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  • "Finding Jesus: A Joyous Epiphany" (Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord, on Matthew 2:1-12)

    01/05/2019 8:49:15 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 6, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Finding Jesus: A Joyous Epiphany” (Matthew 2:1-12) Today is January 6, and that means today is Epiphany. The Epiphany of Our Lord is a major festival in the church year, a big one, almost on a par with Christmas. And, like Christmas, Epiphany is a fixed-date festival, meaning it always falls on the same date, regardless of the day of the week. So most years we celebrate Epiphany with a special service on a day other than Sunday, and we have to make a special effort to get here. But this year January 6 happens to fall on a Sunday,...
  • "The Truth of Christmas: The Word Became Flesh" (Sermon for Christmas Day, on John 1:1-18)

    12/24/2018 1:52:53 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 25, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Truth of Christmas: The Word Became Flesh” (John 1:1-18) “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” This is the most wonderful good news we could ever receive! It is this central truth that makes Christmas Christmas. It’s not about toys or Santa Claus or mistletoe or even getting the family together. Those are all good things, but they’re not essential to Christmas being Christmas. Christ is--he, the Word made flesh. And that’s why we’re here this morning....
  • "What Child Is This?" (Sermon for Christmas Eve, on Luke 2:1-20)

    12/22/2018 8:53:27 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 24, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “What Child Is This?” (Luke 2:1-20) When a child is born, there are questions that people typically ask. Parents wonder, “Is he healthy?” “How much does he weigh?” Grandparents ask, “What did you name her?” “Who does she look like?” Nurses and doctors closely examine the child and want to know, “Is he alert?” “Are her lungs clear?” We expect those kinds of questions. But there are other questions we never expect to hear at the birth of a child. No one would ever think to ask, “Who will handle his funeral arrangements someday?” Or, “What cemetery do you think...
  • Gay SF pastor arrested on child porn charges

    12/22/2018 7:31:54 PM PST · by simpson96 · 33 replies
    Bay Area Reporter ^ | 12/05/2018 | Alex Madison
    A gay San Francisco pastor, who has historically fought for gay rights in the Lutheran Church, was arrested on charges of possession of child pornography, according to the San Francisco Police Department. The Reverend Steven Sabin, pastor at Christ Church Lutheran at Quintara Street and 20th Avenue, was arrested November 15 on three felony charges. Sabin, 59, was arraigned November 21 and pleaded not guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography and two counts of possession or control of child pornography, according to a spokesman for the San Francisco District Attorney's office. Private defense attorney Art Lipton is...
  • "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, on the O Antiphons)

    12/21/2018 9:25:43 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 23, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (O Antiphons) The Hymn of the Day today for this Fourth Sunday in Advent is hymn 357 in Lutheran Service Book, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” Please turn there now and maybe even mark it with the ribbon, because we’ll be referring to it throughout the sermon. You’ll notice on the page facing the hymn that there is a heading, “The Great ‘O’ Antiphons.” And there you will see seven such antiphons, listed by date, starting on December 17 and ending today, December 23. They’re called the “O” Antiphons, because each one starts with an...
  • "The Meeting of the Moms" (Advent sermon on Luke 1:39-45)

    12/19/2018 12:12:14 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 19, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Meeting of the Moms” (Luke 1:39-45) Over these three midweek Advent services, we’ve been looking at readings from Luke chapter one, which is the lead-up to the Christmas Gospel itself in chapter two. Back in our first midweek service, we heard the angel Gabriel announce to Zechariah that he and his wife Elizabeth would have a child named John, John the Baptist. Then last week we heard Gabriel announce to Mary that she would give birth to Jesus. Now today these two storylines intersect. Mary goes to visit her relative Elizabeth. It’s the account of “The Visitation,” that is,...
  • "The Problem of Perplexity and the Promise of Hope" (Sermon, Third Sunday in Advent, Luke 7:18-28)

    12/15/2018 1:19:22 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 16, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Problem of Perplexity and the Promise of Hope” (Luke 7:18-28) What happens when something you’ve been hoping for, something you’ve been waiting for eagerly and expectantly, what happens when it finally arrives, and your life still doesn’t get any better? In fact, it may even get worse. What then? Well, it can be rather perplexing. You may ask yourself: “Is there any hope for me to hold on to? Has God forgotten about me? Why is he letting this happen?” If you’ve ever felt like that, then our message today is just for you. And so our theme: “The...
  • St. Lucia

