Category: Feasts and Festivals

  • Matthew 5:1-12 (All Saints, 2019)

    What the world deems cursed, Jesus calls blessed. In the Greek, it’s makarios. Happy doesn’t quite catch the sense. Fortunate. Lucky. Oh lucky you – poor, mourning, meek, hungering and thirsting and persecuted. You have it all even as you have nothing at all. The kingdom of heaven is yours and all that goes along…

  • Romans 3:19-28 (Reformation 2019)

    “For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.” Those words are radical words, game-changing, church-reformoing words. Though they sound like Martin Luther, and they were certainly near and dear to the Reformer’s heart, they are much older and more inspired. They’re the words of the apostle Paul, writing…

  • Matthew 18:10-11 (St. Michael and All Angels 2019)

    Todayis St. Michael and All Angels day. This has nothing to do with Los Angeles or the Angels of Anaheim. You probably won’t see anything about this on Facebook or Instagram. Hallmark doesn’t have cards for it, at least none that I could find. Angels are reserved for Christmas. Lowes and Home Depot are occupied…

  • Ephesians 1-2 / Ascension (transferred) / 1 June 2014

    I’m going to depart from the usual custom of preaching on the assigned readings for the Sunday. Instead, I would roll the calendar back three days to Thursday, forty days after our Lord’s resurrection, when the church rejoiced in Jesus’ ascension to the right hand of the Father. I’m doing this because the ascension is…

  • Luke 2:22-40 / 2 February 2014 (Presentation)

    It is forty days after Christmas and we’ve come to February 2nd and the Presentation of our Lord. The little high priest pays a visit to the temple. And being only forty days old, he can’t quite make it on his own so he has to be brought there by Mary and Joseph. What happens…

  • John 1:1-18 / Christmas Day

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. We long to understand the universe and our existence. We want to understand where everything came from and how it was made. We want to know what lay behind the “Big Bang,” what came “before” the beginning. We…

  • Romans 3:17-28 / 27 October 2013 (Reformation)

    Reformation Sunday. Five days before Reformation Day proper, but Concordia Publishing House put it on the bulletin insert, so why not? Besides, you probably wouldn’t have shown up for a Thursday night service anyway, being busy with that great holiday known as Halloween. Reformation Day, October 31, the Eve of All Hallows (that is, All…

  • Good Friday – Behold the Lamb

    Good Friday 2013 “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” THE LAMB IS BETRAYED. He is sold at market for 30 silver pieces, the price of a slave. He is betrayed by the kiss of a friend, one of His inner circle, the Twelve, those whom He chose not…

  • Holy Thursday – Big Night

    This is Israel’s big night. The night Israel walked out of slavery into freedom through the blood of the lamb painted on the doorposts. This is the night when our Lord sat at table with His chosen disciples, soon to be apostles, and put Himself into the Passover. This is the night when Jesus left…

  • The Festival of the Reformation

    This is a Reformation sermon by Rev. Matthew Harrison, President of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, preached at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on October 28, 2012.  The text is Romans 3:19-28.