Christ Lutheran Church in Webster Groves, MO

Christ Lutheran Church in Webster Groves, MO

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March 3, 2021

February 28, 2021. As Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, there is a cost to discipleship of Jesus of Nazareth. What does this mean for us? Today's sermon is on truths that are not easy. 

Readings: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, Mark 8:31-38 

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When I was in third grade at Our Lady of Grace Catholic school in Edina, Minnesota, I remember a specific time when I was introduced to the concept of doing hard things,...

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February 24, 2021. Each week during Lent, a member of the congregation will be offering a testimonial. This week, Kate Hoerchler talks about resisting the temptation to be complacent in the midst of systemic racism. 

Reading: Matthew 4:1-11 

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I really felt like there was a lot in those short eleven verses to really examine, but since we're focused on truth during this Lent season I thought I'd offer some ref...

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February 22, 2021

February 21, 2021. Our readings, and the sermon today, are about wilderness — and also about baptism, and how they were both essential to Jesus. 

Readings: Genesis 9:8-17, 1 Peter 3:18-22, Mark 1:9-15 

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When you hear the word “wilderness” what comes to mind? You may respond differently depending on how you feel about the wilderness outdoors. If you are one who, like my friend Keith, loves to travel miles by bike and...

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February 21, 2021

February 17, 2021. What is truth? Tonight, as Lent begins, we ask God that question, and listen for the truth God reveals to us in scripture. 

Readings: Isaiah 58:1-12, 2 Corinthians 6:1-10, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 

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Many years ago, when I was just getting into twelve-step work in Al-Anon, I remember being told that we are “only as sick as our secrets,” and if that's true I must have been pretty ill when I got ther...

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February 7, 2021. As we gather again for worship in our homes, Pastor Meagan reminds us how Jesus his took his ministry out of the synagogue and into homes. 

Readings: Isaiah 40:21-31, Mark 1:29-39 

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Last week the Gospel of Mark told us how Jesus got started in his ministry — the calling of the disciples, the proclamation that the realm of God is here, the amazement of the people at the authority Jesus carried in hi...

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February 2, 2021

November 26, 2020. In her sermon for Thanksgiving, Pastor Meagan preaches that love and gratitude are choices we make that can be extremely challenging at times, but we can trust that God is with us in the struggle. 

Reading: Luke 6:27-36 

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I remember first being introduced to the E.E. Cummings poem "i thank You God" as a musical arrangement for a cappella choir many years ago, and I remember feeling my brea...

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February 1, 2021

January 31, 2021. In Mark, the people are astounded because Jesus seems to carry an authority that they are not used to hearing. What does authority look like for us today? When was the last time you remember being astounded or amazed about something? 

Readings: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Mark 1:21-28 

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I called a family member recently, and we started our conversation in the way that we have repeated nearly every time w...

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January 31, 2021

January 24, 2021. What has happened for you this week? What if you were asked what happened in the realm of God this week? These feel like very different questions. Today's sermon is on our readings: Jonah being called to travel to Nineveh, and the disciples who are called to leave everything behind and follow Christ. How are we being called to live into the people God created us to be? 

Readings: Jonah 3:1-5, 10, 1 Corinthians ...

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January 17, 2021. Pastor Meagan's sermon today is on the importance of listening to God and to one another, speaking the truth even when it's hard, and being in relation with and really seeing one another during this difficult time. 

Readings: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 [11-20], Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18, John 1:43-51 

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Is anyone else feeling kind of overwhelmed and muddled in the last couple of weeks? It kind of feels like...

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January 10, 2021. Pastor Meagan's sermon today is on the feast of Epiphany, and what it means for us in these days of racism and violence. 

Readings: Matthew 2:1-17 

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Today, we are celebrating the feast of the Epiphany. We are celebrating Christ with us and God leading us. I was finishing my sermon on Wednesday afternoon, January 6, when Pastor Kendra came across the hall from her office and told me to turn on t...

