Posts with the category “sermon”

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
Sermon for Judica, the Fifth Sunday in Lent, AD 2021
March 21st, 2021
The great blessing of having the Bible, the Word of God, so accessible to us is that we can come back to it again and again to re-orient ourselves in the midst of life. To be ‘oriented’ is to be faced...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Lent Midweek 4, March 17, AD 2021
March 18th, 2021
When God saves there are always winners and losers. We sing every week to God in the Sanctus, “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth.” Sabaoth means hosts, armies, massive groups of soldiers. Our Lord...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Laetare, the Fourth Sunday in Lent, AD 2021
March 14th, 2021
Jesus knew exactly what he was doing when he went across the sea of Galilee, leading the large crowd up onto the mountain. He was completing what began with Moses in the wilderness after the exodus. T...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Lent Midweek 3, March 10, AD 2021
March 11th, 2021
For one hundred years Noah preached to his neighbors to repent, for God was going to destroy the earth by water. The world was incredibly wicked, and no one but Noah and his family would survive. Noah...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Oculi, the Third Sunday in Lent, AD 2021
March 8th, 2021
A popular ethical point of view today is that “the ends justifies the means.” That is to say that any action taken is ok as long as it is working toward a good end. Coupled with this is the common vie...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Lent Midweek 2, March 3, AD 2021
March 4th, 2021
Now one way to sum up the message of the Bible in six words could be, “Kill the dragon, get the girl.” Now this implies that Someone is doing the work of killing and getting, and we’ll get to that, bu...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Reminiscere, the Second Sunday in Lent, AD 2021
February 28th, 2021
Lent comes before Easter. Advent comes before Christmas. In the church calendar this fact is built in – God never gives anyone great fortune without first giving great hardship. We try hard to remove...  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 Invocabit, the first Sunday in Lent, AD 2021
February 21st, 2021
Sometimes when we think of Jesus as our God and Lord, which He is, we put Him into a place so beyond ourselves that it seems hard to relate to Him. When we view Jesus as one who is far beyond us in po...  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 Quinquagesima, AD 2021
February 15th, 2021
This love that would lead to martyrdom is the one that early Christians recognized as something worth remembering. For Christian love is nothing less than the work of the very love of Christ in the pe...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Sexagesima, AD 2021
February 8th, 2021
“All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass.” One doesn’t have to have been alive very long or very perceptive to recognize that almost nothing in this world lasts. ...  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 Septuagesima, AD 2021
February 1st, 2021
The people of Israel may have been the most forgetful people ever. Four hundred years of slavery in Egypt, and God sends Moses to deliver them from it. ...  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 Second Sunday after the Epiphany, AD 2021
January 18th, 2021
In this final sentence of our gospel reading, we get the full summary of this lesson and why Jesus performed this miracle....  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 Second Sunday after Christmas, AD 2021
January 4th, 2021
While you should not consider this a law from God, it is usually best to baptize a child as soon as he is able to come to church. His need is great – despite innocent appearance every child born is co...  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 Rorate Coeli, the Fourth Sunday in Advent, AD 2020
December 21st, 2020
God sent a man named John to bear witness about Jesus. ...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Advent Midweek Service, December 16, AD 2020
December 17th, 2020
Here in Isaiah we have the Law and the Gospel given in clear terms as the Lord speaks through the prophet. ...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Gaudete, the Third Sunday in Advent, AD 2020
December 14th, 2020
“Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” Why does John the Baptist send his disciples to ask Jesus this question? It is a question of doubt from the very one who was sent to pre...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for Ad Te Levavi, the First Sunday in Advent, AD 2020
November 30th, 2020
Happy New Year! Today begins a new church year. It is the first Sunday of Advent. The world looks at this as the Christmas season, but for the church, that doesn’t start until Christmas day. ...  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 the Funeral of Marjorie A. Fischer, November 24, AD 2020
November 24th, 2020
For Advent means “coming,” and it is a season that anticipates the coming of Jesus as a baby in the manger in Bethlehem on Christmas morning. But this is not the only coming that Advent anticipates. A...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, AD 2020
November 23rd, 2020
Today’s reading from Matthew is often called the parable of the sheep and the goats, but it isn’t really a parable. It is a description of Jesus’ real judgment at the end of time. Jesus reveals this f...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti