Sermons

  • September 14, 2014 – God’s Intent For Good   Genesis 50:15-21; Matthew 18:21-35   The moment of truth has arrived!  Jacob has died.  As long as he was alive, his sons felt safe because they knew that Joseph, their brother, would do them no harm out of respect for their father.  Now that Jacob was dead, Joseph was free to do whatever he wanted to do ...
  • September 7, 2014 – In Jesus’ Name   Matthew 18:15-20   What does it mean to be gathered in Jesus’ name?  Is there some kind of power in Jesus’ name that is supposed to help us deal with our conflicts with one another?  When all is said and done, what difference does it make that we might evoke the name of Jesus when we are ...
  • August 31, 2014 – Perhaps We’re All a Little Bit Satan Perhaps We’re All a Little Bit Satan David Chilton, preacher   Jeremiah 15:15-21; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28   What are some images of Satan that are common to you? Prowling like a lion seeking to devour souls? Dancing in a bespoke suit with horns and a tail? Lola, getting what she wants? Anybody remember Flip Wilson’s character Geraldine Jones? In the first introduction of ...
  • August 24, 2014 – The Office of the Keys From my perspective, intentionally withholding the offer of forgiveness as a way to punish an unrepentant sinner is a way of this world that defies the way that Jesus both lived and died, and certainly defies the justice of God. Read More...
  • August 17, 2014 – Great is Your Faith   Matthew 15:21-28; Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32   After reading this story about Jesus’ encounter with the Canaanite woman in the Gospel of Matthew, we already can hear the critics of Jesus lining up at the door and throwing all kinds of labels at him—sexist, racist, misogynist, elitist, and male chauvinist pig.  If Jesus can get away with calling ...
  • August 10, 2014 – Being Alone What is it like to be alone? Do you think that being alone is the same as being lonely? As far as I am concerned, one of the greatest fears in life has to do with the possibility of dying all alone with nobody else around, especially your loved ones. Death is ...
  • August 3, 2014 – The Miracle of Food We all have heard the claim that there is enough food in this world to feed everyone on this planet, and that it’s only a matter of distribution. Well, if this claim is true, then what is preventing this miracle from happening? We don’t need to search very far this morning for an answer to ...
  • July 27, 2014 – God’s Forever Love “Promises, promises,” you may say, “but how can we be so sure that God will always love us, that the Spirit of God actually will intercede for us, and that God will always make something good happen, even in the worst of situations? Don’t I have to do something in order to ensure that ...
  • July 20, 2014 – The Labor Pains of Creation The Apostle Paul picks up on the distinction of heaven and hell in our second lesson for today when he says that his sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is about to be revealed to him and his community. He understands that as a child of God ...
  • July 13, 2014 – The Divine Sower Dustin Hamren, Preacher Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Romans 8:1-11 Which soil are you?  Where did your seed land?  That’s the question I saw at the front of so many sermons and commentaries I read in preparation for today.  I’ve heard it as a child, and it seems to be a good question.  Reading the Gospel, I was coming up ...
  • July 6, 2014 – What To Do? The Apostle Paul is in quite a quandary because he does not do the good that he wants, and the evil that he does not want to do is what he does. I doubt that any of us have ever felt this way before. Correct? Whether directly or indirectly, intentionally or not, ...
  • June 29, 2014 – Welcome, Welcome   Matthew 10:40-42; Romans 6:12-23   You can call it coincidence, or you can call it divinely ordained.  No matter the explanation, I could not have picked a more appropriate gospel lesson for this Pride Sunday than the one that has been assigned to us on this 3rd Sunday of Pentecost.  In this gospel lesson, Jesus tells his ...
  • June 22, 2014 – Do Not Be Afraid   Matthew 10:24-39; Jeremiah 20:7-13; Romans 6:1b-11   Are you willing to lose your life for Jesus’ sake?  Our gospel lesson for today begs this question and leaves us with little consolation except the promise that in losing our life for Jesus, we actually may find our life.  This whole Gospel of Matthew is all about discipleship—being disciples ...
  • June 8, 2014 – Reaffirming Baptismal Vows   I Corinthians 12:3b-13; John 20:19-23; Acts 2:1-21   Aaron, Alan, and Leah, you have been preparing for this day for the past 2 years.  In fact, for two of you with older siblings, you probably have been aware of this day for much longer—wondering when it was going to be your turn to get confirmed.  Well, this ...
  • May 25, 2014 – The Spirit of Truth   John 14:15-21; I Peter 3:13-22   In our gospel lesson for today, Jesus continues his instruction to his disciples while he is celebrating the Passover with them on the night when he soon would be arrested and sentenced to death by the high priest.  At this point in his instruction, Jesus introduces the Spirit of truth to ...
  • May 11, 2014 – The Gate To An Uncommon Life The uncommon life is not a life of seclusion, of exclusion, of avoidance. The uncommon life is a life of evangelism. The uncommon life is a life of inclusion. The uncommon life is a life of service. Read More...
