130224 Philippians 3:17-4:1

Guest preacher: Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary student, Matthew Rothe
Text: Philippians 3:17-4:1
Theme: Your Citizenship Is In Heaven!

Maybe it's your close friend from Michigan, or your relative who grew up in Southern California. Maybe you're that person; you know, somebody who is extremely proud of where they come from. You know, one of those people! I'm talking about someone who struggles to even call the current place they're living, 'home'. I have someone in mind that longs to go back home someday, and not just for a visit, but to settle down and one day retire there. This is someone who by their speech, their actions, their life reflects an understanding that their citizenship is not where they are living right now, but it is back home, where ever that might be.

The Apostle Paul was one of those people. He had that inner struggle. Sure, he loved what he was doing here on earth. Whether Paul was in Jerusalem or Macedonia or even under house arrest in Rome, Paul was reaching lost souls with the gospel. Yet, in his desire to go back home to heaven he went so far as to say that to die and go to heaven is gain...for to be with Christ is far better. Paul knew where his real home was. He wanted everybody who hears and reads his letters to have the same longing for home also. "Your citizenship is in heaven" he tells you and me. So, while you are away, while you are in this world, follow Christ's examples and as you do anticipate Christ's return!

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130217 Psalm 150

Text: Psalm 150
Theme: Praise the Lord!

It is a time honored tradition, at least in some circles, for Christians to give up something for Lent, but were you aware that some churches do the same thing? In my previous congregation, as a way to recognize the somber and subdued mood of the Lenten season, we gave up saying or singing "Hallelujah." We sang a "Farewell to Hallelujah" hymn on Transfiguration Sunday, and the word was not repeated in church again until Easter morning.

I talked to Pastor Schmidt and Mrs. Elowski about doing something like that here at St. Matthew's, but we decided that it wouldn't be a good idea, at least not this year For one, it would be extremely difficult not to say or sing, "Hallelujah" on a day like today. And with the sermon text I have chosen avoiding "Hallelujah" would be all but impossible.

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130213 John 18:33-37

Text: John 18:33-37
Theme: Names of Wondrous Love: King

Unless you are an expert in 19th century English hymnody the name William Walsham How probably doesn't mean very much to you. How was a British minister who also dabbled in poetry. Some of his poetic words were set to music, and six of his hymns have found their way into our hymnal.

We owe William How a debt of gratitude this evening because we have modified one of those hymn titles, "Jesus! Name of Wondrous Love" (CW 76), to serve as the theme of this year's Lenten sermon series. For six consecutive Wednesdays different pastors will stand in this pulpit and explain the spiritual significance of names like the Way and the Truth and Immanuel and Christ Crucified. Tonight we begin with a divine name that sounds more like an earthly title, but when we apply this title to Jesus it becomes a name of wondrous love: KING.

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130210 Luke 9:28-36

Text: Luke 9:28-36
Theme: "It is Good for Us to Be Here"

About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, ''Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." (He did not know what he was saying.) While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud, saying, ''This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him." When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves, and told no one at that time what they had seen.

This is the Word of the Lord.

"It doesn't get any better than this. It is good to be here." Perhaps you have said this to yourself as you sat in your favorite spot on the lake or in the mountains, or as you sat in front of a warm fire on a cold and snowy night. In our Gospel Lesson for today, we read that Jesus' disciple, Peter, along with James and John had the opportunity to witness a glimpse of the Savior's glory. This caused Peter to say: "It doesn't get any better than this. It is good for us to be here." On this Transfiguration Sunday we travel along with the Savior, Peter, James and John to the top of a mountain. As we witness the Transfiguration of our Lord, we say along with Peter: " IT IS GOOD FOR US TO BE HERE!"

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