Sermons

  • Reformation Sermon John 8:31-36 Dear friends in Christ, today is a very special day.  On this day, people throughout the world are observing the 500th anniversary of the beginning of a great movement that changed the world.  500 years ago, a little-known Augustinian monk...
  • “God Notices the Hungry” by Pastor W. Lehrer Pentecost 9:  August 6:  Matthew 14.13-21 & Isaiah 55 “God Notices the Hungry”   No Israelite, sitting in the wilderness, or hearing stories of others who sat in the wilderness and received from Jesus' hand this miraculous feast of bread...
  • Mission Challenges Pentecost 3, Matthew 10:21-33 Today’s Gospel reading is the second of three consecutive readings from Matthew chapter 10.  This chapter is an extended teaching from Jesus on the subject of mission.  It starts with specific instructions to the Twelve as...
  • Easter Sermon The women who saw the empty tomb on that first Easter morning ran away from it with fear and great joy (Matthew 28:8).  I’ve always been struck by that description.  Fear and great joy—those are two emotions that don’t often go together.  But as I thought...
  • Lent 4, John 9 Today’s Gospel reading is another of the long conversations, as recorded in John’s Gospel, between Jesus and a person he met during his days of ministry.  In chapter three Jesus spoke to Nicodemus, a ruler of the people, who came to him by night.  In chap...
  • Ash Wednesday Sermon Lenten Theme: The Art of Living by Faith Text:  Romans 4:13-25 “You are dust, and to dust you shall return.”  When the church says this to our face, while applying ashes to our face, it is reminding us, in the starkest and most direct of manners, th...
  • Epiphany 7 sermon by Pastor Lehrer "Jesus sets the bar high" - Matthew 5:38-48 When I had the chance to begin our series on the Sermon on the MT on the last Sunday in January, I didn't get to say that we would hear more of Jesus' sermon this year than in most years, because Epiphany is ...
  • Christmas Eve “Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”  He was born there… in the city of David… in that place, at that time.  But of course, we wish for him to be born anew into our hearts here, in this place, at this time –...
  • Christ the King On this last Sunday of the church year, we Christians joyfully proclaim Christ Jesus as King.  We say he is both our king and king over the whole world.   The Gospel reading for today, however, reminds us that Jesus is a very different kind of ...
  • Useful Work A sermon for Labor Day weekend. Dear friends in Christ:   Our second reading today, from the book of Philemon, is a letter from Paul designed to repair the relationship between two men—Philemon and Onesimus.  Since their relationship was a w...