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27 November 2016

Advent 1A Sermon: Peace Within You

Preached on Psalm 122
The First Sunday in Advent
27 November AD 2016

Title: Peace Within You.

Zion Lutheran, Saint Louis Summary: Peace within the walls of Christ’s Church, the new Jerusalem, means peace within her inhabitants. Conflict from without should be expected since devil and world rebel against His rule. But woe to us who willfully stir up internal strife or who withhold this peace from those who need it.

Christians pray for the peace from above “which surpasses all understanding. (Philippians 4:7)” The Lord works among us, leading us to be “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3)”

Text: I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”

Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem! Jerusalem — built as a city that is bound firmly together, to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord.

There thrones for judgment were set, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! “May they be secure who love you! Peace be within your walls and security within your towers!”

For my brothers and companions’ sake I will say, “Peace be within you!” For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good. Psalm 122

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of Peace Within You

NB: A few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio with Windows Media Player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:(8-10) 11-14; Matthew 21:1-11 (alternate Gospel Matthew 24:36-44)

Illustration: Zion Lutheran Church, Saint Louis, Missouri.

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13 November 2016

Trinity 25 Sermon: Informed Encouragement

Mission Festival Sermon Preached on 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
The Twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity
13 November AD 2016

Title: Click to hear the MP3 of Informed Encouragement.

Resurrection of the Flesh Summary: I was invited to preach for mission festivals at two Missouri congregations, Bethlehem Lutheran, Mount Leonard and Zion Lutheran, Blackburn. I chose to use the appointed Epistle for the One Year Lectionary at each, but with slightly different emphases.

While I spoke on missions in general, I also emphasized the work of hospice chaplain. I noted also the partnership that exists between all Christians and those tending to the special needs of the dying and their families.

Text: But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.

For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God.

And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.

Therefore encourage one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of Informed Encouragement, preached at Zion Lutheran Church, Blackburn, Missouri

NB: A few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio with Windows Media Player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 14; Exodus 32:1-20; Matthew 24:15-18

Illustration: Luca Signorelli; Resurrection of the Flesh (1499-1502); Web Gallery of Art.

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Trinity 25 Sermon: Resurrection Hope

Mission Festival Sermon Preached on 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
The Twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity
13 November AD 2016

Title: Click to hear the MP3 of Resurrection Hope.

Hospice Prayer Summary: I was invited to preach for mission festivals at two Missouri congregations, Bethlehem Lutheran, Mount Leonard and Zion Lutheran, Blackburn. I chose to use the appointed Epistle for the One Year Lectionary at each, but with slightly different emphases.

While I spoke on missions in general, I also emphasized the work of hospice chaplain. I noted also the partnership that exists between all Christians and those tending to the special needs of the dying and their families.

Text: But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.

For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God.

And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.

Therefore encourage one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of Resurrection Hope, preached at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mount Leonard, Missouri

NB: A few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio with Windows Media Player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 14; Exodus 32:1-20; Matthew 24:15-18

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