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January 15, 2021

December 27, 2020. From the small snippet we have about the adolescent Jesus, we are assured that in Jesus, we have a God who knows exactly what it means to be human. Pastor Meagan's sermon today is on the good news of Christmas for us as Christians, that in Jesus we are never alone on our human journey, because God is there, in the tiniest details of our daily life. 

Readings: Luke 2:22-40 

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December 24, 2020. On this Christmas Eve, God comes to us not in the big things, but in the smallest of the particulars. 

Reading: Luke 2:1-20 

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Nine months ago we took, as Bishop Candea suggested, a pause in gathering in person. The pause grew, and we celebrated Easter and then Pentecost on Zoom. We have celebrated baptism, and communion, and funerals. We have continued to adapt as summer moved to fall, and Advent ...

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December 20, 2020. Have you ever had a moment when you realized that your whole life was changing, that something was emerging that you couldn’t quite see yet? This year, of all years, we really need to know that there is something much bigger than us going on, that there is order in this chaos that we are living. 

Readings: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16, Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26, Luke 1:26-56 

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Have you ever had a moment when you...

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December 8, 2020

December 6, 2020. What does the good news of Jesus mean for our world? Today's sermon is on the first chapter of Mark, and is an invitation to see God’s creative, redemptive work in the world. 

Readings: Isaiah 40:1-11, 2 Peter 3:8-15a, Mark 1: 1-8 

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We read today from the first chapter of Mark, and he tells us right off what his purpose is in writing. He is sharing the good news with everyone, the good news of ...

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December 2, 2020

November 29, 2020. It is so much more than the birth of a baby that we await in this Advent season. In her sermon today, Pastor Meagan invites us to support each other in our commitment to take seriously the call to keep watch for the presence of God in our midst. 

Readings: Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19, Mark 13:24-37 

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So thinking about all this waiting, I can still feel the anticipation that filled me as a child when Thank...

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November 23, 2020

November 22, 2020. As we continue to rethink and reimagine everything we're doing these days, maybe it's time to reimagine what it means to say that Jesus is our king, and what Jesus’ kingdom looks like. On this Christ the King Sunday, we intentionally leave the palaces, and the crowns, and the money, and the power behind us, and we see Christ the servant. 

Readings: Ephesians 1:15-23, Matthew 25:31-46 

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So,...

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November 19, 2020

November 15, 2020. Guest Pastor Karen Scherer preaches on the Parable of the Talents from Matthew 25. 

Readings: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, Matthew 25:14-30 

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Okay, would you all please pray with me? Holy and loving God, we pray open our hearts and our minds this day to receive your word and free us. In your holy name we pray. Amen. 

Well I've got the sunlight coming in on me now. I was thinking it was going to be o...

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November 9, 2020

November 8, 2020. Pastor Meagan's sermon today is on Jesus' Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids, and being prepared in the midst of so many long hauls. 

Readings: Amos 5:18-24, Matthew 25:1-13

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I am a planner. I always have been, since birth. As a kid, I loved to read Nancy Drew mystery books, and when I read the Tale of the Twister, it offered a list of things to include in an “emergency preparedness kit” and ...

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November 5, 2020

November 1, 2020. Pastor Meagan's sermon on this All Saint's Day celebrates all the saints who have come before us. 

Readings: Revelation 7:9-17, 1 John 3:1-3, Matthew 5:1-12 

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Some years ago, we got word that Joanne O’Neil, a beloved administrator of the church and school that we attended as kids, had died. Although she wasn't a family friend exactly, Joanne was one of those iconic figures in our lives ...

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October 25, 2020. What does it really mean to be free? Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” His followers were confused, not realizing that they weren't yet free. Jesus’ reply to them is for us, too: “Everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.” In her sermon on this Reformation Sunday, Pastor Meagan delves these readings. 

Readings: Jeremiah 31:31-34, Psalm 46, Romans 3:19-28, John 8:31-36 

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