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  • "A Baptism of Repentance for the Forgiveness of Sins" (Mark 1:1-8)

    12/09/2017 10:29:59 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 10, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Baptism of Repentance for the Forgiveness of Sins” (Mark 1:1-8) Well, here comes John the Baptist again. He always shows up around this time of year. Always with kind of a depressing message: “Repent! Get your life straightened out!” John the Baptist is like the Denny Downer of December. Everybody else is having a good time getting ready for Christmas--going shopping, listening to Christmas music, watching specials on TV, having Christmas parties--and here comes John, telling us to repent. John, is that any way to get ready for Christmas? I mean, listen to this part of our text today...
  • "A Day of Judgment and Salvation" (Advent sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:3-9)

    12/06/2017 8:46:01 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 6, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Day of Judgment and Salvation” (1 Corinthians 1:3-9) In thinking about a theme for our three midweek Advent services this year, I decided to go with the Epistle readings for the first three Sundays in Advent. For there is a common theme that you can see in all three. There is a phrase, a connecting thread, that runs through these readings. See if you can notice what it is. First, from the Epistle for the First Sunday in Advent, 1 Corinthians 1, the part where it says: “as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who...
  • "Oh That You Would Rend the Heavens and Come Down" (Sermon, First Sunday in Advent, Isaiah 64:1-9)

    12/02/2017 11:11:05 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 3, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Oh That You Would Rend the Heavens and Come Down” (Isaiah 64:1-9) The Old Testament Reading for today, from Isaiah 64, is an intense prayer. The prophet is begging God to intervene on behalf of his people. As such, it is a fitting prayer also for God’s New Testament people, the church. And so, on this First Sunday in Advent, as we enter this season of waiting for the Lord’s coming, we cry out with Isaiah, “Oh That You Would Rend the Heavens and Come Down.” What is the situation for which Isaiah writes? With prophetic foresight, Isaiah looks ahead...
  • "The Sheep and the Goats" (Sermon for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, on Matthew 25:31-46)

    11/25/2017 9:43:36 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 26, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Sheep and the Goats” (Matthew 25:31-46) Are you a sheep or a goat? You will be one or the other, you know. When? When Christ comes again. Listen again to today’s Gospel reading: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.” Dear friends, you...
  • "Three Words for Thanksgiving: Think, Thank, Talk" (Sermon for Thanksgiving Day; Philippians 4:6-20)

    11/22/2017 11:06:10 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 23, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Three Words for Thanksgiving: Think, Thank, Talk” (Philippians 4:6-20) Today I have three words for you. These are three things you can do to celebrate this Day of Thanksgiving. They are three words that are easy for you to remember for the rest of this day. And here they are: “Three Words for Thanksgiving: Think, Thank, Talk.” We find all three of these ideas present in the Epistle lesson for today, from Philippians 4. First of all, we’ll start with the word “Think.” Paul addresses his brothers at the congregation in Philippi and he says: “Whatever is true, whatever is...
  • "Faithful Stewards of Our Master's Talents" (Sermon on Matthew 25:14-30)

    11/18/2017 10:03:29 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 19, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Faithful Stewards of Our Master’s Talents” (Matthew 25:14-30) Our text is the Holy Gospel for today, from Matthew 25. It’s the story known as the Parable of the Talents. A master gives his servants talents, varying amounts of money, to manage on his behalf. When he comes back, we see what they have done with those talents and what the master says to them about their stewardship. This parable has real application to us, for you and I have been gifted by God with varying talents and abilities, as well as money, to be used faithfully for God’s purposes. You...
  • "Let Us Go to the House of the LORD!" (Sermon on Psalm 122:1)

