Sermons by Pastor Cynthia Krommes

Epiphany 2A – January 19, 2020

 “What are you looking for?” John 1:38 “What are you looking for?” are Jesus’ very first words in the Gospel of John. In Mark’s Gospel, he begins his ministry with a mighty command that silences a demon.  In Matthew, he calls four fishermen to leave their nets, boats and families to follow him.  In Luke, he boldly quotes the prophet Isaiah, declaring…

The Baptism of Our Lord A – January 12, 2020

And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”  Matthew 3:17             A lot has happened since last week’s Gospel when the wisemen came to Bethlehem bearing gifts for the Christ child. After a warning that King Herod sought to kill the child, Joseph led his family to safety in Egypt. They became…

Advent 4A – December 21, 2019 (Evening Light)

Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”  Luke 1:38             Tomorrow is pageant Sunday at St. John’s.  Our children will present “Journey to Bethlehem” and will not only tell, but embody the story of Christmas.  It’s the best way for them to learn and wonderful tradition here at St.…

Advent 1A – December 1, 2019

“O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!” Isaiah 2:5 Martin Luther called the book of Isaiah the Fifth Gospel, for in the prophet’s writings he saw both the law and the gospel, that which condemns and that which gives life, bad news and good.  This Advent our first readings are all from Isaiah. Today and…

Christ the King C – November 24, 2019

“May you be made strong…” Colossians 1:11 So often we skip over the epistles – those letters from Paul and other early Church leaders written to congregations of early Christians to encourage and guide, teach and preach, reprimand and restore them in the faith. As a preacher I almost always head right to the Gospels, right to Jesus, and ignore what are…

All Saints – November 3, 2019

17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints,…

Reformation – October 27, 2019

For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law…. Romans 3: 28 Signe Gunkel, one of the older members of St. Bartholomew’s Lutheran Church in Trenton, asked me, “Pastor, why don’t we do Reformation Sunday up big like we did years ago?” “What do you mean?” She replied, “Well the Lutherans would fill the…

Pentecost 17C – October 6, 2019

“The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’”… “Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us…” Luke 17:5; 2 Timothy 1:14 More faith!  Of course, the disciples want it, even need it.  Jesus asked them to give away their possessions, to leave their homes and families, to deal with demanding crowds, to…

Pentecost 15C – September 22, 2019

“And his master commended the dishonest manager because he acted shrewdly…” Luke 16:8             It was September 1996, when I attended my first meeting with the Phoenixville Area Clergy Association. Father Jack Newns of St. Ann’s and Pastor Mindy McKonly at First Methodist were also new in town.  One of us asked, “What’s Phoenixville like?”  Father John Wiltz of St. Mary’s immediately…

Pentecost 14C – September 15, 2019

So, he told them this parable: “Which one of you….” Luke 15:1-10             It was the youth group trip from hell.  It didn’t begin that way.  In fact, I thought we were well organized:  Adults for the three small groups, directions from St. Bartholomew’s in Trenton to St. Paul’s in Jersey City where we would park the cars, take the subway into…

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