07 Feb

Listening to Jesus | Sermon

Pastor Bramwell delivered this sermon on February 7, 2016 (The Transfiguration of the Lord). The sermon text is Luke 9:35 from the Gospel reading.’

 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!”

The full Gospel reading was Luke 9:28-36. The other readings for the day were from Deuteronomy 34:1-12 and Hebrews 3:1-6.

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31 Jan

Jesus Rebukes Demons and Fevers | Sermon

Pastor Bramwell delivered this sermon on January 31, 2016 (The Fourth Sunday in Advent). The sermon text is the Gospel reading Luke 4:31-44.

Then [Jesus] went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he taught the people. They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority. In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, “Go away! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth?Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” “Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him. All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What words these are! With authority and power he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!” And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.

Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. 39 So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.

At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Messiah.

At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

The other readings for the day were from Jeremiah 1:4–10 and 1 Corinthians 12:31b—13:13.

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28 Jan

A Little Johnny Cash for Music Day at School

Today is Music Day at Christ Lutheran School. It’s National Lutheran Schools Week and every day this week has had a theme. I embraced the theme today and during Theology Class I used a cover of Johnny Cash’s Man in Black to talk briefly about why pastors typically where black clerical shirts, what the uniform is all about. The kids got the live version, but back before I received the call to serve at CLCS I recorded a version of the song they heard. Here it is, for you listening pleasure, or displeasure as the case may be.

For the original context, what prompted me to cover this song with new lyrics and for the printed lyrics, visit my personal blog: wp.me/p5dmLy-1o9

21 Nov

The Satiation of Faith | Sermon

Pastor Bramwell delivered this sermon on November 15, 2015 (the Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost). The sermon text is Hebrews 10:24-25,

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

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