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  • "Confessing the Faith with the Augsburg Confessors" (Sermon on Psalm 119:46)

    06/24/2017 9:53:18 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 25, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Confessing the Faith with the Augsburg Confessors” (Psalm 119:46) Today Lutheran churches around the world are celebrating the 487th anniversary of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession. On June 25, 1530, in the city of Augsburg, Germany, a group of Lutheran princes presented a confession of their faith, composed by the theologian Philip Melanchthon, Luther’s right-hand man--they presented their confession to Emperor Charles V. That document, called the Augsburg Confession, summarizes what our Lutheran churches believe, teach, and confess, on the basis of Holy Scripture. Today then we want to consider what it means for us to be “Confessing the...
  • "A Kingdom of Priests" (Sermon on Exodus 19:2-8)

    06/17/2017 10:27:48 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 18, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Kingdom of Priests” (Exodus 19:2-8) “You shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” What did this mean for Old Testament Israel? What does it mean for the church today? What does it mean for you in your life? That’s what we’re going to explore now as we consider the Lord’s calling for us to be “A Kingdom of Priests.” Our text is the word that the Lord spoke to Israel at Mount Sinai, shortly after he had brought...
  • "Created, Redeemed, and Sanctified by the Triune God" (Funeral sermon on the Apostles' Creed)

    06/16/2017 3:20:06 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 17 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 16, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Created, Redeemed, and Sanctified by the Triune God” (Apostles’ Creed)Bob, Karen, Michele, friends and family of our dear sister Dottie: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. A Christian funeral service is both a time of sadness and a time of hope. It is a time of sadness, because we will miss our dear loved one. And so we grieve. However, as St. Paul tells the Thessalonians, we grieve, but not as those who have no hope. We do have hope, the only hope that works. For the Christian, our hope is firmly...
  • "The Athanasian Creed: Incomprehensible?" (Sermon for the Holy Trinity)

    06/10/2017 6:05:06 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 11 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 11, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Athanasian Creed: Incomprehensible?”Today is Trinity Sunday--or, more properly called, the Feast of the Holy Trinity--and as such, this is the one day in the year when we confess the Athanasian Creed. Actually, we believe, teach, and confess the Athanasian Creed 365 days a year; it’s just this is the one day in the year when we speak it aloud in church during the service. You see, the church confesses three ecumenical creeds: the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. They are called “ecumenical” creeds, because they are held all across Christendom. The Apostles’ Creed is the...
  • "From Tabernacles to Pentecost" (Sermon for the Day of Pentecost, on John 7:37-39)

    06/03/2017 10:02:11 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 4, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “From Tabernacles to Pentecost” (John 7:37-39) Today is the Feast of Pentecost, a major festival in the Christian church year. Today we celebrate the giving of the Holy Spirit, whom our ascended Lord Jesus Christ poured out on his church, as we read about in the second chapter of Acts. That was the beginning of the worldwide spread of the gospel, and you and I are here today as Christians because of what began on that first Pentecost. Actually, though, that was not the first Pentecost. For the Christian Feast of Pentecost has its roots in the Jewish Feast of...
  • "Our Anxieties and God's Care" (Sermon for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, on 1 Peter 4-5 and John 17)

    05/27/2017 10:09:00 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 28, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Our Anxieties and God’s Care” (1 Peter 4:12-19; 5:6-11; John 17:1-11) What are your anxieties? What are you worried about? Anxiety is really another way to say worry. They pretty much mean the same thing. To be anxious, to be worried, means that something is weighing on your mind that you’re thinking about, almost obsessing about. You’re worried about what might happen in the future. It’s the negative prospect of what might happen that keep hanging around in your head. That’s anxiety, that’s worry. So what are your anxieties? We all have them. From time to time, some negative possibility...
  • "Ascension Day, the Forgotten Festival" (Sermon for the Ascension of Our Lord, on Luke 24, Acts 1)

