Sundays after Pentecost Sermons (2010)

Date: November 21, 2010
Liturgical Day: Christ the King Sunday; Year C
What Kind of King?

unexpected grace
scoffing, mocking, deriding
our Crucified King

In contrast with earthly kings, King Jesus “rules the world with truth and grace” — the heart of which is his radical gift of forgiveness. As we experience this gift, our hearts are drawn towards living as loyal subjects of this King; serving as his representatives of truth and grace in this world.

Download Sermon: Ctk-c10-elw Luke 23.33-43


Date: November 14, 2010
Liturgical Day: The Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 28C
There’s A Better Home Awaiting

the temple will fall
signs of the end surround us
hope in God, and live

In the most difficult of times, God is our strength and our shield, and gives us the hope and assurance we need to persevere. Nothing this world throws at us can destroy us. God is the ultimate victor.

Download Sermon: 2010 Pent 28C


Date: November 7, 2010

Liturgical Day: All Saints Sunday; Year C
On Making It Simple

the great reversal
blessed some, woe to others
uncommon wisdom

It is easy for those of us who are well off to be drawn into hectic, busy lives. Jesus calls us down a different path. Live simply, so that there are time and energy and resources available for those things that are most important to us — especially our calling to be faithful in life.

Download Sermon: 2010 All Saints C


Date: October 31, 2010
Liturgical Day: Reformation Day; Year C
Sermon Title: Sharing Enough

set free by good news
I can do all things by Christ
contentment: God’s gift

Both Paul and Luther came to experience God as a source of peace and contentment. That can be the case for us too, as we ground our being in the grace that is ours in Jesus Christ. We can also gain a sense of peace and contentment about our financial lives, when we respond to God’s call to be generous in our support of Christian ministry.

Download Sermon: 2010 Reformation C


Date: October 24, 2010
Liturgical Day: The Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 25C
Sermon Title: Acting Together

a new commandment
our love for one another
witness to the world

Jesus calls us into a community of extraordinary love — a love so striking to the world, that it will be noticed, and serve as a sign of God’s presence among us.

Download Sermon: 2010 Pent 25C


Date: October 17, 2010
Liturgical Day: The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 24C
Sermon Title: Following Jesus

fearful disciples
even wind and sea obey
the truth: Jesus saves

The truth we must all face is that we cannot save ourselves. Once we do so, and throw our trust into God’s hands, we become a grateful people — constantly seeing ways to thank God for the blessings we have received.

Download Sermon: 2010 Pent 24C


Date: October 10, 2010
Liturgical Day: The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 23C
Sermon Title: Following Jesus

worry battles faith
God clothes the grass of the field
kingdom life brings peace

When worry captures our lives, we are tempted to hold on to everything we have, just in case. When faith captures our lives, we are freed to live more simply, and more generously, as a sign of what God is doing in our lives.

Download Sermon: 2010 Pent 23C


Date: October 3, 2010
Liturgical Day: The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 22C
Sermon Title: Not as Easy as We Imagine

seven times a day
forgiveness with no limit
Lord, increase our faith!

Jesus calls us to a radical, life-changing experience of grace and forgiveness — one that completely transforms the way we view the world, and deal with other people.

Download Sermon: 2010 Pent 22C


Date: September 26, 2010
Liturgical Day: The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 21C
Sermon Title: Closing Chasms

a great, wide chasm
from now to eternity
two men divided

Many chasms exist between people in our world. God calls us to reach out — reach across — in ways that help these chasms to become narrower, not wider.

Download Sermon: 2010 Pent 21C


Date: September 19, 2010
Liturgical Day: The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 20C
Sermon Title: Shrewd and Loving Disciples

a dishonest man
shrewdly protecting himself
no: be shrewd for God

Using the troubling image of a dishonest manager, Jesus calls us to shrewd behavior — and a singleminded focus on God — as we consider what it means to be one of his followers.

Download Sermon: 2010 Pent 20C


Date: September 12, 2010
Liturgical Day: The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 19C
Sermon Title: I Once Was Lost, but Now Am Found

searching for the lost
at the heart of Christian faith
God comes to find us

Like a sheep (that can’t find its flock) or a coin (that can’t find itself), we are lost, and dependent on the relentless efforts of a God who rejoices in finding us. This puts us at peace with God, and provides the opportunity to work with God to bring others into the fold. What a joy and a privilege!

Download Sermon: 2010 Pent 19C


Date: August 29, 2010
Liturgical Day: The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 17C
Sermon Title: The Gift of Humility

striving for status
Jesus turns it upside down
blest be the humble

Jesus teaches us that life is not all about grabbing for everything you can get, but instead has to do with being at peace, and treating one another with humility.

Download Sermon: 2010 Pent 17C


Date: August 22, 2010
Liturgical Day: The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 16C
Sermon Title: Called to Sabbath

Jesus and Isaiah call us to practice Sabbath in our lives — but a Sabbath which has just as much to do with serving others (doing the work of God) as it has to do with resting.

Download Sermon: 2010 Pent 16C


Date: August 15, 2010
Liturgical Day: The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 15C
Sermon Title: Faith and Division

We may long for a faith that brings us peace and comfort. But in this weekend’s Gospel lesson Jesus declares that he has come to bring division. Are we willing to abandon our longing for peace, if that is what it takes to be faithful to him?

Download Sermon: 2010 Pent 15C


Date: July 18, 2010
Liturgical Day: The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 11C
Sermon Title: Mary and Martha

Mary and Martha
learning, growing and serving
the fullness of life

The Parable of the Good Samaritan (last week) and the dinner party at the home of Mary and Martha (this week) show that Jesus commends faith lives that include both loving action and faithful contemplation. May we stay rooted in each, so that the anxiety of living in this world doesn’t get the best of us.

Download Sermon: 2010 Easter 11C


Date: July 11, 2010
Liturgical Day: The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 10C
Sermon Title: Who Is My Neighbor?

who is my neighbor?
an unjustified question
grace births compassion

The Parable of the Good Samaritan is not so much a call to love neighbors, as it is an invitation to be transformed by God’s grace. When “Who is my neighbor?” gives way to “How can I become neighbor?” the Kingdom of God is breaking into our lives.

Download Sermon: 2010 Pent 10C


Date: July 4, 2010
Liturgical Day: The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 9C
Sermon Title: The Christian and Independence Day

On Independence Day we celebrate the freedom that is ours as citizens of the United States, we dedicate ourselves to helping this nation become the best it can be, and we give thanks that our names are written in heaven.

Download Sermon: 2010 Pent 9C


Date: June 6, 2010
Liturgical Day: The Second Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 5C
Sermon Title: Caring to Care

the widow at Nain
grieving her only son’s death
Jesus grants them life

The compassion of our Lord is evident, as he raises this widow’s son from death — restoring his life, and hers! As we reach out to the needs that surround us in our world, we continue the ministry he began at Nain.

Download Sermon: 2010 Pent 5C


Date: May 30, 2010

Liturgical Day: The Feast of the Holy Trinity; Year C
Sermon Title: Stories about Our Triune God

The Holy Trinity, a doctrine of the Christian church dating to the late-second century, is neither a concept to understand or a belief to embrace; it is a reality to be experienced. We are called to explore the mystery of God’s nature by telling stories: stories that testify to God’s creating power, redeeming love, and ensprited compassion. May we know these gifts of God by heart.

Download Sermon: 2010 Pentecost 1C