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Trinity V, July 1, 2018 - St. Luke 5:1-11

Posted: Sunday, July 1st, 2018 (0 comments)

I’ve never been fishing. My brother once had a fishing pole, but I don’t remember him using it. I did find a fishing pole in the rafters of the basement of our former home. It’s just not something I feel the need to do. I don’t eat fish anyway. Fishing was a major industry in Jesus’ day. Many of the disciples were fishermen before Jesus made them the first pastors of His Church. Today we hear about that. Trinity V often falls near June 29, just a couple days ago this year, the day Church lore tells us Ss. Peter & Paul were martyred in Rome. Paul the Roman citizen was beheaded. Peter was crucified upside down – that last part was his idea. He’d been arrested, they say, but he got away. Then he had a vision of Jesus carrying His Cross on the way to Rome. So Peter turned around and went to his cross, asking to be upside down because he was not worthy to die like his Lord and Master. He followed Jesus. . . .

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Trinity IV, June 24, 2018 - St. Luke 6:36-42

Posted: Sunday, June 24th, 2018 (0 comments)

Last Sunday was Father’s Day. You spent time thinking about your dad. If you live near him you spent time with him. You dads here spent time with your kids. Maybe you took them to the lake or camp or a game. Perhaps you thought about what makes a good dad. A couple of us thought about having newborns soon. . . .

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Trinity III, June 17, 2018 - St. Luke 15:1-10

Posted: Sunday, June 17th, 2018 (0 comments)

Have you ever been lost? I hate being lost. The word immediately reminds me of nearly 6 years ago on our honeymoon in the city of “Cheers,” Boston. I got completely, utterly lost getting into the city AND getting out. I crave a sense of where I am and where I’m going all the time, and I didn’t have it. I was lost. No “Cheers” for me! (OK, yes we did go there). . . .

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Trinity II, June 10, 2018 - St. Luke 14:16-24

Posted: Sunday, June 10th, 2018 (0 comments)

“Do you have your priorities straight?” Has anybody ever asked you that? Perhaps a boss, mom or dad, a friend or sibling or spouse? They might say it to us if we aren’t focused on the task at hand, if we aren’t doing the right things, if we aren’t acting like we care about anything at all. Their goal would be to refocus us, get us back to doing the right thing, back to doing what we’re supposed to be doing. . . .

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Trinity I, June 3, 2018 - St. Luke 16:19-31

Posted: Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 (0 comments)

We now stand at the midway point of The Church’s Year of Grace. The Church in her wisdom uses God’s Service to teach us each year, Sunday after Sunday, with the same Bible readings, the articles of our Faith, those things which we believe and confess. During the first part of the year she does this by leading us through the life of Christ. During this second part of the year she does this by putting before us His preaching and miracles. . . .

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Trinity Sunday, May 27, 2018 - St. John 3:1-15

Posted: Sunday, May 27th, 2018 (0 comments)

“In the confession of the only true God we worship the Trinity in Person and the Unity in Substance, of Majesty coequal.” Worship. We use that word a lot. We talk about worshiping God. But do we really understand what this means? The word rolls off our tongues, we say we’re doing it, and we never actually think about what it means. What is the worship of God? How can you worship Him? . . .

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Pentecost, May 20, 2018 - St. John 14:23-31

Posted: Sunday, May 20th, 2018 (0 comments)

Lots can happen in 50 days. You can go from winter to summer weather. You can change jobs. You can move. You can go from very healthy to very sick. An economy can take a sharp turn for the better or the worse. You can go from the afterglow of high school graduation to the anxious preparation for freshman year of college. Lots can happen in 50 days. . . .

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Sunday after Ascension, May 13, 2018 - St. John 15:26-16:4

Posted: Sunday, May 13th, 2018 (0 comments)

We are in waiting. Today is a Sunday overshadowed by what surrounds it. Thursday was Ascension, the day the God-Man was crowned in heaven. Next Sunday is Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. Today looks back to Ascension yet looks ahead to Pentecost. Today was the day St. Matthias was elected to replace Judas as an Apostle. Today you hear how the ascended Lord still speaks to us: He speaks to us through the testimony of the Holy Spirit, the testimony of the Apostles, written in Sacred Scripture. . . .

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Ascension, May 10, 2018 - Acts 1:1-11, St. Mark 16:14-20

Posted: Friday, May 11th, 2018 (0 comments)

Today the whole Church rejoices. This is no normal Thursday. If it were you wouldn’t be here. This is a special day. It’s not every day somebody’s feet come off the ground and don’t touch back down. We can jump all day and only get worn out quickly and need to lie down and never take off for heaven. Yet on this day Jesus went up from His disciples and didn’t come back. . . .

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Easter V, May 6, 2018 - St. John 16:23b-30

Posted: Sunday, May 6th, 2018 (0 comments)

Ascension Day is almost here. It feels like Easter was only a couple weeks ago, but it’s the Fifth Sunday after Easter already! We’re about to celebrate our Lord’s Ascension into heaven. After He rose, He did not stay on earth with His disciples. Instead, on the 40th day He seated Himself on heaven’s throne. . . .

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