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The Captain of the Ship. Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany 2017. Matthew 8:23-27

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany St. Peter Lutheran Church St. Matthew 8:23-27 January 29, 2017 “The Captain of the Ship” Iesu Iuva   Jesus gets into a boat, and his disciples follow.  Then a great storm arises.  It must have been a really great storm.  At least four of Jesus’ disciples are men who fished […]

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Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Discipline. Thanksgiving Day 2016. Deuteronomy 8:1-10

Thanksgiving Day St. Peter Lutheran Church Deuteronomy 8:1-10 (1 Timothy 2:1-4) November 24, 2016 “Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Discipline”   Iesu Iuva   Setting apart a day to give thanks to God has a long history in America.  The Pilgrims didn’t invent it.  The French and Spanish explorers are said to have had their own […]

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The Regime of the King of Peace–Advent 4 Midweek Vespers 2016

Advent 4 Midweek (Vespers) St. Peter Lutheran Church Isaiah 11:1-10 December 21, 2016 The Regime of the King of Peace—adapted from Stoeckhardt’s Adventspredigten, “Siebzehnte Predigt”     Iesu Iuva   Jesus is a King.  That is what His name means: “Christ”—anointed one.  King.   But where is Jesus’ kingdom?  Do you know?  Even those who […]

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A Mighty One Whom You Do Not Know–Advent 4 2016

Fourth Sunday in Advent—Rorate Coeli St. Peter Lutheran Church St. John 1:19-28 December 18, 2016 “The Mighty One Comes to You” Iesu Iuva   O come, O come, Thou Lord of might, Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height In ancient times didst give the Law In cloud and majesty and awe.   God is […]

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Come And See. St. Bartholomew (Altar Guild Service) 2016. John 1:43-51

St. Bartholomew, Apostle (transferred)/ Altar Guild Opening Service St. Peter Lutheran Church St. John 1:43-51 August 25, 2016 “Come and See”   Iesu Iuva   Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”  John 1:45 […]

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18th Sunday After Trinity, 2016. A Church Loses Its First Love. Divine Service, Scripture.

18th Sunday after Trinity St. Peter Lutheran Church Revelation 2:1-7 September 25, 2016 “A Church Loses Its First Love”   Iesu iuva   There is a reason why so many songs and poems speak about the experience of falling in love.  Love is powerful, intoxicating.  It almost makes someone new.  It changes the expression of […]

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St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. Chapel Sermon. September 21, 2016

St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist Wednesday Chapel (Matins), St. Peter Lutheran School Ezekiel 2:8-3:11 (St. Matthew 9:9-13) September 21, 2016   Iesu Iuva   September 21st is the day that Christians have set apart to remember St. Matthew.  Who was St. Matthew?  He was the man the Holy Spirit inspired to write the first book […]

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What the Spirit Says to the Churches About the Lord of the Church. Revelation 1:9-20 (Trinity 17 2016)

17th Sunday after Trinity (First Sunday of Fall Series) St. Peter Lutheran Church Revelation 1:9-20 September 18, 2016 “What the Spirit Says to the Churches about the Lord of the Church”   Iesu Iuva   How do you know if a church is living and healthy?  If you did a survey asking that question, I […]

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You Strike Them, But They Feel It Not. Day of Supplication and Prayer, 2016.

Day of Supplication and Prayer St. Peter Lutheran Church Jeremiah 5:3 [Revelation 1:9-20] September 14, 2016 “You strike them, but they feel it not.”   [Outline borrowed from Walther’s “Busstagpredigt” in Brosamen] [The sermon was long—about 28 minutes.  But it wasn’t as long as this manuscript; part of it was in outline form and I […]

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Walther, Sermon on the Annual Day of Repentance. Jeremiah 5:3

C. F. W. Walther, Sermon “On the Annual Day of Repentance”, Brosamen p. 270-278. Condensed translation by Pastor Karl Hess, St. Peter Lutheran Church, Joliet, IL. September 13, 2016   Prayer [omitted] [Introduction] Hearers, guilty together with me and yet dearly purchased by Christ!   The most terrifying punishment which God has ever allowed to […]

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The Victory Remained With Life. 16th Sunday after Trinity, 2016.

