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Listen to sermons from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Jan 15, 2018

The very first words Jesus speaks in the Gospel according to John is a question: “What are you looking for?” Most of us would be able to come up with some kind of spiritual shopping list for Jesus: Prosperity, health, forgiveness, assurance of life after death. The question is, do we really know what we want, what...


Jan 8, 2018

We all tend to categorize and organize our lives so that they are easier to understand, easier to control. We put our stuff in boxes and totes. We put other people in boxes and categories based on stereotypes and assumptions. We even try to do it with God. We keep God in a box of our own making; we like God in heaven...


Jan 2, 2018

When the elder Simeon, full of the Holy Spirit, saw Joseph and Mary in the Temple, he burst into song. As he looked into the eyes of that baby, just 40 days old, he sang, “My eyes have seen your salvation.” It was the fulfillment of a promise given through the Spirit, that Simeon would not die until he saw the...


Dec 25, 2017

We all spend a lot of time trying to make Christmas, merry and bright. In the midst of life’s struggles, pain, failures and darkness, we hope that having an extraordinary tree, extraordinary gifts, extraordinary decorations will fix what ails us. We’re kind of like Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s “Christmas...


Dec 18, 2017

Advent is a season of preparation and anticipation. We are reminded of that in today’s gospel reading as we hear about Mary and the visit from the angel Gabriel. I find there are a whole lot of things that occupy my life as I prepare for Christmas. When asked if I’m ready for Christmas, I don’t think that people...