Christ Lutheran Church in Webster Groves, MO

Christ Lutheran Church in Webster Groves, MO

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October 25, 2020

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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October 19, 2020

October 18, 2020. In today's gospel reading about paying taxes to the emperor, the religious leaders are trying to draw Jesus into a trap, and he knows it. But if Caesar’s image on the coins belongs to Caesar, then God’s image belongs to God. And we, who have been made in God’s image, belong to God. 

Readings: Isaiah 45:1-7, Psalm 96:1-13, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 

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October 11, 2020. Pastor Meagan's sermon today is on Jesus' parable of the petulant king and the raggedy guest, and how they can wake us up to envision our own communities and conflicts differently. 

Readings: Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 

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Is anyone else feeling weary this week? The pandemic is ongoing with no break. We struggle with how to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, knowing that the ...

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October 4, 2020. The parable of the wicked tenants is a powerful story that contains the entire gospel message. In his sermon today, guest preacher Jon Heerboth delves into the meaning of this reading, and what God expects of us. 

Readings: Isaiah 5:1-7, Philippians 3:4b-14, Matthew 21:33-46 

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Well, that's quite a parable. Sometimes it is hard to interpret the parables. "Why did you always talk in parables?&...

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September 27, 2020. We are all being transformed, called to humbly embody God’s justice for all of creation, one action at a time. And actions speak louder than words. 

Readings: Exodus 17:1-7, Psalm 25:1-9, Philippians 2:1-13, Matthew 21:23-32 

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As I reflected on our readings this week, and the story that Alena shared of the Archangel Michael, the phrase “actions speak louder than words” kept echoing through my hea...

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September 20, 2020. Pastor Meagan's sermon today is on the story of the laborers in the vineyard. As we learn from our readings, God’s concept of justice doesn’t look like ours. 

Readings: Exodus 16:2-15, Matthew 20:1-16 

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Once there was a woman who owned a small company that makes clothes. Business was steady and things were going well, and then the pandemic hit. She and her leadership team watched in shock, wi...

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September 13, 2020

September 13, 2020. In Matthew 18, Jesus tells his disciples that they are to forgive not just seven times, but seventy-seven times. This morning, Pastor Meagan preaches on the challenges of forgiving. 

Readings: Genesis 50:15-21, Romans 14:1-12, Matthew 18:21-35 

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In the 12-step community, step 9 is the process of making amends — going to those that we've harmed and doing what we can to make things right. As we...

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September 8, 2020

September 6, 2020. “Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” The sermon today is on God's call to fulfill the law by embodying God’s love. 

Readings: Ezekiel 33:7-11, Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 18:15-20 

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Did you catch what Paul said in the letter to the Romans today? Like we were just saying, “Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one...

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August 31, 2020

August 30, 2020. When Moses sees the burning bush and hears the voice of God, he is told to remove the sandals from his feet, for the place on which he is standing is holy ground. Today, God is calling us too. And Pastor Meagan reminds us that, like Moses, we too are standing on holy ground. 

Readings: Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 16:21-28, Exodus 3:1-15 

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In case you haven't already figured it out from the children&...

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August 25, 2020

August 23, 2020. God has given all of us gifts, not just for ourselves, but for the good of all of God’s creation. What gifts did he give you? What are your superpowers? 

Readings: Isaiah 51:1-6, Romans 12:1-8 

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A few years ago I got to go to Heifer Ranch in Little Rock, Arkansas with a group of youth. We spent a week doing different projects around the ranch — taking care of their animals, tending the crops as they...

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August 16, 2020. In today’s gospel we see a glimpse of Jesus’ humanity. He claims that all are beloved, and yet he refuses to help the Canaanite woman and calls her a dog. Nevertheless, she persisted. And she shows us something of what it means to be a protestor, of the highest order. 

Readings: Isaiah 56:1, 6-8, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Matthew 15:10-20, 21-28 

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August 9, 2020. Elijah, and Jesus' disciples, were all beset by “storms” at different times in today’s readings. And surrounded by all the chaos in the world today, we may feel that we've been blown off course and are lost. But Pastor Meagan preaches today on the comfort that comes from knowing that the storms of life are nothing new to God.

Readings: 1 Kings 19:9-18, Matthew 14:22-33
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August 2, 2020. Guest pastor Karen Scherer preaches today on the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand. Even though they had next to nothing, the crowd all ate and were filled, because Jesus can turn "next to nothing" into more than enough.

 Reading: Matthew 14:13-21 *** Transcript *** "Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself." We can only imagine Jesus' grief...
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July 26, 2020. In the most ordinary of tasks, God shows up. In the most ordinary of things God is present, and the ordinary is sacred. The weekly practice of baking bread at home, for online worship on Sunday, connects us with generations of people in all times and all parts of the earth. And today, with our friends Jack and Ruthie and Maggie and Megan, we celebrate the sacrament of Communion.

 Readings: 1 Kings 3:5-12, Romans 8:26-...
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July 19, 2020. Any gardener knows that weeds are a never-ending challenge. Pastor Meagan preaches today on Jesus' parable of the weeds among the wheat, and how our world and our lives are a lot like the field in the story.

Readings: Isaiah 44:6-8, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

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In our gospel today, Jesus takes his parable about the sower and the seed from last week and he extends it, saying that these g...
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July 14, 2020
July 12, 2020. In the sermon today, we remember those who have recently passed away — and how they, like the sower in Jesus' parable, sowed the seeds of faith in this community.

Readings: Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

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Many years ago, I was on the phone with the Office Manager from my childhood church, when I heard the extension in my parents’ house pick up. After listening for just a few seconds, my broth...
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July 5, 2020. On this Independence Day weekend we think about what independence means. It is not passive. It requires investment and sacrifice. And the work continues, even within the church.

Readings: Zechariah 9:9-12, Romans 7:15-25a, Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

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Yesterday was the 4th of July, Independence Day. It’s kind hard for me to think about that phrase — Independence Day — without an image of the silver screen m...
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July 2, 2020
June 28, 2020. Guest preacher Edith Chemorion talks about the lessons we can learn from our readings today, and how we can show up with love, care, and compassion for a community in need.

Readings: Jeremiah 28:5-9, Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18, Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42

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It's good to be here today. I hope you can hear me. I'm so glad this morning that we can have a few things to reflect about in the world in wh...
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June 21, 2020. Lutheran tradition teaches us that we're all sinner and all saint. We all get lost, make mistakes, and harm others. Pastor Meagan's sermon today is on how painful it must have been for Saul to realize the harm he had done to people of God, getting called out, and being guided into a new path forward.

Readings: Romans 6:1b-11, Romans 7:19, Matthew 10:24-39

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As I read the readings for today, the ...
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June 14, 2020. Pastor Meagan reflects on Jesus commissioning his disciples to carry the gospel to all the corners of the earth, and how in the wake of George Floyd, our call is to go out and tell the good news: that freedom is for all people.

Readings: Exodus 19:2-8a, Matthew 9:35-10:8 [9-23], Ephesians 2:14

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On the surface, our gospel story today seems pretty simple. Jesus sees, with compassion, the need for people ...
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