Posts with the category “feast-day”

Sermon for Ash Wednesday, AD 2021
February 18th, 2021
Some of the best stories in the Bible involve fasting and ashes. In the book of Esther, before Esther goes to speak to her husband, the king, she fasts, and her cousin Mordecai sits in sackcloth and a...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Purification of Mary and Presentation of Our Lord, AD 2021
February 3rd, 2021
This day, exactly forty days after Christmas, brings us a great lesson capping off the very end of the Christmas season. In this final account of Jesus’ birth and early years, the scriptures give us a...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Transfiguration of Our Lord, AD 2021
January 25th, 2021
After six days, Jesus takes Peter, James, and John to a high mountain by themselves. Like the six days which led to the culmination of creation, this sixth day leads to the culmination of Jesus’ earth...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, AD 2021
January 11th, 2021
The baptism of Jesus is recounted in three of the gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and in John it is mentioned after already having happened. You can be sure that when an event in Jesus’ life is in a...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord, AD 2021
January 7th, 2021
How much did the wise men know? Well, being astrologers, they looked at the stars for signs, but the sign didn’t tell them a whole lot. It’s likely that if they were from Babylon, where God’s people w...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Eve of the Circumcision and Name of Jesus, AD 2020
January 1st, 2021
There is an odd trend of people treating the year 2020 itself as if it were a person who brought about all these problems....  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Christmas Day, AD 2020
December 29th, 2020
Long before He became man and was born as a baby in Bethlehem and laid in a manger, the Son of God created heaven and earth. ...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Christmas Eve, AD 2020
December 29th, 2020
“Fear not!” Cries the angel appearing before the shepherds. Why does the angel cry this? What is there to fear with angels?...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for a Day of Thanksgiving, November 25/26, AD 2020
November 25th, 2020
When old traditions stop it can make us uncomfortable. So here’s something traditional, something always associated with Thanksgiving – the Pilgrims - those hardy Englishmen and women who came to the ...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for All Saints Day, AD 2020
November 1st, 2020
This is a day of great comfort, for we see that Christ our Good Shepherd cares individually for each Christian, and in the end those who are sealed by his Word shall never again face suffering, but wo...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude, AD 2020
November 1st, 2020
The gospel writers give almost no information about Sts. Simon and Jude besides Simon’s name and Jude’s brief mention in John. The extrabiblical traditions about these apostles are also rather mixed a...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Reformation Day, AD 2020
October 26th, 2020
“A Mighty Fortress is Our God” is probably Luther’s best-known hymn across all denominations and one of the most well-loved by Lutherans. We identify it with Reformation Day, calling it “The Battle-Hy...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Funeral of Phillip G. Gerk, Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, September 29, AD 2020
October 1st, 2020
Two of the readings for today describe names being written – one in the book, and one in heaven. These are one in the same. Those whose names are written in heaven, in the book of life, are those who ...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Feast of St. Matthew, AD 2020
September 28th, 2020
In fact, these words, written by Matthew at his call, could be thought of as his ordination verses. How often he probably turned them over in his mind, meditating on Christ’s life-giving words through...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, AD 2020
August 26th, 2020
Herod was the typical character who saw himself as the star of his own story. This is common for all of us in our sinful flesh, especially kings, pastors, and others in authority who really do have a ...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti