3rd Sermon

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

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

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

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