    05/25/2017 3:27:13 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 25, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Ascension Day, the Forgotten Festival” (Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-11) Welcome to the Forgotten Festival! Today is Ascension Day, or, as it’s more properly called, the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. But there is reason to call it, as I say, the “Forgotten” Festival. Because even though Ascension Day is classed in the church year as a major festival, which means it’s a day for all churches to hold the Divine Service of Word and Sacrament, the sad fact is that in recent decades many congregations and many Christians have forgotten all about celebrating this important festival. It used...
  • "A Living, Loving Family" (Sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, on John 14:15-21)

    05/20/2017 8:38:07 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 21, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Living, Loving Family” (John 14:15-21) Christ establishes his church to be “A Living, Loving Family.” And you are a part of it. A living, loving family. Now how do you hear that? Do you hear it as heavy demand, something we cannot possibly do? Or do you hear it as gift, something that Christ has graciously made us part of? Does Christ’s call for us to be a living, loving family--do you hear this as burden or gift? As pressure or joy? And besides how we hear it, there is also the question of how we do it. How...
  • "Hope for the Future and a Present Priesthood" (Sermon, Fifth Sunday of Easter; John 14, 1 Peter 2)

    05/13/2017 11:45:07 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 14, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Hope for the Future and a Present Priesthood” (John 14:1-14; 1 Peter 2:2-10)You gotta have hope. Hope is faith facing the future. You and I, we need something to look forward to. Otherwise, we lose heart, we get depressed, and our hopelessness paralyzes us. So we need hope, hope for the future, in order to function well in the present. And really, we need hope for the big future, the eternal future. Because the reality is, at some point, we’re going to depart this life. At some point, something is going to do us in, and death is going to...
  • "The Good Shepherd Gives Gifts to His Sheep" (Funeral sermon on John 10:1-18, 22-30)

    05/11/2017 4:07:21 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 10, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Good Shepherd Gives Gifts to His Sheep” (John 10:1-18, 22-30) “The forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” So we just said we believe when we confessed the Apostles’ Creed. This is the faith all Christians believe. This is the faith Dorothy believed. It’s the faith into which she was baptized. “The forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” These are gifts given us by the Good Shepherd, our Lord Jesus Christ. They are gifts given to Dorothy. They are gifts given to you. The good news today is...
  • "The Good Shepherd for Straying and Suffering Sheep" (Sermon, Fourth Sunday of Easter, 1 Peter 2)

    05/06/2017 8:22:48 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 7, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Good Shepherd for Straying and Suffering Sheep” (1 Peter 2:19-25) I’m guessing by now you’ve picked up on the theme of the day. You’ve heard it throughout the service so far. For example, in the Introit, the words of Jesus: “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, and I lay down my life for the sheep.” In the Psalm: “The Lord is my shepherd.” In the Holy Gospel, where Jesus calls himself “the shepherd of the sheep.” In the Hymn of the Day, “The King of Love My Shepherd Is.” Yes, no...
  • "Opening the Scriptures, Breaking the Bread" (Sermon for Third Sunday of Easter, on Luke 24:13-35)

    04/29/2017 3:43:34 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 30, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Opening the Scriptures, Breaking the Bread” (Luke 24:13-35) One of my favorite paintings is one we happen to have hanging in the hallway here at St. Matthew’s. I’ve brought it forward this morning, because it goes with the Gospel reading for today. The painting is called, in German, “Gang nach Emmaus,” “The Road to Emmaus,” by a 19th-century Swiss artist, Robert Zünd. I love this painting, because it really activates my imagination. You’re looking from a distance at Jesus walking with two disciples on the road to Emmaus, while Jesus is opening the Scriptures to them. You wish you could...
  • "Easter Joy Continues!" (Sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter, on John 20, Acts 5, and 1 Peter 1)

    04/22/2017 7:52:29 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 23, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Easter Joy Continues!” (John 20:19-31; Acts 5:29-42; 1 Peter 1:3-9) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Yes, he is risen indeed! And guess what? He is still risen! Christ didn’t stop being risen once Easter Day was over. And so the Easter season continues--and with it, our Easter joy. It’s the Second Sunday “of” Easter! Thus our theme for this morning: “Easter Joy Continues!” The Easter joy was certainly evident last Sunday. Easter Day at St. Matthew’s was a day of great joy. As soon as the resurrection was announced at the start of the service, we...
  • "Raised with Our Risen Lord" (Sermon for Easter Day, on Colossians 3:1-4)

