Sermons

  • Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    June 18, 2017. In Exodus, we hear of the people of Israel making it out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, to the foot of Mt. Sinai, and there beginning a new conversation with God through Moses.  Even while they are in transition, a new relationship is being formed that will last through the ages.  In a similar manner, Bethlehem Lutheran is in its own... [read more]
  • Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    June 11, 2017.  The way a story ends changes what it means. Matthew ends his Gospel not with Jesus' resurrection, but with Jesus commissioning the disciples to go forth and make disciples. The First Creation Story in Genesis 1:1-2:4 ends not with Creation, but with Sabbath. These two endings point to a central tension in the Christian life: the cal... [read more]
  • Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    June 4, 2017. Today the church celebrates Pentecost, a celebration of the Holy Spirit's fiery arrival long ago, and a celebration of all the ways that Spirit continues to guide, comfort, disrupt, and strengthen us today. Sometimes it's hard to make sense of the Holy Spirit and to identify her work in our lives. This sermon identifies three things t... [read more]
  • Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    May 28, 2017.  What does it mean for Jesus to offer a prayer to God on our behalf?  Our hope is in a unity of living as followers of Jesus drawn together by Christ for a common purpose.  Jesus’ prayer is for us to be in relationship with each other as Jesus is in relationship with God!   This sermon explores what this means for us as we live in com... [read more]
  • Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    May 21, 2017.  What does it mean to be the church in this peculiar time in American religious history? In this sermon, Andrew Packman challenges the common interpretation that we are living in a secular age, and instead suggests that we are living in time of religious confusion. All of us are wired to worship God, but it’s awfully easy to worship a... [read more]
  • Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    May 14, 2017. Jesus’ farewell discourse, the words that he shares with his disciples just a few days before his death, are words that give guidance and hope to us as a congregation as we move into a time of transition and change. Goodbyes are difficult; they mark the ending of what we’ve known, and the beginning of what we do not yet know. In times... [read more]
  • Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    May 7, 2017. The picture of the early church in Acts 2 is of a young community on fire with the Holy Spirit. One of the characteristics listed is that they shared bread together.  As I leave Bethlehem after thirteen years of marriage ministry is this wonderful place, my prayer is that this church will continue to share bread with glad and generous ... [read more]
  • Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    April 30, 2017.  The journey to Emmaus is the journey of dashed hopes. The disciples were utterly devastated after Jesus’ death; the future they had hoped for is no longer possible. Their hopes were so fixed on what they wanted Jesus to do and be that they are unable to recognize the risen Jesus when he joins them on the road. Sometimes our hopes a... [read more]
  • Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    April 23, 2017.  Thomas always gets a bad rap.  Just because he wants details before he is able to accept that Jesus is risen, he is forever labeled the “doubter.”  But I contend that this passage of Scripture is not primarily about doubt; rather, it is about reality.  When Jesus appears before Thomas, with the gift of peace and forgiveness, rather... [read more]
  • Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    April 16, 2017 - Easter Sunday. The musical "Hamilton" is successful not just because it is a history lesson. It is also a commentary on contemporary social issues ranging from racism, prejudice, and power politics.  Similarly, the events of Holy Week are not just about remembering history. They wake us up to the suffering that is everywhere in our... [read more]
  • Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    April 13, 2017. On this Maundy Thursday we visit Jesus and his disciples where Jesus shows his disciples a new way to love and care for each other.  Jesus is commanding us to love in this new way too --with the towel and the basin!  What does it mean for us to love one another like that?  How might doing this allow the world to see us for who we ar... [read more]
  • Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    April 5, 2017.  At our final Wednesday Vesper service of this Lenten season, Suzanne Warner provided context around our upcoming pastoral transition and encouragement that our community has everything we need to continue in strong ministry during this time. We already know how to "do transition" well, unfortunately because we've also done it badly ... [read more]
  • Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    April 2, 2017.  The story of the raising of Lazarus moves from heartache (and a little anger) through miracle to invitation.  We will go through a similar journey as I leave Bethlehem for a new call.  After Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead, he invites the surrounding community to participate in the miracle: “Unbind him and let him go!”  And as di... [read more]
  • Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    March 26, 2017.  Why do we call the main character in last weekend's Gospel “the man born blind"? Why not “the man who Jesus heals", or even better, “the man who teaches us how to see Jesus"? The fact is that we’re telling stories about each other every moment of every day. We see someone do something, or hear someone say something, and without ... [read more]
  • Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    March 19, 2017.  This sermon focused on the human impulse inside us to tell single stories about other people, especially people who are different than us. But every human being is more  complex, more beautiful, more capable of change and transformation than a single story would ever tell. Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well shows... [read more]
  • Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    March 12, 2017.  So we all know that we need and hunger for community; we can’t do this on our own. What holds us back? If we’re perfectly honest, all of us have been burned by community in one way or another. All communities are made up of flawed individuals, and sooner or later they fail us. We are like Nicodemus in this week’s Gospel: we have fa... [read more]
  • Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    March 5, 2017. This is the first sermon in our Lenten series, “Called to Community.” This sermon explores the fears and desires that tempt us to stay on the fringes of community along with the call from Jesus in our baptism that draws us into community. We all share the call from Christ to be church to each other, for the church is not a building w... [read more]
  • Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    February 26, 2017. With the dramatic transfiguration of Jesus on top of the mountain, it is easy to miss the important words that are said. First, “Listen to him.” As our days get busier and often more confusing, it is more important than ever that we take time to listen to Jesus. Second, "Get up" is actually more like, “Be resurrected.” Even today... [read more]
  • Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    February 19, 2017. In the last part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, He piles on seemingly more impossible instructions: “Love your enemies” and “Be perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect.” This sermon explores both of these commands and reminds us that God’s ways are foolish. Because of that, they have within them the power to change us and th... [read more]
  • February 12, 2017. Jesus’ difficult interpretations of the commandments about murder, divorce, and adultery make us all aware of our need for God’s mercy and forgiveness. They also call us to pay attention to our interior lives—to the part of us that no one can see, yet the part of us that has incredible influence on how we act, speak, live, and lo... [read more]
Load more
 
Bethlehem Lutheran Church