7th Sunday of Easter

S. Easter 7.20 “In, Not Of…” John 17:1-11     “In the world but not of it.” Such is the relationship of the Christian to the world according to our Lord Jesus in our Gospel reading today. In verse 6 of our Gospel today, Jesus prays to His

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6th Sunday of Easter

S. Easter 6.20 “Love Story” John 14:15-21     Someone said: “Pastor can’t you preach an uplifting sermon!?” I was a little hurt. (They  all seem uplifting, to me 🙂 I’m like: “Challenge accepted”! Then I thought: “Mmmm… how would I do that?” And it came to me:

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5th Sunday of Easter

S. Easter 5.20 “So Long…” John 14:1-14     The best pastor’s conference I ever went to was in the mid 90’s, the English District district. Ron Feuerhahn was the presenter. He looked at the 200 or so of us pastors and said: “Wow. What a roomful of

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Good Shepherd Sunday – Vicar Bartelt

Good Shepherd Sunday                                                                                                                 May 3, 2020 Vicar Philip Bartelt May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Amen.  Today on this Good Shepherd Sunday we hear the words of Christ

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3rd Sunday of Easter – Vicar Bartelt

3rd Sunday of Easter                                                                                                               Vicar Philip Bartelt Luke 24:13-35 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Amen. Even though it’s an ordinary activity, a fixed part of daily life,

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2nd Sunday of Easter

S. Easter 2.20 “Just Passing Through…” John 20:19-31     Our Old Testament reading appointed for this morning (which seems to be from a book I think is in the New Testament, but whatever) is eerily appropriate—like these readings were arranged more by divine than human providence. Peter

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Easter Sunday

S. Easter.20 “Remember?” Luke 24:1-12     Overall, I think the angels were awfully nice with the clueless disciples who visited the empty tomb Easter Sunday. They could have been mean. Some people would have been a bit sharp with them, harsh, even. I’m glad I don’t know

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Good Friday

S. Good Friday.20 “What Is Truth?” John 18:38a     Wow. That’s a whole lotta bible reading there! So much to cover. But fear not; our text for this homily is just the first part of one verse: “Pilate said to him, ‘What is truth’?”     That is

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The Sunday of the Passion – Vicar Bartelt

Passion Sunday: Isaiah 50:4-9a/John 12:20-42 Today once again we return to old man Isaiah, the great prophet of Israel, and the Apostle John. I’ve had the privilege of spending quite a bit of time thinking, reading, and preaching on Isaiah and this year would have been incomplete

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5th Sunday of Lent

S. Lent 5.20 “Though He Die…” John 11:17-27, 38-53     Jesus says: “I am the Resurrection and the Life.” And we love to hear that. Good news. Welcome news. But then He adds: “Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone whoRead more