Holy Waiting and Remembering on Holy Saturday

On this day, the in-between space between the cross and tomb of Good Friday and the discovery of an empty tomb, as death became life on Easter, we sit like the first witnesses to the resurrection. We wait. We remember. We pray. We lament. We hope. We watch. And we wait some more. Continue reading Holy Waiting and Remembering on Holy Saturday

Preaching on Stewardship- The Fifth Sunday in Lent- March 21, 2021

This week’s stewardship and discipleship nuggets based on the appointed readings from the Revised Common Lectionary and Narrative Lectionary for the Fifth Sunday in Lent are as follows: Continue reading Preaching on Stewardship- The Fifth Sunday in Lent- March 21, 2021

Preaching on Stewardship- October 4, 2020- The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

This week’s stewardship and discipleship nuggets based on the appointed readings from the Revised Common Lectionary and Narrative Lectionary for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost are as follows: Sunday October 4, 2020: Revised Common Lectionary- The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Lectionary 27- Year A)First Lesson: Isaiah 5:1-7Psalm 80:7-15Second Lesson: Philippians 3:4b-14Gospel of Matthew 21:33-46 Let’s take a look at this week’s stories and see what … Continue reading Preaching on Stewardship- October 4, 2020- The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Preaching on Stewardship- May 3, 2020- The Fourth Sunday of Easter

This week’s stewardship nuggets based on the appointed readings from the Revised Common Lectionary and Narrative Lectionary for the Fourth Sunday of Easter are as follows: Sunday May 3, 2020: Revised Common Lectionary- The Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year A) First Lesson: Acts 2:42-47 Psalm 23 Second Lesson: 1 Peter 2:19-25 Gospel of John 10:1-10 As we continue this Easter season, the Fourth Sunday of … Continue reading Preaching on Stewardship- May 3, 2020- The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Preaching on Stewardship- April 26, 2020- The Third Sunday of Easter

This week’s stewardship nuggets based on the appointed readings from the Revised Common Lectionary and Narrative Lectionary for the Third Sunday of Easter are as follows: Sunday April 26, 2020: Revised Common Lectionary- The Third Sunday of Easter (Year A) First Lesson: Acts 2:14a, 36-41 Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 Second Lesson: 1 Peter 1:17-23 Gospel of Luke 24:13-35 This unusual time is calling us all to … Continue reading Preaching on Stewardship- April 26, 2020- The Third Sunday of Easter

Preaching on Stewardship- April 19, 2020- The Second Sunday of Easter

Happy Easter! After the annual break in stewardship preaching ideas for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter Sunday, the stewardship preaching nuggets return this week. Given the reality of digital worship being our norm for the foreseeable future, I will try to take that into account as well. Without further ado, this week’s stewardship nuggets based on the appointed readings from the Revised Common Lectionary … Continue reading Preaching on Stewardship- April 19, 2020- The Second Sunday of Easter

All Things New – a Stewardship sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

It was a joy to be with the good people of First Lutheran Church in Allen, Nebraska and Concordia Lutheran Church in Concord, Nebraska this morning (Sunday May 19, 2019). Thank you so much Pastor Chris Hjelmstad for the invitation to come and visit the congregations and preach on stewardship, and to thanks to both congregations for the warm welcome. What follows is the majority … Continue reading All Things New – a Stewardship sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

We Have Seen the Lord! – a Stewardship sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter

I had the privilege to be with the good people of Zion Lutheran Church in Benedict, Nebraska and Calvary Lutheran Church in Swede Home (outside of Stromsburg), Nebraska today (April 28, 2019) thanks to the invitation from Pastor Kimberly Belken. I was invited to visit the congregations and preach. What follows is the majority of the manuscript that I preached from, based on the appointed … Continue reading We Have Seen the Lord! – a Stewardship sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter

Life, Death, and Resurrection

Full confession. Those of us in ministry talk a great deal about life, death, resurrection, and new life. It’s a good thing. It’s pretty much core to who we are, and why we do what we do. But what you may not know, is that facing the questions of life and death are no easier for those of us in ministry. Even though we talk … Continue reading Life, Death, and Resurrection