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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06 Feb

Lent Resources

Here are a couple devotional resources for you this lenten season. Each of these is available at the church if you’d prefer to pick up a hard copy there. However, if you’d like to just download your own, here you go.

reflections-lent-2016Higher Things Reflections: Lent & Holy Week, 2016. This is a devotional booklet to help you focus on God’s Word during the season of Lent. The link will take you to where you can download a printable PDF or get it in another format if you’d prefer. So, if you have a certain way you’d like to view this great resource (like on a mobile device) you can get the proper format to do so.

Another great resource for you during Lent is provided by the LCMS. Here’s the link: LCMS-Table-Devotions-for-Lent. This devotion is meant to be used around the family table. Printing off a copy for each person at the table will make it handy for everyone to participate.

May God bless you richly this lenten season.

 

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

13 Dec

Are You the One? | Sermon

Pastor Bramwell delivered this sermon on December 13, 2015 (The Third Sunday in Advent). The sermon text is from the Gospel reading Luke 7:18-28, specifically verses 18-23.

The disciples of John reported all these things to him. And John,  calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”  And when the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’” In that hour he healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many who were blind he bestowed sight.  And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”

The other readings for the day were from Philippians 4:4-7and Zeph. 3:14–20.

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06 Dec

Kyrie Eleison | Sermon

Pastor Bramwell delivered this sermon on December 6, 2015 (The Second Sunday in Advent). The sermon text is Malachi 3:1-7,

“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

“Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.

“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?’”

The other readings for the day were from Philippians 1:2-11 and Luke 3:1-20. To know more about the news articles that Pastor referenced in the sermon read Mollie Hemingway’s excellent article by clicking here.

We’re certainly praying (Kyrie Eleison) for all those whose lives were impacted by the shooting in San Bernardino last week.

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29 Nov

Jesus Comes to You Now! | Sermon

Pastor Bramwell delivered this sermon on November 29, 2015 (The First Sunday in Advent). The sermon text is 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13,

For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?

Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.”


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22 Nov

On Being Boring | Sermon

Pastor Bramwell delivered this sermon on November 22, 2015 (The Last Sunday of the Church Year). The sermon text is Mark 13:32-33,

But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.”

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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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