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Saint Athanasius Lutheran Church in Vienna, Virginia is a parish in the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church and a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Worship at St. Athanasius is according to the history Liturgy of the Church. Services at St. Athanasius are not designed for entertainment or sensation, but to prepare broken repentant sinners to receive these gifts of Word and Sacrament, and to know the truth of the incomparable riches of the grace showered on us by our gracious ...
 
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"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God." I have trouble even getting a little piece of thread through the eye of a needle its supposed to go through! So a camel... I Googled it though. The average weight of a camel is around 1,000 pounds, it's average height is seven feet, and …
 
Let's assume for the moment that this man who came up to Jesus that day and asked about eternal life really did keep all the commandments from his youth, as he said. Let's assume he was this exemplary human being that he claimed to be. And that he really did all these things out of pure love for others and not for himself. What does Jesus say to hi…
 
Have you ever had an ear worm? You know what that is -- a tune, or a jingle, or a song that worms its way into your ear and you can't get rid of it. And this too -- a mind worm. That's not a song or a jingle but a thought that gets stuck in your head. Maybe it's a worry in your life, a problem, from work, or an assignment at school that you just ke…
 
Where were you on 9-11? Twenty years ago yesterday. Some of you remember that day very well. For some of you, those events took place in cities far away from where you lived. No matter. 9-11 effected us all. 9-11 was a dark day. But we sang today: Praise the One who breaks the darkness. That darkness. Your darkness. All darkness. Jesus gave a foret…
 
The Judaism of Jesus; day was quite different than what we read of in the Scriptures -- in the time of Moses, the Judges, and the Kings. Many of their teachings, rules, laws -- their traditions -- are not found in the pages of Scripture. They evolved and grew during this Intertestamental time, along with and under the tutelage of these groups like …
 
You've heard me say before that saints days are usually celebrated on the day of their death, not the day of their birth, because that is the day of their birthday into heaven. So today is the day the Church set aside to remember Mary's death. We don't hear of Mary's death in the Scriptures though. So today, instead of reading about Mary's death or…
 
I am holding in my hand a check for ten million dollars. I don't remember why I got it. I don't remember what conversation I was having. But when I was at the seminary, a fellow student wrote me this check. Of course, I didn't try to cash it! You and I both know that seminarians are poor. Well that's how the Jews heard Jesus. In the Gospel today th…
 
You think Jesus would have been happy that people were chasing Him down. When the people woke up the morning after Jesus had fed them, after feeding so many of them with five loaves of bread and two fish, and discovered He was no longer there, they went looking for Him, even sailing across the Sea of Galilee to find Him. That took some effort. And …
 
Herod is at it again. Two weeks ago, we heard how his sword came down on the neck of John the Baptist. Today it is James who feels the cold steel. The first pleased his niece; the second the Jews. But Herod's sword is a two-edged sword. On one edge might be the blood of John and James but on the other is his own. Why kill the ones who were helping …
 
Israel was again at the border of the Promised Land. They could see it. They could almost touch it. They would, soon. The last time they were here, 40 years before this, they didn't. They didn't trust the Lord, didn't believe Him. But Moses had another concern as well. For he was about to die. And so he asked the Lord to appoint a man over the cong…
 
Well done, good and faithful servant. Welcome home! He heard the words. He opened his eyes. It was light. And warm. There were the prophets he'd just been thinking about -- Jeremiah, Isaiah, Moses, and Amos. The life he preached he was now in. What had happened? And one day, just as John's headless body will rise, so will yours. Whole, complete, pe…
 
It was time to give the apostle Paul a gift. So Paul was caught up into the third heaven. Next, he says, this man was caught up into paradise. And then, Paul says, because he had seen and heard these things, the Lord gives him his gift -- a thorn in the flesh. Not much of a gift! So, uh... no thank you, God. Please take it away, take it back. The p…
 
The first time I heard the word triage was when I was young and watching the TV show M*A*S*H -- a show about doctors and nurses during the Korean War. Ambulances full of wounded soldiers would come into the hospital compound and the doctors had to triage them -- determine who got treated first. Doctors and nurses still do this today, which you know…
 
Disciples are learners. So it was with the twelve. So it is with us. They were not disciples, and we are not disciples, because of what we know, but rather because we need to learn. And grow. And we have much to learn. The disciples were learning, who Jesus was. Teacher, healer, cleanser. And next: forgiver! Did they have faith? Of course they had …
 
Have you ever planted a seed and hoped it didn't grow? That's ridiculous, right? So it is with God and His Word. He wants those seeds that are planted by His pastors preaching His Word and by His people speaking His Word to grow and to bear fruit in the hearts and lives of those who hear. But how that happens, and when, and where, and how much, and…
 
Divide and conquer is the devil's strategy. Unite and conquer is God's way. Divide and conquer. It's what satan has been doing from the beginning. It is said that our nation is more divided than it ever has been before. Perhaps. But it actually goes even further than that, as satan is not satisfied with dividing us from one another, but even within…
 
