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Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Children’s Sermon

The Lord be with you.

Do any of you what Sunday this is? No, well it is called Holy Trinity Sunday. Now what that means, is this Sunday is a special Sunday where we celebrate God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity.

Now every Sunday we worship God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, but today we make a point to point it out that there are three persons, but one God.

Now, there are several different ways to try and explain this, but there was a person who made the explain this concept of this simple enough for everybody to understand the three persons, but one God. That person was St. Patrick. Do any of you know who St. Patrick is? Well he has his own day way back in March on the 17th day.

Well St. Patrick came up with this explanation. You take this, a simple sweet clover sprig. More commonly called a three leaf clover. You see, St. Patrick explained it this way. You have God the Father who is one leaf, you have God the Son, Jesus Christ another, and God the Holy Spirit as another, but all on one plant. Now do you see something else on each plant. It has a white seed cap. Which can show us how pure Gods love for us is.

Now, I have here what is called a red clover plant. Do you see that it also has three laves for each little stem. What else do you see on each leaf? Do you see the white out line on each leaf? Could it be, that God wanted to show us in these leave that there is something else in them? Just as we know there is a little something else inside all of us? That God wanted to show us that with that extra white outline on each leaf represents God the Holy Spirit that outlines each of us! Think about that! What else do you see on this red clover plant? Yes, the red/purple seed head. Do you think that is to remind us of what God the Son did for us?

Isn’t God great! Making a little plant to remind us of him and what he has done for us all.

One more thing, something my mother always did. She would go out into a patch of sweet clover and look for a special stem of clover, called a four-leaf clover. I think she did this to help her feel closer to God, and when she found one, she always seemed to be in happier spirits. She never told me why she loved looking for the four-leaf stem, but my guess is, it showed the Holy Trinity with us. So, when you feel the need to feel closer to God, find a patch of clover and search for the four-leaf stem.

Let’s Pray; Dear Heavenly Father, we give you Thanks a Praise for all that you have done and do for us. We especially give you thanks for this simple clover plant, to remind us of you. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.

 

Adult Sermon

Oh Lord, may the words from my lips be from your inspiration to my heart, Amen.

The first thing I want everybody to do is take a deep breath, Ahhhh. We made it to the green season of the Church year. Time to relax and enjoy the wonders of God’s creation.

And what better way to Honor our Father in Heaven than on Fathers Day. So, on this first Sunday of the green season, we start off with the first book of the Holy Bible, the first chapter, the first verse. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. God’s making of this place we all call terra firma, home.

Now, what intrigues me about this creation narrative, is how there a some people out there that thinks God did all of his creating in our earthly hours, there being only 24 hours in a day. How could God have done all that he did in just 144 hours? Now, I’m no expert by any means, but something tells me that God time is different than what us mere humans think how long a second is.

As we listen to this narrative of Creation, isn’t it amazing on the wonders of God’s handy work. Just as I told the kids, God making a plant to remind us of him. That each one of God’s creation has a purpose, just as each one of us has a purpose in our own lives. Some of us who still try to rule over the plants and animals, just as God ordained those whom he made in their image. For if it wasn’t for them, the tillers of the Earth, we would all be hungry.

Now, I do have to sit back and laugh at how man has tried to manipulate what God has made. By this I mean what the scientist have done to control weeds in the fields of crops. Made these plans resistant to certain man made chemicals. Now, if you think that God no longer cares or even that there is no God, think again! For what it has taken man several decades to make these modifications to the crop plants. God has made his own changes to the weeds to resist those same chemicals, in only a couple of years. God time!!! Got a second?

As we continue with Holy Trinity Sunday, we’ve still have two more God’s to cover, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is God’s only Son, begotten of the Father, not made, being of one substance with the Father. As we say in the Nicene Creed. So, now in our simple little minds, we have two bodies, but one God.

