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  • "Ascension Day, the Forgotten Festival" (Sermon for the Ascension of Our Lord, on Luke 24, Acts 1)

    05/25/2017 3:27:13 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 25, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Ascension Day, the Forgotten Festival” (Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-11) Welcome to the Forgotten Festival! Today is Ascension Day, or, as it’s more properly called, the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. But there is reason to call it, as I say, the “Forgotten” Festival. Because even though Ascension Day is classed in the church year as a major festival, which means it’s a day for all churches to hold the Divine Service of Word and Sacrament, the sad fact is that in recent decades many congregations and many Christians have forgotten all about celebrating this important festival. It used...
  • "Opening the Scriptures, Breaking the Bread" (Sermon for Third Sunday of Easter, on Luke 24:13-35)

    04/29/2017 3:43:34 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 30, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Opening the Scriptures, Breaking the Bread” (Luke 24:13-35) One of my favorite paintings is one we happen to have hanging in the hallway here at St. Matthew’s. I’ve brought it forward this morning, because it goes with the Gospel reading for today. The painting is called, in German, “Gang nach Emmaus,” “The Road to Emmaus,” by a 19th-century Swiss artist, Robert Zünd. I love this painting, because it really activates my imagination. You’re looking from a distance at Jesus walking with two disciples on the road to Emmaus, while Jesus is opening the Scriptures to them. You wish you could...
  • "On the Eighth Day of Christmas: The Circumcision and Name of Jesus" (Sermon on Luke 2:21)

    12/30/2016 2:33:57 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 1, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “On the Eighth Day of Christmas: The Circumcision and Name of Jesus” (Luke 2:21) On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me . . . the circumcision and name of Jesus? Huh? What? Yeah, well, that’s what happened on this day. On the eighth day of Christmas, God’s true love gave to me--and to you, to us--the circumcision and name of Jesus. That’s what our text says, the Holy Gospel for this day, Luke 2:21, which reads again as follows, “And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the...
  • 'Sending all our love': Star Wars vet Mark Hamill reacts to Carrie Fisher's heart attack as Chewy...

    12/23/2016 5:16:31 PM PST · by Morgana · 23 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | December 23, 2016 | Heidi Parker For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: 'Sending all our love': Star Wars vet Mark Hamill reacts to Carrie Fisher's heart attack as Chewbacca actor asks for 'prayers for our friend' Mark Hamill, who plays her brother Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise, said: 'As if 2016 couldn't get any worse... sending all our love to Carrie Fisher.' Carrie and Mark have worked together since the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope, in 1977. The daughter of Carrie Fisher also appeared with Mark in 2015's The Force Awakens. And the two were filming Episode VIII earlier this year.
  • "Signs of the End" (Sermon on Luke 21:5-36)

    11/12/2016 6:17:16 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 13, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Signs of the End” (Luke 21:5-36) Tomorrow night, if the sky is clear, you will be able to see what is called a “Supermoon.” This Supermoon is a full moon, but it will appear about 15% larger than average, because the moon will be at its closest point to the earth in 68 years, since 1948. In the Holy Gospel for today, Jesus talks about signs of the end times. He says there will be “great signs from heaven.” He says, “There will be signs in sun and moon and stars.” So is this Supermoon coming tomorrow a sign that...
  • "The Pharisee and the Tax Collector" (Sermon on Luke 18:9-17)

    10/23/2016 4:11:00 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 23, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Pharisee and the Tax Collector” (Luke 18:9-17)“The one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Now I don’t know if our Lord was talking about my Chicago Cubs there or not, but finally my humble Cubbies have been exalted. Well, actually, I do know: Jesus was not talking about the Cubs, because he said, “the one who humbles himself.” And it wasn’t that the Cubs were humbling themselves all those years, it was all the other teams humbling them. So maybe the Cubs being exalted now is just a matter of them having a whole bunch of good players. So...
  • "Lazarus: The One Whom God Helps" (Sermon on Luke 16:19-31)

    09/24/2016 10:59:51 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 25, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Lazarus: The One Whom God Helps” (Luke 16:19-31) This is the tale of two men. Which one would you rather be? It’s in a story that Jesus tells. It begins like this: “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores.” Well, this is quite a contrast between these two guys. Which one would...
  • "Faithful Stewards" (Sermon on Luke 16:1-15)

