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Listen to sermons from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Apr 16, 2018

In the Gospel reading today the disciples struggle to understand what resurrection looks like. Jesus appears before them with flesh and bone. They are amazed and terrified, thinking that this must be a ghost. But ghosts don’t exist, and if they did, would they have a human body? Listen to how Jesus is made known to...


Apr 9, 2018

The disciples' response to Jesus’ death was one of fear. Fear can too easily attach itself to us today and enters our lives in many disguises.  Listen to how Jesus responds to the disciples' fear and how they respond to the risen Christ. Hear what a difference the risen Christ can make in your life.


Apr 3, 2018

The resurrection, according to St. Mark (16:1-8) is a funny kind of ending. The women who find the empty tomb and hear the word that Jesus has risen are too scared to tell anyone. “Christ is risen” leads to no boisterous response, “He is risen indeed.” Instead, it is silence. Crickets. Nothing. The good news in...


Mar 31, 2018

While we often hear of the “seven” words Christ spoke from the cross, on Good Friday we read from John’s gospel. John’s story of Jesus offers three words; three challenging, convicting, life-giving words that flesh out the mystery of what happened when humanity put God to death. The three words: “Woman here is...


Mar 30, 2018

“Maundy” Thursday is derived from Mandatum, a Latin word from which we get “mandate.” It reminds us that the last thing Jesus teaches, no, commands his followers is to “love as he has loved us.” Two actions show us what he means. In three gospels, he gives us the Lord’s Supper which is a sign of the...