Sermons

Because We Love | Pastor H. Julian Gordy

November 22, 2020 | CHRIST THE KING Sunday | November 22, 2020

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Jesus said: "Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's." So then the next question is: Do we give it all to God? Everything we have control over, our very selves – do we give to God what is God’s? Or are we waddling after idols?

 

 

Imprinted. | Pastor Katherine Museus Dabay

October 18, 2020 | 20th Sunday after Pentecost

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Jesus said: "Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's." So then the next question is: Do we give it all to God? Everything we have control over, our very selves – do we give to God what is God’s? Or are we waddling after idols?

Party Clothes | Pastor H. Julian Gordy

October 11, 2020 | 19th Sunday after Pentecost

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Matthew's version of Jesus' parable about the banquet to which outcasts are invited ends with a poor guy who is not wearing wedding clothes cast out into the darkness. Does that mean that God's invitation and grace are not sufficient after all? It is a problematic parable for Lutherans. This morning we take an honest look at what the parable may be teaching us.

From Rejected to VIP | Pastor Katherine Museus Dabay

October 4, 2020 | 18th Sunday after Pentecost

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"The rock that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone." We know this describes Jesus -- it also describes the Church. God calls the Church to be a community where the rejected become the most valued.

More Than Words | Pastor H. Julian Gordy

September 27, 2020 | 17th Sunday after Pentecost

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Jesus tells the story of two brothers: One who said the right thing but didn't do it and another who said the wrong thing, but after a change of heart did what was right. The parable tells us that being outwardly religious is not what God is looking for from us. God’s desire for us all is to change our hearts so that we are no longer in love only with ourselves, but are in love with God and our neighbor, not just saying holy things, but doing the holy work of justice, peace, and mercy that is the work of God’s dominion.

How Christians Should "Use Their Privilege" | Pastor H. Julian Gordy

September 23, 2020 | Wednesday Meditation | Part 6 of the sermon series The Bible and Racial Justice

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In what ways are some of God's people privileged in this society and others not? What does it mean to be privileged? How can we admit, come to terms with, and use our privilege for the sake of our neighbors. In this last meditation in our six-part series on the Bible and Racism, Pr. Gordy talks about his own privilege and, maybe, yours.

"That's not Fair!" Said Jonah | Pastor Katherine Museus Dabay

September 20, 2020 | 16th Sunday after Pentecost

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Due to technical difficulties, our service video cuts out early. The final announcement was the introduction and installation of our new Interim Director of Youth and Children's Ministries. Click here to watch that short announcement video!

God asks Jonah, basically, If you can care so much for a single plant that you didn’t even grow, can’t you see how much I care for these thousands of individuals that I have created and that are in need of help?... God’s question is left hanging in the air for us – for us to ask, for us to think about, for us to answer for ourselves.

Whose Lives Matter? | Pastor H. Julian Gordy

September 16, 2020 | Wednesday Meditation | Part 5 of the sermon series The Bible and Racial Justice

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Black lives matter. But don't all lives matter? This evening we look at what is meant when we say, "Black lives matter," and at the history of black lives in America. How does scripture help us acknowledge our history and encourage us to work for a world in which all lives are valued for the gifts of God they are.

"Not Seven Times, but Seventy-Seven Times!" | Pastor Karen Boda (Assistant to the Bishop)

September 13, 2020 | 15th Sunday after Pentecost

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The absurd abundance and power of God’s forgiveness is given to you. Accept it and let God’s forgiveness transform your life. Let God’s forgiveness free you, so that you too can free others.

Unconscious Bias: A (Lutheran) Christian View | Pastor Katherine Museus Dabay

September 9, 2020 | Wednesday Meditation | Part 4 of the sermon series The Bible and Racial Justice

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Recognizing the uncomfortable truth of the sin in us individually and in the world and the way it moves is the first step towards the good news that God gives us grace and God gives us the power to change. In the same way, recognizing the uncomfortable truth of the racism in us and in the world is the first step towards the good news that we can do something about it.

Community | Pastor H. Julian Gordy

September 6, 2020 | 14th Sunday after Pentecost

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Love for one another, St. Paul writes in our second lesson, is the obligation we have to each other. The instructions Jesus gives in Matthew 18 about out how the church is to deal with offenders gives us a hint at how important the community of believers is. Perhaps one of the blessings of this difficult time of pandemic quarantine is that we may have a greater longing for connection with one another that we have in the past, and, in that, we may also come to value the community that is the body of Christ and our place in it.

Racism vs. Bigotry: What's the Difference? | Pastor H. Julian Gordy

September 2, 2020 | Wednesday Meditation | Part 3 of the sermon series The Bible and Racial Justice

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Bigotry is personal. Racism, on the other hand, is institutional and systemic. Pr. Bonner points out that “Racism is not merely disliking someone of another color.” He goes on, “Today many people confuse dislike, bias, personal discrimination, prejudice, or even bigotry with racism. Racism is a social construct based on institutionalized and systemic power for the purposes of control of resources, authority, and influence within society.”

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