Sermons

Sermons

“Preaching is the living and contemporary voice of one who interprets in all the Scriptures the things concerning Jesus Christ.  In fidelity to the readings appointed for the day, the preacher proclaims our need of God’s grace and freely offers that grace, equipping the community for mission and service in daily life.”

-Use of the Means of Grace, Application 9a, Principles for Worship, p104.


Jesus shows up

A sermon preached by Pastor Ken Carrothers on April 21, 2019 •Matthew 28:1-10• Growing up in the St. Louis area put me in the shadow of the New Madrid Seismic Zone. It is said to be the most active seismic area in the United States, east of the Rocky Mountains.[i] Doing a little research this week I read the last sizable earthquake in the area, a 7.0 or stronger, happened in the early 1800s. And this explains why I don’t have an earthquake experience.

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this is Jesus

A sermon preached by Pastor Ken Carrothers on April 14, 2019 •Matthew 21:1-17• “When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, ‘Who is this?’” It is a strange scene — a strange question — a strange man — riding on a donkey. It is almost comical when you think about it. A grown man riding, not a mighty warhorse, but a donkey.

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it may surprise us

A sermon preached by Pastor Ken Carrothers on April 7, 2019 •Matthew 25:31-46• Do you like surprises? If I am honest, I have a conflicted relationship with them. You see, I like surprising other people — not in jumping out of the bushes with a boo, but rather surprising someone with an unexpected gift or visit. But I don’t really like being surprised myself. I realize that makes me a walking contradiction, but it is what it is. If I was to reflect on it a bit I think it has something to do with my desire to feel prepared and in control and surprises undermine those feelings in, well, surprising ways.

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it is about God's work

A sermon preached by Pastor Ken Carrothers on March 31, 2019 •Matthew 25:1-13• If you were to go on the ELCA website and take a look at what it says about baptism this is what you would read. “We are a church whose unity is in Jesus Christ, who gathers us around word and water, wine and bread. Baptism is a significant part of our faith journey as we come from the baptismal waters to live a new life as children of God.”[i]

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An Epic Party

A sermon preached by Pastor Ken Carrothers on March 24, 2019 •Matthew 22:1-14• For the past few days, our reading has been occupying my dreams, permeating my life and really soaking into me. And as it has washed over me I realize I don’t like the word banquet as it is used in our parable. It may have worked at some point, but in our modern telling it doesn’t seem to fit what Jesus is trying to say.

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