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  • "Masks of God" (Sermon on Matthew 14:13-21)

    08/01/2020 8:21:39 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 2, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Masks of God” (Matthew 14:13-21) The other day I went to the grocery store, and of course when I went in, I put on a mask. The other shoppers were wearing masks, the store’s workers were wearing masks, the cashiers--everybody was wearing a mask. Well, I had just paid for my groceries and was finishing loading my cart, when I heard the cashier greet the lady behind me. It was obvious he knew who she was, but at first she did not know who he was. She said, “Oh, I didn’t recognize you behind your mask.” And I thought to...
  • My Last Word as a Pastor (Farewell sermon)

    07/30/2020 5:40:37 PM PDT · by NRx · 12 replies
    Ancient Faith ^ | 07-26-2020 | Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
    The following is the last sermon I preached as pastor to my parish, St. Paul Church in Emmaus, Pennsylvania:Feast of St. Paraskeva / Seventh Sunday of Matthew, July 26, 2020 Galatians 3:23-4:5; Matthew 9:27-35In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.This will be my last sermon as your pastor.Many outgoing pastors would take this opportunity to tell their parishioners what they really think of them. I actually know of one who, in one of his final sermons, just read off a series of Bible verses talking about God’s judgment on...
  • "If God Is for Us" (Sermon on Romans 8:28-39)

    07/25/2020 11:03:00 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 26, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “If God Is for Us” (Romans 8:28-39)In our Epistle reading for today, St. Paul writes, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” The answer, of course, is no one. If God is for us, it doesn’t matter who might be against us, because they are not God. Oh, they may indeed be against us, but that is far, far outweighed by the fact that God is for us. I mean, who could be greater and more powerful than God? No one. By definition, no one or no thing can be more powerful than God; otherwise, that person...
  • "Not Peace, but a Sword" (Sermon on Matthew 10:34-42)

    06/27/2020 11:55:51 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 28, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Not Peace, but a Sword” (Matthew 10:34-42) You are in a battle. It is a battle every Christian is called upon to fight, from the time we are baptized till the day we die. There is no opting out. You are engaged in this battle whether you realize it or not. So the thing to do is to fight it well. And that means we need help. For on our own we would not be strong enough to prevail. What is this battle? The one I’m referring to today is a battle from without, that is, from the world attacking...
  • "Fear Not, for Your Father Cares for You" (Sermon on Matthew 10:5a, 21-33)

    06/20/2020 9:13:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 21, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Fear Not, for Your Father Cares for You” (Matthew 10:5a, 21-33) In many of the Gospel readings during this time of the church year--as is the case in today’s reading--Jesus teaches his followers about the life of discipleship that we Christians are called to live. And this is not an easy life, this life of following Christ. For one thing, the world will be against us. And so, many of the Gospel readings this summer will describe the opposition we will get from the unbelieving world. And that opposition can be brutal, even deadly. But the amazing thing is, even...
  • "Jesus Extends His Compassionate Authority” (Sermon on Matthew 9:35 – 10:8)"

    06/13/2020 7:32:29 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 14, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Jesus Extends His Compassionate Authority” (Matthew 9:35 – 10:8)“And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.” So we heard in the Holy Gospel for today from Matthew. And that particular verse, Matthew 9:35, sounds an awful lot like a verse from five chapters earlier, Matthew 4:23, where it says: “And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.” Those two verses are almost...
  • "The God of New Beginnings" (Sermon for the Holy Trinity; on Genesis 1; Acts 2; Matthew 28)

    06/06/2020 10:04:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 7, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The God of New Beginnings” (Genesis 1; Acts 2; Matthew 28) Today is Trinity Sunday. It is on this day every year that we call special attention to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. This teaching is true every day of the year, of course, but on this particular Sunday, we call special attention to it. The Scripture readings for today bring out the nature of God as being triune, that is, one God in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The hymns we sing on this day are trinitarian in their content. And Trinity Sunday is the one...
  • "Out of His Heart Will Flow Rivers of Living Water" (Sermon for the Day of Pentecost, on John 7:37-39)

