170115 Matthew 3:13-17

Text: Matthew 3:13-17
Theme: The Baptism Of Our Lord: A Day To Remember

On Thursday morning St. Matthew's three and four-year-old preschool class went on a little field trip. They didn't visit the Octagon House in Watertown, and they didn't go to Discovery World in downtown Milwaukee. There was no need for a bus or chaperones because this short field trip took them right up here, to the baptismal font in the front of the church.

About this time every year I like to talk to the youngest students at St. Matthew's about baptism, and every year I begin my presentation with a question: How many of you know when your birthday is? When I asked that question on Thursday, hands shot up all over the place because just about all the students knew when they were born.

But then I followed up with another question: How many of you know when you were baptized? There weren't very many hands this time. Instead I saw quite a few confused looks because most of the students had no idea. For homework I suggested that they ask their parents to show them their baptismal certificate because that piece of paper would give them the date, and it would give them the opportunity to talk about the importance of that day.

The day of his baptism was also an important day in the life of Jesus. We don't know exactly when Jesus was baptized, but the Christian church celebrates it every year on the first Sunday after Epiphany. Because of what took place on the banks of the Jordan that day, and because of what those events mean for our lives today, there is no doubt that....

THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD: A DAY TO REMEMBER

I. The Son made a unique request
II. The Spirit made a special appearance
III. The Father made a bold declaration

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170108 Psalm 72

Sermon Text: Psalm 72 (verses found on page 93 of CW)

Sermon Theme: Merry Christmas!

I want to begin this morning by wishing each and every one of you, a very Merry Christmas! No, this is not Pastor Schmidt trying to hang on to one of his most favorite times of the year. In the calendar of the Christian Church Year, January 6th marks the Epiphany of our Lord. The word "epiphany" means "shining forth" or "shinning out". This reminds us that the baby born in Bethlehem is the Light of the world. As we read in the opening verses of the Gospel of John, "In him was life, and that life was the light of men."

Epiphany has also been referred to by many as the "Gentile Christmas". In our Gospel Lesson this morning, we read how the Wise Men from the east came to see the King and Lord of all people. As we sang a few moments ago from Psalm 72, "All kings will bow down to him, and all nations will serve him." The Good News of Epiphany is that Jesus Christ came to this earth on Christmas not just for the Jews but for the non-Jews, the Gentiles, as well. Jesus came for all people. Jesus came for you. Jesus came for me. Today, as we remember The Epiphany of Our Lord, as we celebrate "Gentile Christmas", I wish each one of you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

At this time, I invite you to hear again the verses from Psalm 72 that we sang just a few moments ago. If you would like to follow along as I read them, you may turn to page 93 in the front part of your red hymnals. It is from God's Word that we read:

Endow the King with your justice, O God, the royal Son with your righteousness.

He will defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy.

He will endure as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations.

He will be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth.

All kings will bow down to him, and all nations will serve him.

All nations will be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed.

Praise be to the Lord God, who alone does marvelous deeds. May the whole earth be filled with his glory.

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170101 Luke 2:21

Text: Luke 2:21
Theme: A Name That Says It All!

Shepherd. Rock. Door. Anchor. Cornerstone. Bread of Life. Author and perfecter of our faith. The Resurrection and the Life. The Way, the Truth and the Life. Alpha and Omega. King of kings and Lord of lords. Vine. Gate. Rabbi. Master. Lamb of God. Son of God. Morning Star. Messiah.

So many names. So many vivid descriptions in the Bible. Each one is different. Each one is unique. Every name focuses our attention on a unique aspect of our Savior's saving work. But there is one name for this holy child that rises above the rest. There is one name that honors him as true man and true God in one person. And as we mark the eighth day after he was born, the day when this specially chosen name was bestowed upon him, we rejoice. We give thanks. We give him all praise and glory because Jesus is...

A NAME THAT SAYS IT ALL!

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161225 John 1:14

Sermon Text: John 1:14

Sermon Theme: Focus on Christ This Christmas!

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

There are far too many people in our world today who don't know what Christmas is all about. For them, Christmas is about finding the perfect tree and decorating the house. Christmas is about of the best outdoor display of lights in the neighborhood. Christmas is about Santa. Christmas is about presents. Christmas is about getting together with family and friends who you haven't seen for awhile. Christmas is about having time off from school, and sleeping in every morning. While all these things are part of Christmas in our world today, you and I know there is so much more for us to celebrate today. As we gather together this morning, together you and I FOCUS ON CHRIST THIS CHRISTMAS.

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