    11/11/2017 10:47:28 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 12, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Let Us Go to the House of the LORD!” (Psalm 122:1) You may notice that we still have the white paraments up from last week, when we observed All Saints’ Day. That’s because today we’re doing a kind of “All Saints’ Day, Part Two.” Last week we remembered those from our midst who entered the Church Triumphant over the past twelve months: Homer and Dorothy Rouggly, Bob and Dottie Worsham. This week, today, we’re remembering other departed saints from our midst, whom we commemorated at the start of the service with a plaque at the entrance to our church. The...
  • "Who Are These, Clothed in White Robes?" (Sermon for All Saints' Day, on Revelation 7:9-17)

    11/04/2017 10:54:09 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 10 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 5, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Who Are These, Clothed in White Robes?” (Revelation 7:9-17) Today, on this first Sunday in November, we observe All Saints’ Day. On All Saints’ Day, we rejoice that we are part of that great communion of saints that is the church of Christ, both the church on earth and the church in heaven. All the saints, all those made holy by the blood of Christ. Saints, holy ones, set apart to belong to God alone. All saints, all of us who have been baptized into Christ and clothed with his righteousness. On All Saints’ Day we commemorate the faithful departed,...
  • "Reformation 500: By Grace Alone" (Sermon for Reformation Day, on Romans 3:19-28)

    10/28/2017 9:07:56 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 13 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 29, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Reformation 500: By Grace Alone” (Romans 3:19-28) Happy Reformation Day! Now I could say that every year on the last Sunday in October, which is when we observe Reformation Day. But this year it is something special. Because this year, 2017, and this week, October 31--this is the 500th anniversary of that day in 1517 when the Reformation really began. And you and I are here as a result. We are in a church, this congregation, and a church body, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, that hold to the teachings that came out of that great Reformation. We are partnered with...
  • "Render to Caesar, Render to God" (Sermon on Matthew 22:15-22)

    10/21/2017 11:20:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 22, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Render to Caesar, Render to God” (Matthew 22:15-22) Our text today is the Holy Gospel from Matthew 22, the passage that includes the famous saying, “Render unto Caesar.” But as we’ll find out, that is only half of the verse. The other half is about rendering unto God, and really that is the main point of the passage. So today our theme: “Render to Caesar, Render to God.” We’re in Jerusalem in the days leading up to the Passover. Jesus has just come into town a couple of days ago. His enemies have been trying to figure out a way...
  • "Rejoice in the Lord Always" (Sermon on Philippians 4)

    10/14/2017 6:11:24 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 15, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Rejoice in the Lord Always” (Philippians 4) “Rejoice in the Lord Always”: So says Paul in our Epistle reading today. Really? “Rejoice”? “Always”? Are you kidding me? “Rejoice always”? That’s easy for you to say, Paul. You don’t know what I’m going through. If you did, you wouldn’t be telling me to rejoice always. I mean, come on! Look at all these bills I’ve got to pay! Rent, groceries, gasoline, maintenance on the car. Insurance: car insurance, health insurance, insurance on my insurance. Taxes: federal, state, local, and sales taxes, plus the fee for my tax preparer. Paying off the...
  • "Invited to the Feast" (Funeral sermon on Isaiah 25:6-9)

    10/13/2017 7:44:25 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 13, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Invited to the Feast” (Isaiah 25:6-9) There’s a big feast coming, and Bob is invited! In fact, his seat is already guaranteed. There’s a big feast coming, and you are invited too. That’s what I want to tell you about today, that we have been “Invited to the Feast.” What is this feast I’m referring to? It’s the one spoken of by the prophet Isaiah. You heard this prophecy in the reading from Isaiah 25. It begins: “On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of...
  • "The Joy of Knowing Christ" (Sermon on Philippians 3)

    10/07/2017 6:10:04 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 8, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Joy of Knowing Christ” (Philippians 3)I noticed in the news about a week ago--maybe you saw it too--that Monty Hall died. He was the longtime host of the television game show, Let’s Make a Deal. You remember how the show worked? Monty would pick out a member of the studio audience and offer that person, say, $200 for the tennis shoes she was wearing. Then Monty would suggest a deal. Do you want to keep the $200 you have in your hand, or do you want to trade it in for what’s behind the curtain, where Carol Merrill is...
  • "The Joy of Being of the Same Mind, the Mind of Christ" (Sermon on Philippians 2)

