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Sermon for Trinity IV

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Mercy. It’s a much maligned and often misunderstood word. We normally use the word to refer to not giving a guilty party the punishment he deserves. The word evokes, for instance, images of prisoners in the Tower of London asking their Sovereign to spare them out of mercy. However, the opening words of today’s Gospel lesson — “Be merciful, even as Your Father is merciful”– have more depth than our common use of the word “mercy.” It is not the same word used in our Kyrie, “Lord, have mercy.” Indeed, here we have a word for “mercy” that is used twice in this Gospel lesson, but nowhere else in all four Gospels. It could be translated “pity,” “compassion,” or even “heartfelt compassion.” Tracing it through the work of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit this morning will help us understand the mercy of the Triune God toward us and our mercy for our neighbor. “Be merciful, even as Your Father is merciful.”

Trinity 4 – Luke 6:36-42

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit             “Don’t get mad, get even.” “The best revenge is living well.” “Just you wait. Your time’s a comin’.” At one time or another, these words may have fallen from your lips. It’s not fair having to wait until […]

Three Outlines for Trinity 4 – Luke 6:36-42

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

1879, 1891, and 1905. All translated from German. I hope you find these helpful in your sermon preparation.

Sermon for Trinity III

Monday, July 11th, 2011

They’re called “triptychs,” three-tiered panels, usually located over the altar, which allow artists to depict three aspects of the life and work of Christ and His church. In one popular triptych, the means of grace are depicted in three panels: one for Baptism, one for preaching, and one for the Lord’s Supper. In the spirit of these three-fold portraits, today’s sermon text presents three unique aspects of saving the lost: a wandering sheep, a lost coin, and, on the center panel, a rebellious son. We will be bold enough to explore all three parable in Luke 15 this morning, as we receive the good news that “The Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Trinity 3 – Luke 15:1-10

Friday, July 8th, 2011

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit Sinners excel at the art of the backhanded compliment. A backhanded compliment is when you mean to insult someone, but the insult turns into a compliment. An example of a backhanded compliment is saying, “So and so is too […]