Jesus Christ, came down from Heaven, to become the son of man. A way for God to experience his own creation, to witness in flesh and blood, the trials and tribulation of human beings. A way to show his creation that God is always among us, even though we can’t see him. Jesus Christ gives us a way to see God first hand and why Jesus Christ became the son of man. As we hear Peter telling the crowds in our second lesson for the day. Acts Chapter 2 the 23rd verse; This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.

By God’s set purpose and foreknowledge! That Jesus Christ came down from Heaven with knowing that in order to redeem the world, the ultimate sacrifice would be him. Wow! What a Glorious God we have. I guess I am glad that we have a God who keeps his Covenants’ with us. Remember, Noah and the rainbow? No more would God destroy the world with water. So God came down from Heaven to save us, not to destroy us.

So, Jesus Christ was nailed to the Cross, for the remission of our sins. So, we would be forgiven of our trespass against God the Father. In addition, God the Father did something more amazing than the Creation narrative, rose Jesus Christ up from the depths of hell. That Jesus Christ conquered death sting and arose victorious. To show us just how much Gods love is for all of us.

Which brings us to God the Holy Spirit. Do you remember in our first lesson, that formless and empty void? Well, that formless and empty void are bodies of those people who are walking among us who have embrace God the Holy Spirit and are filled with the Grace from God, or have rejected what God the Holy Spirit offered them, and are still a void; formless and empty.

Just as the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters, God the Holy Spirit “hovers” over us, there are some, like us, who receive from the Holy Spirit the gift of understanding who God is, what God has done for us, and what is to come for us who trust in Gods promise. The promise that was made the first time we came in contact with the Holy Trinity, at our Baptism. The promise of everlasting life, as we were baptized in the name of the Father, and of the and of the Holy Spirit. That as we were filled with that grace from God, we became Children of God.

Then there are some people out there in the World who have either been introduced to what God has to offer and rejected it, or there are some who have never heard the story of God’s love for us. And here is where the Gospel lesson for the day comes into play.

The great commission, give to all us Christians from God the Son. As we hear in Matthew 28 the 19th and 20th verses; Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

So, as where hear in our parting words at the end of the Service; Go in Peace, serve the Lord, verse 19 tells us how and what we are to do!

Praise be to God, Amen.

Lenten Journey # 5 the fini

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Oh Lord, may the words from my mouth be from your inspiration to my heart. Amen

Well here we are, the final Wednesday of this year’s Lenten journey. How is everybody doing on this year’s task of learning to recite the 23rd Psalms from memory? I think we can all get the last verse in tonight so, using the King James Version, let us say the 23rd Psalms together.

1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies : thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Six Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Good, we all made it to our goal! Now, I want you all to relax, close your eyes, and listen as I say the 23rd Psalms. As I am saying it, I want you to think about the places you find and see in your mind. Now, I realize that we all have full tummies, but no napping!

1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies : thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Six Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

As we envision the places and the sights we see, can we imagine what David was trying to tell us? As we go from a safe place to a calming place to the feeling of relief to the Glory road all for God to the deep darkness of death and the presence of God by our side guiding and teaching us to his table amongst our foes to blessing us with some much we can’t contain it to where we need to talk about his goodness and mercy that we live with and spending eternity with God.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me. Here after we have just been anointed by God with so many blessing from Heaven we can’t hold them, what else can we expect to receive from God?

The goodness of our Heavenly Father, the Father or all that there is and shall be. For God has given us a world in which all that we may ever need is here. Isn’t it amazing how the Earth is just “right” for us to live! The goodness we receive from the good ole terra firma, the food and water and air, all the stuff we need to survive. The goodness of family and friends and ok the animals as well, the things that help us get through each day.

That the goodness we have in our lives is still from that over flowing cup we have, trying to hold all those blessings from Heaven. Blessings we get everyday. Blessings to remind us of who we are, children of God. Those children who have the love of their Heavenly Father who is exceedingly generous with his gifts. A Heavenly Father that is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Who shows just how merciful he can be to us.

Is not the mercy we receive from God is that what our Lenten journey is all about. To see that the mercy that follows us all the days of our lives comes from one place, and that place is Calvary!