We worship the trinity in unity and the unity in trinity. That's what we just confessed in the Athanasian Creed. We worship this God. This God that cannot be explained, only proclaimed. All attempts to explain the mystery of God the Holy Trinity have failed. How God can be one yet three, three yet one. So we are left with a God we cannot fully unde…
 
You want me to preach to bones. Lord, Ezekiel must have thought, you've asked me to do a lot of weird and unusual things in my prophetic career, but this! But at least bones won't hurt you or strike back at you. But for Peter and the other apostles, their congregation was dangerous. The Jews in Jerusalem, just 50-some days ago, had turned their fru…
 
I wonder how Joseph felt. Yes, you heard me right -- Joseph, not Matthias. We often focus on Matthias, 'cause he won. He's the one who replaced Judas. But I wonder how Joseph, called Barsabbas, also called Justus, felt. You know, the loser. Was he sad? Or was he relieved? Was he happy for Matthias, or jealous? Was he really hoping to be chosen -- a…
 
Jesus calls His disciples friends. Marvel at that, please. The government does not call you friend. You are a taxpayer, citizen, subject, voter, but not friend. You may be friends with your boss, but at work, he is the boss and you are the employee. Pontius Pilate, you may remember, wanted to be in the exclusive "friend of Caesar" club, but that wa…
 
The Ethiopian man was lost. He didn't know how to read the map. He didn't know how to get home. He wasn't dumb. He was anything but. So being an educated man, an official of some calibre, why not read this scroll on the journey home? And so it was that Isaiah confused him. And then he heard a voice... someone to lead him home. Philip began with wha…
 
Often times, when Jesus taught and preached, the people did not understand Him. Sometimes it was because He often spoke in parables, but even when He didn't, what He said was so different than their teachers and what they were saying that the people didn't understand. Not at first. And what Jesus said today is one of those times. Now, that may surp…
 
Here I stand. Those words were not first uttered 500 years ago today, but they were most famously uttered 500 years ago today. This year, we remember another 500th anniversary, and that is, the Diet of Worms. Now while that's one of the best known things Luther ever said, he probably wasn't the first to say it, and he certainly wasn't the first to …
 
The reading from Acts today was remarkable. All who believed were of one heart and soul. They had everything in common. There was not a needy person among them. They sold and gave away what they had. I think we see glimpses of this in the church today. There is a certain unity we have here. All of you are very generous people. But still... there's …
 
I have to tell you that I plan on doing a lot of swallowing later today! Swallowing a lot of Easter goodies, swallowing the Easter feast my wife is making, and swallowing some good wine. A day of great joy and feasting after the fasting of Lent. But as great as our joy, and as much as we might swallow today, our feasting is nothing compared to our …
 
Tonight we are the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Tonight we are the eleven gathered together on Easter evening. We are not sad and frightened, not confused and uncertain, as they were. For we know what is coming tomorrow. We anticipate it already tonight. But Jesus is doing for us, tonight, what He did for them, then -- we are learning of Him fr…
 
I think Jesus smiled on the cross. Not the whole time, of course. There was much pain and agony. Agony of body with the nails. Agony of soul, being forsaken by His Father and being forsaken and mocked by His people. You heard the reproaches tonight. No smiling there. Bot other times, I think He did. I think He did when the thief on the cross next t…
 
For some Christians, tonight is really no big deal. It is simply the night of our Lord's final meal, His Last Supper, with His disciples. For Rome, tonight is a big deal for them partly because it is the institution of the priesthood -- Jesus ordering, or ordaining, His disciples-soon-to-be-apostles to continue offering the sacrifice of the mass. B…
 
Even one death is too many. You've heard that phrase. It sounds very pious. It's a good sound bite in our sound bite world. Truth is, though, not all deaths are equal. Some get more press than others. So the truth is: we're confused, aren't we? About death. Is it good or bad? Because for Him, for Jesus, for God, it really is true: even one death is…
 
Last year, my daughter's car got hit -- and part of the back bumper got popped out. We pounded it back in, but it's popping out again. Sometimes we try to do that with sin -- fix it ourselves. But if the damage is severe, no way. You're going to have to get it fixed. Someone will have to pay. So God did. That's the final wonderful facet of forgiven…
 
Jesus and His disciples are on the road going up to Jerusalem. Mark tells us that as they were going up, they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. But why the disciples were amazed, and why those who followed were afraid, Mark doesn't tell us. But perhaps it is for the same reason. They are amazed that He is, and afraid that He is. And …
 
Our sins are cleansed; we are washed clean by the blood of Jesus. And yet still our sins nag at us, gnaw away at us. Wouldn't it be good if in addition to these facets, our sins would go someplace far, far away from us? Well that's the idea with the scapegoat we heard about tonight. It is, of course, a picture of Jesus. As all the sacrifices of the…
 
If you didn't realize it on your own, I'm sure you've all heard by now that this week marked the one year anniversary of the declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. And so lots of reflection has begun, and I'm sure will continue. But that's not really what I want you to think about today. Instead, I want you to look at yourself. How did YOU d…
 