    05/30/2020 11:39:00 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 31, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Out of His Heart Will Flow Rivers of Living Water” (John 7:37-39) Please take a look at the front of your bulletin for today. There you will see a photograph of water flowing out in a river. And written over the picture are these words from John 7:38, “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” Those are the words of Jesus from today’s Holy Gospel. There Jesus says exactly that: “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But the question is: Who is it that Jesus is talking about? Out of whose heart will...
  • "Casting All Your Anxieties on Him" (Sermon for the Seventh Sunday of Easter; on 1 Peter 4:12-19; 5:6-11)

    05/23/2020 8:08:14 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 24, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Casting All Your Anxieties on Him” (1 Peter 4:12-19; 5:6-11) It came as a shock this past Monday morning. I got an email telling me that the son of a pastor friend of mine--that over the weekend this pastor’s son had taken his own life. Fifteen years old. A good kid. A bright kid. A faithful, church-going young man. I had gotten to know this boy a little bit at various conferences over the years, when his parents had brought him along. So that made it all the more shocking and sad. Just fifteen years old. And in a sudden...
  • "I Will Not Leave You as Orphans" (Funeral sermon, on John 14:1-6, 18-19)

    05/22/2020 5:38:41 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 22, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “I Will Not Leave You as Orphans” (John 14:1-6, 18-19) It was a day in May of 1996. And on that day my mother, Marjorie Henrickson, died. My father had died some years earlier, and now my mother died. I realized on that day that now I was truly an orphan. The next morning was a Sunday, and the Holy Gospel for that day, which I had prepared to preach on, was the passage from John 14 in which Jesus says, “I will not leave you as orphans.” Suddenly that text became extra meaningful for me. Fast forward to a...
  • "Ascended and Still Present" (Sermon for the Ascension of Our Lord, on Acts 1:1-11 and Ephesians 1:15-23)

    05/20/2020 9:12:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 21, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Ascended and Still Present” (Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:15-23) Where is Jesus, and what is he doing? That’s a good question to ask on this Ascension Day. Where did Jesus go when he ascended, and what is he doing now? Alright, you say, I know the answer to that; we just confessed it in the Creed: “He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.” OK, fine, but what’s the big deal about that? Is that enough to have a whole special festival service, to come out and have church on a Thursday? Well, I...
  • "Making Known the Unknown God" (Sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, on Acts 17:16-31)

    05/16/2020 9:18:07 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 17, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Making Known the Unknown God” (Acts 17:16-31) The reading today from the Book of Acts is the story of Paul preaching at the Areopagus in Athens. There Paul was preaching not in a Jewish synagogue where he could assume some biblical literacy. Rather, he was speaking in a Gentile, pluralistic marketplace of ideas. And so this text has great relevance for us today, for this is the world we live in. Thus our theme this morning: “Making Known the Unknown God.” So Paul is in Athens, the great intellectual center from Greece’s glorious past. This was the city of the...
  • "But Joy Comes with the Morning" (Sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, on Psalm 30:5)

    05/09/2020 7:45:53 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 10, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “But Joy Comes with the Morning” (Psalm 30:5) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) This is our traditional Easter greeting. But this year has been anything but traditional. When last we met here, eight weeks ago today, it was still Lent. Easter Day was four weeks ago, so we didn’t get to say it then. But today we are still in the Easter season, and this is our first opportunity to say it together, so let’s do it again with gusto: Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Amen! And this reality is what gives...
  • "The Real Normal" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, on Acts 2:42-47)

    05/02/2020 7:14:13 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 3, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Real Normal” (Acts 2:42-47) We’re hearing a lot of talk these days about “the new normal.” “The new normal”: It means that the way we’ve been living these last seven weeks is how we’re going to have to continue to live for the indefinite future. Depending on the state you live in and who your governor is, you’re going to have to stay at home, self-isolating, and not do any unessential travel. If you do go out for anything deemed essential, you’re going to have to practice social distancing--stay six feet apart from anybody. You’re going to have to...
  • "A Walk to Emmaus" (Sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter, on Luke 24:13-35)

