Altar Echo | Sermon of the Week Podcast

Altar Echo | Sermon of the Week Podcast

In the Lutheran tradition, worship revolves around Word (proclaimed at the pulpit) and Sacrament (shared at the baptismal font and the altar). The Word of God and the sermon are the echo of the sacraments' grace and promise in Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. Altar Echo is Pastor Andy Smith's weekly sermon podcast from St. John's Church, Lakeville, MN. PA is a pastor in the ELCA tradition of Lutheran Christianity. He is a progressive thinker and theologian. And, once in a while, his Minne-soota accent sneaks in. Love God and your neighbor more as you listen to Altar Echo. Soli Deo gloria.

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September 21, 2022 24 min

Join Pastors Andy as they dive into Luke 16:19-31, Jesus' Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man.  God bless you.

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Join Pastor Andy under today's theme, "Making Your Generosity Count."  He dives into Luke 16:1-13, the Parable of the Dishonest Manager.  How are you making your generosity count for the glory of God?  God bless you in your faithful living.

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September 11, 2022 19 min

Join both Pastor Andy and Pastor Kim as they do a joint message today on the theme, "Whatever You Do...Do It All for the Glory of God."  God bless you on this Rally Sunday!

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September 2, 2022 16 min

Join Pastor Kim today as she helps us transition from the order of Scripture readings we used in Brian McLaren's book to the Revised Common Lectionary that most ELCA  churches use.  We will follow this lectionary for the coming year.  God bless you this Labor Day weekend.

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August 26, 2022 16 min

Join Pastor Kim as she circles back to explore the story of the Prodigal Son in the gospel of Luke, as well as Paul's famous words in Rom. 8 about the unconditional and eternal love of God.  This is the final chapter in Brian McLaren's book, "We Make the Road by Walking."  Thank you for coming along on this journey with us.  God bless you and keep you. 

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August 20, 2022 22 min

Join Pr. Andy as he dives into the beautiful promises from God of Revelation 21:1-8 and 22:16-21.  These are part of his sermon entitled, "Spirit of Hope," the same title as Ch. 51 in Brian McLaren's book, "We Make the Road by Walking."  Live in faith in God, dear friends, and never give up hope!  

He also utilizes the song, "Beautiful Mystery," by Caedmon's Call.  You may wish to Google the lyrics.

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August 12, 2022 16 min

Join Pastor Kim as she discusses Ch. 49 of Brian McLaren's book, "We Make the Road by Walking."  It is another look at life, death, resurrection, and living in the glory of God in God's heaven.  God bless you and keep you.

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August 6, 2022 21 min

Join Pastor Andy this weekend as he talks about heaven!  And about a holy God who is the restorer of all things.  Passages include John 14 and I Corinthians 15.  God bless you, dear friends!

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July 30, 2022 14 min

Join Pastor Kim as she preaches on "The Spirit of Power" from Chapter 48 of Brian McLaren's book, "We Make the Road by Walking."  She discusses putting on the whole armor of God, as the Apostle Paul challenges us.  God bless you this day!

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July 22, 2022 18 min

Join Pastor Andy as he talks about conspiring with the Holy Spirit in the hope of God's overarching vision of love for you, me, and the world.  He is using Philemon 1 as well as Hebrews 13 as his texts this week.  God bless you!

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July 16, 2022 24 min

Join Pastor Kim as she preaches on Jesus' call to us to be servants of one another, perhaps our deepest and most blessed calling.  It helps us identify with each other AND with Jesus himself, as he becomes our servant in his most striking surprise.  God bless you!

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July 8, 2022 23 min

Join Pastor Andy as he gets into Ephesians 4:1-16 and John 17, the Apostle Paul's and Jesus' visions for unity not just within the church but also within the world.  Today's title is, "The Spirit of Unity and Diversity." God bless you this weekend!

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July 2, 2022 21 min

Join Pastor Kim on this Independence Day weekend.  God bless you!

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June 24, 2022 19 min

Join Pr. Kim as she discusses The Love Chapter, I Corinthians 13, one of the most beloved chapters in the Bible.  God bless you!

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June 16, 2022 16 min

It is Father's Day weekend!  Happy Father's Day to all men who are fathers or father figures.  Join Pastor Andy as he reflects on the basis we have for truly loving God.  He uses Romans 8:1-17 and Ephesians 3:14-21 as his touchpoints.  God loves you and so do we!

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June 10, 2022 21 min

Join Pastor Kim in this podcast.  She will speak to Galatians 5 and Colossians 3, two particularly strong and important messages from the Apostle Paul.  This is Trinity Sunday weekend.  God bless you all.  God loves you and so do we.

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June 4, 2022 19 min

Join Pr. Andy as he helps us celebrate Pentecost Sunday, as well as the celebration of High School graduates.  He focuses on Acts 2:1-4, 14-21.  God bless you!

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May 26, 2022 19 min

Pastor Andy preaches a sermon on Memorial Day weekend during a week when massive gun violence has again murdered school children and continued to deaden the heart of our nation.  Today's theme, from Chapter 39, "Whatever the Hardships, Keep Rising Up!," comes from 2nd Corinthians 6:1-13 and from Brian McLaren's book, "We Make the Road by Walking."  God bless you all and God bless our country in this pain-fil...

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May 21, 2022 20 min

Join Pastor Kim as she discusses 2 Corinthians and "The Uprising of Stewardship."  God's blessings to you.

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May 12, 2022 21 min

Join Pastor Andy as he brings Acts 16 into a modern context and challenges us to rise together as partners in the gospel to let God take us to a new level of living with God's holy vision for the us and the world.  God bless all of you richly!

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