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This is a great preaching podcast!Each week you will hear sermons that inspirit you to be kind, show up, and do good. Pastors Jules Erickson and Tanner Howard (as well as some guest preachers along the way) will uplift your week and give you something to help make the world a better place.

This is a great preaching podcast!Each week you will hear sermons that inspirit you to be kind, show up, and do good. Pastors Jules Erickson and Tanner Howard (as well as some guest preachers along the way) will uplift your week and give you something to help make the world a better place.
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This is a great preaching podcast!Each week you will hear sermons that inspirit you to be kind, show up, and do good. Pastors Jules Erickson and Tanner Howard (as well as some guest preachers along the way) will uplift your week and give you something to help make the world a better place.




Choose to Anticipate (12/08)

At the heart of our Advent preparation stands John the Baptist, who calls us to repent and make a new beginning. As the darkness increases, we turn toward the approaching light of Christ. For Christians he is the root of Jesse, the righteous judge who welcomes all, especially the poor and meek of the earth. We wait with hope for that day when the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and there will be no more hurt or destruction. From the Lord’s table we are sent in the spirit of John the Baptist...


Choose to Wait (12/01)

The new church year begins with a wake-up call: Christ is coming soon! In today’s readings both Paul and Jesus challenge us to wake from sleep, for we know neither the day nor hour of the Lord’s coming. Isaiah proclaims the day when God will gather all people on the holy mountain and there will be no more war or suffering. Though we vigilantly watch for the promised day of salvation, we wait for what we already have: Christ comes among us this day as the word and meal that strengthens our...


Reign of Christ (11/24)

Christ the King’s pardon is for us. We begin our worship acknowledging our sin and hearing the news that God has forgiven us. The Ruler’s welcome is ours as well. We come to the table, received by Christ himself. Today we join him, the thief on the cross, and all the saints in a foretaste of the paradise to come. The Spirit sends us into the week ahead renewed in the knowledge that we are citizens of the reign of God and that our true Ruler is the one who welcomes and pardons: the crucified...


Stay Faithful (11/17)

The end is near. There is no doubt about it. The warnings are dire. The tone of today’s texts is ominous. But the baptized know how to live in the “meantimes.” The baptized are strengthened for the living of these days in word and sacrament. The baptized rally around the invitation of the apostle: “Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.” Scripture Reading: Luke 21:5-19, Isaiah 65:17-25, Psalm 98


If You Fall (11/10)

We worship on the first day of the week because our Savior was raised on that day. Every Sunday is a little Easter. This Sunday feels more like Easter than many as the appointed texts celebrate the reality of the resurrection. Live it up this Lord’s day. Our God is the God of the living. Scripture Reading: Luke 20:27-38, Job 19:23-27, Psalm 17:1-9


Live Blessed (11/3)

In holy baptism God makes saints out of sinners. In holy communion God forgives the sins of all the saints. In the assembly today we give thanks for all the saints “who from their labors rest,” who have fought the good fight, who have gained the crown. In the same breath we petition our God for the strength to hear and to heed the admonitions of the Lord Jesus in today’s gospel. Recalling that we have been sealed by the Spirit and sustained by the Savior’s body and blood, we keep on keeping...


The Heart of Our Faith (10/27)

On this day we celebrate the heart of our faith: the gospel of Christ— the good news— that makes us free! We pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to unite the church today in its proclamation and witness to the world. In the waters of baptism we are made one body; we pray for the day that all Christians will also be one at the Lord’s table. Scripture Reading: John 8:31-36, Romans 3:19-28, Jeremiah 31:31-34


Persistence (10/20)

Pray always. Do not lose heart. This is the encouragement of the Christ of the gospel today. Persistence in our every encounter with the divine will be blessed. Wrestle with the word. Remember your baptism again and again. Come regularly to Christ’s table. Persistence in our every encounter with the divine will be blessed. Scripture Reading: Luke 18:1-8, Genesis 32:22-31, Psalm 121


Unexpected Miracles (10/13)

It's a miracle! Multiple miracles! The waters of holy baptism have healed us. The body and blood of Jesus in holy communion have made us clean. We have died with Christ and been raised with him. For all this we have returned to offer thanks. From this place we are sent on our way rejoicing to share the good news. Scripture Readings:Luke 17:11-19, 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c, Psalm 111.