    09/17/2016 11:05:53 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 18, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Faithful Stewards” (Luke 16:1-15) In the Gospel for today, Jesus tells the Parable of the Dishonest Manager. This story is also known as the Parable of the Unrighteous Steward. The terms are interchangeable: dishonest or unrighteous; manager or steward. But keeping the titles straight is the least of the problems with this parable. This text from Luke 16, on its surface, is a difficult one to understand. It seems that Jesus is commending the dishonest manager, the unrighteous steward, for his unrighteousness! And what does Jesus mean by, “make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth”? What’s that all...
  • "Jesus Receives, Rejoices over, and Restores Sinners" (Luke 15:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:5-17)

    09/10/2016 7:28:50 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 11, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Jesus Receives, Rejoices over, and Restores Sinners” (Luke 15:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:5-17) Jesus receives sinners. Do you qualify? If so, great, I’ve got good news for you today. Or do you not think you’re not that bad of a sinner? Well, in that case, you’re on your own. Good luck with that. Jesus receives sinners. That’s the message that comes through loud and clear in our Gospel reading today, from Luke chapter 15. And when Jesus receives sinners, he rejoices over them, he rejoices that they’ve been found and brought back. And not only does Jesus receive sinners, and not...
  • "Friend, Move Up Higher" (Sermon on Luke 14:1-14)

    08/27/2016 3:10:15 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 28, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Friend, Move Up Higher” (Luke 14:1-14)Suppose you’re invited to a banquet--a wedding banquet, for instance--so you get dressed up in your best clothes, and you get there, and you see some seats that are open at the various tables. You figure you’re a pretty important person, or you’d like to be seen as such, so you go up and take a seat up front, maybe even at the head table. But then some other guy comes in, and he doesn’t look all that impressive, and the host or the waiter comes over and tells you that you need to move...
  • "Strive to Enter through the Narrow Door" (Sermon on Luke 13:22-30)

    08/20/2016 10:14:30 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 21, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Strive to Enter through the Narrow Door” (Luke 13:22-30) Suppose there’s a big party, a grand banquet that you’ve heard about, and you really want to go and be there for this great event. So you go to the banquet hall, and you see a door there, and you walk up to it and try the handle. It doesn’t budge. The door seems to be locked. “Okay, no problem, I’ll try another door.” Which you do. You pull on the handle, it doesn’t move, same thing. Hmm. What’s the problem? “Oh, wait! Let me see if there’s another door around...
  • "Fire, Distress, and Division: This Is the Gospel of the Lord?" (Luke 12:49-53)

    08/13/2016 1:16:54 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 14, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Fire, Distress, and Division: This Is the Gospel of the Lord?” (Luke 12:49-53) “‘I came to cast fire on the earth. How great is my distress! I have come to bring division on earth. From now on households will be divided.’ This is the Gospel of the Lord.” Huh? Am I missing something here? “Fire, Distress, and Division: This Is the Gospel of the Lord?” How is this “gospel”? How is this good news? Yeah, this is one of those Gospel readings that make you shake your head and wonder what’s going on. The Jesus we meet here is not...
  • "Do Not Be Anxious: Faith Overcomes Fear" (Sermon on Luke 12:22-34)

    08/06/2016 11:02:53 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 7, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Do Not Be Anxious: Faith Overcomes Fear” (Luke 12:22-34) “Do not be anxious. Do not be worried. Fear not.” That’s what Jesus says to his disciples in our Gospel reading for today. He says we shouldn’t be so worried about our stuff, to not seek after more and more, like we’re obsessed about it. “Do not be anxious. Do not be worried. Fear not.” Well, OK, Jesus, I guess I’ll try. I’ll try not to be anxious. I’ll try not to be worried. I’ll try not to be afraid. And maybe I can do it. I mean, after all, I’ve...
  • "Eat, Drink, and Be Merry" (Sermon on Ecclesiastes 1-2, Luke 12, and Colossians 3)

