Quietly in the night (Christmas 2017 Message)

Nativity of the Lord Christmas Eve—Proper 1 Years ABC On the same date: Fourth Sunday of Advent Old Testament Isaiah 9:2–7 Psalm Psalm 96:1-13 New Testament Titus 2:11–14 Gospel Luke 2:1–20)   The birth of Jesus takes place without fanfare.  No billboards, no public service announcements and no blimp in the sky.  Maybe if He … [Read more…]

Easter Sermon 2017

Easter morning sermon at First Lutheran Church, South Sioux City NE First Reading: Acts 10:34-43 (NRSV) Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-4 (NRSV) Gospel: Matthew 28:1-10 (NRSV) Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 (NRSV) For an audio version only, click here.

Christ the King – Like No Other King

  Audio Version Sunday, November 22, 2015 After Pentecost Proper 29 Year B Old Testament        Daniel 7:9–10, 13–14 New Testament      Revelation 1:4b–8 Gospel                       John 18:33–37[1] Like many Sundays, it seems like there is little to no relation between the readings.  In … [Read more…]

Jesus is with Us: In Our Darkness & During Our Temptations

Audio Version Old Testament Isaiah 50:4–9a Psalm Psalm 31:9–16 New Testament Philippians 2:5–11 Gospel Mark Mark 15:1–39 Jesus enters Jerusalem triumphantly. He is welcomed as the King of Israel. How quickly this all changes for Jesus, His disciples and subsequently for us as well. We wave our palms, shouting Hosanna in the highest. Next thing … [Read more…]

Shepherd King

Audio Version Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 Psalm 100:1-5 Ephesians 1:15-23 Matthew 25:31-46   I think for many of us, but I can really only speak for myself, when I hear the word King it brings all sorts of images to my mind. We don’t live in a monarchy society and I suspect most of us have not … [Read more…]