Sufficient Faith (10/06)

A little faith goes a long way is our Lord’s point in the gospel. A mustard seed’s-worth has miraculous potential. The patience, tenacity, and endurance required for the life of faith are the blessings received in water and the word (holy baptism), bread and wine (holy communion), the word read and proclaimed in this assembly. Anticipate them. Receive them with thanksgiving. Scripture Reading: Luke 17:1-10, 2 Timothy 1:1-14, Psalm 37:1-9


Michael & All Angels (9/29)

The archangel Michael is pictured as a prince and a general of the heavenly army, defeating the dragon (the ancient serpent, the devil, Satan). It is important, though, to see in Revelation 12:11 that God’s victory ultimately comes by Jesus’ death and the testimony of his followers. The power of God’s truth gives us confidence in the face of evil on earth, even in the face of our own death. Today you are invited to experience the power of God at a healing station during communion. Come for...


Christ the Crook (9/22)

As we are invited today to consider what it means to be managers (rather than owners) of all that we have, it is crucial to recall that we are bought with a price. “Christ Jesus, himself human, . . . gave himself a ransom for all.” Apart from the generosity of God we have nothing—we are nothing. By God’s gracious favor we have everything we need. Scripture Reading: Luke 16:1-13, Amos 8:4-7, Psalm 113


This Grace of God (9/15)

The grumbling of the Pharisees and the scribes in today’s gospel is actually our holy hope: This Jesus welcomes sinners and eats with them. That our God wills to seek and to save the lost is not only a holy hope, it is our only hope. As Paul’s first letter to Timothy reminds us, “The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” Thanks be to God. Scripture Reading: Luke 14:25-33, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Psalm 51:1-12


Choose life (9/8)

Called to the contemplate the joy of discipleship today, we might be helped by our prayer of the day: Strengthened by the company and forgiveness of the Christ in the blessed sacrament and recalling God’s grace in remembrance of baptism, we can be strengthened in this hour to “choose life” – to choose life in God as our own. Refresh my heart in Christ. Scripture Reading: Luke 14:25-33, Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Psalm 1


Humility (9/1)

Invited and inviting - that is the nature of the church. By God's grace in holy baptism we have a place at the banquet table of the Lord. When, by the power of that same Spirit, humility and mutual love continue among us, the church can be more inviting still. Scripture Readings: Psalm 81:1, 10-16; Jeremiah 2:4-13; Luke 14:1,7-14


Unfolding Light (8/25)

Remember the sabbath day. Call the sabbath a delight. This is the Lord’s day, and the Lord will do for us what the Lord does: feed us, forgive us, help and heal us. Rejoice at all the wonderful things God is doing. Scripture Reading: Luke 13:10-17, Hebrews 12:18-29, Psalm 103-1-8


FIRE! (8/18)

The word of God is a refining fire. Jesus is the great divide in human history. He invites our undivided attention and devotion. Today, in the assembly, we are surrounded by “so great a cloud of witnesses.” In the word and in the holy communion we are invited yet again to look to Jesus, “the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.” Scripture Reading: Luke 12:49-56, Hebrews 11:29-12:2, 8-16, Psalm 82


"It's Just Stuff" (8/11)

Jesus says, "It is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." It is God's promise from the beginning - to Abraham, to the early church, and to the "little flock" of which we are a part today in assembly. Faith, God's baptismal gift, trusts the promises of God. Have no fear. Scripture Reading: Luke 12:32-40, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Psalm 33:12-22


We are Human BEINGS (7/28)

Persistence in prayer evoked the admiration of Jesus and wins the attention of the Lord when Abraham intercedes for Sodom. The life of the baptized – to be rooted and built up in Christ Jesus the Lord – is to be rooted in prayer. God hears and answers prayer and so strengthens God’s own. “When I called, you answered me; you increased my strength within me.” Scripture Reading: Luke 11:1-13, Colossians 2:56-9, Psalm 138


Won't You Be My Neighbor (7/14)

To love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind is to reflect God’s mercy in responding to one’s neighbor. That mercy found its most profound expression in the “gospel that has come to you” - namely the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That gospel mercy comes to us again today: at the font, at the altar, and from the pulpit. It is very near to you. Scripture Reading: Luke 10:25-37, Deuteronomy 30:9-20, Psalm 25:1-10