Sermons are more than speeches. They are that element in the service that helps people connect their daily lives with, and make meaning of, their continuing relationship with the God about whom they have heard in Scripture. Sermons then point people towards the culmination of the liturgy, the consecration and reception of the sacrament in which a they take God’s presence into their bodies and out into the world. Each sermon addresses an occasion. Each reflects the preacher’s concerns and those of the community on a particular day and in a particular place. In this way a sermon is really more of an event than simply a text.

Please feel welcome to look through our sermon archive. Please also feel welcome, when you are in the neighborhood, to come and experience one in person!


Homily: April 1, 2017 – Breathe – Rev. Phil Boelter

What is the  first gift you were given? Our Hebrew and Christian traditions remembers a gift we receive even before our memories begin: breath. We celebrate that gift whenever we lean over a cake on our birthday And whoosh- blow out the candles on it. But it is also a very ancient gift. In Genesis…

Homily: March 26, 2017 – Now I See – Rev. Phil Boelter

This gospel reading is full of questions- Where is Jesus? How did the blind man get healed? Who is Jesus? Why did he heal on the Sabbath? And then there’s that very first question- It’s a doozy. Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? Who sinned? For some people-  There…

Homily: March 12, 2017 – Life is a Journey – Rev. Phil Boelter

Life is a journey. No one knew this better than Abraham. Abraham was on a journey. Before God appeared to him, Before he became the founder of three world religions- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Before God brought forth from his loins  the very long line of descendants which culminated in Messiah Jesus, Abraham was on…

Homily: Feb. 26, 2017 – Shine! – Rev. Phil Boelter

God has placed within you Everything you need to live life. The account of the Transfiguration today- Said to Jesus on that mountain, says to us this morning: “Wake up! See the world in a new and different way You have all you need to live your life today- All the light, All the guidance,…

Homily: Feb. 19, 2017 – ‘Nuff. Rev. Phil Boelter

Nuff for all. The year was 1992 As associate pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea, Minnesota I was privileged to lead a group of campers to church camp at Good Earth Village outside of Spring Valley, Minnesota, nestled in the heart of beautiful Southwest Minnesota-. The theme for that year was responsible ecology…

Homily: Feb. 12, 2107 – Heroes. Rev. Cindi Brickson

I preached on this same gospel text at Good Samaritan this week, and as so often the case there, it did not go exactly as I planned. One resident just did not like the gospel. “It is dull and boring” he complained, “a long list of stuff that is so much blah blah blah.” I…

Homily: Feb. 5, 2017 – Salt. Rev. Vant Washington III.

The last Thursday of every month, I prepare a meal at St. Christopher’s. Now I’ve done enough cooking to know that folks aren’t always shy about giving a little feedback after they finish their meal. Last week I prepared a Mexican chicken soup with sausage, bits of tomato, cabbage, onions, pasta and zucchini. I liked…

Homily: Jan. 29 – what does God require? Rev. Phil Boelter

“What does the LORD require of you   but to do justice,  and to love kindness,  and to walk humbly with your God?”    Good question.  Exactly what DOES God want from you and me? That question has been asked by many folk from ancient times, In this morning’s reading we hear people questioning- “Look God- …

Homily: Jan. 22 – Light for All People. Rev. Phil Boelter

God calls us today to move Into the light, God’s light. The light- which shines on all people and all things without exception. The light- which never goes out because its source is God. The light- which God asks us to share with each other and all people. Matthew tells us that Jesus “withdrew” into…

Homily: Jan. 8, 2017 – Wilderness. Rev. Phil Boelter

There’s a lot going on in Jesus’ baptism in Matthew – personal confirmation of who Jesus is, public acknowledgement of his identity, the role of the Spirit – but this time around I am drawn to the wilderness. Jesus is baptized and then is led into the wilderness. The wilderness! It is a place that…