It's good to know where things are. So it is with your sin. You may not have ever thought about it like that before, but the beautiful facet of forgiveness we'll consider tonight is that our sins are fixed. And when they are fixed, when they are in one certain place that we know, we're okay. Paul introduced another way of how we may look at our sin…
 
If Jesus were here today, what would He do? How would He cleanse His Temple? First, we need to realize something about Temples in the Scriptures. And that is: there are three Temples, or three kinds of Temples, in Scripture. The first is the building itself. The second Temple -- or kind of Temple -- spoken in Scripture: Jesus Himself. The third Tem…
 
As we hold the church's jewel of forgiveness up this week to consider its beauty, the facet of forgiveness that strikes our eyes and ears tonight is covered. Which, maybe, sounds odd. For if your sins are cleansed, if they are washed away, why do they also need to be covered? Well, because while God really and truly has washed away your sin, the fa…
 
Some words you do not soon forget. The first time your future spouse says I love you. Or when they spoke their wedding vow to you. The first word your child utters. A cutting remark that really hurt. A word of encouragement when you needed it most. Abram received such a word from God, that he would have a son. So today we heard God repeat His promi…
 
This Lenten season, we're holding forgiveness up to the light and seeing its many colors; it's beauty. It's good to do so. Forgiveness is mentioned so often in the church, that perhaps we forget its beauty, how astonishing it is, and that it really is the most precious jewel the church has. Tonight, the facet of forgiveness we will consider is perh…
 
If Mark was writing his Gospel today, he would have put it this way: The Spirit immediately threw Jesus to the wolves. Or, to use an even more modern saying: The Spirit immediately threw Jesus under the bus. The giant bus, that is, driven by satan, seeking to run us over and take away our spiritual lives. Mark doesn't even tell us how it ended. He …
 
Ash Wednesday puts us in our place. Dust you are and to dust you will return. Death's tyranny takes no days off. This past year has driven that home as each day we are told of more deaths. But this too: Dust you are and to life you will return. For just as one man brought sin and death into the world, so one man also brings life into the world. So …
 
And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only. What a bummer, right? No more glory. No more Moses. No more Elijah. No more celestial conversation. No more cloud. No more voice. No more change that maybe, just maybe, they could stay there. Back to Jesus. Just Jesus. But this scene, the Transfiguration, shows us tha…
 
If Peter's house was where they were staying, it was quite the day. The whole city, Mark tells us, was gathered together at the door of their house that evening. All kinds of people, all kinds of diseases, all wanting to see Jesus, all wanting to be healed. Then, after a busy night and not much sleep, Jesus rises very early in the morning, Mark tel…
 
There was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. Until Jesus came along... The great physician of body and soul. The unclean spirit knew it. It knew who Jesus was and what Jesus could do. The people in the synagogue that day were amazed, but the unclean spirit was terrified at being in the presence of the Lord of hosts. The Lord of all cr…
 
Stay awake! Jesus told His disciples. It's hard to stay awake alone. Coffee makes it easier. So does knowing how long you have to stay awake. But the disciples had neither of those things. There is no such thing as spiritual caffeine. So our Lord sets servants over His households, His Churches, to feed them, care for them, and watch. And one of tho…
 
We have many challenges facing us today. From conquering COVID, to our fractured political system, to rogue nations, to the challenges in your own lives and families. But I would say there is one challenge that is above all others, that really drives all the others, and that is to know what is good. Last week, we heard of something good -- creation…
 
So it seemed that when Jesus stepped into and then out of the Jordan that day, not much changed. It didn't really make much difference. Oh, it was cool! The heavens opening, a dove descending on Him -- don't see that every day! -- and then a voice from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased." But for Joe the plumber, Simeon the…
 
There is a saying that is used quite a bit these days... What did he know and when did he know it? Well I'd like to kinda, sorta, apply that to the Wise Men, as we think about them a bit today. To help us think about how the Lord epiphanied, or made Himself known, to them. So many questions the Wise Men must have had as they started on their journe…
 
The world can't wait for Christmas to get here, but once it does, it moves on quickly to the next thing. Which is too bad. But not so the Church. And not only because our Christmas celebration lasts for the twelve days of the Christmas season, but because the Church never moves on from Christmas. Becasue the Word who become flesh, as we heard and r…
 
Let it be to me according to your word. Mary said that. In response to the word spoken to her by the angel Gabriel. But Gabriel's word was really God's Word. And God's Word not just spoken then and there, but the Word that had been spoken from the beginning. All was now being fulfilled. Here. In this most unlikely place, Nazareth, with this most un…
 
John the Baptist, the prophet of... joy! Bet you didn't see that coming. Joy is not what we often associate with John. He is the fiery preacher of repentance. Most pictures of John show him very serious and stern. So what joy, what relief, these words bring! I forgive you. That is why John was baptizing. To give this joy. No, you cannot always rejo…
 
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