Pastor Micah brings another "Christian Jargon" sermon, this time deconstructing the topic of forgiveness through one of the New Testament's most important texts on that subject (Matthew 18:21-35). Forgiveness often is not as cut and dried as this text makes it sound, but this text (and the end of Matthew's Gospel) point us in the right direction!

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Sermon from our September 10, 2017 (Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost) worship service. Pastor Micah preaches on Matthew 18:15-20, Jesus' teaching on reconciliation between church members. Reconciliation often looks like a huge effort--maybe even humanly impossible; however, it is already happening because it is what God has always done and continues to do in the world today.

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Sermon from our September 3, 2017 (Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost) worship service. Pastor Micah preaches on Matthew 16:21-30, the aftermath of Peter confessing that Jesus is the Messiah. Peter said the right words in his confession, but he didn't yet understand what his words meant--we look into that using the famous question from Martin Luther's Small Catechism: "What does this mean?"

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Sermon from our August 27, 2017 (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost) worship service. Pastor Micah preaches on Matthew 16:13-20, the great story of the Confession of Peter. In this story, Jesus gives the disciple Peter a lot of responsibility to lead the church, and it's amazing how much Jesus trusts Peter with this!

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Here is the podcast version of Pastor Micah's new hymn for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. The first part is the story behind his words, followed by our singing at the August 20, 2017 worship service (a "dry run" for the song). Check out the Trinity Lutheran Church YouTube channel for a video of this song, complete with lyrics on the screen.

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Sermon from our August 20, 2017 (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost) worship service. Pastor Micah preaches on Matthew 15:21-28, the challenging story of Jesus' rough interaction with a Canaanite woman. Kind of like the Windows 10 operating system, the Holy Spirit is persistent about updates - updating our human "operating systems" to improve our ability and desire to demonstrate hospitality and share God's love with other people.

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Sermon from our August 13, 2017 (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost) worship service. Pastor Micah preaches on Matthew 14:22-33, Matthew's version of the story of Jesus walking on water. Peter also walks on water in this story, likely because he does not yet trust the "refrain" of the Gospel of Matthew - that Jesus is Emmanuel (God with us).

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Sermon from our August 6, 2017 (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost) worship service. Pastor Micah preaches on Matthew 14:13-21, a passage where the Gospel of Matthew transitions from Jesus telling people what the kingdom of heaven is like to instead showing them what it is like.

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Sermon from our July 30, 2017 (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost) worship service. Pastor Micah completes his Romans 7 & 8 Series with a sermon on the wonderful Romans 8:26-39, all while having a little fun with the classic movie plot device of sinking in quicksand. (Reader: Andrea Garnett)

 

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Sermon from our July 23, 2017 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost). In the third of four sermons in his Romans 7 & 8 series, Pastor Micah took to Facebook Live and built a periscope to show us how hope helps us to see above our challenges and problems to see God's love. Note: This is a condensed audio version of the sermon, which is much more helpful in the Facebook video version on Trinity's page. The delays in the audio version come from Pastor Micah sitting down in the pulpit and--laboriously--getting back up! `(Reader: Colleen Conrad)

 

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