    07/30/2016 9:55:53 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 31, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry” (Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-26; Luke 12:13-21; Colossians 3:1-11) We all want to live the good life, don’t we? I mean, we want to have the best life now that we can have. Financial security, good health, no worries about our future, a nice place to live, happy family life, good friends and neighbors--who doesn’t want all that? Your best life now. Ah, wouldn’t that be sweet! A steak on the grill, a margarita in your hand, relaxing on the patio in the shade. Take life easy, eat, drink, and be merry! And is there anything...
  • "Following Jesus to the Cross" (Sermon on Luke 9:51-62)

    06/25/2016 9:52:00 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 26, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Following Jesus to the Cross” (Luke 9:51-62) Today Jesus says to us, “Follow me.” “Follow me,” he says. “Come, be my disciples.” “OK, we say. “Yes, Jesus I will follow you.” But do we know what we’re getting ourselves into? What all will following Jesus entail? Shouldn’t we know that before we answer too fast, “Yes, Lord”? Well, today we will hear what it will involve. For the truth of the matter is, we are “Following Jesus to the Cross.” That’s where Jesus himself is going: To the cross. That’s what it says in our text, the Holy Gospel from...
  • "Authoritative Word, Marvelous Faith" (Sermon on Luke 7:1-10)

    05/29/2016 2:08:16 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 29, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Authoritative Word, Marvelous Faith” (Luke 7:1-10) It is hard to surprise or shock Jesus. It is hard to amaze him or cause him to marvel. It rarely happens. But today it does. It’s the story of the centurion asking for a healing for his servant, and how he asks it. This centurion causes Jesus to marvel. But it’s not just the story of the man’s faith. More so, it’s the story of what prompts this faith, what it is about Jesus that calls forth this faith. And so our theme this morning, “Authoritative Word, Marvelous Faith.” Let’s start with the...
  • "The Prodigal Celebration" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32)

    03/05/2016 9:51:43 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 6, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Prodigal Celebration” (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32) Our text today is the Holy Gospel from Luke 15. It is the famous and well-loved Parable of the Prodigal Son. But today I want to suggest to you that we might also call it the Parable of “The Prodigal Celebration.” More on that later. But first we should set the scene for this parable in the ministry of Jesus. Thus far in his ministry Jesus has been preaching the good news of the kingdom. He has been calling sinners to repentance, so that they would receive from him forgiveness for their sins. Jesus...
  • Original 1977 Star Wars 35mm print has been restored and released online

    02/19/2016 8:41:47 PM PST · by Utilizer · 25 replies
    Ars Technica ^ | Feb 18, 2016 | Reference to Ars Technica (Mark Walton)
    It appears a team called "Negative 1" is behind a new version (HD) of the original Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, and the 35mm print has appeared online. For those of you purists out there, or those who might have been among the first to see the film when it first came out onto theatres and changed movie experiences everywhere, you might be interested in this. The information is posted in an article from ArsTechnica online, but since they do not allow any excerpting at all on FR, this is purely a personal note and not an actual...
  • "The Transfiguration--and Exodus--of Our Lord" (Sermon on Luke 9:28-36)

    02/06/2016 5:03:56 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 7, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "The Transfiguration--and Exodus--of Our Lord" (Luke 9:28-36) Today is the Transfiguration of Our Lord. This is the festival we celebrate every year on the last Sunday after the Epiphany. We have seen Christ's glory as the incarnate Son of God being manifested throughout the Epiphany season, beginning with the visit of the wise men on Epiphany itself. At the Baptism of Our Lord, Christ's messiahship was attested and affirmed by the Holy Spirit descending on him in the form of a dove and the voice of the Father coming from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am...
  • "Jesus' Inaugural Address" (Sermon for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, on Luke 4:16-30)

    01/23/2016 7:27:17 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 24, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "Jesus' Inaugural Address" (Luke 4:16-30) In just about one year from now, the new President of the United States of America will give his (or her) inaugural address. Having just been inaugurated into office, the new president will give a speech outlining the plans and priorities of the new administration. Often these are stated in lofty terms, trying to capture the hopes and aspirations of the people, which the new president will seek to accomplish. The inaugural address is intended to set the tone for the administration, right from the outset, to be conveyed in memorable terms and phrases. The...