Sermons by OSLC

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Riches and Poverty, Loneliness and Relationships

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Proper 13 (18), Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C 31 July 2022 Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23 Psalm 49:1-12 Colossians 3:1-11 Luke 12:13-21   Please note: This service was held outdoors and there is no video available for this service.   The conference Jackie and I attended was hosted by a church in a poorer part […]

“The Glory of God is a Human Being Fully Alive” – Irenaeus

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Proper 12 (17), Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Year C 24 July 2022 Genesis 18:20-32 Psalm 138 Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19) Luke 11:1-13   There is an assumption that being a follower of Jesus makes our life easier, simpler, happier. I am not sure that traditional Christianity has nothing to do with that assumption. After all “getting […]

The 10th of July

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Proper 10 (15) Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C 10 July 2022   We are grateful to Pastor Hardo Ermisch for leading us in worship today.

Taking a Crack at Following Jesus

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Proper 9 (14), Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C 3 July 2022 Isaiah 66:10-14 Psalm 66:1-9 Galatians 6:(1-6), 7-16 Luke 10:1-11, 16-20   I remember my first sermon in my internship congregation of Zion Lutheran Church in North Battleford. My internship supervisor, the resident pastor at the church, had me preach every other week. That […]

Understanding the Freedom of the Gospel

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Proper 8 (13), Third Sunday after Pentecost, Year C 26 June 2022 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21 Psalm 16 Galatians 5:1, 13-25 Luke 9:51-62   Please note: This day we gathered for worship outdoors. Unfortunately, a video is not available for this service.   In Lutheran circles Galatians is often seen as a Lutheran letter even […]

How Can Life be Good – Despite Everything?

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Proper 7 (12), Second Sunday after Pentecost, Year C 19 June 2022 Isaiah 65:1-9 Psalm 22:19-28 Galatians 3:23-29 Luke 8:26-39   Last Thursday was our travel day home. We left early to line up at the ferry from Quadra Island to Campbell River. We got to the ferry just after seven, knowing that we’d get […]

Control and Surrender

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Day of Pentecost, Year C 5 June 2022 Acts 2:1-21 Psalm 104:24-34, 35b Romans 8:14-17 John 14:8-17, (25-27)   My maternal grandfather spent WW I in India, interned by the British. When I was a young boy he would tell me of the days when he was sailing the seas and about his time in […]

Navigating Differences and Seeking Unity

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Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year C 29 May 2022 Acts 16:16-34 Psalm 97 Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 John 17:20-26   Recently, the congregation of Matsqui Lutheran Church in Abbotsford received 30 new members. Thirty is a significant number for any of our congregations, but especially for a congregation with an average Sunday attendance of perhaps […]

Redemption, Not Condemnation

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Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C 22 May 2022 Acts 16:9-15 Psalm 67 Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5 John 14:23-29 or John 5:1-9   Anglican Bishop Tom Wright likes to say, “Heaven is great, but it’s not the end of the world.” He then declares that while he believes the statement to be true, he didn’t come […]

Bearing With One Another

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Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year C 15 May 2022 Acts 11:1-18 Psalm 148 Revelation 21:1-6 John 13:31-35   When I came to Vancouver I soon found myself part of a group of international students. International is a loose description. There were two Canadians among the six or seven of us. One of them having just […]