16th Sunday after Trinity (10:45 Church Picnic Service) St. Peter Lutheran Church St. Luke 7:11-17 September 11, 2016 “The Victory Remained with Life”   Iesu Iuva   It was a strange and dreadful strife When life and death contended; The victory remained with life, The reign of death was ended.  LSB 458     I […]

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I Tell You a Mystery. Martin Laufer Committal Sermon, August 30, 2016.

In Memoriam + Martin Herman Laufer (Committal) Abraham Lincoln Nation Cemetery 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 August 30, 2016   Iesu Iuva   Behold!  I tell you a mystery.   The words of Paul the apostle are some 1950 years old.  What he wrote was something that defied human reason when he wrote it to the Greek […]

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9th Sunday after Trinity. Wise Stewardship: Using Money to Make Friends

Ninth Sunday after Trinity St. Peter Lutheran Church St. Luke 16:1-9 July 24, 2016 Wise Stewardship: Using Money to “Make Friends”   Iesu iuva   “Be a good steward.”  I don’t know how much people outside the church say that.  But we do say it inside the church.  “Be a good steward.”  What does that […]

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The Gift of an Overseer. 8th Sunday after Trinity, 2016.

8th Sunday after Trinity St. Peter Lutheran Church Acts 20:28-39 July 17, 2016 “The Gift of an Overseer” Iesu iuva   Most people like to receive gifts.  But there’s an unspoken rule to gift-giving—when you buy your wife a gift, you’re supposed to try to give her something she wants.  Maybe you’ve had the experience […]

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The Righteousness that Stands Before God. 6th Sunday after Trinity 2016

6th Sunday after Trinity St. Peter Lutheran Church St. Matthew 5:20-26 (Romans 6:1-11) July 3, 2016 “The Righteousness that Stands before God”   Iesu Iuva   In the Old Testament reading today we heard the ten commandments that God gave the Israelites on Mt. Sinai.  But where God usually spoke to the people of Israel […]

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Spiritual Hunger. Second Sunday after Trinity 2016

Second Sunday after Trinity St. Peter Lutheran Church St. Luke 14:15-24 June 5, 2016 “Spiritual Hunger”   Iesu Iuva On Friday I was at Sunny Hill nursing home, where the Missouri Synod Lutheran churches around Joliet have a service each week for the people who live there.  After the service I gave communion to a […]

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The Living God and the Story of our Lives. Funeral Sermon, John 8:49-59

In Memoriam + Robert F. Johnston Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home St. John 8:49-59 (Exodus 3:1-15, Revelation 21:1-6) May 18, 2016 “The Living God and the Story of our Lives”   Iesu Iuva   Nancy, Gail, and all of Bob’s relatives and friends:   Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus […]

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Laying Down One’s Life. Memorial Day Address. May 30, 2016

Memorial Day Address Woodlawn Cemetery, Joliet, Illinois St. John 15:13 May 30, 2016 “Laying Down One’s Life”   Iesu Iuva   Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.   I’m grateful for the invitation to speak to you a few words from Holy Scripture on this day when […]

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Love as a State of Being. Trinity 1, 2016. 1 John 4:16-21

First Sunday after Trinity St. Peter Lutheran Church 1 John 4:16-21 May 29, 2016 “Love as a State of Being”   Iesu Iuva   There is a story that has stuck with me my whole life. It wasn’t one I read in college when I was supposed to be reading “great literature”. I think it […]

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Asking God the Father. Rogate, Easter 6, 2016

Rogate—The Sixth Sunday of Easter St. Peter Lutheran Church St. John 16:23-30 May 1, 2016 “Asking God the Father” Iesu Iuva   Alleluia! Christ is Risen!   It’s been a long time for most of us since we asked our fathers for anything, but not for all of us. The catechumens who are here today […]

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