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  • "Abide in the Vine" (Sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, on John 15:1-8)

    04/27/2024 2:41:49 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies
    My Facebook page ^ | April 28, 2024 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Abide in the Vine” (John 15:1-8) About a year and a half ago, some friends and I went up to western Michigan, and, among our stops, we visited a vineyard. We walked over to where the grapes were growing, and saw them up close. Clusters of big, juicy-looking grapes hanging from the branches! Just beautiful! And what did all these clusters of grapes have in common? They were all on branches that were attached to the vine. There weren’t any broken-off branches lying on the ground that had beautiful grapes on them. No, just the branches that were attached to...
  • "Salvation in the Good Shepherd and in No One Else" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, on Acts 4:1-12; John 10:11-18)

    04/20/2024 4:24:59 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    My Facebook page ^ | April 21, 2024 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Salvation in the Good Shepherd and in No One Else” (Acts 4:1-12; John 10:11-18) Today we are celebrating “Good Shepherd Sunday,” the day every year when the readings, the hymns, etc., all deal with Jesus as our Good Shepherd. Which makes our first reading today seem a little out of place. Because in this text from Acts 4 there is no mention of “shepherd” or “flock” or that type of language. But it is a strong resurrection text, which makes it fitting during this Easter season. And it certainly proclaims salvation in Christ most clearly. And this does tie in...
  • "The Good Shepherd Gives Life to His Undershepherd" (Funeral sermon on Revelation 7:9-17; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 10:11-18)

    04/19/2024 4:46:41 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    My Facebook page ^ | April 19, 2024 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Good Shepherd Gives Life to His Undershepherd” (Revelation 7:9-17; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 10:11-18) Dear Miriam, Matthew, Anne Marie, family, and friends of our brother Leonard: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. When we lose a loved one--whether that’s a husband, father, grandfather, friend, fellow church member--we can experience a range of emotions. Certainly there’s a sense of loss, grief, in knowing that we will not see that person again in this life. But for the Christian, when we lose a brother or sister in Christ, there’s also a peace and a...
  • "Thus It Is Written, Fulfilled, and Proclaimed" (Sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter, on Luke 24:36-49)

    04/13/2024 7:55:13 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    My Facebook page ^ | April 14, 2024 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Thus It Is Written, Fulfilled, and Proclaimed” (Luke 24:36-49) Do you want to know what the Bible is all about? Do you want to know what Jesus came to do? Do you want to know what the church’s preaching should emphasize? If so, then I’ve got good news for you. The answers to all three of these questions are found in today’s Gospel reading from Luke 24, specifically, in these verses: “Then Jesus said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of...
  • "Blessed Are Those Who Have Not Seen and Yet Have Believed" (Sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter, on John 20:19-31)

    04/06/2024 7:20:25 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    My Facebook page ^ | April 7, 2024 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Blessed Are Those Who Have Not Seen and Yet Have Believed” (John 20:19-31) Suppose you happened to be indoors all afternoon tomorrow. And the next day people say to you, “Hey, how about that eclipse yesterday?” And you say, “Sorry, I didn’t see it. Therefore, since I didn’t see it, it must not have happened.” Now that would be ridiculous. Just because you didn’t see it, there were plenty of people who did. Just because you didn’t see it, it still happened. Yeah, as crazy as it sounds for the sun to turn pitch black in the middle of the...
  • "Just as He Told You" (Sermon for the Resurrection of Our Lord: Easter Day, on Mark 16:1-8)

    03/30/2024 4:10:50 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    My Facebook page ^ | March 31, 2024 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Just as He Told You” (Mark 16:1-8) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) You say that with such conviction! And well you should. For Christ’s resurrection is the heart and soul of our hope as Christians. Brothers and sisters, our Lord Jesus Christ has conquered sin and death for us. He has secured for us the sure and certain hope of our own resurrection and everlasting life. Which makes our Gospel reading today a little strange. It doesn’t end the way we would like. We would want the woman at the tomb, who had just heard those...
  • "The Great Good Friday Eclipse" (Sermon for Good Friday, on Mark 15:1-47)

