Posts with the category “feast-day”

Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, January 9, AD 2021
January 10th, 2022
JESUS comes to John in the wilderness to be baptized by him. John refuses. He has been giving a baptism for repentance of sins. John knows that Jesus has no sins to repent of. John knows that Jesus h...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Eve of the Feast of the Circumcision and Name of JESUS, AD 2021
January 3rd, 2022
Tonight’s sermon, is the last sermon you will probably hear in the year of our Lord 2021, as tomorrow begins the year of our Lord 2022. That is what A.D. means on our calendar, the Year of Our Lord. F...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Feast of St. Stephen, AD 2021
December 31st, 2021
The problem when we read a great martyrdom account like that of St. Stephen, is that we think we cannot relate, as we have never been persecuted for our faith. Our lives can seem petty and insignifica...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Christmas Day, AD 2021
December 31st, 2021
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. This creation of God in the very beginning, God’s absolute creation from nothing, was formless, empty, and dark. It was uninhabitable by anythin...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Christmas Eve, AD 2021
December 31st, 2021
After 400 years of silence, 400 years of no words from the prophets, the Savior is here, Christ the Lord. This Christ was foretold from the very beginning, the seed of the woman who would crush the se...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Day of Thanksgiving, November 25, AD 2021
November 28th, 2021
Four hundred years ago this year the Pilgrims at Plymouth colony held their harvest feast which came to be known as the first Thanksgiving. With the help of the local Indians, their settlement began t...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Feast of All Saints, AD 2021
November 7th, 2021
Today we remember all those who have died in Christ and passed from this valley of sorrow into the arms of their savior. ...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Festival of the Reformation, AD 2021
October 31st, 2021
What does the freedom and slavery have to do with Reformation? Well, everything. What Luther did was to bring the truth that sets you free back to the center of the church’s life. That truth being to ...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Feast of the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, AD 2021
August 29th, 2021
Our gospel reading for the Martyrdom of John the Baptist is one of the few passages in the gospels that does not feature Jesus. Even though today we remember the death of John the Baptist, and this is...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Feast of St. Mary, Mother of Our Lord, AD 2021
August 15th, 2021
As Jesus taught, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!” But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the Wo...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Feast of St. James the Elder, AD 2021
August 2nd, 2021
Did James not love God enough? Was there something lacking in him that God did not work together all things for his good? When you suffer, do you ever think this? Does it seem like God is not working ...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Holy Trinity, AD 2021
June 1st, 2021
Blessed be the Holy Trinity and the undivided Unity! While every other feast of the church year refers to an event – Jesus’ birth, baptism, resurrection, etc., the day of the Holy Trinity is one where...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Commemoration of St. Augustine of Canterbury, AD 2021
June 1st, 2021
You see how quickly Christian faith can be lost in a place in only a generation or two. Man in his sin has no interest in Christ, which is why the laborers in the harvest are so important. Certainly l...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Feast of Pentecost, AD 2021
May 23rd, 2021
The people were supposed to divide and fill the earth from the ark, even before Babel. This was the Lord’s original desire. Had they followed the Lord’s will, the dividing of the languages would have ...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Ascension of Our Lord, AD 2021
May 17th, 2021
Jesus was not the first man to ascend into heaven. As we heard in our office hymn this evening, a man named Enoch was translated into heaven. As Genesis tells us, after walking with God for 365 years ...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Resurrection of Our Lord, Easter Sunday, AD 2021
April 6th, 2021
Weeping tarried for the night. The women at the cross wept. The disciples fled. Peter denied Christ three times. In the midst of all this, the Father poured out all of His wrath on Jesus for your guil...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Good Friday, AD 2021
April 3rd, 2021
Jesus also crossed the brook Kidron, leaving Jerusalem with his disciples. His betrayer, Judas, had already left to gather the forces who will come to arrest Jesus. There, on the Mount of Olives with ...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Maundy Thursday, AD 2021
April 2nd, 2021
Memorials are an important part of our lives. It is not an exaggeration to say that the practice of gathering to remember, to memorialize things has been devastated in the past year. Perhaps this has ...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Annunciation of Our Lord, AD 2021
March 28th, 2021
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. This creation of God in the very beginning, God’s absolute creation from nothing, was formless, empty, and dark. It was a formless mass uninhabi...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Feast of St. Matthias (Lent Midweek 1), AD 2021
February 25th, 2021
We often think of Peter’s first sermon as the one at Pentecost. After the Holy Spirit comes upon the disciples, they see tongues of fire above them and begin to speak in many languages. Peter then pre...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
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