Posts with the category “sermon”

Sermon for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, AD 2021
November 22nd, 2021
“Wake, awake for night is flying!” the watchmen on the heights are crying, “Awake, Jerusalem arise!” Wake, and be watchful, for the bridegroom is coming! Get ready! This is what Jesus’ parable tells y...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Second Last Sunday of the Church Year, AD 2021
November 16th, 2021
When Jesus, the Son of Man, returns in glory at the end of time there will be a final judgment of all the nations....  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 Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity, AD 2021
October 24th, 2021
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The world was formless, empty, and dark. God the Father, the God the Son who is the Word, and the Holy Spirit who hovered over the waters forme...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Twentieth Sunday after Trinity, AD 2021
October 18th, 2021
St. Paul tells you in the epistle lesson to “look carefully how you walk,” which is always good advice. It was a fun game when you were a kid to close your eyes and see how far you could get in your h...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity, AD 2021
October 10th, 2021
What would you do to help a friend? What lengths would you go to for a loved one if you knew you could help them? In today’s gospel lesson, Jesus is teaching and healing in the city of Capernaum on th...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity
October 4th, 2021
Jesus does not want us to love our own God, our chosen people, and in the way we think is right....  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity, AD 2021
September 26th, 2021
We know hypocrisy in others when we see it. We see it in the TV preacher who acts holy but seems most interesting in getting his viewers’ money. We see it in the politician who rails against the rich ...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Funeral of Ronald C. Schoenbeck, September 20, AD 2021
September 21st, 2021
As often happens in death, Mary and Martha grieved differently for their brother. People came from all around to console them. It wasn’t until Jesus came that they really moved. At least Martha moved....  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity, AD 2021
September 21st, 2021
What is our great enemy in this life? What threatens all of us? Death. Jesus confronts death....  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity, AD 2021
September 16th, 2021
This week we learn that not only good times, but also hard times test our faith. Jesus tells us, “Do not worry.” Do not be anxious for anything....  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity, AD 2021
September 7th, 2021
Truly God wants to strengthen us, heal us, and give us every good thing, for He is our loving Father. But he does not want us to depend on our own strength. He calls us baptized to the Lord’s Supper, ...  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 Twelfth Sunday after Trinity, AD 2021
August 22nd, 2021
Imagine being the deaf mute man who is brought to Jesus by his friends. Your world is silent, you cannot speak rightly, then Jesus takes you aside privately and comes up close to you. He sticks his fi...  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 Tenth Sunday after Trinity, AD 2021
August 8th, 2021
Have you cared about a place so much you would weep to see it go? Jesus, having entered the city of Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, now weeps over it. Jerusalem was never His home. He was not born there, th...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity, AD 2021
August 2nd, 2021
One of the biggest obstacles to faith in the Christian life is thinking that God is like us. We may think God is better than us in every way, but still fundamentally He acts like we do. We can see thi...  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 the Fifth Sunday after Trinity, AD 2021
July 4th, 2021
On this July 4, perhaps some of these complaints of Elijah feel like they ring true with you. People are divided, they don’t recognize God, everything seems to be turning away from God’s word. And yet...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity, AD 2021
June 27th, 2021
As we are given the command, “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful,” the disciples, students, of Christ are expected to become more like God in mercy as they follow Christ. The mercy which Chr...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Third Sunday after Trinity, AD 2021
June 21st, 2021
When Jesus comes, everything gets cleaned up. When something is not getting done which needs to be done, you take it into your own hands. That’s what Jesus does. This is what makes the Pharisees grumb...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Second Sunday after Trinity, AD 2021
June 14th, 2021
A man prepared a party and no one showed up. What a terrible circumstance, it’s one that people have stressful dreams about. It’s one thing to ask for a favor, like helping you move, and no one wants ...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the First Sunday after Trinity, AD 2021
June 6th, 2021
Jesus presents this story of two men, the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man has what the world would consider the perfect life. Lazarus has what the world would consider a wretched, awful life. One m...  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 Exaudi, the Sunday after the Ascension, AD 2021
May 17th, 2021
Who is the Holy Spirit? He is not an impersonal force. He is not just some aspect of the Father and the Son. He is the Third Person of the Trinity, equally God to the Father and the Son....  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 Rogate, the Sixth Sunday of Easter, AD 2021
May 9th, 2021
In the Small Catechism explanation of Our Father who art in heaven, Luther explains that we come to God in prayer as dear children ask their dear Father, asking Him confidently and boldly for our need...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Cantate, the Fifth Sunday of Easter, AD 2021
May 2nd, 2021
For baptism was created and instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ, and in it we have his promise of the forgiveness of sins. In baptism, the Holy Spirit comes to you and changes you. Your old man, the ...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Jubilate, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, AD 2021
April 25th, 2021
John, writing from a post-resurrection perspective, is able to show how the resurrection makes understandable the words which the disciples did not fully understand before Jesus’ death. This is exactl...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Misericordias Domini, the Third Sunday of Easter, AD 2021
April 18th, 2021
This is the gospel of Jesus, our Good Shepherd, who lays down his life for the sheep. We have our own painting of the Good Shepherd here at St. Paul’s at the rear of the nave. Like many Good Shepherd ...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Quasimodo Geniti, the Second Sunday of Easter, AD 2021
April 12th, 2021
John always has a theological point he is trying to make in his gospel. One of John’s trademarks that the other gospel writers don’t do is to jump in and “take the mic” so to speak in order to explain...  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 Palm Sunday, AD 2021
March 28th, 2021
Today begins Holy Week. Why is it holy? It is holy because we set this week apart to hear and remember Jesus’ suffering and death for our sins, His Passion. This so we can look forward to and understa...  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 Lent Midweek 5, March 24, 2021
March 25th, 2021
Often in life we have to make compromises. Sometimes this is to reach an agreement with an equal, sometimes in love of someone who we care for, but the hardest compromises come when we are forced to d...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti