Proper 8 • Jeremiah 28:5–9 • June 29, 2014


Proper 8 • Jeremiah 28:5–9 • June 29, 2014

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, and the Netherlands. War was crashing upon the world as Churchill stepped into leadership. And unlike so many politicians, Churchill did ..


Holy Trinity • Genesis 1:1–2:4a • June 15, 2014


Holy Trinity • Genesis 1:1–2:4a • June 15, 2014

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 also confronted with the reality that people will bring expectations to the service and the sermon in particular. A close reading ..


Pentecost • Numbers 11:24–30 • June 8, 2014


Pentecost • Numbers 11:24–30 • June 8, 2014

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 with great joy and gratitude. Some gifts have caused recipients to express gratitude while simultaneously thinking of how that gift might ..


Easter 7 • Acts 1:12–26 • June 1, 2014


Easter 7 • Acts 1:12–26 • June 1, 2014

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 unity dedicated to prayer. “All these were continuously devoted (present participle) with one accord to prayer together with women, also ..