    04/25/2020 8:47:47 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 26, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Walk to Emmaus” (Luke 24:13-35) I hope you can see the painting I posted on my Facebook page to go with today’s Gospel reading. It’s called “Gang nach Emmaus,” “The Road to Emmaus,” and it was painted by a 19th-century Swiss artist, Robert Zünd. It’s one of my favorite paintings. It’s like I want to put myself into the picture and get up there and walk alongside Jesus as he opens up the Scriptures. What a Bible study that must have been! Well, maybe today we can zoom in (no pun intended) and hear what Jesus has to say....
  • "What You Don’t See Is What You Get" (Sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter, on John 20:19-31)

    04/18/2020 11:33:09 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 19, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “What You Don’t See Is What You Get” (John 20:19-31) The doors were locked. They were in lockdown mode. They had quarantined themselves. They were self-isolating. Why? Because they were afraid. Who is it that I’m talking about? Americans in 2020? No, I’m talking about Jesus’ disciples, around the year 30. Those disciples had locked themselves in. They were in self-quarantine. They were isolating and keeping their social distance. And the reason was, they were afraid. They were afraid of the Jewish authorities, who had just had their master killed a couple of days earlier. Now, since they were known...
  • "Alleluia! Christ Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!" (Sermon for Easter Day, on Matthew 28:1-10)

    04/11/2020 8:34:27 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 12, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Alleluia! Christ Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!” (Matthew 28:1-10) “Alleluia! Christ is risen!” “He is risen indeed! Alleluia!” “He is risen indeed!” Over many centuries, this is how the church has joyfully responded to the great Easter proclamation. Why such an exuberant response? Because of the glorious good news that precedes it, the news that Christ is risen. This good news of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ brings reassurance and restoration to troubled, weary hearts. His resurrection calls forth our joyous response. On this Easter Day, then, on this most glorious of mornings, the whole church...
  • "Hand-Washing Won't Do--Blood Is Needed" (Sermon for Good Friday, on Matthew 27:11-50)

    04/10/2020 8:22:34 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 10, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Hand-Washing Won’t Do--Blood Is Needed” (Matthew 27:11-50) Right now in the news we’re hearing about governors making life-or-death decisions. Should we be open? Should we be closed? How far can I go to protect people’s health? What about the loss of freedom? What about the loss of jobs? Governors are feeling pressure from all sides to make a decision one way or the other. And these decisions do affect people’s lives and their livelihood. No governor has ever made a more momentous life-or-death decision than the one we read about in today’s text, on this Good Friday. And that governor...
  • "Washed and Clean, We Have Life Together with Christ" (Sermon for Holy Thursday, on John 13:1-17, 31b-35)

    04/09/2020 8:53:37 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 9, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Washed and Clean, We Have Life Together with Christ” (John 13:1-17, 31b-35) Right now, everybody is concerned about washing their hands, washing their face, and keeping clean. Yesterday I went to the grocery store, and at the entrance they had some Purell wipes. So I wiped my hands and the grocery cart handle, and afterwards, when I had loaded the groceries in my car, I wiped my hands again. Then when I got home, I made sure to wash my hands and my face and so on. Earlier today I saw this comment on the internet: “I just Clorox-wiped a...
  • "Fear Not, Daughter of Zion; Behold, Your King Is Coming!" (Sermon for Palm Sunday, on John 12:12-19)

    04/04/2020 8:16:06 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 5, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Fear Not, Daughter of Zion; Behold, Your King Is Coming!” (John 12:12-19) I don’t know about you, but these last couple of weeks I’ve been watching the daily briefings from the White House Coronavirus Task Force. I find these briefings fascinating. Not only do they provide information on the virus itself and how to slow the spread--I’ve become familiar with terms like “mitigation,” “models,” “flattening the curve,”; “granular” is the latest one--not only do I find that part fascinating, but it’s also interesting to see how the government responds to calls for help from around the country. “New York, you...