Calvary, the place where Jesus Christ took upon his self the sins of the world. The mercy we see all the days of our lives is from this single act from God the Son. The mercy of our sins being forgiven. Forgiven each and every time we confess to those sins, the mercy from Heaven wipes the slate clean.

Yes, surely goodness and mercy shall follow us, the goodness of Jesus Christ holding out his hands to show us how much mercy he is willing to give to us. The goodness and mercy that sets us free to be able to dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

So, as we make our way to the end of our Lenten journey, following Christ to the garden of Gethsemane and to Good Friday and the Cross, let us give thanks to God from being so generous to us, by remember the reason why we have the goodness and mercy that will allow us to dwell in the house of the Lord. Jesus Christ is the reason for all the goodness and mercy!

Praise be to God. Amen

 

Lenten Journey # 4

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Oh Lord, may the words from my lips be from your inspiration to my heart. Amen

Well here we are in week four of our Lenten journey and we have one more week before Holy week. Our journey this year has been made a challenge for us all to learn and memorize the 23rd Psalms. How is everybody doing with that? Well, let’s see; say with me what we’ve learned so far, using the King James version: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie in green pastures: he leadeth me besides still waters. He resorteth my soul, he leatheth me down the path of righteousness, for his name’s sake. Yea through I walk through the valley of shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Good, now we this week’s verse; 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies : thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

One has to wonder if David knew of the table the Lord prepares for us every time we celebrate Holy Communion?  For do we not confront our enemies here at the Lords table. Let me explain what I mean by this. Would we all agree that an enemy is someone or something keeping us from completing or reaching our goal and is not our goal in life to get to Heaven? So, would not our enemies be those items that keep us from Heaven!

Now we know that sin is that which keeps us separated from God, but each of us has our own sins that are our enemies. For some of us, money is our # 1 enemy, maybe, as in my case, too much food, could it be envy for some of us? How about wanting something we can’t have? We all have our own sins that we come to the Lord in prayer seeking and asking for forgiveness.

We’ve described something’s that are enemies, what about the somebody’s? The somebody’s who tell us that no one will know, the somebody’s that say here try this, the somebody’s who get us to go places we shouldn’t, the somebody’s who get us to do what we shouldn’t, and the somebody’s who laugh at us when we in trouble when we get caught. The somebody’s who make fun of us because we are Christians. The somebody’s who idea of religion doesn’t even come close what we believe. These are our enemies as well, for these somebody’s cause us to stray away for our goal. You know, Heaven.

That is when we find ourselves once more on our knees seeking and asking for forgiveness, why, because we know that we are in need of Christ, to wash away those sins, with his blood. The blood that is shed for the remission of all our sins. Not just my sins, and not just yours sins, but the sins of the whole world! That is the journey that Christ took for us all during Holy Week and that is the reason for our Lenten journeys, to remember what Christ has done for us. And what has Christ done for us, he has prepared His table for us. A place for us to remember the sacrifice Jesus did for us. That as we take the body of Christ, given for us, and drink from the Cup, the blood of Christ, shed for us, our sins our forgiven, our enemies have been defeated and we are walking closer to God.

Now as we go back to our seats, after taking Holy Communion, we humbly enjoy those blessings from God. That anointing our heads with oil feeling. Those blessing from Heaven that resoreth our souls. Those blessing that God gives in abundance, that our cup overflows. That God’s love for us is so great, that there is nothing we have that can hold it. An overflowing love that we are commissioned to gladly share with others. That love of our Heavenly Father, who wants us close to him, the Heavenly Father who is our shepherd, the Heavenly Father who leads us down the “right path”, the Heavenly Father who walks besides us as we go towards the valley of death, The Heavenly Father who calms our fears, the Heavenly Father who guides us to a safe place to rest, the Heavenly Father who shows us just how great he is, as we walk through his world, those cool waters, the Heavenly Father who restores our souls, and the Heavenly Father who gives us the tools and the strength to cultivate our Faith to know that he is our Lord.