    09/30/2017 10:46:37 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 11 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 1, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Joy of Being of the Same Mind, the Mind of Christ” (Philippians 2) Today is the second in our four-week series on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians. We’re going chapter by chapter through the four chapters of this letter. Last week we introduced the series by noting that Philippians is often called “The Epistle of Joy,” because of the recurring theme of joy running through the letter. We saw it last week in Philippians 1. There Paul describes his relationship with the Philippians in what we called a “Joyful Gospel Partnership.” Through the message that Paul had preached...
  • "A Joyful Gospel Partnership" (Sermon on Philippians 1)

    09/23/2017 8:30:50 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 24, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Joyful Gospel Partnership” (Philippians 1) Today we start a four-week series of readings and sermons--and Bible classes, as well--on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians. The official Epistle readings from the lectionary have big chunks of each of the four chapters over these four weeks, but since we’re diving in whole-hog, as it were, I decided I’d read the whole chapter each week, as you just heard. So today we begin with Philippians chapter 1. In trying to come up with a theme for this message--and really, for the whole book--I thought back to a sermon I heard long...
  • "The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant" (Sermon on Matthew 18:21-35)

    09/16/2017 10:59:20 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 16 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 17, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant” (Matthew 18:21-35) Forgiveness doesn’t count. Oh, don’t get me wrong! I don’t mean that it doesn’t matter of that it’s not important. By no means. No, forgiveness counts for a lot in that respect. In fact, it’s everything. We’d be lost without forgiveness. But when I say, Forgiveness doesn’t count, I mean it in the way that Jesus teaches it, which is to say, forgiveness doesn’t keep score. Forgiveness doesn’t count. It doesn’t keep score or keep track of how many times it has to forgive or how much sin it has to have...
  • "Dealing Drastically with Sin" (Sermon on Matthew 18:1-20)

    09/08/2017 8:26:42 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 10, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Dealing Drastically with Sin” (Matthew 18:1-20) How seriously do we take the matter of sin? Our own sin? The sin of others? I think that is the theme running through the teachings of Jesus today in the Holy Gospel from Matthew 18: the seriousness of sin and our need to treat it as such. And so our message this morning: “Dealing Drastically with Sin.” I think, generally speaking, in our culture today people do not treat sin as a serious matter, and we certainly do not deal drastically with it. We let it slide. We excuse it. We rationalize it....
  • "How to Understand--and Do--Christian Exhortations" (Sermon on Romans 12:9-21)

    09/01/2017 10:10:43 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 3, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “How to Understand--and Do--Christian Exhortations” (Romans 12:9-21) Take a look again at the Epistle reading for today, as printed on your Scripture insert. It’s Romans 12:9-21, and it starts out as follows: “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” What do you notice about all...
  • "Who Is This Man?" (Sermon on Matthew 16:13-20)

    08/26/2017 10:49:00 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 27, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Who Is This Man?” (Matthew 16:13-20) “Who is this man?” Who is this man Jesus? This is the most important question that has ever been asked. How will you answer it? The question comes up in the Holy Gospel for today, from Matthew 16. Our text begins: “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’” Who is this man? Who is this Jesus? That is...
  • "Jesus and the Canaanite Woman" (Sermon on Matthew 15:21-28)

    08/20/2017 1:18:07 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 20, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Jesus and the Canaanite Woman” (Matthew 15:21-28) What kind of faith do you have, in what kind of God? That is the question that our text today will help us to answer. For what we will see in our text is this: What kind of faith? A persevering faith. In what kind of God? In a merciful Lord. Persevering faith in a merciful Lord--that is the story of “Jesus and the Canaanite Woman.” The story begins with Jesus going up to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Tyre and Sidon are cities outside the boundaries of Israel--they’re up north, along...