    04/15/2017 7:22:32 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 16, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Raised with Our Risen Lord” (Colossians 3:1-4) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Yes, indeed Christ is risen! And because he is, guess what? You are risen too! That’s our message this morning on this beautiful Easter Day: “Raised with Our Risen Lord.” Our text is the Epistle, from Colossians, where it says that we have been “raised with Christ.” But of course that is predicated on Christ himself having been raised. If Christ has not been raised, then everything else falls apart. But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead, and so everything holds...
  • "The Suffering, Sacrificing, Saving Servant" (Sermon for Good Friday, on Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12)

    04/14/2017 9:04:41 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 14, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Suffering, Sacrificing, Saving Servant” (Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12) “Behold, my servant,” says the Lord. Yes, behold him today. Behold the servant of the Lord serving in a most unexpected way: serving by suffering. Today on this Good Friday we behold Jesus Christ, the Lord’s faithful, righteous servant, suffering a death he doesn’t deserve. But because he does, you will receive what you don’t deserve. And that is good news on this Good Friday. So now behold Jesus Christ, “The Suffering, Sacrificing, Saving Servant.” “Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be...
  • "The Catechism in Six Parts: The Sacrament of the Altar" (Sermon for Holy Thursday)

    04/14/2017 6:54:35 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 14 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 13, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Catechism in Six Parts: The Sacrament of the Altar” Tonight we conclude our series on “The Catechism in Six Parts.” So far in the Catechism we’ve looked at the Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, and Confession. That brings us tonight to the Sacrament of the Altar--and fittingly enough, on Holy Thursday, the night in which this sacrament was instituted. Everything we want to say about the Sacrament tonight we find in the words with which Christ institutes this holy meal. These words: “Take eat; this is my body, which is given for...
  • "Holy Week: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb" (Sermon for Palm Sunday, on Matthew 21:1-11; 27:11-66)

    04/09/2017 7:05:11 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 9, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Holy Week: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb” (Matthew 21:1-11; 27:11-66) “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” Have you heard that saying before? It refers to the month of March. The idea is that March usually comes in “like a lion”--the weather is harsh and cold--but at the end of the month, March often goes out “like a lamb”: the weather is fair and mild. “In like a lion, out like a lamb”: strong at the beginning of the month, gentle at the end. That may be true for the month of March, but you can...
  • "The Catechism in Six Parts: Confession" {Sermon}

    04/06/2017 7:02:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 5, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Catechism in Six Parts: Confession” Tonight we come to the part of the Catechism that is probably the least known to us today, and that is Confession. The practice of Confession may be unfamiliar to you. Confession is unfamiliar to most Lutherans these days, even though it has been around for as long as the church has been around. It is a church practice that the church doesn’t practice much anymore. It is infrequently used. Tonight I want to dispel some myths and some fears about Confession, so that we’ll feel more comfortable about it and maybe put it...
  • "The Raising of Lazarus" (Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, on John 11:1-53)

    04/02/2017 12:07:07 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 2, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Raising of Lazarus” (John 11:1-53) Our text today is the account of “The Raising of Lazarus,” from John chapter 11. In this chapter, Jesus does three things: He raises the dead. He arouses faith. And he rouses the opposition. Three things, and what he does, he does for you. The most obvious thing Jesus does is to raise a dead man. Think about that. Jesus raises a dead man! Who has ever heard of such a thing? The man’s name was Lazarus. He was a friend of Jesus and his disciples. His sisters you’ve heard of, too. Mary and...
  • "The Catechism in Six Parts: The Sacrament of Holy Baptism" (Sermon)

    03/30/2017 4:25:35 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 29, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Catechism in Six Parts: The Sacrament of Holy Baptism” So far in our series on the catechism, we’ve covered the Ten Commandments, the Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer. Tonight we come to the sacraments. We begin, fittingly enough, with the sacrament with which we begin the Christian life, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. What I want to say about Baptism I can summarize in two words: It works. It works! It is effective. It actually does something--quite a lot, really. Holy Baptism works, and it works in your life. Tonight we want to answer three questions about the Sacrament...