So, as we continue toward the end of our Lenten journey, let us be joyful in praising our Lord and shepherd because we have receive so many blessings from Heaven that our cup is over flowing.

Praise be to God. Amen.

Lenten Journey # 3

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Oh Lord, may the words from my mouth be from your inspiration to my heart. Amen

As we work further into our Lenten journey this year, how is everybody doing with the task of learning the 23rd Psalms? Well? So, let’s see. Let us recite together what we have learned so far, using the King James version; 1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Now as we enter into the half way point of our Lenten journey, here’s the 4th verse; 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

As we have learned so far from David’s Psalms; our Lord and Savior is our shepherd, he gives us safe place to rest, calming scenery, restoration, and the right path to follow, all for his sake. We now enter into the most challenging area of our lives, walking through the dark areas of our lives and those tools used to keep us going towards our final destination.

But, before we enter into the “valley”, I want to explore thy rod and thy staff and why we feel comforted by them. Now, we’ve all heard the expression; spare the rod and spoil the child, I don’t think this is where David was going. As we all know, God gave Adam, man, dominion over the animals of the world. Now with David being a shepherd himself, before doing some work with a slingshot and some stones, knows what he needs to do in order to keep the sheep he is tending in staying, going, or doing what he wants them to do or be. He’s using a shepherd hook, or his rod and staff. A tool to help him keep the animals controlled.

My question would be, can we name some of God’s rods and staffs; i.e. “tools” that comfort us? Tools that keep us “on that right path”. What about what God gave Moses? The Ten Commandments! Those are some pretty good rods and staffs! What about the Sacraments; Baptism, Conformation, Holy Communion, Confession and Absolution, and the Church? Are not these rods and staffs God uses to keep us comforted? How about those in and around our lives who are there giving us a helping hand in our journey in this world. But, most importantly, what about our Faith? The Faith that was started when God the Holy Spirit entered in. That Faith that has grown in us by the use of God’s rods and staffs. That Faith which keeps us always looking up towards Heaven and giving thanks and praise for such a loving and caring Father, who sent his own Son to become that spotless lamb, who in just a couple more weeks will become the ultimate sacrifice for sin. Who’s blood will wash away the sins of the world. When Jesus Christ will stretch out his arms and show’s us just how much he loves us. That with Christ’s death on the Cross, that is Jesus walking in the valley of death. Who on the third day, defeats deaths grip and triumphantly rises from the grave.

Which brings us to our walking through that dark valley and why we are not afraid. We are not afraid of this valley, not only because Jesus in walking with us, but because we have already been through the valley before. We not physically, but yes, we’ve been to the valley of death. We all have been there at our Baptism! For as the Sacrament of Baptism was been done to us, our sinful self was in that valley and who do we see there with us? Jesus Christ! And with a smiling face says follow me, for I now claim you as mine, my brother or sister. Let us arise child of God and be not afraid, afraid of death sting. For I have paid the price and you are free. And as the words of “you are now marked with the Cross of Christ forever”, we now have become heirs to the Kingdom of God and as heirs, the fulfillment of the promise made at our Baptism.

So, as we walk through this life, fear not for Christ is with you. When we feel the hurt and pain of those we care about being called home, remember what Christ has done for us and know that as they are walking through the valley of death, it is Jesus Christ himself leading us safely to the promised land.

As we continue our Lenten journey, take comfort in knowing that Jesus Christ has made his journey to the cross for our sake, for the full payment of our sins. That as we are all getting older and God could call us home at anytime. Be not afraid of your walk through the valley of death, for our Faith tells us that we will arrive safely through that valley and that we will see our Lord and Savior face to face. And to see Jesus still smiling as he was on our Baptismal day and saying welcome home!

Praise be to God. Amen

 

Lenten Journey Homely # 2

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Oh Lord, may the words from my lips be from your inspiration to my heart. Amen.

Well here we are in week number two of our Lenten journey. Our yearly journey to remember what will take place for us and for our salvation in just a few more weeks, that we all need to reflect on what Christ’s journey was all about, to pave the way for us to become children of God.

