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  John 5:1-9     6th Sunday of Easter “Do you want to be made well?” Jesus asked.  I am captivated by this question every time that I read it.  “Do you want to be made well?” These were Jesus’ first words to the sick man lying in the vicinity of the pool.  He had been […]


Memorial Service Homily for Frank W. Youngk

John 21:1-14     May 13, 2019   It was a tragic death – sudden, unexpected.  The group of those who loved him are huddling together, in confusion and despair and even hopelessness.  They are struggling to make sense of a tragedy that they might never be able to fully understand. Yes, that is what’s going […]


Where Does Faith Come From?

John 10:22-30     Fourth Sunday of Easter     May 12, 2019     Where does faith come from?  Have you ever thought about the mystery of faith? In our culture, we’re not good at mystery, because then we’re drawn into something we can never fully understand or control or master, and we don’t like that!  Instead, […]


The Risen Christ In Our Ordinary Days

John 21:1-19     Third Sunday of Easter     May 5, 2019 I love the way the gospel of John ends.  The risen Christ appears to his disciples during an ordinary day. The four gospels are four collections of stories that were spoken for years before they were written down.[1]  (Those of you who were here yesterday, […]


Walking Wounded

John 20:19-31     Second Sunday of Easter   Easter was glorious, wasn’t it?  Our worship space filled with flowers, music that stirred our souls, and lots of smiling people. The atmosphere was joyous!  How very easy to forget that only two days earlier Jesus hung on a cross until he died. We had little thought to Jesus’ […]


What They Did When They Didn’t Find The Body

Luke 24: 1-12     Easter Sunday     April 21, 2019   The women had done all that they were supposed to do, after Jesus was crucified.  They had been faithful: The women who had come with [Jesus] from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid.[1]  They had been obedient to […]


Memorial Service Homily for John Ellis Allen

Matthew 5:1-12     April 20, 2019   These verses, which John’s family chose for this service, are beloved by many.  Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  The words in this passage are like a formula.  Jesus speaks the words, “Blessed are” nine times.  They are beautiful words.  However, […]


Where Do You Stand When Your Feet Are Sore?

  John 13:1-17, 31b-35     Maundy Thursday In Northern Ireland, there were three decades of deathly struggles between Catholics and Protestants.  The Troubles, as the conflict was called, was both religious and political.  Although the Good Friday Agreementin 1998 was to end the conflict, low-levels of violence and open wounds still exist. A community leader, Pádraig Ó Tuama, […]


Warning: Following Jesus Makes You Weird

Philippians 3:4b-14     Fifth Sunday in Lent     April 7, 2019   Following Jesus makes you weird. I just felt like I had to warn you that that’s true.  Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get into Paul’s letter to the Philippians – because that’s what Paul is telling the Philippians: Following […]


Proclamations by Lutheran Student Association Members

Joshua 5:9-12; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Fourth Sunday in Lent     March 31, 2019   I. Elizabeth Acors, a junior, majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Biochemistry               I’ve always been a very involved person my whole life, and I blame my mom and sister.  They are so involved and its inspiring […]