    12/13/2018 6:34:26 AM PST · by lightman · 13 replies
    Anerican Lutheran Publicity Bureau ^ | 13 December A.D. 2017 | Pr. William Zill
    IC CHAPEL (13 December 2017) Commemoration of Lucia, Martyr Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins. ~ Isaiah 40:1-2 In the name of Jesus. Amen. These days are the darkest times of the year. It is not an accident that St. Lucia, whose name derives from lux, light, is commemorated when the days are the shortest. Festivals of light became very popular in northern Europe during this time of...
  • "An Impossible Son, an Impossible Deliverance" (Advent sermon on Judges 13:2-7 and Luke 1:26-38)

    12/12/2018 9:16:02 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 12, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “An Impossible Son, an Impossible Deliverance” (Judges 13:2-7; Luke 1:26-38) It was an impossible situation. For forty years, Israel had been suffering under the oppression of the Philistines. The Philistines were looting their cities and ravaging their countryside. It was a period of great distress. Israel was in a dark and hopeless time. Often, though, in God’s way of doing things, dark and hopeless times give birth to new hope and renewed faith. So the Lord heard the Israelites’ cries of distress and did for them what was humanly impossible: He delivered them from the hand of the Philistines. But...
  • "The Way of Repentance" (Sermon for the Second Sunday in Advent, on Luke 3:1-14)

    12/08/2018 9:10:03 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 9, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Way of Repentance” (Luke 3:1-14) In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the Baptist in the wilderness. And every year, in the month of December, during the season of Advent, the word of God comes to us through John here in church. Yes, every year at this time, on the second Sunday in Advent, we always have a Gospel reading in which John the Baptist preaches God’s word to us. And what is he preaching? Our text tells us: John went...
  • "The Child Who Is Zechariah's Hope" (Advent sermon on Luke 1:5-25)

    12/05/2018 8:04:36 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 5, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Child Who Is Zechariah’s Hope” (Luke 1:5-25) “What Child Is This?” That’s the theme of our midweek Advent series this year, picking up on the title of the hymn we sang. “What Child Is This?” Of course, the child we sing about in that hymn is the Christ child, Jesus, the Savior sent from heaven. But there is another child we consider first, one who prepares the way for Jesus, both later on in his ministry, but also even here in his birth. And that child is John, John the Baptist. And because our text today is about John...
  • "Advent: Receiving the Coming King" (Sermon for the First Sunday in Advent, on Luke 19:28-40)

    12/01/2018 9:38:52 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 2, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Advent: Receiving the Coming King” (Luke 19:28-40) Well, it’s Advent. And you know what that means: We’re beginning the countdown to Christmas. Of course, the world has already been celebrating their Christmas for several weeks now, what with Hallmark Christmas movies, and Christmas TV specials and commercials, and radio stations playing songs about “Santa Baby” and “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” But that’s the world’s Christmas. In the church, though, we get to celebrate the real thing, the true Christmas. And Advent, which begins today, serves as the lead-up to it. But that’s not all Advent does. Oh,...
  • "From the Church Militant to the Church Triumphant" (Funeral sermon on 2 Timothy 4 and Revelation 7)

    11/25/2018 6:28:53 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 25, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “From the Church Militant to the Church Triumphant” (2 Timothy 4:6-8, 18; Revelation 7:2-17) Today we remember our dear brother, Bill McBride. Some of you called him “Bucky.” I always called him “Bill.” Or maybe you called him “Dad” or “Grandpa,” because he was that, too. You could also call him “Soldier,” because he was proud of that part of his life, as well. As you’ve seen in the obituaries, Bill McBride proudly served his country in the U.S. Army: 37th Field Artillery Unit, Second Indianhead Division, during the Korean War. Good work, soldier! And for decades after Korea, Bill...
  • "Stay Awake!" (Sermon for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, on Mark 13:24-37)

