrests and there had …

Easter 4 • Acts 2:42–47 • May 11, 2014
April 30, 2014 – 10:30 am | No Comment

By Bruce Schuchard
So those who heard and received in faith the testimony of Peter on the day of Pentecost were all that day baptized, all three thousand of them (Acts 2:41). All were added to the communion, …