Christ Lutheran Church in Webster Groves, MO

Christ Lutheran Church in Webster Groves, MO

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April 4, 2022

March 20, 2022. Why? The need to know is a very human thing. We humans have been asking for centuries why bad things happen to good people. The sermon today is about our reading from Luke on Jesus' response to the suffering of the Galileans, and the parable of the barren fig tree. 

Reading: Luke 13:1-9 

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Years ago, I was babysitting for my cousin’s three kids, the youngest of whom was about two or three at the t...

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March 13, 2022. Today's sermon by Pastor Meagan is a reminder of how Jesus gave himself for us, for all people, for creation, so that one day the kinds of sacrifices we saw on 9/11, and see in the wildfires, the struggles for justice on the streets of our country, and the courageous stand of the Ukrainian people, will no longer be necessary. 

Readings: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27, Philippians 3:17-4:1, Luke 13:31-35 

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March 8, 2022

March 6, 2022. On this first Sunday in Lent, Guest Pastor Tina Reyes preaches on the temptation of Jesus in the desert, and the real-life deserts in our lives that open up all those things that we try to push back: our vulnerability, our fears, and our anxieties. 

Reading: Luke 4:1-13 

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In the name of Jesus. Amen. 

In the last few years I've been drawn to deserts. And I think one of the very first things that I t...

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March 2, 2022. On this Ash Wednesday, Pastor Meagan preaches on our reading from the prophet Joel: “The day of the Lord is coming, it is near.” Many passages in scripture about the wilderness can feel discomforting or uninviting, and the wildernesses of our time can feel vast, overwhelming, and unconquerable. But God is no stranger to the wilderness, and so we begin our journey into the wilderness these next 40 days knowing that Go...

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February 27, 2022. In today's gospel reading we witness Jesus being transfigured, and hear that Peter suggested trying to capture what had happened, so he could understand it, recreate it, and make sure it wouldn't be lost. We humans like the familiar, the predictable, the understandable. But the truth is that life is always changing, and we are always changing with it. 

Reading: Luke 9:28-43a 

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I was in a w...

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February 21, 2022

February 20, 2022. The sermon today, on our reading from Genesis about Joseph and his brothers who sold him into slavery, is about forgiveness, of ourselves and others. 

Readings: Genesis 45:3-11, 15, Luke 6:27-38 

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Joseph’s brothers did him wrong. There's no question about that. The choice they made out of jealousy, resentment, annoyance, vengeance, has no excuse. And no matter how arrogant and presumptuous Jos...

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February 13, 2022

February 13, 2022. Today we remember our own baptisms and name our connectedness, to one another by the water that fills and nourishes every cell of our bodies, and to our God whose love for us and for all creation is beyond our capacity to understand. 

Readings: Jeremiah 17:5-10, Psalm 1 

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I've always loved water. Maybe it goes back to the hours I spent with my family on a boat on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota, ...

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February 13, 2022

January 30, 2022. For centuries we have believed in a “zero-sum game,” that there are limited resources available, and if we extend resources to those who have none, there will be less left for the rest. But today we hear that God promises to be with us all the way, and that there will always be enough. 

Readings: Jeremiah 1:4-10, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Luke 4:21-30 

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I remember when I was newly on a board for a con...

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February 6, 2022. As we claim in our baptisms, whether we believe we can do it or not, regardless of how much the very idea may terrify us, we too are called to be fishers of people. In her sermon today, Pastor Meagan talks about what that means for us. 

Readings: Isaiah 6:1-13, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Luke 5:1-11 

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That day, on the sea, Simon Peter was doing what he always did on any ordinary day. He, along with his...

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January 23, 2022. “Today, this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” If someone were to come here and say that to you, what would you think? Pastor Meagan preaches in her sermon today that the Spirit of God is upon us, anointing us to bring good news to those who need it most, and that this scripture has indeed been fulfilled among us. 

Readings: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Luke 4:14-21 

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When a president or...

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January 19, 2022

January 16, 2022. Today's sermon is about gifts. Just as everyone in the Madrigal family in the new Disney movie “Encanto” has a special gift to contribute to the community, so Paul writes in our scriptures for today that there are many gifts among the Corinthians, and all are important. 

Readings: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 

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The new Disney movie “Encanto” — we just talked about just a little bit — is i...

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October 31, 2021. Today's sermon is about how we can be bound up, trapped in familiar ways of doing things, and convinced that the way we see things is the only perspective. We forget that it's not just about us, but about God, our fellow children of God, and the world God created that we are called to care for. 

Readings: Jeremiah 31:31-34, John 8:31-36 

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Just a few weeks ago, we heard again the story of cr...

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January 10, 2022

January 22, 2022. When was the last time you set out on a journey with only a single star for your guide? Today's sermon is about the journey of the magi and the truth revealed in Epiphany. 

Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14, Matthew 2:1-12 

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When was the last time you set out on a journey with only a single star for your guide? When I'm going somewhere I typically want to know where I'm going...

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December 5, 2021. God seems to delight in seeking out the most unlikely of messengers to carry the unexpected message of hope. This Advent season, we continue the journey of transformative hope together, listening to God’s messengers and watching for signs of the Spirit. 

Readings: Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 

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I remember so well, when we had just bought a house and I was tending a ya...

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January 3, 2022

January 2, 2022. In today's sermon, written by Pastor Meagan and read by Mark Roock, we hear about how God knows every detail of our backstories, and delights in each one of us. 

Readings: Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:1-18 

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This sermon was prepared by Pastor Meagan, so I want you to imagine that you're receiving it as a letter. So I would begin with: dear friends. Greetings to you from God our Father, and our L...

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December 28, 2021

November 14, 2021. Christ reminds his disciples in their day and us in ours that whatever news may come, important truths about ourselves and the faithfulness of God are being unveiled, and there is always a better source. 

Readings: Hebrews 10:11-25, Mark 13:1-8 

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The news can be overwhelming sometimes, can’t it? In our communities, and around the world, there is so much that is painful, violent, and destructive. A...

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December 26, 2021. Today is the Feast of Saint Stephen, and guest preacher Jon Heerboth's sermon is about following Stephen's example and being about the Father's business in feeding the poor, treating the sick, and supporting the marginalized. 

Readings: Colossians 3:12-17, Luke 2:41-52 

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In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

"Good King Wenceslas looked out on the feast of...

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December 24, 2021. On this Christmas Eve, Pastor Meagan's message is on how Jesus in all his humanity comes to us, so that we might begin to let God love us when loving ourselves feels impossible. 

Readings: Luke 2:1-20 

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All Advent, we have been waiting and watching for Christmas to come. We've been listening to the messages of hope that have come to us through so many voices this season, letting us know of...

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December 23, 2021

November 7, 2021. On this All Saints Day, in this sacred space, grief and hope intertwine as we acknowledge death and new life together in this community. 

Readings: Isaiah 25:6-9, Revelation 21:1-6a, John 11:32-44 

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Death and grief is something that we often don’t want to talk about. At times, in fact, we will go to lengths to avoid talking about it. But on All Saint’s Day, we come together intentionally to remembe...

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December 6, 2021

November 21, 2021. As Thanksgiving is upon us, guest preacher Rachel Helton asks us to be thankful for all the blessings in our lives, and open to receiving the things that we need, and generous with our possessions, our bread, our time, our commitment to justice, our willingness to extend mercy and compassion, and our desire to be Christ in the world to one another, in order to experience the fullness of the reign of God. 

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