    11/23/2018 5:30:14 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 25, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Stay Awake!” (Mark 13:24-37) “Stay awake!” No, this is not just the plea of a preacher for his parishioners to keep their eyes open for the next fifteen minutes, while they’re still recovering from their tryptophan food coma from turkey on Thursday. Well, actually, I do want you to stay awake and listen to this sermon, not because it’s Henrickson speaking, but because it’s Christ’s servant delivering God’s word to you, as he is charged to do. Therefore you ought to listen and take God’s word to heart. “Stay awake!” And not just for the next fifteen minutes, but really...
  • "Though the Fig Tree Should Not Blossom" (Sermon for Thanksgiving Day, on Habakkuk 3:17-19)

    11/21/2018 8:38:10 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 19 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 22, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Though the Fig Tree Should Not Blossom” (Habakkuk 3:17-19) A long time ago, as a young man, I decided to go backpacking in the Sierra Mountains of California. I had cousins who lived in Fresno, so I went out there and stayed with them for a couple days before heading up to the mountains. They had an above-ground swimming pool, and there were some fig trees right alongside the edge of the pool, within arm’s reach. So here I am, on a nice sunny California day, swimming around in a swimming pool, picking these delicious figs right off the tree...
  • "Drawing Near" (Sermon on Hebrews 10:11-25)

    11/16/2018 9:56:47 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 18, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Drawing Near” (Hebrews 10:11-25) “The day is surely drawing near,” we sang in our opening hymn. And our Epistle reading today, from Hebrews 10, closes with similar words: “as you see the Day drawing near.” “The Day”? What day? Notice, it’s “the” Day. Sounds important. So let’s find out what that “day” is. And let’s also consider what the implications are for us as we see that day approaching. For our text also tells us about another type of “drawing near.” It says that we should “draw near.” “Let us draw near,” it says. Thus our theme this morning: “Drawing...
  • Lutheran Pastor Defends 'Ethically Sourced Porn,' Wants to Remove 'Shame' From Industry

    11/12/2018 2:18:29 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 75 replies
    The Christian ^ | 11/07/18 | Michael Gryboski
    Lutheran pastor and author Nadia Bolz-Weber has argued that there should be no shame in consuming pornography, especially if it is "ethically sourced." In a recent interview with the New Jersey-based LGBT publication Out In Jersey, Bolz-Weber discussed her upcoming new book on the issue of sexual ethics and the church. In discussing pornography, Bolz-Weber explained that while she recognizes that there are "issues of justice and exploitation within the porn industry," she still does not believe that the "consumption of pornography should be shamed." "There is ethically sourced porn. There are people who say it's sexual immorality, but if...
  • "The Widow's Might" (Sermon on Mark 12:38-44)

    11/10/2018 3:33:40 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 11, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Widow’s Might” (Mark 12:38-44) Our text today is the story known as “The Widow’s Mite.” It’s the story of a poor widow who goes to the temple and puts into the offering box two “small copper coins,” as our translation has it. But the King James Version had as the equivalent for “small copper coins” the old English word “mites.” “She threw in two mites, which make a farthing,” the King James says. Thus the familiar title for this story, “The Widow’s Mite,” m-i-t-e. But today I want to talk to you more about “The Widow’s Might,” m-i-g-h-t. For...
  • "A Caravan of Pilgrims--with Homeland Security!" (Sermon for All Saints' Day, on Hebrews 11:13-16)

    11/02/2018 10:23:12 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 4, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Caravan of Pilgrims--with Homeland Security!” (Sermon for All Saints' Day, on Hebrews 11:13-16) There’s been a lot of talk in the news lately about “the caravan.” I’m referring of course to the migrant caravan working its way up through Mexico, heading for the border with the U.S.A. These are not U.S. citizens. Now many of them may be seeking a better life here in America and have good intentions. But there could also be MS-13 gang members, criminals, drug dealers, terrorists, and others who do not want to enter legally, mixed in the crowd. Therefore, immigration officials and Homeland...
  • "How Do We Get God's Grace?" (Sermon for Reformation Day, on Romans 3:19-28)

    10/27/2018 9:30:52 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 11 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 28, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “How Do We Get God’s Grace?” (Romans 3:19-28) On the last Sunday in October every year, we celebrate Reformation Day. For on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed Ninety-five Theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, thus starting the great Reformation of the Christian church. Last year, 2017, was the 500th anniversary of that momentous event, and there were huge celebrations around the world. This year, 2018, is the 501st anniversary, so the occasion is toned down accordingly. But we still have something to celebrate. Indeed, 1517 was just the beginning of the Reformation. Every year now we will...