150809 John 6:24-35

Sermon Text: John 6:24 – 35

Sermon Theme: Are You Hungry?

In his sermon message for us last weekend, Pastor Schneider reminded us that Jesus Christ is so much more than just a Bread King. While caring for you and me, our loving Savior-God does make sure that all of our physical needs are taken care of. But in his great love for you and me, our Savior-God has freely provided for our greatest needs, our spiritual needs of forgiveness and eternal life, through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Yes, Jesus is so much more than just a Bread King!

Read more: 150809 John 6:24-35

150726 Mark 6:30-34

Text: Mark 6:30-34
Theme: A Good Time To Get Some Rest

What a week! It was the kind of week that makes you forget about the cold and wind and ice and snow that we expect to experience in another month that starts with "J" in Wisconsin. On Channel 4 meteorologist Brian Gotter usually makes a prediction for his "pick day" of the week, but this past week it would have been difficult to pick just one day because every day was beautiful.

Because July is usually warm and sunny, this is also the time when lots of people schedule summer vacations. That is why Pastor Schmidt isn't here this morning. He is at a family reunion in Minnesota. Maybe you were fortunate enough to have this past week off so you could get outside and enjoy the nice weather. But even if you weren't, even if you had to work, even if you were stuck behind a desk, the good news is that the forecast looks almost as good for the week that begins today.

Having time to enjoy God's creation is a blessing. Taking time away from our busy schedules is important too. Studies show that vacations make people happier and more productive, and they might even prolong your life. And so if you are one of those people who leaves vacation days unused, if you feel guilty about taking time off, don't! And if you don't want to listen to me, listen to Jesus.

The Lord understood the importance of work, and his work was the most important work on earth, but he also recognized the benefits of rest, for himself and for his followers. He wants people to get the rest we need for our bodies. He wants us to get the spiritual rest we need for our souls. And he doesn't want us to wait. He wants us to start now because today is...


Read more: 150726 Mark 6:30-34

150712 2 Timothy 3:10-4:5

Text: 2 Timothy 3:10-4:5
Theme: Two Promises From Paul For Preachers Of The Word

This is about the time of year when the church year might get a little old. During the first half of the year, called the festival half of the church year, we move rapidly from Advent to Christmas to Epiphany to Lent to Easter to Ascension and Pentecost. But now we are in the non-festival half of the church year. The seasons don't change. The colors don't change. And for about five months or so every Sunday is simply called the so-and-so Sunday after Pentecost.

The seventh Sunday after Pentecost may not sound all that special, but the focus of our worship today fits together perfectly with a very special event at St. Matthew's. I am not an expert on the history of the congregation, but I wonder if there has ever been a day like today at St. Matthew's. This morning we will recognize three members who have completed their training and have received calls into the full-time public ministry.

Aleah Dovnik will be a preschool teacher in North Mankato, Minnesota. Emilee Koltz will be a tutor at Luther Prep just down the road in Watertown. And Jacob Ziel will be an instructor and dormitory supervisor at Nebraska Lutheran High School in Waco, Nebraska. These young Christians are eager and excited, and maybe just a little bit nervous. And they have quite a bit in common with another young called worker by the name of Timothy.

The apostle Paul wrote 2 Timothy to his young friend and co-worker as his own ministry and his own life were coming to an end. Paul wanted Timothy to carry on this important work. Paul wanted to encourage Timothy to remain faithful to his calling. And so he dedicated his last letter to the man he affectionately referred to as "my dear son" (1:2).

These inspired words were originally addressed to a young pastor, but they also apply to you. In a general way these words were written for all of us because God has called each of us to proclaim his Word. And as we take up this important task, as we carry out this soul saving work, we don't go alone. We go with God's promise, actually two promises...


I. You will face great challenges
II. You will receive the greatest reward

Read more: 150712 2 Timothy 3:10-4:5

150705 Romans 13:1-7

Text: Romans 13:1-7

Theme: Proud to be a Citizen of Heaven!

On July 4th weekend, we don't have to look very far to hear and to see people expressing their pride in America. We hear it in songs played on the radio, we see it on bumper-stickers, on social media web sites like Facebook and even on tee-shirts. People all across our country want others to know that they are proud to be a citizen of the United States of America. But, recent events have made many in our country not very proud to be a citizen of America. In God's Word before us this weekend, the Apostle Paul discusses another citizenship that you and I enjoy as Christians. It is a citizenship that we can always be proud of and that we want to tell others about. Through the forgiveness of sins won for us by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, you and I enjoy a dual citizenship. We are citizens not only in this world, but citizens of heaven as well. Because of Jesus, you and I are able to say that we are PROUD TO BE A CITIZEN OF HEAVEN!

Read more: 150705 Romans 13:1-7

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Compelled by the love of Christ, St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and School seek to reach out to our families, community and world, using Law and Gospel to make disciples, growing and nurturing them in their Christian faith and life.


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