141207 Isaiah 40:1-2

Text: Isaiah 40:1-2
Theme: Listen to the Message of Advent!
1. It is Spoken by the LORD's Messengers
2. It is Spoken to Offer Comfort

In the sermon message last Sunday, we heard the encouragement to keep our eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ. We talked about all the distractions at this time of year that our enemy Satan would love to use to have us lose focus on what is truly important. As we celebrate this Advent season, looking forward to celebrating the first time Jesus came to this earth, you and I rejoice in the grace of our Savior-God that brought us peace with the one true God. Keeping our eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ, you and I listen to the message of Advent. It is a message spoken by the LORD's messengers. It is a message spoken to offer comfort. I invite you to listen again to two verses taken from our First Lesson this weekend. From the first two verses of Isaiah chapter 40, we read:

"Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins."

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141130 1 Corinthians 1:3

Text: 1 Corinthians 1:3
Theme: Keep Your Eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ!

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

When you heard Pastor Pagels read the second Scripture lesson for today earlier in our Service, did you notice anything about the reading from Paul's first letter to the Corinthians? In the seven verses that served as our reading, the apostle Paul mentions our Savior's name six times! Why? Why did Paul mention the name of our Savior so many times at the beginning of this letter? From what we know about the Corinthian congregation, we know that many of them had their eyes focused, not on their Savior, but on the things of this world. There were many who loved human wisdom and their own earthly possessions. During this time of year, in the days leading up to Christmas, you and I may be tempted more than at other times during the year to focus our attention away from our Savior, and instead focus on all the material things of this world. Because of this, on this First Sunday of a new Church Year, on this First Sunday of Advent, you and I hear the encouragement: KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!

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141127 Thanksgiving Day


Text: 1 Samuel 7:12
Theme: Thanksgiving: A Memorial To God

Not long after the end of World War II a husband explained to his wife that he wanted to give their church a memorial in honor of their son who had fought at Normandy. "But our son didn't die in the war," the wife said with a confused look on her face. Her husband replied: "That is precisely why I want to give this gift," he said. "I want it to be a thank offering to God."

Usually we think of memorials the same way the wife in the story did. Memorials remember the dead. With memorials we express how we feel about loved ones who are no longer with us. But couldn't a memorial be, shouldn't a memorial be more than that?

More than anything else a Christian memorial remembers the grace of God and the many blessings he showers upon us. A memorial is a sweet-smelling sacrifice offered up on the altar of appreciation. If that is what memorial is, if that is what a memorial does, then why do we have to limit ourselves? Why do we have to associate memorials with death? Aren't there many occasions in life when such a gift would be appropriate?

When a baby is baptized, when a young Christian is confirmed, when a couple gets married, when that couple celebrates a silver or golden anniversary, when a soldier returns home safe and sound from war, all of these milestones lead us to remember our blessings and the One from whom our blessings flow.

That is why we are here today. We are here to remember. With grateful hearts we remember everything our God has done for us. And we declare that the fourth Thursday of November is not just Thanksgiving Day. For us this day is also Memorial Day and our thanksgiving worship is a memorial to God...


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141123 Matthew 27:27-31

Text: Matthew 27:27-31
Theme: Spread Your Trophies At The Feet Of The King

"If you chase two rabbits, both will escape." That's pretty good advice for the start of deer hunting season, but the quote also applies to the rest of us who are not communing with God in nature this weekend. This Sunday marks the final Sunday of the church year, Christ the King Sunday. Today we celebrate Jesus' victory over sin and death and the devil. Today we rejoice because Jesus is ruling over all things for the good of his church.

At St. Matthew's today's service also has a stewardship focus as we prepare for our annual Commitment Sunday, which is two weeks from today. On December 7 and 8 all members of St. Matthew's are encouraged to bring their commitments to church and place them on the Lord's altar. Those cards are not just pieces of paper. In a way, they represent our commitment to the Lord and our commitment to carry out the Lord's work.

If we aren't careful though, if we try to chase both rabbits, if we try to give our worship a double focus this morning, there is a danger that we will end up with no focus at all. So how can we avoid that pitfall? What do we need to do to make sure that doesn't happen?

Actually we don't need to do anything to bring together Christ the King Sunday and Stewardship Sunday because Edward Perronet already has. He was the man who composed the hymn we just sang. He was the one who wrote: "Sinners whose love can ne'er forget The wormwood and the gall, Go, spread your trophies at his feet And crown him Lord of all" (CW 370:3).

The love of God is what unifies our worship today. Out of love Christ gave up his heavenly throne. Out of love Jesus gave up his life. His sacrificial, unconditional love is what saved us. And his love motivates us to love him, to worship him, to commit our lives to him, or to borrow a phrase from Edward Perronet, to...

Spread Your Trophies At The Feet Of The King

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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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