As we continue with Pastor Tim’s request, to be able to say the 23rd Psalms, by heart at the end of our Lenten journey, we need to look back at what we have already done. So, together, let us say the first two verse of this Psalms; the King James version. The LORD is my shepherd ; I shall not want .  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

Now for the 3rd verse;  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Now you’ve all had Pastor Tim’s break down of the first two verses, let me try to continue with what I feel what David is trying to tell us in this 3rd verse.

He restoreth my soul, to me, this finishes the 2nd verse. We’ve just been led besides still waters and are resting in a safe place, green pastures. While thinking about safe and calming place that we can go to, don’t we feel relief from all those things that are giving us grief? Do any of you ever feel that,  Ahhh moment, a God moment, and we feel better. When we feel that a heavy load has been lifted from our backs, when we just want to say Ahhhh. Isn’t that God restoring our souls? But, do we take that time to thank God for the Ahhhh? Do we thank God for leading us besides still waters? Do we thank God for those green pastures, that safe place to rest. Think about that the next time you have an Ahhh moment and the feeling of your soul being restored.

Now, with a refreshed soul, let us continue, he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. As we travel through this life, we are always on a journey, following a path. Sometime these paths lead us to places where we feel comfortable and other times, to places we would rather not be. But, which place is God leading us? To a comfortable place or somewhere “we” would rather not be? To me, I’d say both, for do we not say in the Lord’s Prayer; lead not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. So, if we find ourselves in a place we would rather not be, isn’t God trying to tell us or showing us something we really need to see? I mean to show us, for if we didn’t see or hear what is happening to those around us, how would we realize what God is doing for us everyday. What good would come of us all, if we were always someplace that we felt comfortable in. Where and how would our Faith be stretched, stretched to it’s limits, if it wasn’t “put to the test”? How will we be able to understand what will happen in just a couple of weeks, if our Faith wasn’t tested. What good would Jesus suffering and dying on the Cross be if we were always in a comfortable place?

This is how we can know that God is leading us down the path of righteousness. We can understand this verse better when we run into obstacles we find on our journey with Christ, obstacles of our Faith. Obstacles like; a baptismal fount placed in the center of the isles, to reminds us of that promise made at our Baptism; obstacles like confession and absolution to remind us that we are sinners and fall short of the Glory of God; obstacles like Holy Communion, to remind us of Jesus being the new covenant; obstacles like the Cross, to remind us that the price of sin is death; obstacles like Lent and our Lenten journeys, to help us understand who paid that price; and obstacles that test our Faith, to reminds us that we are children of God.

And that is how we can say; for his name’s sake. For as we travel down the paths of our lives, we pray that we are following the path that will lead us home. A home that’s outta this world. A home where we will find our Lord, being that good shepherd, a green pasture, still waters, and a restored soul that will sing praises to God with the Heavenly host.

So, as we continue our Lenten journey, let us be reminded as we are lead down this “right” path, that God has our lives. For he is ours and we are his.

Praise be to God. Amen

Lenten Journey 2014

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Here is the 1st of 5 reflections for this year’s Lenten Journey. Enjoy

Oh Lord, may the words from my lips be from your inspiration to my heart, Amen.

Welcome to our first week of our Lenten journey for this year. As you heard from Pastor Tim on Ash Wednesday, this year’s journey to the Cross will be to dig deep into one of King David’s Psalms, the 23rd Psalms.

The question was asked if there was anybody in either congregation who could say this Psalms by memory, well I have to admit that I couldn’t, not getting the words correctly anyway. So, here we go. Everybody should be able to get the first verse as we say it together, The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. Now for the second verse; 2 He maketh me to lie down in greenpastures: he leadeth me beside the stillwaters.