    03/29/2024 11:32:17 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    My Facebook page ^ | March 29, 2024 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Great Good Friday Eclipse” (Mark 15:1-47) It’s early afternoon on an early spring day, with lots of people in town, and the sky turns completely dark. No, I’m not talking about what will happen here on April 8, when Greenwood and the whole Indianapolis area will lie in the path of totality of a solar eclipse, and lots of people will be here to experience that rare event. No, I’m talking about what happened in Jerusalem back on the day when Jesus was crucified. On that day, lots of people were in town for the Passover festival. And on...
  • "Love to Receive, Love to Give" (Sermon for Holy Thursday, on John 13:1-17, 31b-35)

    03/28/2024 5:48:17 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    My Facebook page ^ | March 28, 2024 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Love to Receive, Love to Give” (John 13:1-17, 31b-35) “Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” Yes, Jesus did that. And he also tells his disciples: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” And so our message tonight is all about love: The love with which Jesus loved us, and then the love he would have us give to one another. “Love to Receive, Love to Give.” First of all, love to receive. This...
  • "Reserved for a King" (Sermon for Palm Sunday, on Mark 11:1-10)

    03/23/2024 6:41:12 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    My Facebook page ^ | March 24, 2024 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Reserved for a King” (Mark 11:1-10) Our story today starts out with “a colt tied.” As our text says, “You will find a colt tied.” But no, I’m not talking about finding Peyton Manning tied with Brett Favre at 186 regular-season wins. This is not about an Indianapolis Colt. This is about a different colt, in a different town, tied in a different way. The colt I’m talking about is the one that Jesus uses to ride into Jerusalem on. Jesus sends two of his disciples ahead to get it: “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately...
  • "The Passion of Our Lord: 'Eloi, Eloi, Lema Sabachthani?'" (Lenten sermon on Mark 15:33-47)

    03/20/2024 8:25:04 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    My Facebook page ^ | March 20, 2024 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Passion of Our Lord: ‘Eloi, Eloi, Lema Sabachthani?’” (Mark 15:33-47) “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” So cries Jesus from the cross, as found in Matthew and Mark, where it is the only word from the cross that is recorded. “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” What is so striking about this is that it is spoken, and recorded for us, in another language. That language is Aramaic, which is sort of a cousin to Hebrew. Aramaic was the everyday language that Jewish people like Jesus spoke at that time. And we find several places in the gospels where Jesus’ words in Aramaic...
  • "Not to Be Served But to Serve" (Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, on Mark 10:32-45)

    03/16/2024 6:52:16 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    My Facebook page ^ | March 17, 2024 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Not to Be Served But to Serve” (Mark 10:32-45) Let me start out our message today with a question. Here it is. Which of these two statements is true: a) “A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none,” or b) “A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to all.” Which one is true? Actually, the correct answer is c) “both of the above.” A Christian is both a perfectly free lord of all and a perfectly dutiful servant of all. It was Martin Luther who set forth these two seemingly contradictory propositions in...
  • "Eloi, Eloi, Lema Sabachthani?" (Sermon for Good Friday, on Isaiah 52-53; Psalm 22; Mark 15)

    04/03/2015 9:15:23 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 3, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Eloi, Eloi, Lema Sabachthani?” (Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12; Psalm 22; Mark 15:1-47)“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” This is one of the seven words from the cross, that is, one of the seven times Jesus spoke during his crucifixion. “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” This saying of Jesus is recorded for us in two of the four gospels, in Matthew and Mark, where it is the only word from the cross that is recorded. For the other words from the cross, we have to go to Luke and John. “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” I think what is so striking about this word from...
  • "The Passion of Our Lord: Suffered under Pontius Pilate" (Lenten sermon on Mark 15:1-32)

    03/13/2024 9:41:55 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    My Facebook page ^ | March 13, 2024 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Passion of Our Lord: Suffered under Pontius Pilate” (Mark 15:1-32) Tonight we continue our series on “The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Mark.” During this series, we’re going through Mark chapters 14 and 15 piece by piece. Now we come to chapter 15. It’s Good Friday, when Jesus is handed over to the Roman governor to suffer and die. And so our theme tonight: “The Passion of Our Lord: Suffered under Pontius Pilate.” To set the scene: Jesus was betrayed and arrested the night before, was tried by the Jewish Sanhedrin, and found guilty of...
  • "The Passion of Our Lord: Truth on Trial" (Lenten sermon on Mark 14:53-72)

