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: May 14, 2017 – Long for Divine Presence – Rev. Phil Boelter

Who is your rock? Mine was my mother-  Elizabeth Alvina Kautz Heitmeyer Boelter. She died in 1987 at age 68.   But hopefully, her legacy lives on in me and in my sons. Her strong love was the rock- The foundation of my life. Nothing, Nothing, Nothing Could shake that love. Not my teenage rebellion,…

Homily: April 30, 2017 – Golden Souls – Rev. Phil Boelter

What’s for supper? It’s a question we ask nearly every day in my family. For the two disciples and their fellow traveler on the road to Emmaus, It was a good question too. Tired, Dusty, discouraged,  two weary souls were wandering on their way from Jerusalem to Emmaus. They were discouraged because of Jesus’ death,…

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…