First Lutheran Sermons

First Lutheran Sermons

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After10 months we are back in the FLC sanctuary Pastor Steve KNOWS we will be looking around and not at him His solution a guided tour of the newsanctuary that ties in with todays scripture readings

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Intern Kirsten loves Gumbo from her home townof New Orleans One essential seasoning salt She uses it as a metaphor to remind us that as Jesus said in todaysGospel taken from the Sermon on the Mount we are the salt of the earth and thelight of the world We are charged outof love for fellow human beings to open our hearts and minds in service to one another

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SixyearoldBrock Brown probably didnt realize he was just what a grieving woman needed onflight from Florida to Iowa PastorCraig uses this story of his son supplements it with todays Gospel and makesthese points were a community in Christ we all have a purpose and we neverknow when well be just what someone needs

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Todays Gospeldocuments the closing of a dark time In Galilee the beginning of Jesus public ministry as Hecalls His disciples Intern Kirsten drawsfrom this a potentiallydark period of her life to make a point Even in our own dark times God sees thelight within us and calls us just as we are despite our many flaws andshortcomingsWatch the video of this sermon at Youtubecomfirstlutherancr

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PastorSteve observes that the Big Questions of our lives and our faith dont change the answers change He notes the bestway to get those everchanging answers is with fellow believers and in prayerand communion Come See Remain

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Pastor Craig tells usJesus doesnt ask us to do anything He didnt do first Today we celebrate Jesus baptism one of thethings He did before we did for us our children and all humankind When any of us falters in our faith He willbe with us Hes been there

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Today we celebrateEpiphany when the Magi visited baby Jesus Intern Kirsten describes exactly who these three men were how theyrepresented all humankind and how we like they are only human They needed guidance and so do we and wealways have it

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