Now as we dive into this verse, a couple of words jump out, green pastures, still waters, lie down, and leadeth besides. Where do you think King David is going with these words. Pastor Tim explained the 1st verse really good, I’ll see if I can continue with this one.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. What better way to say that the Lord will always have a safe place for us to rest, in the comfort of our shepherd. That Jesus will always be there to guide us, even when we think there is nowhere we can go to find shelter form our troubles in this world, Jesus will always be there, with open arms, to comfort us. All we need is to ask for his help and guidance. It is ourselves who have the hard time of understanding this. When we seem to be all alone with no one to turn to or no place to go, all we need to do is ask, and one will always be surprised at who or what shows up to give you comfort. That comfort of laying down in green pastures.

He leadeth me beside still waters, what better way to say that our Lord will take us to a calming place. How many times have we been in need of relief from a stressful day, when all of a sudden something occurs that we instantly feel better. You’ve just been leadeth by those still waters. We experience this leading more than we think. I need for you to think how many times that you have felt calmness in your day. How many times that you’ve had your breath take away by yet another one of God’s wonders? This is when we feel God’s presents and this is when we are resting beside those still waters.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, he leadeth me besides still waters. What a caring Father in Heaven we have! One that will guide us, give us a place to find safety, and gives us moments that calms our fears.

As we progress in our Lenten journey to the Cross and learn the 23rd Psalms, lets us not forget what Jesus Christ has done for us at the end of this journey. That the reading of this Psalms at ones funeral gives our love ones comfort in knowing where we will be. Resting with our shepherd, with the Lord Jesus Christ in a green pasture by still waters.

Amen.

 

3rd Sermon

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Kids Sermon

The Lord be with you.

How many of you long for the easy days of school. Now, I know this isn’t fair to you real young kids, but for you older ones. Don’t you long for the easy days of just learning you’re A B C’s? How about your 1, 2, 3’s? Wasn’t it easy to ramble those A, B, C’s, after you learned them. Now we have to put those letters together to make words, like cat and car and ball, let alone spelling your name. How about counting to 10? Yes, it was so much easier back then.

You know, praying isn’t as hard as some might believe. We are the ones who make it hard.

How many of you remember the first prayer you were taught. You know the easy one.

“Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.” “God bless mom, dad, and brother, sister, etal.” Amen.

Oh for those easy prayers. Why do we have to make praying so difficult?

Did you ever think that maybe all God wants from us in prayer is a THANK YOU?

So, the next time you are praying to God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, Keep it simple, and just say thanks.

 

Sermon

May the words from my lips, be from your inspiration to my heart, amen.

Welcome my friends to the time of the Church year referred to “time after Pentecost” It’s the slow time of the Church year where we can slow down and enjoy God in all of his glory. Time to relax, dig into the Bible, and find those stories and parables to learn more about the Holy Trinity and see just what God has in store for us.

So, before we get too far ahead of ourselves, Let’s talk about how God works in mysterious ways.  Yesterday, Trinity and St. Paul had VBS, had 33 kids and I believe we all had a good time. I talked to the kids about how Jesus taught us how to be fishermen for people. We also have a top ten list for praying. So, here we go.

Just as we learned in the Psalms today, I knew that Gods plan was simple, but didn’t know that God really does work on the “KISS” system. You know keep it simple silly!

And who knew that a good God fearing upbringing would do a person some good. As we learned in 1st Kings, Solomon, who just lost his father King David and is now the new boy king. Is asked from the Lord in a vision what he wants most. His reply is, understanding between right and wrong. Guess maybe the song “Dad I’ve been watching you” was working way back when.

The love that David had for God, showed Solomon what he need to do to, trust in God in his actions and faith in the Lord to help him in time of need. I like the fact that Solomon kept it simple, didn’t ask for things he didn’t need. How many times when we are praying do we get things way too complicated? We lay out this list of “demands” for God to fulfill, and then get angry when we don’t get what we asked for. Keep it simple silly. Yes, I know when we pray, we all ask for things, we pray for others, keep people safe, and guide through the day. Forgive us our trespasses. Help us to forgive others, and thanking God what he has done for us.

Why is it that we just can’t give God what he wants?  Praise him for all the great things he has done. Why is it that we think we have to have a prayer that beats around the bush? Why do we make it hard? As Solomon stated, I don’t know how to go out or come in.

