Ash Wednesday begins the Lenten season of repentance and renewal. Reformation’s Lenten theme, “Unwound,” is introduced in this sermon from Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21. What if, in our pursuit of goodness, we end up still caught up in ourselves? Between Jesus, Martin Luther, and Flannery O’Connor, we find the ways that Jesus can set us free from our self-preoccupation and give us a life that is open to love and joy.
On this last Sunday before Lent begins, we travel to the mountaintop with Jesus and some of his disciples for the Transfiguration of Our Lord. In the gospel reading from Luke 9:28-36, Jesus shines with a dazzling light. God speaks from a cloud, declaring that this is his Chosen Son. Even as we long for God to speak to us and give us direction for our lives, the Transfiguration encourages us to find hope in Jesus and to step into his light. In this sermon, Pastor Paige gives examples of how every day, we have the opportunity to turn toward Jesus, to walk in faith, and to let his light shine through us.
Pastor Gordon Simmons was our guest preacher this morning, introducing his work with the Delaware Lutheran Office of Public Policy. Hear about this ministry of advocacy on behalf of our neighbors!
Life is often unfair. There is no way around this sometimes-painful truth. How can we make sense of a loving God and an unfair world? How can we respond faithfully when we get a lousy deal from life? What will we do when it’s other people who get hit with life’s unfairness? In this sermon on 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 and Luke 6:17-26, you will discover an even deeper, and better, unfairness in the universe: the extravagantly unfair goodness of God’s grace.
We deal with a struggle many of us have in today’s sermon based on 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. How can we experience the power of Christ to transform our lives and to make an impact through us in the world around us? If God’s grace really changes us, what does that look like in real life? Listen to be challenged and inspired!