Sermons by Pastor Cynthia Krommes

Pentecost 21B – October 14, 2018

“Jesus looking at him, loved him and said….” Mark 10:21 You got to love the young man in today’s Gospel. He’s earnest, good and honorable. He runs ups to Jesus and kneels before him. He correctly answers Jesus’ question. He obviously paid attention in Confirmation for he knows the commandments, and not only that, he’s keeps them! He’s the pride of his…

Pentecost 19B – September 30, 2018

Have salt in yourselves…. Mark 9:49 It’s been a tough week and then instead of the Gospel providing comfort for our anxious souls, it ups the ante with the threat of drowning, dismemberment and blindness. At the end of it when I announced, “The Gospel of the Lord,” did you hesitate for just a moment before proclaiming, “Praise to you, O Christ?”…

Pentecost 18B – September 23, 2018 – 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Pr. Tom Kochenderfer

“Then he took a little child and put it among them….” Mark 9:36 What a joy to be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of the Rev. Thomas T. Kochenderfer today! Family and friends have gathered, special music prepared, Pastor Kochenderfer serving as our celebrant of grace-filled worship where he got to pick all the hymns and then a party afterwards.…

Pentecost 15B – September 2, 2018

“Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” Mark 7:5 Every time I hear this Gospel from Mark, I am taken back 14 years to a large, airy church filled with people on a summer Sunday morning in the outskirts of Arusha, Tanzania, not far from Selian Lutheran Hospital. A group of…

Pentecost 14B – August 26, 2018

“Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.” John 6: 68 Last time I preached on July 29th there was a boy whose lunch of five barley loaves and two fish fed a crowd of 5,000 people in a cover-dish supper bonanza. A lot has happened since then and because in August so many of us are…

Pentecost 10B – July 29, 2018

“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish.” John 6:9 It’s the boy with his lunch that captures my attention today. While all four Gospels tell us about the feeding of the five thousand, only John introduces us to the lad with the five barley loaves and two fish. I imagine him to be ten or eleven,…

Pentecost 9B – July 22, 2018

The apostles gathered around Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. Mark 6: 30 Today’s Gospel is serendipitous – one of my favorite words which means a happy chance. In fact, the scripture texts for the past two weeks have also been serendipitous for by a happy chance they directly relate to the ministry of St. John’s. Know…

Pentecost 8B – July 15, 2018

“See I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel…” Amos 7:8 Here’s a plumb line…. It’s a length of a string with a weight on one end which is called the bob. Directed by gravity to the center of the earth, the plumb line becomes a true vertical line. This one is made out of brass which…

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