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  • "When Our Lord Ascends, He Also Sends" (Sermon for the Ascension of Our Lord, on Luke 24:44-53)

    05/13/2021 9:34:21 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 13, 2021 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “When Our Lord Ascends, He Also Sends” (Luke 24:44-53) Today we’re celebrating the Ascension of Our Lord. Forty days after his resurrection, our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, and so it is on this day--forty days after Easter, always on a Thursday--when we have this festival. And what I want to focus on today for our Ascension theme is this: “When Our Lord Ascends, He Also Sends.” When our Lord ascends, he also sends. What do I mean by that? I mean that when our Lord Jesus Christ ascends into heaven, at the same time he also sends out...
  • "Witnesses: From Jerusalem to Worms to America" (Sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter, on Luke 24:36-49)

    04/17/2021 6:34:25 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 18, 2021 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Witnesses: From Jerusalem to Worms to America” (Luke 24:36-49) The disciples were in Jerusalem. They think that Jesus, their master, is dead and buried. Then suddenly Jesus is standing there in the room, and they don’t know what to think: “Is that really him? Are we imagining this? Is that his ghost? What’s going on here?” Then Jesus speaks: “Why are you confused? Didn’t I tell you I would rise on the third day? Well, here I am. So you think I’m a ghost, do you? Look, see my hands and my feet. See the nail marks there. Yes, it...
  • "At Home in God's House, Growing in Wisdom" (Sermon for the Second Sunday after Christmas, on Luke 2:40-52)

    01/02/2021 10:04:28 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 3, 2021 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “At Home in God’s House, Growing in Wisdom” (Luke 2:40-52) We just sang: “Within the Father’s house the Son has found his home.” Even at twelve years old, Jesus was at home in God’s house. And earlier in this service, we sang: “For He is our childhood’s pattern, day by day like us He grew.” Jesus is our childhood’s pattern, but he is also our adulthood’s pattern, as well! Listen to these verses from today’s Gospel. At the start of the reading, Luke 2, verse 40: Jesus “grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was...
  • "The Word: Tabernacled and Received" (Sermon for Christmas Day, on John 1:1-18)

    12/24/2020 8:50:53 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 25, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Word: Tabernacled and Received” (John 1:1-18) On this great festival of the Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Day, the Holy Gospel every year is St. John’s profound prologue that opens his gospel. And today, as we look at this text, I want to zero in on three portions of this prologue, under the theme, “The Word: Tabernacled and Received.” First, the Word. And that literally is the first thing John writes about in his gospel, namely, the Word. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the...
  • "Christmas in Three Acts" (Sermon for Christmas Eve, on Luke 2:1-20)

    12/23/2020 11:26:44 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 24, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Christmas in Three Acts” (Luke 2:1-20) The Gospel reading that we hear every year on Christmas Eve, Luke 2, verses 1-20--this account naturally falls into three sections, three parts, corresponding to the three paragraphs you find in your bulletin. In a way, it’s like a play that has three acts. Only this play is entirely factual; nothing fictional about it. It really happened this way. And when I say it has three “acts,” I not only mean that the story presents itself in three scenes, but I also mean that these are acts of God. In other words, God is...
  • "The Handmaid's Tale" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, on Luke 1:26-38)

    12/19/2020 6:43:51 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 20, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Luke 1:26-38) I’ve never seen the program, but I have heard about a television series called “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The premise of the show is that there is a tyrannical, theocratic government that is oppressing women. Of course, the religious people are portrayed as evil. The women that they are oppressing and enslaving are called “handmaids.” Well, the American Left have seized upon this, and in some of their marches, their women dress in the handmaids’ costumes as a way of protesting how religious people in our country are oppressing women. However, in the Holy Gospel for...
  • And Mary Said....

    11/28/2020 4:12:10 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    Bible Gateway ^ | AD 80-110 | Saint Luke
    Mary’s Song of Praise“My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; 49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50 And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation. 51 He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, 52 he has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those...
  • Apostle Peter Accused Of Holding Super Spreader Event On Day Of Pentecost (10/29/33 A.D.)

