Sermons by Pastor Cynthia Krommes

Pentecost 9A – August 2, 2020

click here to view the service in its entirety “You give them something to eat.”  Matthew 14:16           I can’t decide if Jesus is absolutely exhausted or engaging in leadership development when he tells his disciples, “You give them something to eat.”  Perhaps it’s both. It’s been a challenging few weeks for Jesus.  After a successful preaching tour, he headed to his…

Pentecost 8A – July 26, 2020

click here to view the service in its entirety “Therefore, every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”  Matthew 13:52             Stories…  Who doesn’t like a story?  Today we have an abundance of stories.  Some Jesus told to crowds…

Pentecost 7A – July 19, 2020

Click here to view the service in its entirety. . . . . but while everybody was asleep . . . . Matthew 13:25             Though it’s now more than a decade later, I remember that evening just about every time I drive north on Route 29 from Collegeville toward Schwenksville.  It was a Thursday in July when I turned right off…

Pentecost 6A – July 12, 2020

Click here to view the service in its entirety. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen!  A Sower went out to sow.”  Matthew 13:3             In the late winter and early spring of 2016, John and I attended a class at Longwood Gardens entitled Hungry for Vegetable Gardening.  In six sessions, Master Gardener Elizabeth Alakszay lead us from soil…

Pentecost 5A – July 5, 2020

Click here to view the service in its entirety. “But to what will I compare this generation?”  Matthew 11:16             Jesus is having a moment.  Social media might term it a “Ken Moment” which is the male version of a “Karen Moment” – a woman who is unhappy when things don’t go her way. All sorts of meltdowns of people behaving badly…

Pentecost 4A – June 28, 2020

Click here to view the service in its entirety. Abraham said, “God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.”  Genesis 22:8             Lord, have mercy.  Surely this is what Abraham prayed when he heard God’s command, rose early, cut the wood, saddled his donkey, and set off with two servants, and his son, Isaac. Lord, have mercy.            …

Pentecost 3A – June 21, 2020

click here to view the service in its entirety For Hagar said, “Do not let me look on the death of the child.” Genesis 21:6    Jesus said, “Those who find their life will lose it and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.”  Matthew 10:39           We are awash in fear – it’s all around us.  It seeps…

Pentecost 2A – June 14, 2020

Click here to view the service in its entirety. As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 9:7             It was a stunningly beautiful early October Saturday in 1978, when I pulled the Emanuel Lutheran Church van over to the side of the street at Third and Chestnut in Philadelphia to pick up a member…

Pentecost A – May 31, 2020

Click here to view the service in its entirety. “Receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20:22                 Sixteen years ago, a group from St. John’s worshiped at the Ngaramtoni Lutheran Church just outside of Arusha, Tanzania. We were seated in the first row as honored guests.  A woman pastor who taught at the seminary served as preacher.  She was a powerful presence in…

Easter 7A – May 24, 2020

Click here to view the service in its entirety. “All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them.”  John 17:10                 During these days of quarantine, the campus of St. John’s has become a place for morning walks, afternoon recess, resting on a bench in the garden.  It a holy and beautiful place for our neighbors…

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