170413 1 Corinthians 11:23-28

Text: 1 Corinthians 11:23-28
Theme: Turn To Jesus And Receive A Special Assurance Of Your Forgiveness

How many of you grew up like me thinking that this day was called "Monday" Thursday? I remember being very confused about the name until someone explained to me that Maundy Thursday comes from the Latin, Dies Mandati, which means "the Day of the Commandment." On this night Jesus gave his disciples two very specific commands. We heard one of them at the end of tonight's gospel lesson when Jesus told his disciples: "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another" (John 13:34).

The other command can be found not once, but twice in our sermon text for this evening. After the Lord had given thanks, after he broke the bread and shared it, after he took the cup and passed it around the table, Jesus commanded his disciples to "do this" (24, 25). And two thousand years later disciples of Jesus are still doing this. This evening we have gathered as disciples of Jesus to celebrate this sacred meal.

Why? Because our Lord has commanded us? Yes. To remember what our Savior has done for us? Certainly. Those are good reasons, but they are not the only reasons. Tonight we turn our attention to the Upper Room to be reminded of the blessings God gives us in the sacrament. Tonight we turn to the one who is seated at the head of the table to receive the blessings he gives us through the sacrament. Tonight we...


Read more: 170413 1 Corinthians 11:23-28

170410 Zechariah 9:9-10

Sermon Text: Zechariah 9:9-10

Theme: Rejoice That Your King Comes Proclaiming Peace!

Talk with a parent who has been up all night with their crying, newborn baby and they will tell you that what they are really looking forward to is some peace and quite. Talk with families who are busy at school or at work and running from this activity to that activity, and they will tell you that they just need to "get away from it all" and find a few moments of peace and rest. Talk with someone who is fighting some type of illness, going from one doctor appointment to the next, and they will tell you all they want is some peace of mind that everything will be all right.

As we gather together here in God's House today, we see Jesus, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, ride in to Jerusalem in fulfillment of the prophecy that is before us from Zechariah chapter 9. As we celebrate this Palm Sunday, I invite you to join with me and rejoice that your King comes proclaiming peace!

Read more: 170410 Zechariah 9:9-10

170402 John 11:17-27, 38-45

Text: John 11:17-27, 38-45
Theme: A Sneak Preview Of Easter Sunday

Last Thursday night over 200 members and friends of St. Matthew's went to see the new Martin Luther movie, A Return To Grace, recently released to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. I enjoyed the documentary style format and the fact that every word Luther spoke was taken directly from his writings and lectures. But I was a little surprised by what I liked most about the film. The movie was supposed to start at 6:30 pm, and it started right at 6:30 pm because there was not a single preview.

Does that annoy you as much as it does me? You pay good money to see a movie, but before it starts you have to watch the previews of about a half dozen other films. And some of the previews are so long you don't need to see the actual movie because it feels like you already have.

Previews are supposed to pique our interest, but sometimes they have the opposite effect. Previews are designed to give people a glimpse of a story, to make them want to see more, but too many previews or too much information can turn a person off.

Would you like to see a preview that does what previews are supposed to do? Do you want to read a story that makes you want to read more? Then I encourage you to open up your Bibles to John 11. In today's sermon text the Lord gives us a glimpse of his glory and more importantly...


I. Comforting words
II. Powerful deeds

Read more: 170402 John 11:17-27, 38-45

170319 Romans 8:1-10

Preacher: Seminarian Jordan Bence
Sermon Text: Romans 8:1-10
Sermon Theme: We Have a New Strength in the Spirit!

Believe it or not when I was a child I didn't always make the best choices. One of the worst choices was made in my younger years after a brief dispute with my mom. After much time was wasted trying to explain to her that I had the world entirely figured out by the young age of eight, I realized it was no use. I decided it would be much better for me to take on the world alone so I was going to run away from home. As I planned my escape I filled my backpack with all the essentials; a handful of Legos, hot wheels cars, basketball cards, and a Kool-Aid burst and granola bar in case I got hungry on the trip. By the time I reached the end of the road I realized I had made a mistake. On my own as a young boy vs. the world I was powerless. I was powerless to feed myself. I was powerless to clothe myself. I was powerless. I denied the strength and help my parents could give. In a similar way when we take on this world without God we are powerless. We deny the help and strength our almighty God gives to us. When we take on this world by ourselves we will long for the desires of our own sinful flesh and flee from the perfect desires of the Spirit. In chapter of 8 of Romans Paul reminds us of the great strength and power of the Spirit that is ours through Jesus. We have a new strength in the Spirit. We see what Christ has done. We have his Spirit at work.

Read more: 170319 Romans 8:1-10

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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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