Posts with the category “sermon”

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
Sermon for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
November 16th, 2020
Our world is full of distrust. We don’t have to look around much to see that trust seems to be at an all time low. Divided, polarized, split – all these terms are constantly used to describe the state...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
November 9th, 2020
All the virgins have come out to see the bridegroom and come in to the house where there will be the last part of the wedding festivities. But they don’t know when he will come. So as the church we ga...  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 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
October 19th, 2020
The Pharisees are unable to undermine Jesus’ authority legitimately and therefore are just going to try to trap him in his words. They want to trip him up in a technicality. They are trying to make hi...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
October 13th, 2020
Several hundred years before the time of Christ, in the land of Persia, the Jews had a great feast because a man had been hanged....  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
October 5th, 2020
Although rejected by men, Christ would become the chief cornerstone of the new structure, setting every angle of the building....  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 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
September 28th, 2020
The myth is that when we see that false god is only a man all of his power is taken away. Think of the wizard of Oz, no longer so impressive when we look behind the curtain. Yet what we fear, love, an...  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 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
September 21st, 2020
When I was teaching on today’s gospel lesson in seminary, someone asked me, “If the first men who were called to work didn’t get good pay, why did they even go? I would have gone to work somewhere els...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
September 14th, 2020
Joseph stood before his brothers as a man who had suffered many wrongs in his life. Everything that he had suffered could be traced back to them. Yet now the tables had turned. He was the second most ...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
September 7th, 2020
A fault in many man-made religions is that they have no idea what to do with children. It’s easy to make a way of life for adults, encouraging them to deeper mystic spirituality, a more moral way of l...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
August 31st, 2020
These three things – deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow him – are simple, but that doesn’t mean they are easy. The difficulty combined with the fact that “disciple” is a “churchy” word can ...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Memorial of Allen Thomason, August 29, AD 2020
August 29th, 2020
Waiting is never pleasant. It’s never what we want to do. Waiting is what we do when we are trying to do something else. Yet Isaiah says here that those who have waited are those who will be glad and ...  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
Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
August 24th, 2020
In the first century there were all sorts of ideas concerning who Jesus is. King Herod, who killed John the Baptist, saw Jesus as a resurrected John, riling up the people with his calls to repentance....  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
August 17th, 2020
In early versions of Luther’s Small Catechism, each section of questions and answers would be matched with a woodcut, or picture, depicting a scene from a Bible story. The point of this was to show th...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
August 10th, 2020
Jesus pulls back the veil, revealing his divine power, telling them to pay attention to the man behind the curtain. For in the midst of a turbulent sea, in the darkest part of the night, the creator o...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
August 2nd, 2020
In a rare moment, St. Matthew shows us the inner workings of Jesus mind. He retreated alone, and the people followed. Jesus’ response is compassion. He doesn’t work out of frustration or annoyance, tr...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
July 27th, 2020
Hearing the words “kingdom of heaven” can bring to mind some sort of fantasy land of castles in the clouds, “fairyland” might be a good substitute name for it. The kingdom of heaven sounds like a plac...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
July 20th, 2020
We know about the kingdom of heaven, we understand Jesus is working, but it doesn’t look like it. Yet Jesus tells us, keep following, keep listening. God is reigning right now and to follow Jesus is r...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
July 13th, 2020
Christ grants great fruitfulness to those who hear and understand His Word....  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti
Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, AD 2020
July 6th, 2020
No one in the wisdom of this world would say that Jesus’ ministry is successful. Yet the Father is pleased with Christ’s work, for he calls all to himself through the seemingly weak means of preaching...  Read More
by Pastor Antonetti