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5TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Sermon for THE 5TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, July 20, 2014
Vicar Zachary Marklevitz


Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, 


Is Jesus present? Is He here? Many of our beloved brothers and sisters in Christ would examine this question with follow-up questions. They would look for signs in a local church and ask, “Is the pastor charismatic? Will this local church bring people in? Do people leave here perceived as ‘better’ Christians than before they came in?” These same people, asking these investigative questions, would believe that if you are able to find outward signs which are commonly understood for being a vibrant and healthy church – then you are able to locate the presence of God. But are these truly good, right, and salutary questions to ask? Or do these questions drown out the very presence of God?


In the Old Testament reading, the Lord says to Elijah, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” Suddenly, a strong wind passed by, so strong that rocks were split apart; yet God was not in the wind. Afterwards, a violent earthquake shook the ground, yet God was not in the earthquake. Then a great fire appeared, yet God was not in the fire. Finally, when all these had passed, God came to Elijah, in the sound of a low whisper. Elijah recognized the presence of God, not in a strong wind, or a violent earthquake, or a great fire, but in the sound of a low whisper.


The wind, earthquake, and fire are wonderful signs of God’s power, but these signs did not contain God’s presence. Signs do not equal presence. Peter understood this distinction when Jesus instructs him to cast his empty net into the sea. Peter insists that Jesus’ request is in vain because he and his fellow fishermen have been fishing all night, and took nothing. Yet, when Peter dropped the net at Jesus’ command, they enclosed a large number of fish, so much so, their nets were breaking. At that moment, Peter feared the presence of Jesus. He turned to him and said, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” Peter did not fear the sign that Jesus gave, which were the many fish overwhelming their nets, but he feared the very power and holiness of Jesus’ presence.

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4th Sunday After Trinity – JULY 13, 2014

TEXT: LUKE 6:36-42; ROMANS 12:14-21; GENESIS 50:15-21
SEE HOW MERCIFUL YOUR FATHER IS TO YOU!
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting


To all those at Luther Memorial Chapel and University Student Center who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


They stripped him of his robe.  They put him in a pit.  They sold him into slavery.  They bloodied his coat and with it told his father (also their father) that he had been killed.  Consider the grief of their father Jacob.  Consider the suffering of their younger brother Joseph – ripped from his home and family – serving others in a foreign land. Consider the evil of these men.  What would you do if given the chance to repay them?  When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” 


What would you do if someone did such evil to you?  Or consider much less evil done to you – someone offending you with words or actions – opposing you – mocking you?  In a context of religious persecution the Holy Spirit caused St. Paul to write - Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them ... Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.  A tall order indeed!

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3rd SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

SERMON FOR THE 3rd SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, JULY 6, 2014
LUKE 15:1-10
Vicar Zachary Marklevitz


Imagine yourself as a judge. Your job would consist of seeing people defending their actions, or sometimes, lack of actions. You would hear stories, excuses, blame, lies, and much more. However, you would not hear too many parables. Imagine a defendant in court beginning his defense, saying something along the lines of, “Judge, my defense is like a shepherd with 100 sheep, who then loses one…” Now this parable would not go over very well in the judicial system, yet this is essentially how Jesus defends himself to the Pharisees.


Luke gives us this moment in Jesus’ ministry where tax collectors and sinners were drawing near to him. They wanted to hear what Jesus was saying. They wanted to be a part of what it was that Jesus was offering them. And Jesus showed them mercy. Yet, there was a different type of crowd present, the Pharisees and the scribes. They were not interested in drawing near to Jesus, but rather, in criticizing and slandering him. In doing so, they accused him of receiving sinners and eating with them. This accusation derived from common knowledge of that any good and righteous Jew knew that associating yourself with sinners, made you unclean too. If Jesus was this great Rabbi, then he surely was not acting the part. Instead of surrounding himself with other religious, prestigious leaders, he surrounded himself and ate with unclean sinners in fellowship.

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FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY – JUNE 22, 2014

TEXT: LUKE 16:19-310; 1 JOHN 4:16-21; GENESIS 15:1-6


In many and various ways God spoke to His people of old by the prophets – but now in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son.  Dear hearers of the Word made flesh; let him who has ears to hear – hear what Jesus speaks.


Their lives were so very different!  One was successful or had inherited well – There was a rich man.  He dressed to the T’s in a color that indicated respect and position in the community – who was clothed in purple and fine linen.  While most all of us feast on special occasions – a church picnic – an anniversary – seasonal holidays – everyday was special to this man – who feasted sumptuously every day.  His desire to be fed was satisfied with his abundant resources.  His life glitters and shines with fullness and fun!  He was independent and invested in positively enjoying life’s good things for himself!

Their lives were so very different!  At his gate was laid a poor man.  The word doesn’t mean that he was a bit below middle class but rather that he was destitute – an abject beggar!  His destitution included physical deformity or weakness because he couldn’t travel to a hopeful spot for begging on his own power.  Rather he “was laid” at the gate of the other man.  What weakened his physical strength we are not told, but his outward appearance also spoke of sickness – he was covered with sores.  His desire to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table was not satisfied.  Mercy from the other man was not given and therefore not received – Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. 


Their lives were so very different even after death!    The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side.  No burial is mentioned for perhaps he was too poor for a funeral.  Abraham’s side is the place of eternal blessing promised through God’s Word - for Abraham is the father of the faithful – those given righteousness through faith in Christ (Galatians 3).

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SECOND SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

SECOND SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY – JUNE 29, 2014
LUKE 14:15-24; EPHESIANS 2:13-22; PROVERBS 9:1-10
THE LORD LOVES TO BANQUET YOU!
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting


To the saints who are at Luther Memorial Chapel and University student center, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


The Lord loves a banquet!  He is happiest when His people are gathered at table with Him.  This is in keeping with His delight in giving out good things!  He gives us delightful, ordinary things each day.  He gives things far beyond ordinary – the solar system – flinging out the galaxies and nebulae and more beyond that.  He gives us our bodies and their extraordinary abilities.   


The Holy Spirit caused Solomon to write - Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars.  This Wisdom is the pre-incarnate Christ who designed the world (Proverbs 8:22-30) This Wisdom is Christ whose joy is the human race (8:31).  Pre-existent Wisdom became incarnate and calls out – “Come eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed.  Leave your simple ways, and live and walk in the way of insight.”  The Lord loves a banquet!  He is happiest when His people are gathered at table with Him. 

 

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HOLY TRINITY – JUNE 15, 2014

JOHN 3:1-17/ ROMANS 11:33-36/ISAIAH 6:1-7
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON
AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT – AMEN.
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting


To all those at Luther Memorial Chapel and University Student Center who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, dear Madison, Margaret, and Ryan:


A Pastor was once asked what the most difficult part of his ministry was.  Without hesitation he answered that it was standing before the congregation in worship each week and saying – “In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”  The liturgy does not lead the pastor to say “We make our beginning – or let us begin - in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”  The invocation is not telling ourselves what we our doing or reminding us of who the one true God is.  Rather the invocation calls directly on the Holy Trinity – it speaks His Name with trust that He comes into our midst as He has promised.  “In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”  As His name is invoked God’s people say “Amen,” that is, “yes – the one true God who put His name on us in Holy Baptism is present in this service – to bless us.”  “Amen.”

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