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Impermanance, Anxiety and the Hairs of Your Balding Head

Biblical Text: Luke 21:5-28

What do me mean when we talk about last things?  There of course is the very literal, but other than 10,000 mile stuff, Jesus really doesn’t answer that.  Because that is not what we are talking about.  What we are talking about is impermanence and our anxiety caused by that impermanence.  And that is was Jesus goes after.  Even these “noble stones” of the temple will come down.  This thing that centers our identity will fail.  All earthly props will give way.  And Jesus goes on to name them.  And then he gives us a promise.  “Not a single hair of your head will perish.” 

You have both the knowledge and the promise.  The knowledge that yes, the world is impermanent.  Don’t place your faith in it, in any part of it.  The promise that there is a permanent thing, and that you are already a part of it.  The Kingdom of God is coming with power and great glory.  So straighten up an raise your heads.  Because this is your redemption.  This is your hour.

Operation Christmas Child

We are a Shoebox Drop Off Point for OCC this year. Our days are Monday, November 18 thru Monday, November 25.

Monday – Friday (18th-22nd): 4 PM – 7 PM

Saturday (23rd): 9 AM – Noon

Sunday (24th): Noon – 3 PM

Monday (25th): 7 AM – 10 AM

Beef on Weck

What: Beef on Weck, The World’s Best Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Brownie & Pickle

When: Saturday, October 5th, 4:30-7:00 PM (Or whenever we are out, we sold out early the last couple, but we’re making more!)

Where: Here @ St. Mark’s

How Much: $10

Eat in or Carry Out!

Yeah, I’m biased, but this is good eats!

Beef on Weck

What: Beef on Weck, The World’s Best Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Brownie & Pickle

When: Saturday, April 6th, 4:30-7:00 PM

Where: Here @ St. Mark’s

How Much: $10

Eat in or Carry Out!

Yeah, I’m biased, but this is good eats!

15 Minutes of Advent

Biblical Text: Micah 5:2-5

The curse and blessing of a liturgical church. When everybody else has already moved on to Christmas, maybe they’ve been on it for a month, we are still in Advent. The day is often given over to Mary and the magnificat. There is a great recording of our choir singing one of those here. But I’ve been spending time with the minor prophets this season. We’ve been taking them in bible class, and I felt I had to bring one into the pulpit. One more day of blue and purple. One more day of the penitential and the hopeful. Grant me 15 minutes of Advent on this 4 Sunday of the season. We’ve got a bakers dozen for Christmas starting tomorrow.

Beef on Weck Dinner

When: Saturday, October 6th from 4:30 until 7 pm.
Where: Here, eat-in or take-out
What: Dinner includes beef au jus on kimmelweck roll, cole-slaw, authentic homemade German potato salad, pickle and dessert.
Children’s Dinner includes: hot dog, mac & cheese, applesauce and dessert.
Adult Tickets are $10.00 Kids’$5.00
Who: Proceeds help the preschool and charitable endeavors of the congregation. The Food helps your stomach and general sense of well being, because it is yummy.

585-334-4795 to reserve tickets, or at the door until we run out.

Operation Christmas Child – Shoebox Collection

We are a shoebox collection point this year. The hours we are open for collection are:
M-F Nov 13 – 17 4-7 PM
Sat Nov 18 9 AM – 12
Sun Nov 19 12 – 3 PM
Mon Nov 20 7 – 10AM

Beef on Weck Dinner

Where: Here @ St. Mark’s
When: October 7th
Time: 4:30 – empty (usually ~7PM)
Cost: $9.50 adult/$5.00 children

Eat In/Carry Out
Menu: Roast Beef on Kimmelweck Roll (w/Horseradish if desired), Homemade German Potato Salad (worth the admission itself), Cole Slaw and dessert. Drinks provided for eat in.
Children’s Menu: Hot Dogs, Mac& Cheese, Applesauce, Dessert

The Happiness of God

Biblical Text: Matthew 16:21-28
Full Sermon Draft

I had something to say here, but I don’t know if I got it across. Maybe that is because it is more of an intuition that something that can be fully expressed. If I try and summarize it:
1. Measurements temporal are like constant correction while driving, sure to get you in an accident. Only eternal guidelines keep you on the narrow way.
2. The happiness of God is to save sinners, which requires the cross. Christ was happy to walk to Calvary.
3. We have a God who can be found. The only place we find him is on that cross, and under the cross.
4. The paradoxical truth is that to find God, the only place we can be truly happy (have shalom, experience rest), is when we deny ourselves and take our place under the cross.

That might sound masochistic, but look at the world. Is anyone who chases their temporal self-actualizing goals ever really happy? Look at those who have given up claims to “my goals”, a) how happy are they and b) how often do they get everything else?

Worship Note: I left in our final hymn, LSB 333, Once He Came in Blessing. It is listed as an Advent hymn, but as I think I’ve stated elsewhere Advent is most akin to our experience and that section in the hymnbook is stacked. The four stanza progression is just a gorgeous simple statement of what the text was expressing.

This is the Catholic Faith (A Meditation on the Immanent Trinity and its competitors)

Text: Matthew 28:16-20, Athanasian Creed
Full Sermon Draft

Trinity Sunday is the one Sunday a year that I feel free to talk a little pure theology. It is not that my sermons other Sundays are theology free, they couldn’t be if you were being faithful. It is that there are theological ideas that I think explain a lot in a compact form, but you end up explaining and lecturing instead of preaching, and the point is preaching. Trinity Sunday, with its spotlight on the Athanasian creed (which I left our congregational recitation in the recording), is a day given to deep foundational theology. What God is in Himself. Don’t worry, I connect the concepts of the economic and immanent Trinity to Pixar, Marvel and DC, so I hope I brought it down a little. It is a day to make clear the God we invoke, Three in One, and expose the idols of the age.