    03/13/2024 9:37:11 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    My Facebook page ^ | March 6, 2024 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Passion of Our Lord: Truth on Trial” (Mark 14:53-72) It’s Thursday night, late. Overnight, really. Heading into Friday. And truth is on trial. Jesus is on trial. So is the Sanhedrin that is trying him. So is Peter, his disciple. And so are we, frankly. Who will pass the test? Let’s find out. And so our theme tonight: “The Passion of Our Lord: Truth on Trial.” Jesus is on trial. He’s appearing before the Jewish council, the Sanhedrin. The council is comprised of the high priest, the chief priests, the elders, the scribes, and other representatives of the Jewish...
  • "For God Loved the World in This Way" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, on John 3:14-21)

    03/09/2024 7:58:33 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    My Facebook page ^ | March 10, 2024 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “For God Loved the World in This Way” (John 3:14-21) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” That of course is the famous John 3:16, part of the Holy Gospel for this day. “For God so loved the world.” But there’s a lot riding on that little word “so.” How do we understand it? Simply as “God loved the world so much,” and then we fill in what we think his loving the world must mean, based on our own opinions, not on...
  • "The Law of God Is Good and Wise" (Sermon for the Third Sunday in Lent, on Exodus 20:1-17)

    03/02/2024 5:32:14 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    My Facebook page ^ | March 3, 2024 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Law of God Is Good and Wise” (Exodus 20:1-17) “The Law of God is good and wise”: So we just sang in the hymn. But is it? Is the Law of God really good and wise? I mean, yes, it does set God’s will before our eyes. And yes, it does show us the way of righteousness. However, the Law does doom us to death when we transgress. And we do transgress. A lot. So is the Law of God really all that good and wise? Really, when it dooms us? When it damns us? If so, what good...
  • "The Passion of Our Lord: Praying in Gethsemane" (Lenten sermon on Mark 14:32-52)

    02/28/2024 5:31:13 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    My Facebook page ^ | February 28, 2024 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Passion of Our Lord: Praying in Gethsemane” (Mark 14:32-52) So it’s Thursday night. Jesus and the disciples have been celebrating the Passover. At the end of that meal, Jesus institutes a new Passover, the new covenant in his body and blood. At the same time, Jesus knows that one of his disciples will betray him that very night and that he will be handed over to be killed. There’s a lot on his mind, to be sure! Now the meal has concluded. Jesus leads the disciples out of the city and up the Mount of Olives. Oh, they’ve been...
  • "The Passion of Our Lord: Blessing before Betrayal" (Lenten sermon on Mark 14:12-31)

    02/21/2024 12:14:48 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    My Facebook page ^ | February 21, 2024 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Passion of Our Lord: Blessing before Betrayal” (Mark 14:12-31) For these midweek Lenten services, we’re doing a series on “The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Mark.” We’re working our way through Mark chapters 14 and 15, where Christ willingly enters into his time of suffering for our salvation. Last week we began with the account of Jesus being anointed with pure nard and then explaining that this was to prepare him for his burial. Our Lord knew what was coming, and still he went through with what lay ahead. That’s how strong his love for...
  • "The Passion of Our Lord: Anointed for Burial" (Sermon for Ash Wednesday, on Mark 14:1-11)

    02/14/2024 7:19:36 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    My Facebook page ^ | February 14, 2024 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Passion of Our Lord: Anointed for Burial” (Mark 14:1-11) This year Ash Wednesday happens to fall on Valentine’s Day. And I think that’s a happy coincidence. Because on Valentine’s Day, our thoughts are all about love. And there is no greater love than the love that God has for us in sending us our Savior Jesus Christ. As it says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Or in 1 John chapter 4: “In this is love, not that...
  • "Departing in Peace" (Sermon for the First Sunday after Christmas, on Luke 2:22-40)

    12/30/2023 7:28:46 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 31, 2023 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Departing in Peace” (Luke 2:22-40) Are you ready to go? What I mean is, are you ready to leave? No, I don’t mean right now. It would be nice if you’d stick around until the end of the service. But then, at the end of the service, will you be ready to leave? Will you be ready to depart in peace, satisfied and content and ready for whatever comes next? What makes you ready to leave, to leave any situation? For instance, this year is coming to an end. Are you ready to put 2023 behind you and move on...