    11/01/2020 5:50:31 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | October 29, 33 A.D. | The Babylone Bee
    JERUSALEM—Authorities are investigating after witnesses accused a local religious nut named Simon Peter and several others of hosting an unauthorized super spreader event in an enclosed room in Jerusalem. Experts say the event, which was not authorized by the local Jewish or Roman authorities, may put everyone in the area at risk for infectious diseases such as leprosy. "This is completely inexcusable," said local magistrate Biggus Tookus. "We have found that there were at least 11 people at this event. No one's address was recorded at the door and we don't know where they are now." One medical expert named...
  • "A Walk to Emmaus" (Sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter, on Luke 24:13-35)

    04/25/2020 8:47:47 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 26, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Walk to Emmaus” (Luke 24:13-35) I hope you can see the painting I posted on my Facebook page to go with today’s Gospel reading. It’s called “Gang nach Emmaus,” “The Road to Emmaus,” and it was painted by a 19th-century Swiss artist, Robert Zünd. It’s one of my favorite paintings. It’s like I want to put myself into the picture and get up there and walk alongside Jesus as he opens up the Scriptures. What a Bible study that must have been! Well, maybe today we can zoom in (no pun intended) and hear what Jesus has to say....
  • "The Purification of Mary, the Presentation of Our Lord, and the Consolation of God's People" (Sermon on Luke 2:22-40)

    02/01/2020 10:07:29 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 14 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 2, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Purification of Mary, the Presentation of Our Lord, and the Consolation of God’s People” (Luke 2:22-40) For most Americans, today is being called either “Groundhog Day” or “Super Bowl Sunday.” But for us in the church, we observe this day, February 2, for two events that are much more significant, namely, “The Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Our Lord.” And that in turn will lead us to celebrate something that results from this day, and that is, the consolation of God’s people. Thus our theme this morning: “The Purification of Mary, the Presentation of Our Lord, and...
  • "Increasing in Wisdom" (Sermon for the Second Sunday after Christmas, on Luke 2:40-52)

    01/04/2020 5:19:50 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 5, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Increasing in Wisdom” (Luke 2:40-52) When Jesus was an infant, he was presented in the temple at 40 days old. From that point on, we know nothing of the life of Jesus, until he began his public ministry at the age of 30--except for two incidents: One is the visit of the wise men and the flight to Egypt, when Jesus was less than two. The only other incident we have from Jesus’ childhood is when he was twelve. It’s the Gospel reading you just heard, the story usually called “The Boy Jesus in the Temple.” It’s the story of...
  • "Christmas Carols Come Alive!" (Sermon for Christmas Eve, on Luke 2:1-20)

    12/24/2019 4:41:42 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 24, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Christmas Carols Come Alive!” (Luke 2:1-20) Christmas carols are, obviously, very popular at this time of year. You hear them all over the radio these days--although that will probably stop after tomorrow. These secular radio stations start playing Christmas music back around November 1, and they stop right when the church begins the twelve days of the real Christmas season. But these stations wouldn’t be playing Christmas music unless lots of people liked to tune in and listen. The joy and warmth of the holiday season comes through when Christmas carols are played. What’s even greater, though, is when Christmas...
  • "The Day Is Surely Drawing Near" (Sermon on Luke 21:5-28)

    11/16/2019 9:46:21 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 17, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Day Is Surely Drawing Near” (Luke 21:5-28) “The Day Is Surely Drawing Near,” we just sang. Which day? The day “when Jesus, God’s anointed, in all His power shall appear as judge whom God appointed.” It’s the day when, as we confess in the Creed, Christ “will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead.” This is a common theme in November. We’re approaching the end of the church year, and so our readings and our hymns emphasize the end times. “The Day Is Surely Drawing Near.” Friends, we are living in the end times,...
  • "This Man Receives Sinners" (Sermon on Luke 15:1-10)

