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LCH Sermons—Easter 2010

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Pentecost—May 23, 2010

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Acts 2:1–21; Psalm 104:25–35, 37; Romans 8:14–17; John 14:8–17, 25–27
Summary: Acts tells the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit in a rush of wind and with tongues of fire. Some say that Lutherans have missed the Spirit, but I can see the Spirit here at LCH, moving in ways we may not recognize. I see the Spirit in your service. It is clear that the Spirit has not missed us, even if we have missed the Spirit. In the Spirit, we are called from fear to ministry in the world.

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Easter VII—May 16, 2010

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Acts 16:16–34; Psalm 97; Revelation 22:12–14, 16–17, 20–21; John 17:20–26
Summary: Roland Martinson tells a story about a family stopped attending church because it seemed irrelevant in their busy world. We used to live in a society of obligation, but now we are in an age of discretion where relevance is key. In today’s Gospel, Jesus prays that we all may be one. There are many possible interpretations, but the key is that God through Christ is praying for us in our hurt, emptiness, and joy. Church is relevant because God is praying for us, and we pray for the world.

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Easter VI—May 9, 2010

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Acts 16:9–15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 22—22:5; John 14:23–29
Summary: In today’s reading from Acts, we hear how Paul meets Lydia and feels the Spirit moving as they build the community. I just came back from our Synod meeting, where I also felt the Spirit moving. When Jesus left the disciples, he did not give them a detailed plan for building the church; he gave them the tools they needed and the Spirit to guide them. We in this congregation may not be certain what God is calling us to do, but we do know that the Spirit is leading us on the journey.

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Easter V—May 2, 2010

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley and Pastor Katy Grindberg
Lessons: Acts 11:1–18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21:1–6; John 13:31–35
Summary: In today’s dialog sermon, Pastor Jeff cites the dietary regulations in Leviticus, and Pastor Katy interrupts to explain how the story in Acts makes it clear that nothing is unclean. They conclude that if love is the most important commandment, we should work to expand the reign of God and not to keep people out. In Christ’s word we are all made whole and called to ministry.

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Easter IV—April 25, 2010

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Acts 9:36–43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9–17; John 10:22–30
Summary: In today’s Gospel, Jesus explains that his sheep are the ones that hear his voice. Peter sometimes hears that voice, like in the lesson from Acts where he raises Tabitha as Jesus had raised another girl. Jesus calls us to hear his voice and take care of the world. Our youth have shown their good ears by giving their money, and year after year our young children have raised money for Heifer International.

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Easter III—April 18, 2010

Preacher: Pastor Fritz Fritschel
Lessons: Acts 9:1–20; Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11–14; John 21:1–19
Summary: In today’s lesson from Revelation we hear the words we sang earlier in our canticle “This is the Feast.” I see this as a protest song declaring that Jesus, the slaughtered lamb, has won victory of the world. The Pax Romana of that day was maintained by military power and fear, but the reign of the lamb is one of suffering love. This peace takes a lot of work, and we are called to continue that work in our lives and our communities.

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Easter II—April 11, 2010

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Acts 5:27–32; Psalm 150; Revelation 1:4–8; John 20:19–31
Summary: In today’s Gospel, the disciples are locked away in fear, and Jesus appears saying, “Peace be with you.” There many kinds of peace, but the shalom of this Gospel is God’s peace, filled with the Holy Spirit and rooted in our relationships with others. Over the years, the church has given up this peace for power, but God draws us back together to be as one, and to live out shalom for the world.

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Easter Sunday—April 4, 2010

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Exodus 15:1–11; Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24; 1 Corinthians 15:19–26; Luke 24:1–12
Summary: This is the day we have been waiting for throughout Lent, and here we are surrounded by the symbols of resurrection. But Easter began with an empty tomb. What if you had come this morning and found an empty church? You might have been disappointed or even angry. But the women who found the empty tomb went on to proclaim the good news of resurrection. From our emptiness, God continues to proclaim life, and we live out God’s love for the whole world.

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