About Sermons

“God’s WORD has the power to convert people unless hindered by those who bring the word… The pulpit is not a place for a man to put his learning on parade, but where God’s WORD should be preached simply, and yet, powerfully.” 1

This comment on the art of preaching, made by Philipp Jakob Spener, first appeared in the 1675 publication of his classic work Pia Desideria. Decades ago when I attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, I copied Spener’s word into a small notebook. That notebook has been on my desk ever since. Spener’s words have served as a constant reminder to me that whenever a preacher steps into the pulpit a great responsibility rests on their shoulders. A good preacher strives to translate the Word of God to God’s people in a way that is easily understood, promotes faith, and inspires action. A good sermon invites people into a fresh experience of God and encourages them to live a vigorous Christian life. Faithful preachers know that whatever else we do, we had better not get in the way of God’s Word Of Life!

There has always been a need for sermons that help worshippers connect their lives with God’s Word. That is why the sermon has long been at the core of Lutheran worship. But in today’s multisensory, multimedia, multicultural, and secularly oriented world that need is even greater. Listening to or reading a sermon gives us an opportunity for respite from a world that moves at what increasingly feels like the speed of light. Sermons allow us to converse with God and to reflect on the wonders of his world on his terms and in his time. I believe that a listener or reader with an open mind and heart will find that a sermon is not just a “religious” experience. They will find that hearing or reading a sermon is also very much a “spiritual” experience.

It is my hope and prayer that as you listen to and/or read the sermons found here, you will hear God’s Holy Word and feel his sacred embrace. It is my hope that these sermons will be, for you, an experience of God in your world.

*Sunday’s sermon should be posted by the following Tuesday at noon.
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Amy

1: Philipp Jakob Spener, Pia Desideria, (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press).

Get Your Game Face On

Have you heard the expression, “Get your game face on?” I saw a lot of that during the week I just spent with my parents in Minnesota. Many of you know that my parents are facing some really difficult decisions that have come up as a result of my father’s recent diagnosis. He called me […]

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The Painting

I’ve always had an artistic streak. And, at various times in my life I’ve dabbled in just about every media you could imagine. Once I even had a show of my paintings in a local gallery in Wisconsin. For the most part though, my art-life has involved admiring other people’s artwork. Sometimes that admiration takes […]

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Carl Sagan, the great American astronomer, astrophysicist, author and astrobiologist … the man who made cosmology as accessible as it can be for the average person …Carl Sagan was known to say: Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. As we celebrate the Easter Season this year Sagan’s words come to us with a […]

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In today’s message you are going to learn what a “dried up banana grove” has to do with the Resurrection Christ. Imagine if you will this morning that we are traveling back in time. We find ourselves in joining those who are at that garden site where the body of Jesus had been laid. With […]

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In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s my parents and millions of other Baby Boomers came of age and were out buying their first homes. The average age of a couple getting married back then was 21 years old. They would have an average of four children. And, the average size of their first home […]

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The Color of God

 Now … I would ask now that you close your eyes very tight and just listen. Please, keep your eyes closed until I ask you to open them. Listen very, very carefully .…. and imagine The first thing you hear in this intentional darkness is the music – middle eastern music– instruments and voices. Then […]

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Not a Selfie Spirit

While driving back from a meeting this week (in the – big surprise – pouring rain) I happened to be tuned into public radio. I didn’t catch the name or title of the speaker but they sounded like a cross between an economist, a political scientist and a cultural anthropologist … which probably means that […]

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So, were you wondering about the kittens dressed in togas on the cover of the Sunday Page this morning? Were you wondering if this is just one more piece of evidence that things are getting just a bit … shall we say unorthodox around here? Well … your right. They are getting a little kinda’ […]

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