Trinity 27
November 27th, 2023
On the last Sunday of the Trinity season, we finish the church year by looking ahead to the end of days and the beginning of a new heaven and new earth. Paul admonishes us to be awake – to build each ...  Read More
by Audrey Johnson
Trinity 26
November 20th, 2023
Where does your hope lie? We can hope for many things – peace, a new job, a baby, health, just fill in the blank. But where does our true hope lie? It is not in this world – we are waiting for a new h...  Read More
by Audrey Johnson
Trinity 25
November 13th, 2023
The readings for the twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity are all about waiting. Unfortunately, waiting is not our forte. The Israelites camped out at the base of Mount Sinai, which was covered with the ...  Read More
by Audrey Johnson
All Saints
November 1st, 2023
As we look forward to the celebration of All Saints this week, the scripture readings remind us of the good and sure promises of God. Jesus pronounces blessings – the filling of the poor in Spirit, th...  Read More
by Audrey Johnson
Reformation Day
October 31st, 2023
Down through the ages, the church of God proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ to all peoples, while Satan and his angels try to drown out or confuse the good news. We celebrate the Reformation because...  Read More
by Jonathan Wessler
Trinity 20
October 22nd, 2023
This week we hear wisdom calling us to come and be satisfied, to eat what is good even though we have no money to buy it. Paul admonishes us not be foolish – to know God’s will. And Jesus tells a para...  Read More
by Audrey Johnson
Trinity 19
October 15th, 2023
In the reading from Isaiah this week, God reminds His people that He has forgiven their sins. He has redeemed them so they can return to Him. In the gospel, we again see God forgiving sins, as Jesus f...  Read More
by Audrey Johnson
Trinity 18
October 8th, 2023
In this week’s readings, the Pharisees test Jesus with a question about God’s Law. They do not realize that Jesus, the incarnate Word of God, cannot be tricked or tripped up with any question. They ha...  Read More
by Audrey Johnson
Trinity 16
September 24th, 2023
The Old Testament reading for this week picks up right where last week’s reading left off, with Elijah staying with the widow of Zarephath and her son. Now, after God’s miraculous provision of oil and...  Read More
by Audrey Johnson
Trinity 15
September 17th, 2023
Do not worry. Do not grow weary. The Lord will provide. God in His Word asks us over and over to trust Him, but if we are honest with ourselves, we’re not terribly good at it. Most of us are pretty go...  Read More
by Audrey Johnson
Trinity 14
September 10th, 2023
What (or whom) do we love most? Like most Sunday school children, we know what the answer should be: Jesus! But we are often far more wrapped up in ourselves than anything else. Like children who have...  Read More
by Audrey Johnson
Trinity 13
September 3rd, 2023
The readings for the thirteenth Sunday after Trinity tell us a story of love and mercy. Leviticus tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves – that we should share our food with the poor, deal with ea...  Read More
by Audrey Johnson
Trinity 12
August 27th, 2023
In this week’s readings we hear Isaiah predicting the coming of the Holy One of Israel, and Jesus fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy by opening the ears of a deaf man. But Jesus did not come only for those ...  Read More
by Audrey Johnson
Trinity 11
August 20th, 2023
As the readings have emphasized for the past Sundays of the Trinity season, God is the source of our strength, our confidence, and our wisdom. And conversely, we are not the source of these things. Wi...  Read More
by Audrey Johnson
Trinity 10
August 13th, 2023
In our readings for this week, Jesus cleanses the temple and laments over Jerusalem. He mourns that they do not know the things that make for peace. But what is Jesus talking about? Jeremiah tells the...  Read More
by Audrey Johnson
Trinity 9
August 6th, 2023
This week’s readings are full of the goodness and power of God – and of the weakness and fallibility of mankind. Just when you think you are standing firm, watch out that you don’t fall! The sons of t...  Read More
by Audrey Johnson
Trinity 8
July 30th, 2023
Watch out for false prophets, says Jeremiah. Jesus repeats the message in our gospel lesson for the eighth Sunday after Trinity. Wherever there is God’s truth, the evil one tries to drown it out with ...  Read More
by Audrey Johnson
Trinity 7
July 23rd, 2023
God is the source of all good things. It’s easy for us to say that the feeding of the 4,000 was only a foreshadowing of the Lord’s Supper, by which He feeds all of us with Himself so that we may be sa...  Read More
by Audrey Johnson
Trinity 6
July 16th, 2023
The readings for the sixth Sunday after Trinity are pretty harsh reading. First, the Law given to Moses on Mt. Sinai, with its you shall and you shall not, with no softness or exceptions. And in the g...  Read More
by Audrey Johnson
Trinity 5
July 9th, 2023
Next Sunday’s readings are all about following God’s call without looking back. Elisha doesn’t follow Elijah immediately – he wants to say goodbye to his family. But it’s not an excuse (like in Luke 9...  Read More
by Audrey Johnson
The Visitation
July 2nd, 2023
God is coming! The Song of Songs compares Him to a deer bounding over the hills, or a lover visiting his beloved. In the gospel, Mary visits Elizabeth, and their joy bursts out of them in prophecy and...  Read More
by Audrey Johnson
Presentation of the Augsburg Confession
June 25th, 2023
What does it mean to fight the good fight of the faith? To understand Paul’s admonition to Timothy, we need to look at the context. In the sentence before, Paul tells him (and us) to flee from evil an...  Read More
by Audrey Johnson
Trinity 2
June 18th, 2023
In the readings for the second Sunday after Trinity, we are called into God’s feast. We are invited to feast on the wisdom of God – His Holy Word, Jesus, present in the Holy Sacraments and in the Scri...  Read More
by Audrey Johnson
June 4th, 2023
This week we look forward to Trinity Sunday, the beginning of a season in which we celebrate a mystery that no one on earth can fully understand – that our God is one God, but three persons. God in hi...  Read More
by Audrey Johnson