REFORMATION: Here Christ Stands

October 28th, 2019|

On this celebration of the Reformation, Vicar Dan takes us through Revelation 9 and John 8 as we learn that through the Word of God we stand where Christ stands as his "little streams" of faith.  

HTSIM – Oct. 27, 2019 REFORMATION

October 22nd, 2019|

Here is the REFORMATION episode of HOW THE SAUSAGE IS MADE!  Pastor Matt and Vicar Dan wrestle with a couple of traditional Reformation readings - Psalm 46 (the basis of the hymn - "A Mighty Fortress") and John 8:31-36.  Pastor Matt and Vicar Dan talk a little about the challenge of preaching on familiar texts.   Psalm 46: 1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives [...]

Steaming Anger (Cain and Abel)

October 21st, 2019|

This week, Pastor Matt takes us to the account of Cain and Abel in the first part of Genesis 4.  We look at what the names "Cain" and "Abel" mean, and how these two figures teach us not only about violence and hatred, but also point us to the Messiah and the ministry of Jesus that would follow thousands of years later. 

The Eyes of Faith

October 20th, 2019|

Vicar Dan leads us through a verse by verse study of the account of the 10 Lepers from Luke 17:11-19.  This October 13, 2019 sermon will help you see some of the details in this story that we tend to read right past without noticing.  And these details help us to see Christ and his love even more clearly.

HTSIM – Oct. 20, 2019

October 14th, 2019|

In this episode of HOW THE SAUSAGE IS MADE, Vicar Dan and Pastor Matt take a first look at the readings for the week - the account of Cain and Abel from Genesis 4, and parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector praying in the Synagogue.   Genesis 4:1-15 1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” 2 And again, she bore his brother Abel. [...]

HTSIM – Oct. 13, 2019

October 7th, 2019|

This is our first installment of  "How The Sausage Is Made."  Vicar Dan and Pastor Matt record a conversation about their first look at the upcoming readings and sermon preparation for the coming weekend.  This week they look at Luke 17:11-19   It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, [...]

Habakkuk: Living by Faith

October 6th, 2019|

The book of Habakkuk is HARD!  The prophecy is harsh, and gloomy, and challenging.  However, hidden in all this is an amazing message of grace and the love of God.  The book is so relevant to our current times, and the message of hope transcends all times.  

St. Michael and All Angels: The Messengers

September 29th, 2019|

September 29 is the official festival of St. Michael and All Angels.  In the ancient world, it was called MICHAELMAS, but we still celebrate the angels to this day.  Today we take an over-all look at the gift of God's angels, and we see how the angels played a major role in proclaiming Jesus as the Savior at his birth and resurrection.  

Your Heart is Showing

September 22nd, 2019|

This week Pastor Hoffmann takes into some hard verses in the book of Amos.  We get a glimpse into God's heart, and into the hearts of those who are negleting to love God and their fellow humans in ancient Israel.  For as harsh as Amos 8 is, there is hidden in these verses, a real message of hope for people who have lost hope, and lost sight of God's heart.  

Lifted Up and Found

September 17th, 2019|

Vicar Dan takes us to the parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin.  Here we see how Christ is the one who seeks out and find the lost.  He is the one who rescues us from the darkness of sin, and brings us into his light!