We have all been taught the same prayer as the disciples were taught, when they asked Jesus how they should pray. We’ve all been taught Luther’s Morning and Evening prayers, the Apostle’s Creed. Yet, we still beat ourselves up, on not being able to pray.

Have you ever stopped to think that all God wants, is to here from us. Just like in that song, “Dad, I’ve been watching you” is goes to say that the son was praying to God like he was talking to a friend. We might want to try that sometime, it might surprise us.

Now, I know that simple prayer we had in the kids sermon was just that, simple. Isn’t that why it’s one of the first prayers we teach our kids? But, what if that’s exactly what God wants to hear from all of us! That our soul is his to keep!

 

2nd Sermon

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Kids Sermon

The Lord be with you.

Ok, how many of you like to sing. No, not the latest songs on the radio, I mean just like what we heard in the Psalm of the day. Sing of your steadfast love forever. What your favorite Bible song? How about Jesus Loves me? Shall we sing it?

Jesus loves me! this I know, for the Bible tells me so; Little ones to him belong, they are week, but he is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so.

Jesu loves me! he bwho died heavens gates to open wide; he will wash away my sins, let his little child come in;

Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so.

Jesus Loves me! he will stay close beside me all the way; when at last I come to die, he will take me home on high.

Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so.

Now how does it make you feel to know the Jesus loves you? Raise your hand if you know how much Jesus loves you? Now, I don’t have to turn around and see if everybody behind me has their hand up. He loves us so much that he died on the cross for our sins. What’s even better is what happened on Easter Morning. What happened Easter Morning? Yes, He arose from the dead. That shows us how much God loves his Son and how much he loves us.

Now, how do we know this? No, it’s not because a Pastor or Sunday School Teacher said so; it’s because of the Holy Spirit. You remember a couple of Sundays ago learning about Pentecost. Well, that was when the Holy Spirit came and helped the Disciples, and when we were Baptized, that’s when the Holy Spirit started helping us.

So, go and sing of the Lord’s steadfast love.

 

Sermon

O Lord, may the words from my mouth be from your inspiration of my heart, Amen.

As we look into the second lesson in Romans, we can see where, in the brief order of confession, we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves.

How many times, while speaking these words, have we reflected and thought; boy, this list is awful long. How can I be forgiven for all of these sins? Well, it’s good that your thinking that. It shows that you truly know that you’ve sinned and are truly sorry for those sins. But, what about those sins that are unknown? You ask yourself, how can they be my sin, if I don’t know about them?

As we learned in Luther’s Small Catechism about confession of our sins, we acknowledge being guilt of our sins before God when we name them. He searches our hearts and sees even those sins of which we are not aware.

We also acknowledge this in saying the Lord’s Prayer. The forgive our trespasses part.

Getting back to Romans, how can we not be a slave to sin? We all know it’s human nature to be sinful, but we also know that God will not tempt us. So, why do we sin? Why is it so easy for us to tell that “little white lie”, the simple “not me” answer, or “I don’t know”? When we’re caught “red handed” in a sin!

Now, how about the two new commandments the Jesus gave us? The love the Lord our God with all your heat and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. And to love your neighbor as yourself. Are we able to go sinless on these two? How about the first ten? How many Thou shall not’s can we make it through before we say, yup, theirs one I gotta say yes too.

Let’s see; 1 Thou shall have no other gods before me. Nope no sin there.

2 Thou shall not take the name of the Lord in vain. Hum. Well that’s how far I get. You?

3 Keep the Sabbath and keep it Holy, nope, can’t get past that one either. You?

4 Honor thy mother and father, got past that one

5 thou shall not kill, that’s two in a row

6 thou shall not commit adultery, three

7 thou shall not steal, four

8 thou shall not bear false witness, got five now

9 thou shall not covet they neighbors house, six

10 thou shall not covet any of the neighbors stuff, seven

Well count the other two and I’m only at not sinning 83 % of the time.

Boy I gotta quit missing the Sabbath meaning so much then I’d be at 92 %

And then the cussing problem…….

