St. John 4:46-54 – Trinity 21 – 2016

St. John 4:46-54 – Trinity 21 – 2016
Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, McHenry, IL
October 16, 2016

SonRoyalHealIn the Name of Jesus. Amen. The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household.

Do things just happen? Is there just a cold randomness to this universe? Is everything just happy or unhappy coincidence. Fate. Fatalism. Continue reading

St. Matthew 22:1-14 – Trinity 20 – 2016

St. Matthew 22:1-14 – Trinity 20 – 2016
Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, McHenry, IL
October 8-9, 2016

img_0003In the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.  “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

You are the chosen. You are the baptized. Those called by water and God’s Name. You are those invited to His table to eat and drink with God.

Freely given — as a gift — the way salvation was always supposed to be. Niether earned nor deserved, but given in Jesus Christ. Continue reading

St. Matthew 9:1–8 – Trinity 19 – 2016

St. Matthew 9:1–8 – Trinity 19 – 2016
Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, McHenry, IL
October 1-2, 2016

img_0002In the Name of Jesus. Amen. “And Jesus, seeing their faith said to the paralytic, ‘Be of good cheer, child, your sins are being forgiven you.’”

Do you know what you need? Do you know what is wrong with you? Do you know what will really make you happy? Really happy? Are you here looking for some miracle? Some get-up-off-your-mat experience — some God-strike to fix your universe the way you think it needs to be fixed. You need the right answer to a medical test; the job fix that will give you financial comfort; the relationship tweak that will end your loneliness. Don’t you? Continue reading

St. Luke 19:1-11 – 140th Anniversary of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church

St. Luke 19:1-11 – 140th Anniversary of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church
Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, McHenry, IL
Sept. 11, 2016
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img_0001In the Name of Jesus. Amen. And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has happened in your house because he is also a son of Abraham for the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

“Zacchaeus was a wee little man, a wee little man was he. He climbed up in a sycamore tree For the Lord he wanted to see.”

But Zacchaeus wasn’t just a wee little sinner, he was a chief of sinners. If tax collectors were bad, chief tax collectors were chiefer. No doubt that he was rich from skimming off the top. That’s what tax collectors did! Imagine what chief tax collectors did! Continue reading

St. Matthew 6:24-34 – Trinity 15 – 2016

St. Matthew 6:24-34 – Trinity 15 – 2016
Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, McHenry, IL
September 4, 2016

liliesIn the Name of Jesus. Amen.  Look at the birds of the air:  they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth more than they?

Learn from the birds of the air, dear children of God.  Watch them.  You are worth more to God than the birds.  You must be.

And consider the lilies in the field!   You know, the wildflowers you cut down because they are invading your grass.  They don’t work or have bank accounts or retirement plans, but the most richest King of all time in all His bling-glory isn’t dressed up like one of these little wild flowers.

Those flowers — they normally last, what, a day?  Boom — your whole yard is full of them.  Then, gone.  I don’t know anything about the average life expectancy of a bird, but I know they are here today, and tomorrow they are like you and me – tossed into the fire or thrown into a box. Continue reading

St. Luke 10:23-37 – Trinity 13 – 2016

St. Luke 10:23-37 – Trinity 13 – 2016
Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, McHenry, IL
August 21, 2016
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good-samaritan-iconIn the Name of Jesus. Amen. “But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?'”

Jesus had been going around just giving salvation away to people who everyone knew didn’t deserve it — sinners the likes of you and me. And this lawyer was trying to set Him straight. “Jesus must be soft on the Law. That’s the only way to explain this willy-nilly giving out of forgiveness.”

And the lawyer knew the Law well: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Continue reading

St. Mark 7:31-37 – Trinity 12 – 2016

St. Mark 7:31-37 – Trinity 12 – 2016
Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, McHenry, IL
August 15, 2016

ephphathaIn the Name of Jesus. Amen. The deaf man in today’s Gospel couldn’t speak clearly.  His body didn’t do what he wanted it to do.  His mind didn’t communicate what he needed it to.  His universe was out of whack. 

Our bodies don’t obey us any more.  Our mouths doesn’t say the things we want to say.  Our minds don’t see things the way we will them to, the way we try to force them to.  Things that we want to heal don’t.   Things don’t fix themselves.

Things happen — not the way they are “supposed to.” They don’t go the way we want them to go.  The ball bounces a different way than we intend it to.  The people we trust, we love, don’t.  We just don’t get or understand them.  The universe… just isn’t right. Continue reading