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.


February 18, 2024 18 mins

Listen to Pastor Eric's message on Mark 1:9-15 - Jesus in the wilderness.  

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Join Pastor Eric for a message on Mark 1:29-39! 

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Altar Echo is back!  Listen to Pastor Eric's sermon on Jesus' baptism on Mark 1:4-11.  What is baptism for Jesus and for us today? What kind of invitation do we receive and claim in baptism? 

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November 26, 2023 13 mins

Pastor Eric preaches on Matthew 25:31-46, inviting us to consider, "Where Do You Look for Jesus?"

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October 29, 2023 13 mins

Pastor Eric preaches on Matthew 22:24-40 and the greatest commandments.  Peace to you! 

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October 22, 2023 12 mins

Pastor Kim preaches on Matthew 22:15-22, and invites you to reflect: what do we give to God? God calls us to give our whole selves and our whole lives!  

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October 15, 2023 12 mins

Pastor Eric preaches on Matthew 22:1-14. How does our faith impact what kind of attitudes and dispositions we "wear" in life? Peace be with you today! 

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October 5, 2023 21 mins

Join Pastor Kim for a message on Matthew 21: 33-46, and Jesus' jarring but clear message about God's great compassion toward us, and our response of producing the fruits of the kingdom. Peace be with you! 

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September 28, 2023 15 mins

Pastor Eric preaches on Matthew 21:23-32 and Jesus' invitation to "Make the Turn." Peace be with you! 

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September 17, 2023 17 mins

Listen to Matthew 18:21-25 and Pastor Eric's message about forgiveness. What does the practice of real forgiveness actually look like in the life of faith? 

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September 3, 2023 18 mins

Join Pastor Eric for a message on Matthew 16:21-28 as we consider what life with God can look like.  Peace be with you and may this message be a blessing to your faith!

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August 24, 2023 20 mins

Join Pastor Kim for a message on Matthew 16:13-20, to explore Jesus' question: "Who do YOU say that I am?"  We living in a dynamic relationship with the living God; how do our beliefs fuel how we portray Jesus as church and in the world? Peace to you! 

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August 18, 2023 18 mins

Pastor Kim preaches a sermon about being ok when Jesus' words startle us or make us uncomfortable. Jesus models what it looks like to do better when you know better. How can we follow and do likewise in faith? Peace to you! 

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August 10, 2023 21 mins

Altar Echo Podcast is back! Join Pastor Kim for a message on Matthew 14: Jesus and Peter walk on water. How do you handle fear in your life and faith? How does Jesus respond to our fear? Peace be with you! 

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July 6, 2023 14 mins

Join Pastor Kim to hear Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 and for a message on Jesus' invitation to rest. Can you lay down the heavy burdens you've been carrying with Jesus? May you find rest today!

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June 29, 2023 24 mins

Join Pastor Kim for a message on Matthew 10:40-42, considering Jesus' directions and encouragements to his disciples about extending welcome to others and about being welcomed. Welcome each one as though it is Jesus himself! 

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June 8, 2023 22 mins

Join Pastor Kim for a sermon on Matthew 9: Jesus eating with sinners and tax collectors, and Jesus healing a woman and a child. This conversation invites us to explore the wellbeing Jesus desires for us and for the whole world.  Click here to access the Wholeness Wheel mentioned in today's podcast episode.

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Join Pastor Kim for a sermon on Matthew 28: the Great Commission.  As you listen, consider your own discipleship. How are you encouraging discipleship in others? How does your discipleship continue to grow? 

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May 25, 2023 21 mins

Join Pastor Kim for a message for Pentecost from John 20, with the sending of the Holy Spirit who sends us to be the church in the world for peace. God's peace to you this Memorial Day weekend! 

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Join Pastor Andy on his last Sunday in full-time ordained ministry.  He is preaching on Jesus' prayer for the unity of the Church, of all Christ's disciples, so the witness to Christ's unifying grace and love can be witnessed to the world.  God bless you!

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