    09/14/2019 10:56:29 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 15, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “This Man Receives Sinners” (Luke 15:1-10) “This Man Receives Sinners.” So said the Pharisees and the scribes about Jesus. They meant it as an insult: “This man receives sinners.” We hear those same words, and we take them as the most wonderful good news: “This man receives sinners!” I guess it depends on what you think about “this man,” Jesus, and whether or not you put yourself in the category of “sinners.” Our text is the Holy Gospel for today, from Luke 15. First, let’s set the stage and identify the players in this drama. There’s Jesus, of course, the...
  • "'Blessed Is the Man': Really, Lord?" (Sermon on Psalm 1 and Luke 14:25-35)

    09/07/2019 9:09:20 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 8, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “‘Blessed Is the Man’: Really, Lord?” (Psalm 1; Luke 14:25-35) Please turn with me once again to Psalm 1, in the front of your hymnal. We sang this psalm earlier in the service, but now I’d like us to speak together the first three verses. Psalm 1, verses 1 through 3: Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like...
  • "Was Jesus Making the Sabbath Day a Labor Day?" (Sermon on Luke 14:1-14)

    08/31/2019 9:51:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 13 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 1, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Was Jesus Making the Sabbath Day a Labor Day?” (Luke 14:1-14) Many of you know that I grew up in the most Jewish neighborhood in the city of Chicago. Lots of Jewish families on every block. The family next door to us were Orthodox Jews, meaning that they tried to keep the laws of Judaism, literally, very religiously. I remember one time they hired my sister to come over next door to their place on Saturdays, so that she could turn on the air conditioner for them, since that was considered work, and they were not supposed to do any...
  • "Fear Not, Little Flock" (Sermon on Luke 12:22-34)

    08/10/2019 8:04:35 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 11, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Fear Not, Little Flock” (Luke 12:22-34) “Fear not,” the Lord tells Abram in our Old Testament Reading for today. “Fear not,” Jesus tells his disciples in the Holy Gospel. “Fear not.” “Fear not.” Do these “fear nots” have you tied up in knots? Are you worried that you’re not good enough of a Christian, because you do have fears, you do have worries? Well, instead of being tied up in knots, realize today that these “fear nots” come with promises attached. And that makes all the difference. And so our theme this morning: “Fear Not, Little Flock.” What are your...
  • "In What Does Your Life Consist?" (Sermon on Luke 12:13-21 and Colossians 3:1-11)

    08/03/2019 11:36:56 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 4, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “In What Does Your Life Consist?” (Luke 12:13-21; Colossians 3:1-11) In the Holy Gospel for today, Jesus says these words: “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Well, if your life does not consist in the abundance of your possessions, then what does your life consist in? That’s what we’re going to explore this morning: “In What Does Your Life Consist?” “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” What prompted...
  • "Law Questions and the Good Samaritan Answer" (Sermon on Luke 10:25-37)

    07/13/2019 2:22:00 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 14, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Law Questions and the Good Samaritan Answer” (Luke 10:25-37) Our text today is one of the most well-known parables in the Bible. It’s the story of the Good Samaritan. And Jesus’ parable is prompted by a couple of questions that someone asks him. Law questions, questions about what we have to do to keep God’s Law. And so our theme this morning: “Law Questions and the Good Samaritan Answer.” What prompts Jesus to tell this story? It’s a little exchange he has with a lawyer in the crowd. Our text starts out: “And behold, a lawyer stood up to put...
  • "Excuses, Excuses, Excuses!" (Sermon on Luke 14:15-24 and Isaiah 66:10-14)

    07/06/2019 4:56:14 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 7, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Excuses, Excuses, Excuses!” (Luke 14:15-24; Isaiah 66:10-14) Recently I read this quote from an observer of the American church scene: “15 years ago, 40% of church members attended four times a month. In 2018, only 10% attended four times a month, a 37% drop in worship attendance. So you could have the exact same membership church, and on Sunday mornings it looks like you’ve lost over a third of your members.” Now a certain amount of this can be attributed to aging. There are people still on membership rosters, but now they are homebound and no longer able to make...