22nd Sunday after Pentecost

S. Pentecost 22.19 “In Heaven, We’ll Be Different” Luke 20:27-40     So, anymore questions for Jesus? I know we all think we’ve got a couple that we’re just dying to ask Him, but seeing how silly He makes the Sadducees and Pharisees look (and the scribes, and

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All Saints Sunday – updated

S. All Saints.19 “Happy No Matter What” Rev. 7:9-17, Matt. 5:1-12     So, the Tuesday morning bible class gave me a double dog dare. If you know me, you will know that my inner 13 year old still influences me way too strongly. “I bet you can’t

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Reformation Sunday

S. Reformation.19 “The Holy Festival of the Reformation” John 8:31-36     Fondly I recall a former vicar the one with the bad smoking habit, the week before Reformation asking what the readings were for the Sunday upcoming. “Reformation,” I said “it’s that time of year.” And heRead more

17th Sunday after Pentecost

S. Pentecost 17.19 “The Faith Thing” Luke 17:1-10     I suppose ever since the beginning: Adam and Eve and the snake, Jesus and the Pharisees, the early church and Arius/Pelagius, the medieval church and the venal bishops of Rome, the modern church and well… the modern church;

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St. Michael and All Angels

S. St. Michael and All Angels. “Or Should I Say Eye?” 19 Dan. 10, Matt. 18:1-11     It seems the texts the last several weeks have been throwing one conundrum after another at us.   Today it is a very old one: is the Angel Michael Jesus, or

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15th Sunday after Pentecost – Vicar Bartelt

22 September 2019                             Vicar Philip Bartelt Grace to you and peace from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. The texts before us today are the Gospel and the Old Testament lessons heard read just moments ago and these texts have been to

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14th Sunday after Pentecost

S. Pentecost 14.19 “The Whole Following Thing…” Luke 15:1-10     You know how often I say “this is my favorite bible passage!”? Long-time members will smile; I’ve said that about so many passages that most people probably think I just love every single passage in Holy Scriptures

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13th Sunday after Pentecost

S. Pentecost 13.19 “The Finest Hour” Luke 14:25-35     Famous lines, much quoted in our Old Testament and Gospel lessons today: Moses’ “I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you—I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life…” And Jesus’ “For

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12th Sunday after Pentecost

S. Pentecost 12.19 “The Glory of God is to Conceal” Luke 14:1-14     “The glory of God is to conceal a matter/ but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.”     This line from our Old Testament reading unlocks the mysteries hidden deep in

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