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  • Schmieder Centennial

    Reflections on the ministry of the Rev. Dr. John Schmieder at St. Matthews (1918-1970) October 22, 2018
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian
    According to Sam Weicker, he performed 10,725 ministerial acts at St. Mathews, including 3,745 baptisms, 3,374 confirmations, 1,681 funerals.
  • Reflections on CLAY 2018 Youth Gathering

    We are storytellers and story tenders August 27, 2018 Pastor Sebastian
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian
    But rejoice: there are still faithful youth, and they are here and ready to worship, learn and meet, especially in a format that is geared to them.
  • Aug21Tue

    Slow Food

    August 21, 2018 Pastor Carey
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Have you ever listened, really listened? 

    To the sounds of the busy world; 

    people walking, people talking, horns blowing,

     factories going, rushing, rushing, faster, faster.

     

    Have you ever listened, really listened?

    To leaves talking, as the wind whispers through the trees, 

    to rain falling against a tin roof, or...

  • Aug21Tue

    The Sending of the Twelve: A Reversal

    August 21, 2018 Pastor Carey

    Two parts in today’s Gospel cause me to pause and reflect when I read this text about Jesus commissioning the twelve to go out into the world like missionaries to share God’s good news of healing and wholeness. 

    The first point is, the twelve are not sent out alone to bare seeds of the kingdom. Jesus sends out the twelve in...

  • Jul15Sun

    Prophesying against power

    The Death of John the Baptist (Mark 6) July 15, 2018 Pastor Sebastian
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    So today, in a lazy mid-Summer hot Sunday service,

    we have the best, or perhaps worst, 

    story of sex and violence in the New Testament,

    a story which has inspired artwork and artistic interpretations throughout the ages, from painters like Lucas Cranach to composers like Richard Strauss:

    “The Dance that caused the prophet’s death”

  • Jul5Thu

    Praying for Sick People

    Mark 5: 21-43 July 5, 2018 Pastor Sebastian
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    Do we keep our faith when miracle healings DON’T happen?

    is our faith all in vain, when these intercessions don’t become reality?

    What happens if the sick woman for whom I am praying dies?

  • Jun18Mon

    Love the refugee as yourself

    A sermon for World Refugee Sunday June 18, 2018 Pastor Sebastian
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    We need to help refugees and to oppose policies that degrade human rights of refugees and immigrants (for example the current inhuman practices along the US-Mexican border, and the immoral and wicked separation of children and parents).

  • May29Tue

    Children of God through Baptism

    A Confirmation Sermon on Romans 8:12-17 May 29, 2018 Pastor Sebastian
    There is nothing to fear for we can call out: Mommy, Daddy to our heavenly parent, and God will listen to us and care for us.
  • May15Tue

    Who are the wicked?

    Psalm 1: The way of the wicked and the way of the righteous May 15, 2018
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    I’d like you now to think about this:

    who for you is wicked?

    if you had to name somebody who is wicked, who would that be?

    today, now, 

    who is wicked?

  • Laying it Down

    Pastor Carey's Sermon for Good Shepherding Sunday April 22, 2018
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Good Shepherding Sunday comes faithfully each year. 

    The Lord our shepherd knows, protects and sets a place for us at the table, with a cup overing flowing, leading us to places that restore our soul, following us with goodness and mercy.   

    Jesus is the Good Shepherd. To know of a good shepherd there also must be awareness of a...