Time after Pentecost Sermons (2009)

Date: November 22, 2009Liturgical Day: Christ the King Sunday Sermon Title: Justice, Kindness, Humility

Summary: Micah understood that God doesn't want the religious behaviors of people -- God wants transformed hearts. That is why he challenged the people of his day to see that following prescribed religious rituals wasn't how a believer approached God. We find ourselves in the presence of God when our hearts are transformed, and when justice, kindness and humility characterize our days.

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Date: November 15, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost Sermon Title: The Word of the Prophet

Summary: Ezekiel was a prophet sent from God: called to speak the hard word to God's people, and instructing them to repent. It wasn't easy to hear Ezekiel's critical words and trust that they were from God. It's no easier now. We need to act and believe with courage and with humility, always aware that the voice calling us to change just might be the voice of God.

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Date: November 8, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost Sermon Title: A Feast of Rich Food

Summary: Isaiah describes a heavenly banquet: a feast of rich food and well-aged wines, as he gives Ancient Israel an image of hope that God will one day restore them in the land that was promised to their ancestor Abraham. Today, God meets us in the feast: as we come to the table and receive Christ, we feast on the grace of God, and are reminded of how much there is that makes us thankful to God.

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Date: November 1, 2009 Liturgical Day: All Saints Day Sermon Title: An Attitude of Gratitude

Summary: All Saints Day is an occasion for gratitude. Psalm 104 calls us to be grateful to the God who provides all that we need. This festival calls us to be grateful for those Saints who have touched our lives and shaped our faith. At Saint Peter, our annual stewardship appeal is always a call to show our gratitude to God by supporting the ministries of our congregation.

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Date: October 25, 2009 Liturgical Day: Reformation Sunday Sermon Title: The Voice of God

Summary: Job and Luther were both men whose lives were turned in a new direction by the voice of God. How do we hear God's voice today? Faithfulness, and honoring our Reformation heritage, both call for being open to those times when God's voice might redirect our lives.

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Date: October 18, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Sermon Title: The Heart of Restoration

Summary: Nehemiah makes an address to the people of Israel that includes these themes: an awareness of the awesome love of God, a determination to view himself with sincere humility, true repentance, and the gift of renewal and new life that only comes from God. His hope was that those themes would shape the people of Israel in his day. Perhaps they could shape us today as well.

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Date: October 11, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Sermon Title: The Wisdom of Solomon

Summary: King Solomon is acknowledged as the wisest king ever to rule over Israel. But the Bible presents a different kind of wisdom than our world embraces. This "unconventional wisdom" of God allows us to experience the sacred nature of life that most in this world never even imagine.

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Date: October 4, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost Sermon Title: As for Me and My House

Summary: Joshua, who led God's people across the Jordan River and into the Promised Land some 1,400 years before Jesus was born, demonstrates what a strong evangelical witness looks like: know what God has done for you; commit to serving God with all of you heart and soul and might; and share with others why faith is meaningful to you. Would that we might learn from him!

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Date: September 20 2009 Liturgical Day: The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Sermon Title: Trust in God Alone

Summary: The people of Ancient Israel wandered the desert for 40 years, making their way from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land. Along the way, God taught them how to trust. In this week's lesson, we also are admonished to trust God above all else.

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Date: September 13 2009 Liturgical Day: The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Sermon Title: The Power of God's Word

Summary: This morning 75 members and friends of Saint Peter are embarking on a 90 day attempt to read the Bible from cover to cover. In this sermon, Pastor Dave encourages them to be open to the power of God's word, and to the possibility that this could be a life-changing experience.

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Date: August 30 2009 Liturgical Day: The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Sermon Title: Welcomed and Sent

Summary: Saint Peter Lutheran Church has a new mission statement (one that can be "repeated at gunpoint"): Welcomed and Sent. We are welcomed into God's love, just as we are. We are sent into God's world to be a reflection of Christ's love. How will this mission statement shape our ministries at Saint Peter? How will this mission statement shape our own personal faith lives? God willing, it will help us to be ever more faithful to the one who loves us enough to die for us.

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Date: July 19, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Sermon Title: A Prescription for Faith

Summary: When the disciples had become unaware and uninspired, Jesus called them away to a deserted place by themselves where they could rest awhile. In the midst of our busyness, he calls us to times of Sabbath, that we too might be renewed in faith, and reconnected to God's presence in our lives.

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Date: July 12, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Sermon Title: The Gift of Giving

Summary: The summer financial slump is running deeper than usual at Saint Peter in 2009, so Pastor Dave and the Executive Team decide to stage a stewardship skit -- a light hearted way of reminding supporters how important it is to be generous in their financial support of the congregation. The message is well-received, nobody feels especially beaten up, and receipts begin to pick up a bit.

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Date: July 5, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Sermon Title: The Difference Faith Makes

Summary: The people of Capernaum trusted that God was active in Jesus, healing and teaching in their midst and great things happened. The people of Nazareth thought of him as nothing more than the boy who grew up next door, and very little happened. Will we be more like the people of Capernaum, or of Nazareth?

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Date: June 14, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Second Sunday after Pentecost Sermon Title: Sowing Seeds of Faith

Summary: Two parables of Jesus are featured in this weekend's Gospel lesson. The seed grows secretly in the first one, and the tiny mustard seed becomes a great shrub in the second. With these parables, Jesus calls us to be bold and faithful as we sow seeds of faith in the lives of those we know.

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Date: June 7, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Festival of the Holy Trinity Sermon Title: Who Is God?

Summary: Holy Trinity -- a concept created by the church long after the Bible was written -- is an attempt to speak of the two truths we hold about God: that God is three, and that God is one. One is tempted, on this day, to wax eloquent about theological principles, but God is much more aptly introduced when believers tell stories.

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