And those are the ones that are written down.

Now comes the easy part.

All we have to do is fall down on our knees and ask the Father to look down upon me a sinner, who is truly sorry for the sins that I have committed against you, those know to me and those which I can’t fully understand.

You know what, by the GRACE of God your sins are for given!

Thanks be to God AMEN

 

 

 

My 1st attempt @ sermon writting

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Good Shepherd Sunday 2011

Kids Sermon;

The Lord be with you.

How many of you know what a shepherd is and what they do?

Well, a shepherd is a person who takes care of animals, keeps them from getting into danger, keeps them in places they can eat and drink, and it doesn’t just have to be sheep. They will also do everything in their power to keep those animals alive.

Now, how many of you have a pet? Dog or cat or bigger?

Does your pet know who you are? Do they come when you call them? You make sure they have food and water, right. Well then you’re a shepherd too.

Did you know that God’s son Jesus Christ is called the Good Shepherd?

We all know what Jesus did for us, right? He was being that Good Shepherd when he gave his life for our sins, so that we can celebrate his resurrection with him.

Jesus knows who we are, that includes you, me, this Church, and the whole world. He knows us by name!

So, listen for Jesus calling your name. “Child of God, come to me. For we know the voice of our shepherd because he knows us.

Adult Sermon

May the words from my mouth be from the inspiration of my heart, Amen.

As we listened to the 23rd Psalm, what a peaceful picture comes to mind. Still waters to still my soul. My cup overflowing. Fear no evil. Your presents with me. I shall not want. What better diagram of Heaven could we ask for? Now I want you to pick out a word or a phase, close your eyes and listen to this Psalm as I read it again. No napping now.

Psalm 23

 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 

He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.

He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. 

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me. 

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

Does this Psalm say something different to you now? So, how does the Lord Jesus Christ fit into being your shepherd now.

As we think about what was said in the kids sermon, how many of us are a shepherd?

The one verse that was missing in today’s Gospel lesson was verse 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me. How many of us know this and are being good sheep?

The sheep know whom to follow, the shepherd, but do we ever stop to listen for and to the Good Shepherd voice.

All the farmers know how to get their animals up to “the barn”. Some have a call others have a whistle while others bang buckets together. I know how this works, as a young kid wanting to ride one of our horses, could never go out in the pasture to catch one. I wasn’t the shepherd. However, after learning to use the bucket trick, tried to catch me one to ride. Didn’t work, wasn’t the shepherd! But, when it was close to feeding time. It worked but only for a time or two. Who said animals were not bright?

Now what do we hear from our Shepherd to come to Church? Is it the desire to come and worship, sing songs, hear the word of God, fellowship, and Holy Communion? What makes you decide to Church?

It just might be the Holy Spirit doing what it does best. Leading us to Christ.

Now what about us and listening to our shepherd, Jesus Christ. Do we ever take ourselves out of the rat race to listen? How many times have we just stopped and cocked our heads because we thought we heard something. Did you ever think maybe that was Jesus whispering in our ear?

I think the biggest problem today in our society is the personalized headphones, cell phones and texting, and other equipment that distracts us in our daily lives; we just don’t or just can’t listen or hear.

How can we find ourselves in a refreshing place to enjoy what God has created for us and listen to what is being said. I would like to see each and every one of us set a time and place every day to stop, enjoy, and listen. I know it’s hard to find that quit place, but think about what you might learn. You could even add this time to finish up your prayer time.

If you are already doing something like this, then try sharing that experience with someone else.

While your at it, try telling the Good News about Jesus Christ and what he’s done for us.

 

 

MIA

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Sorry for being MIA for so long, but have been on an extended journey you might say. With FB seeming to be the main stay for the time being, I’ve neglected to come here and add a post or two.

How ever I have been involved in studing to become what is called a SAM( Syondical Authorised Minister). In these studies I have been writting sermons and thought that I would share them with all who visit this site.

Any and all feedback would be welcomed.

In  Christ

Todd