Sermon for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 28 (November 15, 2020) – Matthew 25:14-30

"The Parable of the Talents" (2013) by Andrej Nikolaevich Mironov. Ryazan, Russia. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. Originally preached on the occasion of the rite of confirmation for the confirmation class of 2020 at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church. The year was 1529.  Martin Luther (whose birthday we observed on Tuesday) had just finished … Continue reading Sermon for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 28 (November 15, 2020) – Matthew 25:14-30

Sermon for the Feast of All Saints, November 1, 2020 (Matthew 5:1-12)

"Jesus Teaching the Beatitudes" (ca. 1886-1896) by James Tissot (1836-1902). The Brooklyn Museum. Public Domain. Originally preached at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, East Setauket, New York. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I would like to begin my sermon this morning with a little Latin lesson.  Why do we call the beginning of Jesus’ Sermon … Continue reading Sermon for the Feast of All Saints, November 1, 2020 (Matthew 5:1-12)

Sermon for Reformation Sunday (Observed), October 25, 2020 – Romans 3 & John 8

"Gustav II. Adolf in der Schlacht bei Lützen am 16. November 1632" (17th C.) by Pieter Meulener (1602-1654). Public Domain. Originally preached at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, East Setauket, New York. Our story begins one hundred and two years after the Lutheran reformers presented their case to the Roman envoys at the Diet of Augsburg … Continue reading Sermon for Reformation Sunday (Observed), October 25, 2020 – Romans 3 & John 8

Sermon for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 11, 2020 (Proper 23, Isaiah 25:6-9 & Matthew 22:1-14)

"The Adoration of the Mystical Lamb" from the Ghent Altarpiece (ca. 1426-1432), by Hubert van Eyck (1366-1426) and Jan van Eyck (ca. 1390-1441). St. Bavo Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium. Public Domain. Originally preached at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, East Setauket, New York. Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus … Continue reading Sermon for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 11, 2020 (Proper 23, Isaiah 25:6-9 & Matthew 22:1-14)

Sermon for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 27, 2020 (Proper 21 – Philippians 2:1-18)

"Paul in Prison" (1627) by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart. PD-US. Public Domain. Originally preached at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, East Setauket, New York. Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. Have you ever had something happen in your life that was so … Continue reading Sermon for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 27, 2020 (Proper 21 – Philippians 2:1-18)