  • May 18, 2014 – The Way, The Truth and The Life Jesus is recorded as saying to his disciples, “No one comes to God except through me.” Not being one to shy away from a difficult text, I am going to take on this verse head on and attempt to give you a perspective that is different than the one that we all have heard ...
  • May 3, 2014 – The Word and the Bread Tell It All   Luke 24:13-35   “We had hoped that Jesus was the one who would redeem Israel.”  This statement by the two disciples of Jesus on their way to Emmaus betrays the sentiment of most of the people who had placed their hope in this Jesus of Nazareth as their Messiah—the one who, according to the law and the ...
  • April 27, 2014 – Rev. Delmer Chilton preacher In modern America, we have transferred faith from the realm of fact to the world of feelings. And the problem with that is, we seldom feel like believing. Or more accurately, those personal experiences that would convince us to believe in God are few and far between, practically non-existent; and those things that would ...
  • April 20, 2014 – The Hope of the Resurrection   Matthew 28:1-10   For almost 2,000 years, the disciples of Jesus have been trying to determine the meaning of his resurrection from the dead.  In one of our early creeds, we profess that we believe in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting—meaning that Jesus’ resurrection is an indication that our bodies also will be ...
  • April 6, 2014 – The Spirit of Life   John 11:1-45; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Romans 8:6-11   Each of our lessons for today deals with the tension between life and death.  However, the death to which these lessons refer is not the death of an individual, but rather the death of an entire nation or of a new community of people who have put their trust in ...
  • March 30, 2014 – Dustin Hamren, Preacher Dustin Hamren, Preacher John 9:1-41   “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  What a loaded question.  It’s the perfect way to start this passage.  The disciples saw a man with an affliction, blindness, and the first assumption made is that this blindness was a direct result of sin, whether it was ...
  • March 23, 2014 – Liberation From Shame   John 4:5-42   As a result of my association and conversations with homeless women over the past 25 years, this story about Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well has become one of my favorite stories in all of Scripture.  However, my understanding of this story continues to evolve as I come to appreciate more ...
  • March 9, 2014 – To Be Like God “What is done is done. However, even though you now have a king to rule over you, remember to serve God faithfully with all your heart and do not pursue useless things that ultimately cannot save you.” Read More...
  • March 16, 2014 – To Know Who Jesus Is We have very little to risk by being baptized in Jesus’ name and professing him as our Savior. Deciding to follow Jesus is another matter, if we take this call to follow him to heart. Read More...
  • March 2, 2014 – Moved by the Holy Spirit   2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9; Exodus 24:12-18   When I was growing up, memorizing Bible verses was the normal thing to do for anyone who was going to parochial school.  One verse that has always stuck with me is from I Peter 1:21.  However, the way that I memorized this verse was a little different than the ...
  • February 23, 2014 – Preacher Rev. Elizabeth Rawlings Matthew 5:38-48   Rev. Elizabeth Rawlings, Lutheran Campus Ministry University of Washington   I was once taught that the reason we stand to hear the Gospel is because people were so excited to hear it that they would stand and lean in to hear the word. As I was reading this text, I could feel the desire to lean back, to ...
  • February 16, 2014 – Choose Life No matter whether we are rich or poor, we all are blessed creatures of God because by the gracious goodness of God we are given life and loved beyond measure. As one expression of this love, we are given what we call a free will to choose life or death. Rather than having ...
  • February 9, 2014 – The Light of The World   Isaiah 58:1-12; Matthew 5:13-20; I Corinthians 2:1-12   Twenty-twenty hindsight is a good way not only to learn from our past, but also to decide how we can live into our future in a way that is more conducive to a full and healthy life, both as individuals and as a community.  The disciples of Isaiah had ...
  • February 2, 2014 – Jesus Walked the Talk   Matthew 5:1-12; Micah 6:1-8; I Corinthians 1:18-31   To anyone who is wise and powerful in this world, Jesus’ death on the cross makes absolutely no sense.  From the perspective of human wisdom and human strength, a person can read about the way that Jesus did not put up a fight to save his own life and ...
  • January 26, 2014 – I’m Not With THOSE Christians To stop clarifying that “I’m not one of those Christians” and to simply and earnestly proclaim “I’m with Christ” would be a beautiful thing. Read More...
  • January 19, 2014 – A Testament of Hope   Isaiah 49:1-7; John 1:29-42; I Corinthians 1:1-9   How do you view the United States of America in this day and age?  Can we say about the United States, as Isaiah said about Israel, that we are a light to the nations of this world and that we are bringing salvation to the ends of the earth?  ...
  • January 12, 2014 – What is Pleasing to God   Matthew 3:13-17; Isaiah 42:1-9; Acts10:34-43   Every year, the Society of Christian Ethicists holds a national conference shortly after the New Year.  This weekend, they are meeting in Seattle.  Prior to the national conference, the Lutheran ethicists usually hold a gathering for a couple of days.  This year, their theme was “Climate Change,” and Larry Rasmussen was ...
  • January 5, 2014 – Close to God’s Heart How close are you to God’s heart? How well do you know the will of God? What word of God are you willing to proclaim because you trust that the message that you have heard is certain and true? All three of our lessons for today speak a word of grace and ...